I was a working single mother of two, one of which attended the Lab. After two years of hard work I pulled my daughter out, because I was getting burned out, I felt like I was in school all over again. That same year most of the 6th, and 7th grade students were held back because of their low PSSA scores, which reflected negatively against the school (yes they can do it, because they did). Of course they would be there the following year to retake the test and redeem the school. Good teachers came and went, even during the school year. True, lack of recess is not a predictor of future success, but self esteem is. And yes, the school does offer an A+ education, but at what cost. These are children, not mini adults; they need balance as well as structure. If you have a good support system by way of family, friends, or spouse, then the Lab may work for you, just be prepared to deal with a lot of unnecessary homework, frustrated kids, ignorant staff, and angry parents.
Two of the biggest problems cited on this page by parents were lack of recess and lack of self-esteem training. Are either of these predictors of future success in life or on the job? Please. This school is academically superior, #5 in the state in PSSA scores. If you want a private school education for your child, are motivated and can motivate your child to work hard, but don't have $20,000 a year, this is the school for you. If your child works hard and succeeds in this school, they can succeed anywhere and that will give them plenty of deserved self-esteem.
We took our child out of this school. The academics were good, but we felt our child was not receiving a well-rounded education. No play time, no emphasis of socialization. Everything is very rigid. We felt our child was experiencing burn out, already!
I was not sure about this school at 1st but im so happy i sent my child here. I love this school!
This school has a wonderful learning environment. Two of my children graduated from Lab and felt ahead of the other students in high school. My daughter s reading and writing is exceptional. She is almost fluent in French. For her senior year at a prominent all girls school, she exceeded in all her classes. My son s math, science and history grades were great in high school as well. This school is not for every child. My third child is struggling, however the concerns and support I receive from her teacher and the site director means so much to me. If you are considering this school for your child, you must first look at your child s learning style and what are your own personal philosophies about education. If you think a holistic approach (mind, body and spirit) then I will not recommend this school for your child. They are academically driven!! This can be too much for some children, while some may need this kind of focus all the time. I have no complaints about this because the rewards were evident when both of my children were accepted to great universities! Thank you Lab School
The Lab School has a very good curriculum however they fall short on another very important component of educating children and that is reinforcing positive self-esteem in the children that they deal with daily. Children are people too and they deserve respect and the opportunity to express themselves respectfully; even in the midst of a teacher's challenging day. "The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires." ~ William A. Ward
My grand daughter graduated this past June. She now attends Central and loving every moment of it. The school really prepare these children for a successful and rewarding life. They are able to compete with the best and the brightest, without any frustration.
I am an eighth grader at the Laboratory Charter. I have been a student since 3rd and grade. We have tons of homework everday. It is hard work, but once you get used to it you'll do just fine. The staff and students at the lab are very friendly. As long as you do your work and keep up with assignments you will have nothing to worry about. One problem the lab school has is that there aren't many activities. However, other than that I would say my school is great!
This school can be harsh. They give you tons of homework, carry heavy bookbag, walk up and down the halls and don't have any manners.
I am the parent of a 2nd grader who attends the school at 4th and Brown. My daughter has been a student since Kindergarden. Personally, I couldn't be happier with the quality of education my daughter is receiving. If you're commited to your child's education and are willing to work with them, then what you'll find is the amount of home work some people may complain really pays off in that the child seems to retain more. These children will be prepared to compete in the future.
I am a parent of a student who graduated from the Lab School in 2008. My son was truly blessed to have such an awesome education. He was accepted in 4 out of 5 special admission schools he applied to before he graduated from Lab. He is now a sophmore in Bodine and an honor roll student. Dr. Brown and her staff does a wonderful job in meeting the challanges of our children's education. The education is outstanding and one of the best in the country. I loved this school, the staff is wonderful and caring. The environment of the school was safe and secure. The Lab School is a National Blue Ribbon School, one of the top 10 in the country. Ms Cline is a great Site Director, who goes out of her way to meet the needs of her students. This is truly a great school.
Two my daughters have been enrolled in the Lab School since 2005. One has graduated from HS and is now attending St John's Univ., the other is currently enrolled in the 8th grade attending a PSD elementary school getting ready for High School all the while I wish she was still attending the Lab. The you will be successful environment that is provided, is what's needed in today's society. The staff is firm but fair. Your child will be prepared for the toughest of curriculum's after attending the Laboratory Charter School.
I have both my children in Laoratory Charter School. It's one of the best schools in the state. They both love it!
We love the Laboratory Charter School because of its strength in academics and testing. My son has really developed a love for Math and Science at the Lab school - 54th and Lebanon and I am thrilled with their teachers' enthusiam toward children learning!
I've got to hand it to the administrators, teachers and parents at this school. Children are achieving great success and enjoying school at the same time! Their track record is notable!!
No nonsence approach to learning and discipline. Multi. languages taught from K-8. School has consistantly been rated among the very best in the state.
i think this a good school , however i do have some concerns i have a 2nd. grader and a third grader who attend Ad Prima , this will be their third year. sometimes my children complain about the work load and not being able to have time to gather their thoughts from one subject to the next. also i think the summer packet is a bit much! They can give them work without overloading them, they are going to make kids hate school. The whole idiom packet is redundant it's just too much enough already otherwise again it's a good school!
This school is amazing. One thing that i have noticed is that the grade scale. The grade scale is: A-95 to 94, B-94 to 89, C-88 to 82, D-81 to 76,and F-75 to 0. This maybe a tough school, but it is a good school
I am apart of the class of 2008, meaning that I just graduated from there. I have been a student there for 9 years, yes 9 long years. I think it is a good school and everything, however the some of the teachers I had last year did not do their job properly. They would not teach you the right way. The rules were really strict and the work was hard and unbearable. However, after all the hard work, it actually payed off because I am in honors classes in high school and I know most of the work, so basically nothing is a surprise to me. So, as long as you stay on top of your child with the tremdeous loads of work and they are willing to deal with the work, then they should be fine.
My child just graduated from the Lab School. I believe it serves the purpose of preparing students for the next level of learning and beyond. The school along with myself have instilled in my child a sense of discipline and always striving to be the best you can be. Yes, the school is challenging but the end result is my child was accepting at many schools both private and public and is ready to take on the challenges that High School may bring.
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