Nothing in this life is perfect but ...My daughter is at LCS Woodbine and I couldn't be more pleased with the demanding&challenging work. Her teacher was just Golden! I have been kept in the loop about her progress all year and weaknesses also. She loves her school and likes to feel like she is responsible for her learning in some way. They prepare the students on the same level as private school. I transferred my private school student to LCS so she can get the benefit of private school eduction with out the price tag. They have recess. A strong parent committee. If you want extra curricular thats what weekends are for. As a parent with a college student as well I wish i would have sent her to Lab when she was this age. Its a lot of work but my children are worth it! The Lab test scores and reputation speak for themselves.
my school is the Lab Charter 59th and Woodbine. My son is in K1. He was not reading at the start of the school year now he is reading at a third grade level. His teacher is excellent. I am so proud of his progress.
My son is in 2nd grade , and has been at Lab since K. Lab is very demanding and puts a lot of pressure on the kids. They have about 4 test on testing days, and no recess. A 75 is considered a F at this school. My son is very smart , reads well , and learns French and Spanish. However he has test anxiety , and doesn't like school. I'm not sure if this is the right program for him.
Just a wonderful place for young scholars to learn. Blue Ribbon Status and world class teaching.
My son attended lcs on 4 th and brown until i took him out in 3rd grade. He was having headaches stomachaches etc i listened to him about the harsh treatment of the students and felt this was not the school experience he needed. Yes they are academically great but they run the school like a prison. My son is now 19 and in his 1st year at Penn State. His two best friends who were also taken out of the school also for the same reasons are at georgia and virginia state. This review is for anyone having doubts. Listen to your child! This isn't the only way to help them excel academically! They should like their school and their teachers! Also look up June Brown who was the founder of the school and see what they charged her with and honestly tell me they put your child 1st or is it the $ and test scores that come 1st. If you do a good job people will tell at least one person. If you do a bad job they will tell at least ten people! My honest opinion 10yrs later! anyoo
I am a parent of two students at Lab Charter. I love this school. Their is a lot of homework and not a lot of play . The have a great PTO and the have trips and events for the children on the weekends. I'm a parent of a 7th and 1st grader and I am greatful for what they have taught them. Their speech and knowledge are outstanding from beginning to end. I am hoping they open a high school for continues education.
My son attends kindergarten at 59 and woodbine. At first i thought it was too much work for them. This is because we underestimate the ability of our kids. He has improved so much. Great work by the teachers. He is now writing his sentence and doing his homework all by himself.
My grandson is in his 3rd year here and I must say He is challenged in areas that I had know Idea a child of his age should be challenged in, I thought this is to disciplined not enough play time, too much homework, to strict ! I am grateful to the teachers who care enough to give there very best! and expect the very best from there students, these kids are brilliant!! And it's because of what it was founded on! Please don't take away our children's dreams by closing LAB CHARTER @59TH & WOODBINE AVE. SINCERELY MRS.J LISTER
My son just started Kindergarten here in September and I could not pick a better school. There are tonssss of homework and as a single mother,there's a LOT to do. I also have a daughter that I hope can get into the Lab next year so I am not sure how I am going to do it. But as hard as it is, I see the progress. The school is really strict and there is so much homework, there really isn't much free study time. But, I won't have it any other way. As a parent, you have to stay on top of this else it will overwhelm you. But if you are committed, you will see unbelievable results. I am seeing those already and he just started. The teacher responds to text messages if I have any questions and I have absolutely no complaints!
My daughter and I just started our second year at Lab. Last year at the end of the school year she was so happy for the summer to arrive and not have to go back to school. However, my daughter (5 y.o at the time) did not like to be disciplined (testing her boundaries), thus she did not like her teacher. She was happy to learn she was getting a new teacher for 1st grade. She "loves" her teacher. She now looks forward to going to school. FYI, every time she saw her K teacher she gave her a hug. I am able to speak to my daughter in 2 different languages and she is able to complete her homework independently. My daughter and I are satisfied with the school's academic performance and the teachers investment in her future. My only criticism would be in the school building, the directors and CEO NEED to consider a new building opportunity. Please!
This is my sons first year at Lab Charter. He is in the 3rd grade at 4th & Brown. At first it was a struggle for us both because of the work load, but as we got into a routine things went a lot better. Parents and students have to be well organized. This school offers private school education at no cost. My son is a straight A student. He always has been, so I had no doubt he would excell. As far as not having recess, its not an issue. He has never complained of not having recess. Besides he is involved in different activities year round. He socializes with his family and friends outside of school. Some reviews make it sound as if this is some sort of school where peer interactions are frowned upon. It sounds like sour grapes because either the child, the parent or both could not keep up. I have found the staff to be nothing but courteous to me, my husband and our child. As I stated before this is our first year here, and so far so good. My son is proud of himself because he does soo well, so his self esteem is intact. My only criticism is regarding uniforms. I don't understand the need for a total uniform change. Its an unnecessary expense.
I was fortunate to have two children attend The Lab School. As a parent, it was exactly what I wanted for my children. In regards to the lack of recess as one patented stated this school is not for every child. My daughter now attends The University of Pittsburgh and received exceptional SAT scores which she contributes to the test taking skills she was taught at The Lab School. In view of the recent findings regarding some of the administrative staff, my hope is the schools will remain open to continue to provide the outstanding level of academics it provides. I am sure for every school out there, there are challenges with teachers, staff and students. As a parent I am committed to my children's education. After careful research, I found The Lab was the school for us. The Lab does pride itself on exceptional test scores. Failure is not an option at The Lab School. Many of our students have attended private schools with scholarships and have been accepting into the top public schools. I have recommended The Lab School to many of my friends, but I have always provided a disclaimer stating the work is rigorous and sometimes demanding on the parent and child. I love The Lab School!!
My son just completed his first year at the Lab School on 4th & Brown. I absolutely loved it! His teacher was very helpful. She answered emails promptly and encouraged my son during his first year. The Lab School is not for every child. My son completed his first year with all A's. They have a rigourous academic program where your child will be able to compete with students who were given private school education. I have read the complaints from others regarding the lack of recess and shaping of social skills. My son goes to school to learn. We have extracurricular activinties (basketball, football, baseball, and track) after school. As long as you are organized and complete work ahead of time and not last minute you shouldn't have a problem. Best school ever!
I am a parent of a 2nd grade student and I agree with the sentiments of all the respondents. I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker by profession and I must admit I still have pause regarding the balance in my son's life. The school is rigorous, doesn't allow recess and gives busy work as indicated by another response. However, the education your child receive's is undeniable, so my husband and I try our best to create the balance. We give our son a break over the weekends, he's a scout, and also in soccer and swimming. After homework is completed, I let him play with his friends outside to create some since of normalcy, then before he goes to be he studies for about 15-20 minutes. Even with the extra-curricular activities to supplement, it still bothers me just a bit because I know and understand child development and children do need to play and be free, not just rote thinking robots with no social skills. We will continue to weigh our options based on my son's development and adjustment to the school and it's demands as he gets older. But for now, it's working.
As a parent of a former student, parents have no voice. Overall, the administration isn't kind. Matter of fact, they are quite rude. They have no respect for what parents have to say. And all the school cares about are test scores. But at the same time, If you are a parent who may want an answer to a legitimate question, Be prepared to receive none. Just to get back at you, they will target your child. They will go as far as falsifying your child's grades. The parent who posted on October 29, 2011 is on point. Yes, they are more concerned with making the school yearly progress look good than meeting the children's needs and parents concerns. If they can falsify grades to force you out, they can do the same to make the school look good!!
This is a GREAT school love everything about this school the staff, teachers, principal are all great works.
My child has been at this school since kindergarten and is in 3rd grade now. I think this is a good school academically but they are more concerned with making the school yearly progress look good than meeting the children's needs and parents concerns. Parent partner's meetings is never to address parents concerns or even allow us a voice in our children's education, so how are we partner's. This meeting is to hand out papers on what to expect this school year. We the parents need a forum to meet to express our concerns parent to parent, offer support to each other, and be heard collectively when needed by adminstration with proper respect. Removing your child from the school has no affect on Lab as to how they lack in parent partnership. They don't care about your reasons for removing your child they just keep filling in the empty seat. We need to work together, that's what makes a team and partner.
My child has attended the Lab School since Kindergarten and will be in 4th grade this year. I agree that this school is not for every child and not for every family. I believe that this is true for all schools. My child has done very well at Lab and has not had a problem academically. My child has also never had a problem with the structure and discipline that the Lab School values. I believe this has much to do with her personality as she is a very serious child when it comes to schoolwork and learning. I had a concern about lack of recess before enrolling my child and after careful thought I decided that recess is something that my child can do without especially when I remembered that this was the time when most of the bullying between children occurred. If your child is more of a free spirit the rigid environment may not work for him. If you don't have much time to assist your child with schoolwork and do not have a support system to help with this - then this may not be the school for you. That doesn't mean there is anything wrong with you or your child. Find the school that fits best for your child and your family. For me and my child, Lab Charter is a great fit.
As a parent of a former student, I agree with all the comments about a well rounded education. This school, while academically superior 2 most schools, is harsh. The staff isn't kind, overall. And all the school cares about are test scores. My child is a STAIGHT A+ student so the work wasn't an issue. However, the lack of recess, activities, music, etc... was problematic. Children needs to be able to be children. This school doesn't allow that. Your child will spend most of his/her time studying& doing busy work. I'll just say to future students' parents know yor child's tolerance level BEFORE you enroll in this school. I've known children who had a meltdowns and left.
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.
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