I have multiple children in this school. One child has spent years in one on one reading instruction but the caring teachers at lab realized that he wasn't progressing and moved him to a regular reading group and his reading has improved, as well as his attitude to learning. My daughter is allowed to learn at her own pace, while she is ready to move to a higher, larger math group she has serious math anxiety and so her teacher is allowing her to stay in her smaller group until her confidence matches her skills.. My other daughter is ahead in math and, instead of only working with her age group, is allowed to work with a higher group of kids which keeps her interested and moving forward. The children get frequent opportunities to learn in real and meaningful ways, and to take advantage of the opportunities at the university, including museums, performances, and specialists. I love this school more and more each year!!
The lab school has been a wonderful experience for my children. My eldest has learning issues and the school has worked diligently to address her needs. A very caring environment with small classes.
This school is project-based, which helps promote learning both together and from others. The teachings are great- I learned all about the federal court and how federal trials are run in less than two weeks by creating a trial simulation. This was great hands-on learning and helped me learn everything and more than a text book would have taught me.
Our daughter attended Prep, but we pulled her out. The curriculum was incoherent, there was no order in the school, and the teachers were frequently annoyed by our questions. ("What do you mean you don't have a grading system? How exactly did you give grades??") As one reviewer said, the teachers were given the freedom to innovate, but their experiments frequently failed, and did so on my child's time. The program design on the school was an incoherent pseudo-intellectual hodge-podge. I suspect that the only reason the school still exists is for the convenience of UW faculty.
The UW Lab School (or 'Prep' as it is known locally) is the only school in the Albany County School District that I would care to have my son (8 years old) attend. Small class sizes, outstanding teachers, and peer support are important features of the Lab School. As well, students learn in an open environment, sitting at tables and moving daily through a range of teacher specialists from Kindergarten on as opposed to being trapped at individual desks in a giant classroom, learning primarily from a single teacher. Post No Child Left Behind, the teachers also have more freedom to innovate and draw upon individual strengths than the other schools in the district who seem anecdotally to be more focused on test scores than analytical thinking as student goals. Plus, the Principal played an Oompaloompa in the last Middle School production of Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory!
This is the most amazing school. It is the most wonderful learning environment for my children. Teachers are great and Principal actually has interest in the kids and helps wherever she can. You and your kids become part of this wonderful community that is so encouraged at the Lab School.
Everything at the school was awful.The support, security, and especially the organization.
The Lab School teachers are creative and caring, plus the school location on the UW campus offers many cultural advantages and allows the school to offer swimming classes!
I have gone to the UW Lab School for my entire school life and have never found my education to be dissatisfying. The teachers are all able and willing to talk to both parents and students, and they all make sure that every student understands what's being taught before they move on to the next topic.
I am continually amazed with the quality of education at the Lab School. I'm very happy our daughter is there.
Very engaging, minds-on, differentiated, meaningful, interesting, exciting, and fun curriculum. Student-centered instruction and learning.
I am a student of the UW Lab school. I have to say that i have never been to a school with this sort of environment. Because of the small class sizes i personally am generally friends with every one in my grade and the majority of the middle school. The activities at this school excell all other schools in the area. I know from a personal view i feel safe in this school, and i am recieving a terrific education. If you are considering enrolling your child i strongly recomend trying the Lab School. Also please excuse my terrible spelling, and my spelling does not reflect the school at all.
The Lab school has been a great move for our daughter. The learning environment creates well rounded individuals while challenging them academically. Several of the teachers also teach at the University of Wyoming. I would highly recommend it to anyone moving to Laramie. Although the waiting list often prevents automatic enrollment, it is worth the wait.
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