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Uw Laboratory School

Public | K-9 | 216 students

 

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Posted June 26, 2014

i went to this school from kindergarten to 5th grade, and it was GREAT!!! i had a wonderful time at the lab school!!!! BEST SCHOOL EVER!!!!!!!!


Posted April 21, 2013

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!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 1, 2011

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.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 23, 2010

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.


Posted November 9, 2010

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.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 6, 2010

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!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 3, 2010

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.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 15, 2009

Everything at the school was awful.The support, security, and especially the organization.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 8, 2009

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!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 3, 2009

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.
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 3, 2009

I am continually amazed with the quality of education at the Lab School. I'm very happy our daughter is there.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 2, 2009

Very engaging, minds-on, differentiated, meaningful, interesting, exciting, and fun curriculum. Student-centered instruction and learning.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted March 29, 2009

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.
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 8, 2007

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.
—Submitted by a parent


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The Community Rating is the school’s average rating from its community members (e.g., parents, students, and school staff). The highest possible rating is five stars; the lowest is one star.

The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.
Math

The state average for Math was 87% in 2013.

10 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 66% in 2013.

10 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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79%

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70%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 80% in 2011.

20 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
85%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Wyoming administered the Proficiency Assessments for Wyoming Students (PAWS) in reading and math to students in grades 3 through 8 and 11, and in science in grades 4, 8 and 11. PAWS tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Wyoming. The goal is for all students score at or above the proficient level.

Source: Wyoming Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 81% in 2013.

20 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
91%

2012

 
 
>=95%

2011

 
 
86%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 78% in 2013.

20 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
86%

2012

 
 
>=95%

2011

 
 
86%
Science

The state average for Science was 58% in 2013.

20 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
59%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
77%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 75% in 2011.

20 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
91%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Wyoming administered the Proficiency Assessments for Wyoming Students (PAWS) in reading and math to students in grades 3 through 8 and 11, and in science in grades 4, 8 and 11. PAWS tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Wyoming. The goal is for all students score at or above the proficient level.

Source: Wyoming Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 80% in 2013.

20 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
>=95%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
86%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2013.

20 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
87%

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
81%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 86% in 2011.

20 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
90%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Wyoming administered the Proficiency Assessments for Wyoming Students (PAWS) in reading and math to students in grades 3 through 8 and 11, and in science in grades 4, 8 and 11. PAWS tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Wyoming. The goal is for all students score at or above the proficient level.

Source: Wyoming Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 82% in 2013.

20 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
86%

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
85%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 81% in 2013.

20 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
89%

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
81%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 80% in 2011.

20 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
78%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Wyoming administered the Proficiency Assessments for Wyoming Students (PAWS) in reading and math to students in grades 3 through 8 and 11, and in science in grades 4, 8 and 11. PAWS tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Wyoming. The goal is for all students score at or above the proficient level.

Source: Wyoming Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 76% in 2013.

20 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
93%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
92%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 74% in 2013.

20 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
90%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
92%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 72% in 2011.

20 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
>=95%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Wyoming administered the Proficiency Assessments for Wyoming Students (PAWS) in reading and math to students in grades 3 through 8 and 11, and in science in grades 4, 8 and 11. PAWS tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Wyoming. The goal is for all students score at or above the proficient level.

Source: Wyoming Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 68% in 2013.

20 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
64%

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
89%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 76% in 2013.

20 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
70%

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
>=90%
Science

The state average for Science was 44% in 2013.

20 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
57%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
67%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 83% in 2011.

10 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
>=90%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Wyoming administered the Proficiency Assessments for Wyoming Students (PAWS) in reading and math to students in grades 3 through 8 and 11, and in science in grades 4, 8 and 11. PAWS tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Wyoming. The goal is for all students score at or above the proficient level.

Source: Wyoming Department of Education

Math

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Reading

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Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Wyoming administered the Proficiency Assessments for Wyoming Students (PAWS) in reading and math to students in grades 3 through 8 and 11, and in science in grades 4, 8 and 11. PAWS tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Wyoming. The goal is for all students score at or above the proficient level.

The different student groups are identified by the Wyoming Department of Education. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Wyoming Department of Education

Math

All Students91%
Female80%
Male>=90%
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English language learnersn/a
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Not migrant91%
Academically giftedn/a
Not Gifted91%

Reading

All Students86%
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Science

All Students59%
Female50%
Male67%
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English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Not migrant59%
Academically giftedn/a
Not Gifted59%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Wyoming administered the Proficiency Assessments for Wyoming Students (PAWS) in reading and math to students in grades 3 through 8 and 11, and in science in grades 4, 8 and 11. PAWS tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Wyoming. The goal is for all students score at or above the proficient level.

The different student groups are identified by the Wyoming Department of Education. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Wyoming Department of Education

Math

All Students>=95%
Female>=90%
Male>=90%
African Americann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White>=90%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
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Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities>=95%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English>=95%
Not migrant>=95%
Academically giftedn/a
Not Gifted>=95%

Reading

All Students87%
Female>=90%
Male70%
African Americann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White88%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities87%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English87%
Not migrant87%
Academically giftedn/a
Not Gifted87%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Wyoming administered the Proficiency Assessments for Wyoming Students (PAWS) in reading and math to students in grades 3 through 8 and 11, and in science in grades 4, 8 and 11. PAWS tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Wyoming. The goal is for all students score at or above the proficient level.

The different student groups are identified by the Wyoming Department of Education. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Wyoming Department of Education

Math

All Students86%
Female80%
Male>=90%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White81%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English86%
Not migrant86%
Academically giftedn/a
Not Gifted86%

Reading

All Students89%
Female80%
Male>=90%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White86%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English89%
Not migrant89%
Academically giftedn/a
Not Gifted89%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Wyoming administered the Proficiency Assessments for Wyoming Students (PAWS) in reading and math to students in grades 3 through 8 and 11, and in science in grades 4, 8 and 11. PAWS tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Wyoming. The goal is for all students score at or above the proficient level.

The different student groups are identified by the Wyoming Department of Education. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Wyoming Department of Education

Math

All Students93%
Female>=90%
Male82%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White91%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Not migrant93%
Academically giftedn/a
Not Gifted93%

Reading

All Students90%
Female89%
Male>=90%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White91%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Not migrant90%
Academically giftedn/a
Not Gifted90%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Wyoming administered the Proficiency Assessments for Wyoming Students (PAWS) in reading and math to students in grades 3 through 8 and 11, and in science in grades 4, 8 and 11. PAWS tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Wyoming. The goal is for all students score at or above the proficient level.

The different student groups are identified by the Wyoming Department of Education. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Wyoming Department of Education

Math

All Students64%
Female45%
Male76%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White57%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged67%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Not migrant64%
Academically giftedn/a
Not Gifted64%

Reading

All Students70%
Female55%
Male81%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White75%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged70%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Not migrant70%
Academically giftedn/a
Not Gifted70%

Science

All Students57%
Female45%
Male65%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White57%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged52%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Not migrant57%
Academically giftedn/a
Not Gifted57%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Wyoming administered the Proficiency Assessments for Wyoming Students (PAWS) in reading and math to students in grades 3 through 8 and 11, and in science in grades 4, 8 and 11. PAWS tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Wyoming. The goal is for all students score at or above the proficient level.

The different student groups are identified by the Wyoming Department of Education. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Wyoming Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 77% 80%
Hispanic 11% 13%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 6% 1%
Two or more races 6% 2%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 3%
Black 0% 1%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 13%N/A37%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
Media arts
  • Graphics

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
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  • After school

Programs

Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish

Resources

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  • Art teacher(s)
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  • Buses/vans for students only
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  • Cafeteria
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  • Basketball
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  • Basketball

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Media arts
  • Graphics
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1000 East University Ave
Laramie, WY 82071
Phone: (307) 721-2155

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