The Lab School of Washington

The Lab School of Washington

Pioneers in educating students with learning differences.

The Lab School of Washington is an innovative, rigorous, arts-infused, college preparatory program, grades 1-12, for intelligent students with learning disabilities and ADHD in Washington, DC. Founded in 1967, The Lab School enjoys a worldwide reputation for transforming lives and guiding students on the path toward success.

Operating as usual

12/07/2023

Thank you to Lab Alum John Holter for taking us back to the 70s!

12/01/2023

Highlighting Lab Alum
Mitchell Dickson (’23)
A long-standing Lab tradition is to share highlights about each Senior at the Graduation Ceremony. We know our students so well but sometimes learn new pieces while preparing remarks. This was the case with Mitchell! Shortly before joining Lab as a 9th grader, Mitchell participated in a mission trip to Myrtle Beach through LEAD222, working as an assistant in a summer program for children. Jump forward to his Senior year, where Mitchell shared with his classmates his enthusiasm for poetry, specifically haiku. During the years in between, what became most evident was the value Mitchell placed on the close connections he developed with classmates. Last summer, in addition to spending time with his Lab friends, Mitchell traveled to North Carolina to complete a Metalsmithing class through the John C Campbell Folk School. Following that, Mitchell began his first class toward becoming a Journeyman Electrician through the state of Virginia. Soon, he will begin an apprenticeship that will allow him to meet the 8,000 apprentice hours required for licensure. Congratulations, Mitchell!

Photos from The Lab School of Washington's post 11/30/2023

– Do you remember Lab’s “We Choose Peace” day on the Foxhall campus back in 2009??

11/29/2023

On behalf of , THANK YOU!!

With your help, we surpassed our goal and felt so much support from the community on Giving Tuesday. We are incredibly grateful to everyone who contributed!

Photos from The Lab School of Washington's post 11/28/2023

Happy Giving Tuesday!

We hope you consider making a gift to The Lab School Fund on this day of generosity. The Lab School Fund makes Lab's transformative education possible by providing resources that our faculty members use in and around their classrooms everyday.
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Here is Lab mascot Jimmy (and his mother Gertrude!) showing off a few of the investments made possible by The Lab School Fund. From instruments, sports equipment, and robotics kits, to campus updates like the dragon fountain restoration and new keycard readers, each donation truly makes a difference for our students!

Photos from The Lab School of Washington's post 11/23/2023

Feeling thankful for so many years of Lab memories!

11/21/2023

It is the season for gratitude! Here is Reading Specialist Lauren Fox on what she is grateful for at Lab.

All year long, but especially during this season, we at Lab are grateful for YOU.
Happy Thanksgiving!

Photos from The Lab School of Washington's post 11/20/2023

Thank you to everyone who joined us at this weekend's production of The Laramie Project! It is a difficult and painful story, but an important one to share. This year marks the 25th anniversary of the tragic murder of Matthew Shepard. His story is a poignant reminder of the importance of working to build a community of acceptance and understanding. The Lab School is committed to diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging in all forms.

Congratulations to our cast and crew for putting on such a meaningful and moving performance.

Photos from The Lab School of Washington's post 11/18/2023

Only two more chances to see our incredible fall production of The Laramie Project! Shows today at 2pm and 7pm (link in bio). All proceeds from our matinee performance will be donated to the Matthew Shepard Foundation. Show your support for the arts and we hope to see you there!

Photos from The Lab School of Washington's post 11/17/2023

The Lab School's 198 faculty and staff members make our institution what it is. Each and every one are dedicated to creating an environment where our students can thrive. Here are a few photos featuring some of !

11/16/2023

taking us back to Fall 2018 with Lab’s production of A Midsummer Night's Dream! Tickets are still available for performances of The Laramie Project, which opens tomorrow, November 17, at 7:00pm in The Miskell Theatre. Use the link in the Comments to purchase tickets.

11/15/2023

This Giving Tuesday, we are honoring Lab's amazing 198 faculty and staff members for all that they do to help our students embrace who they are, find what they are passionate about, and show up as their authentic, accomplished selves every day.

We are setting a goal of 198 gifts to The Lab School Annual Fund in recognition of the Lab faculty and staff members' support of our community. Click here https://www.boostmyschool.com/orgs/labschool/campaigns/labschool-giving-tuesday to make your contribution today!

Photos from The Lab School of Washington's post 11/14/2023

The Lab Book Fair is here! Not only is this an exciting event for our students, but the proceeds will be used to purchase books for Lab's libraries. The Book Fair will continue to be open during school hours through this Thursday. Thank you to PALS and all of our parent volunteers for making this event possible!

Photos from The Lab School of Washington's post 11/09/2023

Check out these '95-'96 Lab Thespians! Eager to see a play in The Miskell Theatre? Come see Lab's production of The Laramie Project November 17 & 18. Use the link in the Comments to purchase tickets.

11/08/2023

Giving Tuesday is coming!

On November 28th, the world comes together to unleash the power of radical generosity. Honor Lab's amazing 198 faculty and staff members with a gift to The Lab School Fund and help us reach our goal of at least 198 supporters.

Thanks to you, our students embrace who they are, find what they are passionate about, and show up as their authentic, accomplished selves every day. Make your early contribution today!

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11/07/2023

This Saturday, November 11, The Lab School will be visiting the SPGC Chapter of Mocha Moms, Inc. Education Fair. If you are interested in learning more about The Lab School, please join us at the Friends Community School between 11am and 1pm!

11/06/2023

Highlighting Lab Alum
Jack Feeley (’07)
After graduating from Lab, Jack first enrolled in Marist College before transitioning to the University of Maryland, College Park, where he earned a degree in Broadcast Journalism. He then headed to Miami, working as a news fellow for Univision. For the past eight years, Jack has been based out of New York City, working as an Associate Producer and Field Producer for NBC News and ABC News. We are so thankful that Jack has stayed in touch with Lab, even as his education and career have taken him on great adventures. His insights and reflections during Lab’s panel discussions on life after Lab, as an Alumni Awardee at the 2015 Gala, and, most recently, with our Junior-year interns are appreciated by staffulty and by students!

11/03/2023

Loved being a part of - or supporting - Lab Drama’s cast and crew? Come see The Laramie Project in The Miskell Theatre on November 17 at 7:00pm or November 18 at 2:00pm & 7:00pm. Want to connect with classmates and Lab alum across the years? Mark your calendars for an Alumni Gathering on January 5. Remember the points, baskets, goals, and personal records from your sports days at Lab - or cheering on Dragon athletes? Come to Lab’s Homecoming Triple Header Basketball Games on February 2. Details on events will be posted as dates approach.

Photos from The Lab School of Washington's post 11/02/2023

In 2015, The Lab School of Washington was chosen as the first Eye to Eye high school chapter in DC. Back then, our Chapter Leaders and mentors traveled to Stoddert Elementary to engage mentees through arts activities - - helping them experience a community of different thinkers, reflect on their own learning styles, and become more confident students and better advocates. Fast forward to 2023 - - our Chapter Leaders and mentors work with 12 of our very own Lower School students to empower them in the same ways!

11/01/2023

Alums - Do you have ideas for engaging our Lab School Alumni community? Do you want to help plan our January 5, 2024 Alumni Gathering? Were you asked to serve as an Alumni Representative during your Senior year? If you answered yes to any of these questions, email Lisa McMahon at [email protected]! We’ll have an informational/planning meeting later this month.

Photos from The Lab School of Washington's post 10/31/2023

Halloween is always a very exciting day at The Lab School. Dressing up in costume is a great opportunity for students to show off their creativity, and this year did not disappoint!

The Middle and Upper Schools each held fashion competitions for the students who dressed up, while the Lower School impressed with their costumes at the annual Halloween parade.

Happy Halloween!

Photos from The Lab School of Washington's post 10/30/2023

It's hard to believe the fall sports season has come to an end! The final weeks of the season were very successful ones, with each of the Dragons improving as individuals and coming together as teams on the fields, courts, and courses.

Every one of the one hundred twenty-two student-athletes playing this fall represented Lab well and demonstrated the core values of respect, sportsmanship, and teamwork. Thanks to all of the coaches who made this season possible!

Photos from The Lab School of Washington's post 10/27/2023

Today, many students and faculty members decided to "Go Red for Dyslexia." Wearing red today during Dyslexia Awareness Month is a way to reclaim the color that is often associated with the red pen that denotes "mistakes."

Earlier in the week, there was another colorful day on campus! October is also Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and on Wednesday, faculty members at the Foxhall Campus all wore pink as a surprise for Head of Lower School Elizabeth Eastwick!

10/26/2023

Upper School Volleyball wrapped up their season yesterday with excellent serving and teamwork against The German School. I’m sure our 2006 Dragon Volleyball Team would be proud!

10/25/2023

This morning was the annual Senior Breakfast! While other Upper School classes took the Pre-ACT test, the Class of 2024 gathered for a delicious breakfast spread at Black Coffee with Head of School Kim Wargo.

Photos from The Lab School of Washington's post 10/23/2023

Many thanks to PALS for organizing Lab's Outdoor Adventure Day this weekend! It was a beautiful and sunny day full of fun activities for the whole family. From riding ziplines through the woods to roasting marshmallows around the campfire, there was something for everyone!

10/19/2023

This week, the Upper School Soccer team traveled to The Siena School for a match and won 3-0! Maybe you played for Lab in the Fall of 1999 (pictured here)??

10/17/2023

Highlighting Lab Alum
Skye Washington ('22)
Earnest and conscientious, Skye’s strong moral compass was reflected in her daily interactions with classmates and teachers at Lab, her participation in our Civil Rights Tour of Alabama and her counselor-in-training work with 3-10 year olds through the Mayor’s DC Youth Program. Skye’s empathic nature was further seen in her interpretation of literature and interest in public policy and the environment. While in high school, she successfully completed a pre-college course in Plants and Society through Adelphi University. Now in her second year at Goucher College, Skye has declared her major in Environmental Studies. She is a member of Goucher’s Track & Field and Cross Country teams (recently finishing with an amazing personal best time and team time in the first meet of the season), The Goucher Choir and Goucher’s Launch Program. In addition to another successful year of school, Skye is planning to study abroad in Summer 2024 or Summer 2025!

10/12/2023

Though we couldn’t pin down an exact year for last week’s TBT, we narrowed it to the early- to mid-90s (after the renovation of the Castle portico - - thanks, Diana Meltzer!). This week is more of a “toss”back (to 2018) in recognition of our Fall Sports (Volleyball, Soccer, and Cross Country). Go Dragons!

Photos from The Lab School of Washington's post 10/10/2023

Today was the Annual "Back to the Nest" Day for the Lab School of Washington Global Division. The students in our virtual division normally attend their online classes from their homes all around the United States (or in other countries), but once a year, those who are able to attend the event come in for a day at our physical campus in Washington, DC.

Students and their families had the opportunity to tour the campus and see what school is like in the other three divisions! The day ended with a talent show in Lab's Shaun Miskell Theater.

The Lab School Celebrates World Dyslexia Day 10/08/2023

Today, October 8th, is World Dyslexia Day, part of a global initiative to shed light on dyslexia and the millions of people that it affects around the world. Unrelated to intelligence, dyslexia causes people to have trouble matching the sounds of letters with what they see on the page. In fact, the differences in people with dyslexia’s brains often lead them to be highly creative and unique thinkers; at Lab, these differences are a superpower!

This year, The Lab School of Washington became one of the founding members of a new independent school organization: the Association of LD Schools (ALDS). This association was created to connect and support schools that specialize in education for students with learning differences such as dyslexia, dyscalculia, dysgraphia, and executive dysfunction. As a pioneer in the field of learning differences education, The Lab School is proud to be a part of a community that makes an impact for all students with learning differences.

The Lab School Celebrates World Dyslexia Day Today, October 8, is World Dyslexia Day. The day is part of a global initiative to shed light on dyslexia and the millions of people that it affects around the world.

10/06/2023

Yesterday, Lab's Admissions team joined representatives from more than 80 other schools at the Norwood School's Secondary School Fair. They were there to talk to families about life after 8th grade and whether Lab's "different by design" education is right for them!

If you are interested in enrolling at The Lab School at any age, you can learn more by vising our admissions page: https://www.labschool.org/admissions.

10/05/2023

Reaching deep into the archives for our first Throwback Thursday! If you have any old Lab photos you’d like to share, send them to [email protected].

Photos from The Lab School of Washington's post 09/29/2023

In the new Forensic Science class, Upper School students can learn about the science that goes into crime scene investigations. The class will cover a variety of topics including DNA testing, soil sampling, and chemical analysis.

The first unit detailed the procedures of securing and searching a crime scene. This unit concluded with a group project: splitting into two teams, students created their own crime scenes before using what they had learned to investigate the other team's crime scene and demonstrate the correct techniques for collecting and handling evidence.

As the class continues, other hands-on projects will explore concepts of chemistry, biology, anthropology, physics, and more!

09/28/2023

Hello Lab Alums! I recently reactivated The Lab School Alumni Association FB page and I hope you’ll visit it. I am excited to expand our network, highlight your successes and adventures, and connect you with our current community. Please also take a few minutes to update your contact information by completing a brief Google Form. Feel free to share this link with classmates who may not have received it. Best, Lisa McMahon, Director of Alumni Engagement
https://forms.gle/N4ZJTkYtb7YXMj3Z6

https://www.facebook.com/LabSchoolAlumni/

Welcome! You are invited to join a webinar: Lecture Series: Addressing the Mental Health Crisis in Children, Teens, and Young Adults: What Parents and Educators Can Do. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email about joining the... 09/26/2023

Sign up now for the first presentation of the 2023-2024 Lecture Series: "Addressing the Mental Health Crisis in Children, Teens, and Young Adults: What Parents and Educators Can Do" with Dr. William Stixrud on October 4, 2023 at 7:00PM on Zoom

Welcome! You are invited to join a webinar: Lecture Series: Addressing the Mental Health Crisis in Children, Teens, and Young Adults: What Parents and Educators Can Do. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email about joining the... The greatest worry most American parents currently have is about the mental health of their kids. These worries are well-founded, as the U.S. Surgeon General recently called the mental health status of adolescents the defining public health crisis of our lifetime. And it’s not just teens. Long bef...

Photos from The Lab School of Washington's post 09/22/2023

In honor of Hispanic and Latinx Heritage Month, Dr. Perry, Lab's Director of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging, organized a community viewing of the movie Encanto. In addition to watching the film, Upper and Middle School students read the article, "What 'Encanto' means to me as a Colombian-American" by Lorena Hernández Leonard.

Students discussed what the movie and article can teach us about the significance of embracing our unique qualities, understanding family dynamics, and appreciating cultural diversity. This "film festival" not only aligns with Lab's efforts to provide our students with an understanding of the many intersections of a person's identity, but also provided a delightful cinematic experience for the community.

09/21/2023

Lab is so proud of our Alums – who they are as people, and the postsecondary paths and careers that showcase their strengths and fuel their souls!

Many of you will remember the beauty and power of 2022 graduate Isa Cabrol’s singing as the lead in Antigone in Concert. A two-term President of Lab’s Chapter of the International Thespian Society, she was also the driving force behind the play. Isa’s talent in the arts extended beyond the stage and often captured her dedication to social issues and social justice. Her Senior Thesis illustrated how historical and political events influence fashion. The accompanying original designs she created reflected her inherent style and skills learned in courses in textiles and garment design through Savannah College of Art & Design. While in the Upper School, Isa also put her creative skills to work crocheting a blanket for Project Linus and sewing 100 masks to donate to shelters. Following a successful first year at Oberlin College & Conservatory, Isa spent this past summer studying musical theatre at the American Music and Dance Academy in New York. An aspiring theatre professional, Isa recently landed a part in Oberlin’s production of 13! The Musical, which will open in early December!

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