Each family is unique, though there are some similarities we've seen between the families who are happiest and most successful in this model. Generally speaking, The Lab School is a perfect fit for:
We encourage families to be intentional about their decision to apply to The Lab School. Please read our site and other materials, watch videos, and attend an open house event to make the most informed decision.
For the 2021-22 academic year, The Lab School is enrolling young people ages 3 through 6.
As the founding group matures, we will grow to studios serving elementary, middle, and high school.
The Lab School day begins at 8:30 am daily (drop-off starting at 8:00 am) and ends at 3:15 pm.
We operate on a 10-month calendar, with breaks to refuel during widely-observed holiday periods.
We believe that each of us has a special calling in life, and a series of trials and tests that must be faced with integrity and purpose in order to live a satisfying and fulfilled life. A key part of our mission is to prepare your child for his or her special journey.
No. We believe that children learn best when working with children younger and older than themselves, as opposed to age-based grouping.
Young people who love to learn, are curious, self-motivated, and respectful. Our environment is an accelerator for the independent learner who can tackle challenging questions, follow instructions, and solve problems.
No, we do not currently offer scholarships.
If you would like to contribute to The Lab School's Scholarship Fund, please let us know. We are eager to share this opportunity with as many young people as possible.
We are not a Montessori school, but we do incorporate many Montessori materials and principles including:
We are not trained or staffed to serve children who need specialized attention due to serious learning or behavioral challenges. We treat each and every situation individually, so if you are interested in The Lab School and believe it is a great fit for your family, please inquire and we will personally assess your unique situation and our ability to serve your young learner.
Yes. We are accredited by the International Association of Learner-Driven Schools (IALDS) and a candidate for accreditation with Cognia.
The Lab School of Memphis is an independent affiliate of the Acton Academy network of schools. Acton affiliates share a mission, set of beliefs, and promises to families. Individual affiliates adapt Acton’s model for the unique communities they serve. The Acton network supports affiliates with curriculum materials, learning tools, custom software, best practices, and more.
We recommend Courage to Grow: How Acton Academy Turns Learning Upside Down by Acton co-founder Laura Sandefer.
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