From our Smarty friends at Charlotte Lab School
Opening in fall 2015, the Charlotte Lab School will be the first NC public k-8 charter school located in Center City Charlotte. Utilizing the resources of the City as its expanded classroom, the Charlotte Lab School provides a rigorous and engaging college preparatory foundation in a small, nurturing, partial-immersion language setting.
Envisioned by Dr. Mary Moss Brown, who served on the founding teams for two highly successful schools in Manhattan, the Charlotte Lab School represents the actualization of the lessons learned during her 20-year career in education and described in her recently published book, How to Innovate: The Essential Guide for Fearless School Leaders (Teachers College Press, 2014).
The Charlotte Lab School is based on core beliefs that students learn best through meaningful, real world experiences; that students learn better when they are known well; that students must learn the skills needed to communicate and collaborate with diverse groups of people; that students must understand themselves as learners in order to effectively adapt in today’s world; and that school structures, decisions, and policies need to be driven by students’ needs.
The model for Charlotte Lab School includes:
– An advisory program that enables the school to know – academically, socially, and emotionally – each child well;
– Research-proven approaches to literacy and mathematics instruction designed to prepare students for a rigorous high school experience;
– Short-term, science-based “Quests” – projects that require groups of students to solve real world challenges;
– Partial immersion language instruction in Spanish or Mandarin beginning in kindergarten;
– Collaboration with Northeastern University for teacher professional development;
– Partnership with Discovery Place for STEM instruction; and
– Robust technology to enhance and support the learning process.
Also driven by Dr. Moss Brown’s desire to create the kind of school she wanted for her own children – a place where they would be known, where learning would be joyful and exciting, where they would be prepared for college and the real world, and where they would be exposed to the diversity and resources of the City of Charlotte, it is the goal of the Charlotte Lab School to develop students who understand themselves, are globally and culturally aware, and have the knowledge and skills to think critically and creatively to solve real world challenges.
Charlotte Lab School is currently accepting Interest Forms and will announce the formal 30-day enrollment period in early to mid-January. Students are admitted through a lottery system and families will be notified of acceptance by late February.
The Charlotte Lab School is a tuition-free public charter school opening in fall 2015 with 280 students in grades k-4. The school will grow each year, ultimately serving 540 students in grades k-8. The school will offer transportation and daily lunch (priced based on income), as well as before-school care and after school enrichment programs for all students. As a NC public charter school, enrollment is open to any student who is a resident in the State of NC. Charlotte Lab School admits students of any race, color, gender, national and ethnic origin, sexual orientation, religion and ability to all the rights, privileges, programs and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. Charlotte Lab School does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, national or ethnic origin, sexual orientation, religion or disability in administration of its educational policies, admission policies, and other school programs.
To learn more about the Charlotte Lab School, please visit their website: www.charlottelabschool.org and attend one of the upcoming information sessions being held throughout the greater Charlotte area.
For more information on Charlotte Lab School
Mailing Address: PO Box 30034, Charlotte, NC 28230
General Information: Email firstname.lastname@example.org OR Call 980-277-4522
Student Enrollment Questions & Information: 704-625-6598
Faculty Hiring: 980-819-0652
Informacion en Espanol: 980-231-0958