The Lab School of Washington
4759 Reservoir Road, NW
Washington, DC 20007
The Lab School of Washington provides an outstanding educational opportunity for intelligent, often gifted, children with learning disabilities who are not able to achieve academic success in regular classrooms. The school carefully tailors its activities and programs to meet the needs of each student. With a total enrollment of 330 pupils in Kindergarten through 12th grade, our student-teacher ratio is four to five to one. Founded in 1967 by Executive Director Sally L. Smith, the school is internationally recognized as a leading force in the field of learning disabilities.
The Lab School’s multi-sensory program is unique, employing all the art forms and the innovative Academic Club Methodology, in conjunction with teaching academic skills to educate students with learning disabilities. The arts (dance, drama, music, graphic design, ceramics, woodworking, and film making) enhance the process of neural maturation necessary for academic success by helping to increase attention, build organizational competencies, and improve language skills, as well as developing a strong sense of self-worth.
The Academic Clubs are a distinctive feature of the Lab School curriculum. Working chronologically, students learn history, literature, science, geography, and archaeology by participating in the Cave, Gods, Knights and Ladies, Renaissance, Museum, and Industrialists clubs.
The Lab School incorporates psychological, occupational therapy, and speech/language services into our program through an integrative delivery model in the classrooms as well as direct pull-out services. These services also are offered to the community, as are college counseling, tutoring, and night school for adults with learning disabilities, as well as an after-school program and a 5-week summer session.