The New York City Lower Laboratory School for Gifted Education (PS 77) is an NYCDOE District 2 Gifted & Talented Public Elementary School serving Kindergarten through Fifth Grade.
At the Lower Lab School, the focus is to meet the needs of students identified as gifted and talented, which is defined as someone who shows or has the potential to show an exceptional level of performance in one or more areas of expression (see nagc.org). Our goal is to provide an appropriate education for those students in one or several ways: acceleration, curriculum compacting, and in depth study that extends upon the mandated to include activities that focus on the evaluation and analysis of information as well as creating new knowledge. A key tenet of the Lab education is the core belief that students learn from each other. Our students are equipped to drive one another’s thinking to new and exciting places. Children are encouraged to explore new strategies, to defend their thinking, and to become critical thinkers and problem solvers. Lab focuses on educating the whole child by including a social emotional component in the curriculum, thinking about the greater community, and adding a variety of enrichment programs that teach by engaging different senses.