Core Curriculum

The curriculum at Lab follows New York State guidelines and includes:

  • A workshop model approach to LITERACY skills
  • A combination of constructivist and traditional approaches to MATHEMATICS
  • A multi-disciplinary approach to SOCIAL STUDIES
  • An inquiry-based study of SCIENCE, that promotes scientific literacy and deepens problem-solving skills
  • Hands-on investigation of the VISUAL ARTS
  • Exploration of MUSIC that involves listening to and performing music (choral and instrumental)
  • The use of TECHNOLOGY throughout the curriculum across grades K-5
  • PHYSICAL EDUCATION that recognizes that an active body helps an active mind
  • Integration of SOCIAL EMOTIONAL LEARNING

Pedagogical Foci

We believe best practices for teaching and learning includes the following:

  • Differentiated Instruction, a process through which teachers enhance learning by matching student characteristics to instruction
  • Emphasis on high quality student discussions, exemplified by responding to and extending each other’s thinking and providing constructive peer-to-peer feedback
  • Higher order questioning techniques, whereby teachers use open-ended questions, inviting students to think deeply and/or offer multiple possible answers or solutions

Enrichments

Our students also have access to some exciting programs that enhance the everyday curriculum, such as:

  • Architecture
  • Chess
  • Spanish
  • Latin
  • Salvadori Center
  • Dance – National Dance Institute
  • Performance – Wingspan for the Arts
  • Debate