On November 1st, 2016, UNC President Margaret Spellings publicly announced that East Carolina University has been selected as one of eight universities across the state to open a laboratory school as a training site for future teachers and administrators. The lab school at ECU is a collaboration between the East Carolina University and Pitt County Public Schools, operating within South Greenville Elementary School. The ECU Lab School will open in the fall of 2017 for grades 2 through 4. The school will expand over three years to eventually serve students in grades Pre-K through 5.

The ECU Lab School is designed to build upon students’ strengths and provide real world learning experiences with research based instruction to include a variety of wrap-around services to maximize each child’s potential. It will not only address students’ academic needs, but will also provide students with additional resources to enhance their development physically, socially, and emotionally.

Our Vision

We will build a school culture that emphasizes safety, respect and love of the children and families we serve.  It is our mission to engage children in learning experiences that support their curiosity, creativity, inquiry, and intellectual growth. It is our mission to create a school that respects children’s strengths and meets their needs. The ECU lab school acknowledges and supports the integration of health, wellness and learning. Through the ECU Lab school, we will empower students, families and teachers to become informed engaged and resilient citizens in our community. It is our mission to cultivate and support a love of lifelong learning and growth for students and their families.

Our Mission

The mission of the ECU Lab school is to educate the whole child through a web of support that thrives through our partnerships. 

Explore and Learn with Us!

The ECU Lab School is located within six classrooms at South Greenville Elementary. Students will receive access to state of the art resources in literacy, science, math, and technology. Opportunities for additional learning time will occur through planned extended day and year activities.

Laboratory School News
Pirate Principal: ECU Lab School Leader Named
Tasha Rodriguez has been named principal of the East Carolina University Laboratory School, which will open this fall at South Greenville Elementary School. Rodriguez’s appointment is effective May 8. She currently is an assistant principal at Grifton School. “I am thankful for the opportunity to have served Grifton School, the families and community for the last three years,” Rodriguez said. “The major lesson I’ve learned from the Grifton community is the importance of having pride for the school. I will carry this with me as Continue reading →

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Dr. Kristen Cuthrell Appointed Interim Director of COE Rural Education Institute (REI)
In 1982 the ECU College of Education received a grant from the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation to establish the Rural Education Institute. The Rural Education Institute (REI) was developed to increase awareness of the unique strengths and needs of rural schools in eastern North Carolina. In 1984 the North Carolina General Assembly appropriated funds for the continuation of East Carolina University’s Rural Education Institute and established a counterpart at Western Carolina University. These two institutions comprise the Rural Education Network for the State of North Continue reading →

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Job Posting – Executive Director of ECU Lab School
Executive Director ECU Lab School College of Education Vacancy 002586 NC General Statue Chapter 116, Article 29 A (116-239.5), provided for the establishment of eight university laboratory schools with the mission “improving student performance in local school administrative units with low performing schools by providing an enhanced education program for students residing in those units and providing exposure and training for teachers and principals to successfully address challenges existing in high need school settings. The laboratory school shall provide an opportunity for research, demonstration, student Continue reading →

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Contact Us

For more information about the ECU Lab School, please contact:

Ms. Tasha Rodriguez - Principal

Dr. Mark L'Esperance

Dr. Laura Bilbro-Berry

Dr. Elizabeth Hodge