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National Sample of Laboratory Schools

Why ECU Community School Did This Study

The Board of Governors selected ECU to establish a laboratory school, in accordance with §116-239.5 University of NC Laboratory Schools quality educator preparation programs. ECU's Community School Committee researched lab schools across the nation to gain an understanding of existing lab schools. The sample included:

  • Total Laboratory Schools (70)
  • Preschools (7)
  • National Association of Laboratory Schools (NALS) member (50)*
  • International Association of Laboratory Schools (IALS) member (16)^
  • Both (17)
How ECU Community School Completed This Study

The ECU Community School committee used the categories below to review lab school data and reports form our sample of 70.

  • University and NonUniversity Affiliations
  • Location
  • Mission/Philosophy/Purpose (One sentence. Detailed attachment available.)
  • Value-Added Records, such as handbooks and videos
  • Articles and Research
What ECU Community School Found

New York (7), California (6), Illinois (5), and North Carolina (5) had the highest concentration of laboratory, development, and models schools of the 70 in ECU Lab School's national sample.  Other findings:      

  • Pre-K to Grade 16 (college partnership)       
  • Pre-K schools included because of their descriptive mission and user-friendly websites       
  • Special needs and Gifted       
  • Athletic, Music, and  Drama

Please choose a state below to get information on lab schools from that state.

UniversityLaboratory School City, StateMission/Philosophy/PurposeValue-Added DocumentsSearch Results
University of North AlabamaKilby Laboratory School *Florence, ALKilby Laboratory School is committed to preparing elementary and university students to meet the future challenges of an ever changing global community.Kilby Student HandbookKilby Kids (Not the school.)
University Laboratory School City, State Mission/Philosophy/Purpose Value-Added Documents Search Results
University of Redlands# The Lewis Center for Educational Research (Academy for Academic Excellence)^* Apple Valley, CA The Lewis Center for Educational Research has been called "one of the most interesting, unique and unusual" educational institutions in the nation, and we are known for our relationship with NASA and the Goldstone-Apple Valley Radio Telescope (GAVRT) program. Operate a 112 foot telescope.
-Academy For Academic Excellence Handbook
Long Beach Community College Long Beach City College Child Development Center* Ҏ Long Beach, CA As part of the Child Development and Educational Studies Department at Long Beach City College, the Child Development Centers are committed to enhancing    the quality of life for students, children, and families throughout the life    span. Parent Handbook Leave No Child Inside
Long Beach State Study on Faculty Development
University of CA Los    Angeles UCLA Lab School (Corinne A. Seeds Elementary    School)* Los Angeles, CA The mission of UCLA Lab School is to promote innovation and excellence in education through research, outreach, and teaching and learning. We are dedicated to addressing the needs of children from diverse backgrounds. We value teaching and learning environments that honor each child's natural joy of learning. We encourage creativity and support a disciplined approach to    intellectual inquiry. We are a caring community of learners--students, teachers, staff, and families. We are committed to educating the whole child. UCLA Lab School Research Current Projects
Democracy and Schooling in California: The Legacy of Helen Heffernan and Corinne Seeds
Mills College Mills College Children's School*^ Oakland, CA To provide: high-quality, developmentally appropriate educational programs for children from infancy through fifth grade; a clinical setting in which students preparing for careers working with young children can observe and participate in the application of theory into practice; facilitate educational research opportunities that engage participants in the process of investigation, reflection, and documentation Graduate Tracking Lifelong Learners: Teacher and Researcher in a K1 Classroom Writing Workshop
University of CA Santa Barbara Harding    University Partnership School Santa Barbara, CA Harding's vision is to collaborate with the community in creating an inviting, innovative, and supportive environment for internationally-minded learners who are engaged in rigorous, inquiry-based learning. Jog-A-Thon    Fundraiser Linking Research to Best Practice: University    Laboratory Schools in Early Childhood Education
Stanford University Bing Nursery School^ Stanford, CA The four-fold mission of Stanford's Bing Nursery School is to provide a laboratory setting where faculty members and graduate students can conduct research in child development, to provide an exceptional educational environment for young children, to teach undergraduate and graduate students about young children through observation  and experience in the classroom, and to partner with both parents and educators in helping to improve the lives of young children and their families. Research & Publications TBD
University Laboratory School City, State Mission/Philosophy/Purpose Value-Added Documents Search Results
St. Joseph College The School for Young Children* Ҏ West Hartford, CT
The School for Young Children provides a quality preschool experience for young children between the ages of 3 and 5. N/A TBD
University Laboratory School City, State Mission/Philosophy/Purpose Value-Added Documents Search Results
University of Delaware U of DE Laboratory Preschool^ Ҏ Newark, DE
To prepare university students to be highly skilled practitioners, leaders and researchers who are committed to integrating theory, research and practice in the development, implementation and evaluation of inclusive    programs and policies that enhance the development of all children and their families, promote children's right to play, and prepare children to contribute to a democratic society within a global context; serve as a site for researchers and students across the university and beyond and provide a model of exemplary practice and research-based professional development for practitioners serving children and their families. Online Payments TBD
University Laboratory School City, State Mission/Philosophy/Purpose Value-Added Documents Search Results
N/A Lab School of Washington Washington, DC The Lab School of Washington has been providing an exceptional, college-preparatory academic experience for bright students (grades 1-12) with ADHD, dyslexia, and    other language-based learning differences (often-referred to as specific learning disabilities). Our innovative, arts-infused curriculum is experiential and multi-sensory, helping young people to overcome difficulties with reading, spelling, writing, and math, while preparing them for a range of rewarding college and career choices. Learning Difference
Lab School Farms
Howard University Howard University    Middle School of Math and Science Washington, DC Our school community strives to instill in each child the excitement that comes with learning, where the expectations are high and academics are aligned to    the Common Core Standards. Here at (MS)2 our academic approach is focused on Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). Enrollment Packet Howard University Public Charter School Receives $250K from Google
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Florida Atlantic UniversityA. D. Henderson School*Boca Raton, FLThe    school has a three-fold mission of (1) being a demonstration site for teacher    education; (2) developing curricula; (3) conducting research (F.S. 228.053).Current Research ProjectsLegal Status of Laboratory Schools and Teacher    Education Laboratory Practices 
University of FloridaP. K. Yonge Developmental Research School*Gainesville, FLTo design, test, and disseminate best practices in K-12 education through serving a diverse student community.Performing Arts
University of Florida Has Unique New Laboratory School;
Innovating to Support Student Success Edutopia;
US News and World Reports 2016 Rank
Florida A & M UniversityFlorida A &    M University Development Research School*Tallahassee, FLThe mission of Florida A&M University's Developmental Research School (FAMU DRS) is to conduct research, demonstration, and evaluation of the management of teaching and learning.Homeless EducationFAMU K-12 Replacement Campus Completed
Florida State UniversityFlorida    State University School*Tallahassee, FLIn collaboration with the College of Education at Florida State University, the mission of Florida State University Schools is to advance Florida's K-12 education through exemplary teaching, research, and service.Social Media For ParentsFSU Research Reports
Rollins CollegeThe Child Development & Student Research Center^Winter Park, FLThe Child Development Center Lab contributes to the mission of Rollins College by offering undergraduates the opportunity for research on campus and in the local community and for families the advantage of a high quality lab preschool program on campus.Child Emotional Development CheckCollege Mission Alignment: Lessons for Laboratory Schools 
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Berry CollegeBerry College Elementary School*^Mount Berry, GABerry College Elementary & Middle School is dedicated to the development of the full potential of every child through the education of the head, heart, and hands.Quick FactsAddressing the Principles for School Mathematics: A    Case Study of Elementary Teachers' Pedagogy and Practices in an Urban    High-Poverty School, by Robert Q. Berry
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University of Hawai'i at MānoaEducation Laboratory SchoolHonolulu, HI The school serves two interlocking missions: to design and deliver the best possible education to   its students, and to serve the educational research and development community as an inventing and testing ground for high quality educational programs.U.S. News Best High School 2013, 2014, 2015The Role of the University of Hawaii Laboratory    School  in a National Science Foundation Graduate K–12 Teacher Training Grant
UniversityLaboratory School City, StateMission/Philosophy/PurposeValue-Added DocumentsSearch Results
University of ChicagoUniversity of Chicago Laboratory SchoolsChicago, ILElementary Mission
  The Laboratory Schools are home to the youngest members of the University of Chicago's academic community. We ignite and nurture an enduring spirit of scholarship, curiosity, creativity, and confidence. We value learning experientially, exhibiting kindness, and honoring diversity.
Nikki Menta State Golf (Northwest Herald 10/11/16)
  Repeating the Race Experience: John Dewey and the History Curriculum at the University of Chicago Laboratory School
Chicago Study Tests Mindfulness in the Classroom
  Lessons Learned: Building a Better Laboratory School
N/ACatherine Cook School^Chicago, ILWe cultivate proficiency in not only the traditional "Three Rs" but also in the Five Cs: Communication, Collaboration, Creativity, Critical Thinking, and Character. We take seriously our responsibility to educate children for the unknown.Board of TrusteesTBD
Illinois State UniversityUniversity High School (Normal)*^Normal, ILThe mission of University High School is to be a PIONEER in research, service, and excellence in education.Athletics
  University High Handbook
Dominican UniversityGoedert Early Childhood Education Center^River Forest, ILThe Rose K. Goedert Center is committed to providing quality, holistic, early childhood education for children ages 2 through 5, while providing an on-campus learning environment for students in Dominican University's School of Education.Excel Rate Press ReleaseTBD
University of IllinoisUniversity of Illinois Laboratory High School*Urbana, ILUniversity Laboratory High School seeks to spark the creative fervor and high aspirations of talented young people; to ignite their intellectual growth; to develop their critical thinking skills; to challenge them through traditional and experimental strategies; to instill in them a sense of citizenship; and to positively influence the larger educational community.Virtual TourTBD
National-Louis UniversityBaker Demonstration School*Wilmette, ILWe champion an exemplary progressive education, which cultivates an intrinsic motivation to learn, values differences, nurtures the whole person, and encourages courageous choices.Baker StoriesTBD
UniversityLaboratory School City, StateMission/Philosophy/PurposeValue-Added DocumentsSearch Results
Indiana UniversityMonroe County Community School CorporationBloomington, INEmpowering Students to become productive, responsible global citizens.Policies and GuidelinesTBD
Ball State UniversityBurris Laboratory School*Muncie, INThis mission is based on the belief that all students can learn and will be empowered to develop their fullest intellectual, social, artistic, and physical potentials.Lottery Application
  -Apps for Physical Education: TEACHER TESTED, KID APPROVED!
Toying With Technology
  Smithsonian Loan, Science and Children, 1995
  A Picture Literally Is Worth a Thousand Words! Using Documentation to Increase Family Involvement
University Laboratory School City, State Mission/Philosophy/Purpose Value-Added Documents Search Results
University    of Northern Iowa Northern    University High School Cedar Falls, IA Our office is responsible for a variety of functions within the University and is proud to be a primary point of contact for students, alumni, parents, staff, and administrators of Malcolm Price Laboratory School, which closed June 30, 2012. We hope that you find the following links to be of assistance. School closed contact for lessons learned.
Why Laboratory Schools Must Enroll Students with Diverse Abilities
The Closing Of Laboratory Schools and the Changing Role of University Schools of Education
John Dewey as Administrator: The Inglorious End of the Laboratory School in    Chicago
Why Laboratory Schools Must Enroll Students with Diverse Abilities
The Teacher Institute: A Blend of Teaching, Research, and Service
UniversityLaboratory School City, StateMission/Philosophy/PurposeValue-Added DocumentsSearch Results
Eastern Kentucky UniversityModel Elementary Laboratory School*^Richmond, KYTo teach, to learn, to help others teach and learn.The Model Observer
  -Model Budget
Model Screen "Most Likely To Succeed."
  Why Parents Choose Laboratory Schools for their Children
UniversityLaboratory School City, StateMission/Philosophy/PurposeValue-Added DocumentsSearch Results
Southern UniversitySouthern University Laboratory Virtual School*Baton Rogue, LAAs a program of Southern Laboratory School District, the Southern University Laboratory Virtual School uses K¹² and FuelEd curriculum to offer Louisiana students in grades K-12 an exceptional learning experience.CurriculumHow The Bulldogs Got Their Groove Back: The Transition of The University Schools from Laboratory School to Charter School
Louisiana State UniversityLouisiana State University Laboratory School*^Baton Rouge, LA"Total Effort in Every Endeavor"Dual EnrollmentTBD
Mayfair UniversityMayfair Laboratory SchoolBaton Rouge, LALearning guides will be written and disseminated to parents to keep them informed in real time what their child will be learning and expected to know at the end of a unit and at the end of the school year.Mayfair Positive behavior and Rules by Setting (scroll down)TBD
Southeastern Louisiana UniversitySoutheastern Louisiana University Laboratory SchoolHammond, LAThe school embraces the University's mission statement which states: "Southeastern Louisiana University's mission is to lead the educational, economic, and cultural development of southeast Louisiana."Community Music School
  -Southeastern Handbook
Restructuring Introductory Physics by Adapting an Active Learning Studio Model
  Dietary and Physical Activity Behaviors of Laboratory School Students
Louisiana Tech UniversityA. E. Phillips Laboratory School*Ruston, LAThe vision of A.E. Phillips Laboratory School is to foster a learning community in which members become creative, self-directed, lifelong learners and effective citizens in a technological, global society.PoliciesTBD
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Johns Hopkins University Henderson-Hopkins School Baltimore, MD JHU operational support will ensure small class sizes, a wide-range of enrichment activities, and strong leadership.  Alumni and Parent Surveys How Mindfulness Could Help Teachers and Students 
Hood College Onica Prall Child Development Center*^ Frederick, MD The preschool, operated by the Hood College Department of Education, provides an education for children who are three and four years old. Onica Prall Lab School Video TBD
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Smith CollegeSmith College Campus School*^Northampton, MA
The Smith College Campus School’s mission is to provide an exemplary education for elementary school students and to provide a learning environment for Smith College students and faculty.CurriculumTBD
UniversityLaboratory School City, StateMission/Philosophy/PurposeValue-Added DocumentsSearch Results
Stephens College Children's School at Stephens College^ Columbia, MO
The Children's School at Stephens College is a constructivist, holistic-based laboratory school community. Student Handbook Financially Sustaining University Lab Schools: One University's Story 
Northwest Missouri State University Horace Mann Laboratory School*^ Maryville, MO Horace Mann provides a hands-on, project based learning, individualized approach that is only possible with small class sizes and multiple teachers. Project Lead The Way & STEM TBD
College of the Ozarks Laboratory School of College of the Ozarks^ Point Lookout, MO School of the Ozarks will operate within the mission of College of the Ozarks, to provide advantages of a Christian education for youth of both sexes, especially those found worthy, but who are without sufficient means to procure such training. Why Come Ye Here? TBD
Missouri State University Greenwood Laboratory School* Springfield, MO To support Missouri State University as a laboratory of best practices in teaching and to prepare students who are knowledgeable, creative, caring and engaged citizens. 100% University Acceptance TBD
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Colby    Sawyer CollegeWindy Hill School* ҎNew London, New Hampshire Windy Hill Lab School HandbookTBD
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Bank Street College of Education Bank Street School For Children* New York, NY The mission of Bank Street College is to improve the education of children and their teachers by applying to the educational process all available knowledge about learning and growth, and by connecting teaching and learning meaningfully to the outside world. High School Matriculation 2016 TBD
Columbia University (The School of Columbia University) Teachers College New York*^ New York, NY We tailor our instruction so that the needs of the individual students are met. A committed faculty and administration strive to create a school that will stand as a model for what K-8 education can be, and serve as a genuine and enduring partnership between Columbia University and its neighbors. Co-Curriculars
  -Two Faculty Win Paemst Award
  -The School At Columbia University Residence
What Would Teachers Do If They Had the Chance?
  Amid Change, Lab Schools Seek New Missions
Hunter College Hunter College Campus Schools* New York, NY Our schools strive to reflect the city they serve by admitting and educating a population of students who are culturally, socio-economically, and ethnically diverse. The Best Negotiator TBD
Dutchess Community College Dutchess Community College Laboratory Nursery* Ҏ Poughkeepsie, NY The curriculum of Wimpfheimer Nursery School is formulated in part with respect to the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) guidelines for developmentally appropriate practices. N/A TBD
Vassar College Wimpfheimer Nursery School^ Poughkeepsie, NY While we have known that children from infancy through adolescence need to “learn by doing”, the significance of these hands-on experiences by engaging in stimulating, age-appropriate activities, children make brain connections that they will use for a lifetime. Gallery TBD
Skidmore College Skidmore Early Childhood Center* Ҏ Saratoga Springs, NY The Skidmore Early Childhood Center is a laboratory school affiliated with the Education Department at Skidmore College. N/A TBD
Syracuse University Bernice M. Wright Child Development Laboratory School* Syracuse, NY This mission is based on the belief that all students can learn and will be empowered to develop their fullest intellectual, social, artistic, and physical potentials. Resources for Developmental Disabilities TBD
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Appalachian State University Lucy Brock Child Development Laboratory Program Boone, NC The mission of the LBCDLP is to provide professional development opportunities for individuals who plan to work with young children. Waiting List Application Form TBD
Columbia Teachers College Charlotte Lab School Charlotte, NC The mission of the Charlotte Lab School is to redesign the school experience to better prepare students for success in college and career and to serve, through community partnerships, as a model for innovative practices in teaching and leadership.  Charlotte Lab School uses the city as our classroom to provide an engaging project-based college preparatory foundation in a small nurturing, partial language immersion setting. Volunteer Opportunities Charlotte Lab School FAQS
Duke University Duke School Durham, NC Duke School graduates are given the tools to confidently solve many types of problems, focus on important details, work cooperatively and resolve conflicts. See Duke School History TBD
Elizabeth City State University Elizabeth City State Laboratory School Ҏ Elizabeth City, NC The Laboratory School fosters the goal of providing a learning environment that will help young children develop to their maximum potential physically, intellectually, socially, and emotionally. N/A TBD
Bennett College Martin Dixon Integration Center Greensboro, NC Lab school mission not located. Bennett Organization Chart  Activity Bus Latest Gift from Benefactor for MDIC
University of North Carolina Wilmington Betty Holden Stike Education Laboratory Wilmington, NC Tutoring is designed as a positive experience, focusing on the child's strengths, needs, and interests. Students are coached as they learn new strategies and skills in reading, writing and mathematics. Jacksonville Extension Program TBD
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Carlow University Campus School of  Carlow University*^ Pittsburgh, PA As a community of learners, we will provide our students with an engaging learning environment that distinguishes The Campus School as a place of learner-centered pedagogy, innovative practice, and creative application rooted in the Mercy tradition of faith, love, and service. Montessori Education @ Carlow TBD
Carnegie Mellon University The Children's School of Carnegie Mellon University*^ Pittsburgh, PA As a university laboratory school, we aim to lead through excellence and innovation as we help low-income families connect with agencies offering scholarship resources, and we participate in the Educational Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) program in Pennsylvania. Information for Researchers
  Information for Educators
Carnegie Mellon Family Handbook 
University of Pittsburgh Fanny Edel Falk Laboratory School*^ Pittsburgh, PA Falk School's mission is to be responsive to and responsible for the four educational assumptions and five laboratory functions described in the philosophy section of this document. CodeFest 2016 at Falk Falk Laboratory School 
Keystone University Howard Gardner School of Discovery^ Scranton, PA Emphasizes the diverse abilities of children and the need to assess learning using multi­dimensional evaluations, by focusing on project-­based experiences and real world application of knowledge, we aim to empower our young people to become independent, self-­directed learners, who proactively problem­-solve to positively change the world. Multi-Aged Program
  Howard Gardner Minutes
Shippensburg University The Grace B. Luhrs University School*^ Shippensburg, PA The cornerstone of teaching is the focus and commitment on the growth and development of the whole child. Parent Teacher Organization Do Laboratory Methods Stimulate Critical Thinking?
  The Anything Writing Project in First Grade
  Creating a Writing Community
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Rhode Island College Henry Barnard Laboratory School* Providence, RI The mission of the Henry Barnard School is to provide a joyful, exceptional, educational experience that empowers each child to become a confident, accomplished and innovative learner. Health and Wellness TBD
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South Carolina State University Felton Laboratory School* Orangeburg, SC
The mission of Felton Laboratory Charter School, a proud and diverse community, is to ensure a high quality education for all students by providing challenging learning opportunities through STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Mathematics). Teacher of the Week TBD
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East Tennessee State University School East Tennessee State University School*^ Johnson City, TN
"Every child valued. Every child challenged. Every child successful...whatever it takes" US BUCS News & Spotlight Laboratory School Leaders Provide Support for Literacy Teachers
   Building International Partnerships: Country to Country, School to School
   The Virtual Classroom: Theory to Practice
University of Memphis Barbara K. Lipman Early Childhood School*^ Memphis, TN The Barbara K. Lipman Early Childhood School and Research Institute is the laboratory/demonstration school of the University of Memphis College of Education, Health and Human Sciences. Research Process TBD
Middle Tennessee State University Homer Pittard Campus School*^ Murfreesboro, TN Our mission is to create a community of leaders who pursue opportunities to:
   D-Do for others
IT Coach (Click on everything) Communication Dynamic as it Influences Program Implementation
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Texas A&M Corpus Early Childhood Development Center* Corpus Christi, TX
The Early Childhood Development Center (ECDC) is an elementary school serving students age three through the sixth grade that is operated jointly by the Corpus Christi Independent School District (CCISD) and Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi. Texas Honor Roll 'Star School' - Texas A&M University Corpus Christi TBD
Texas Christian University The Starpoint School at Texas Christian University^ Fort Worth, TX
At the beginning of every school year at an all-school assembly, the students of Starpoint are informed that during the school year they will have two roles, as both students and educators. Tuition TBD
Our Lady of the Lake University St. Martin Hall*# San Antonio, TX
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Utah State University Edith Bowen Laboratory School* Logan, UT
The mission of the Edith Bowen Laboratory School at Utah State University is to ensure high levels of learning for all elementary students, by providing a positive and engaging learning environment using effective evidence-based practice; to mentor pre-service teachers through instruction and classroom-based experiences; and to review, conduct, implement, and disseminate educational research. Construction web-cam TBD
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Regent University Regent University Lab School*# Virginia Beach, VA Did not locate lab school site. Did not locate lab school site. Did not locate lab school site.

*National Association of Laboratory Schools (NALS) member
International Association of Laboratory Schools (IALS) member
Pre-Kindergarten and earlier
School in Spotlight, No. 333 – December 4, 2007, (did not find details)http://www.johnlocke.org/acrobat/spotlights/spotlight_339-unccharterschools.pdf