Award Year: 2013

The Laboratory Charter School of Communication and Languages

124 Bryn Mawr Avenue
Bala Cynwyd, PA, 19004-0000

(610) 617-9121

LaKeisha Patrick, Principal at time of Nomination


School Website


To empower learners to extend their thought processes to inquire and to find solutions to problems requisite of a diverse and ever-changing world environment.

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 95%
  • White: 1%
  • Hispanic: 2%
  • Two or more races: 2%
  • Economically Disadvantaged: %

Learning must result in changes that are meaningful, authentic and positive. Consistent with this philosophy, the Laboratory Charter School of Communication and Languages (The Lab School) has created and maintained a learning environment that empowers learners to adopt a “can do” posture. Consequently, at the Lab School, success is the mantra, but failure is never an option. Lab School students learn to take responsibility for their own learning very early in their school career.

The Lab School draws most of its school population from Philadelphia which, like most large urban areas, experiences the problems of the culture of poverty. Yet, academically, this school has been considered among the best in the entire state of Pennsylvania. In fact, many of our graduates are recruited by the top ranked public, private and parochial high schools. Interestingly, many of our former students return to thank their former teachers and administrators and to offer advice to current students about the value of the Lab school experience.

The school's success germinates from its vision to prepare students for the now and the future. Thus the school provides a challenging, data driven curriculum which is consistently adjusted to meet the needs of the students. Highly qualified teachers employ numerous instructional methodologies in their classrooms and consistently monitor student learning. Additionally, parents are encouraged to participate in their children's learning.

The Lab School is a safe learning environment where disciplinary problems are at a minimum because students spend most of their time on tasks. However, part of this success is rooted in the shared tolerance and respect among students, parents and staff. Indeed, the Lab School is worthy of its recognition!