The Lab School of Washington pioneered the Academic Club Method, an experiential classroom model that teaches academic subjects through full, hands-on immersion in the humanities. Academic clubs create storehouses of knowledge, vocabulary, language fluency, and critical thinking to facilitate classroom proficiency in multiple subjects, including social studies, geography, science, the humanities, math, reading, writing and art. The success of the Academic Club model has been repeatedly documented, is replicated worldwide, and is being used to great success at Baltimore Lab School.
Today, The LSW enrolls approximately 350 students from 1st through 12th grade, on two campuses. An Elementary program for grades 1-4 is located at the Foxhall campus; Intermediate, Junior High, and High School programs, Clinical Services, and the Night School for adults with learning differences are located at the nearby Reservoir campus.
With one of the most studied and imitated programs in learning disabilities education, The Lab School of Washington and Baltimore Lab School remain at the forefront of learning disabilities education. By initiating and incorporating current research on the brain, teaching, and learning, they continue their heritage as groundbreakers and pioneers.
Other schools have successfully replicated The Lab School model. In 2006, The Academy in Manayunk
outside Philadelphia, PA, opened with 23 students; it has expanded to over 125 students. In the fall of 2011, Gateway Lab School
, a Public Charter School in New Castle, DE opened with 180 students in grades 3-7.