Mission & Philosophy


Baltimore Lab School is an innovative learning community fostering scholarship and creativity in students with unique strengths and diverse learning needs. In an environment of inquiry, hands-on exploration, and the Arts, Baltimore Lab School students learn to advocate for themselves as they become engaged and compassionate members of a global society.

We Believe:

All children possess unique strengths, can learn, and must develop the ability to self-advocate.

Enthusiastic and creative staff must be supported to grow professionally by seeking out non-traditional, evidence-based teaching methods that best meet the needs of diverse learners. 

The arts can be a vehicle for organizing the learning process, combining multi-sensory instruction, and experiential learning for students with learning disabilities. 

Student success requires a safe and structured environment, founded on kindness, compassion, and the celebration of differences.

A Graduate of Baltimore Lab Will Be:

1. A critical thinker, problem solver, and communicator prepared to face the challenges of college life or workplace.

2. A responsible self-advocate who knows and employs individual strategies for success in college and/or career. 

3. An engaged and compassionate global citizen who appreciates and respects the differences in others.

4. A lifelong learner who continues to seek new opportunities to grow. 
Founded by visionary educator Sally L. Smith in 2000, Baltimore Lab School educates bright, motivated children in Grades 1-12 with learning disabilities like dyslexia, ADHD, and more. Through our innovative, arts-based curriculum, our students go on to succeed in college and careers.