Mission & Philosophy


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

We believe that:

  • all children can learn, and it is our responsibility to identify their unique gifts;
  • we must provide a safe, secure, and nurturing environment in which children can learn;
  • kindness, compassion and perseverance are essential to helping students be successful;
  • there is power in positive reinforcement, and we should foster self-confidence in students;
  • successes, grand or small, should be celebrated;
  • each person must be respected and diversity is prized;
  • students with learning disabilities need highly individualized and structured experiences;
  • organization and social skills are key to academic success;
  • the most effective education for children with learning disabilities combines multi-sensory instruction, experiential learning, and an arts-infused curriculum;
  • the arts provide a valuable and effective vehicle for organizing the learning process for students with learning disabilities;
  • a talented, enthusiastic, and creative staff is essential to the success of every student;
  • innovative and non-traditional teaching methods are beneficial as part of a rigorous instructional model;
  • all students should develop the ability to self-advocate by learning to identify their strengths, weaknesses, and unique learning styles.

The goals of the institution are to:

  • provide a rigorous, best in class, college-preparatory education;
  • prepare students for a lifetime of learning;
  • provide intensive remediation and teach useful learning strategies;
  • use visual and performing arts to facilitate the education process;
  • bring multi-sensory and experiential learning methods into the classroom;
  • support and educate parents;
  • pioneer research and design new methodologies to remain on the cutting edge of the field;
  • incorporate the latest technology into all Lab School programs;
  • provide a challenging yet collaborative environment for staff and invest in professional development;
  • disseminate the results of our programs to public and private schools that serve students who learn in both traditional and non-traditional ways.
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.