High School, Grades 9-12

By High School, teens are ready to tackle the demands of college preparatory courses. While striving to give teens a typical high school experience, Baltimore Lab School remains true to our core philosophy throughout the older grades. Experiential, multi-sensory methods are used to reinforce the learning process so that students can master rigorous subjects, including Spanish, physics, chemistry, and calculus. Executive functions, such as time management, critical thinking, and analytic skills, are emphasized as students prepare for “Life After Lab.”

  • 9th to 12th grade
  • Low student/teacher ratios
  • Maintains rigorous, college preparatory course load
  • Employs the arts as a gateway for learning
  • Prepares students for college and career through off-campus internships
  • Requires students to complete 75 community service hours
  • Offers a wide variety of after-school athletics and activities
  • Provides opportunities to make friends and have fun
  • Celebrates our graduates: the majority attend college
While the social world of teenager expands, individual classes at Baltimore Lab School remain small, averaging 6 students. Older students assume even greater responsibility for their work and choose from a wide range of electives, based on their interest: functional art, sculpture, drawing and painting, drama, technology, photography, physical education, instrumental music, and yearbook. Global learning projects offer opportunities to study abroad and travel to places such as Costa Rica, France, England, and Spain.

It is important for High School students to become independent. Throughout our program we offer unique opportunities for teens to become appropriately autonomous. Starting in ninth grade, students are welcome to participate in the planning, management, and daily operation of our school store. It’s a great opportunity to gain practical knowledge of real world economic issues that businesses and consumers face. Our popular off-campus internship program with local businesses gives seniors the chance to clarify their future college and employment plans as they develop successful work habits. Past internships have included stints with the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA), Mercy Hospital, The Maryland Historical Society, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore Police Department’s mounted police division, award-winning theatre companies, restaurants, bakeries, and art studios.

Seniors can take two unique courses: Senior Project and College Prep. Senior Project encourages positive interaction with local arts organizations and community projects through activities such as murals, mixed media portraits, and short films. Past projects have included partnerships with Art On Purpose, Wide Angle Youth Media Group, and Habitat for Humanity. In College Prep, seniors work with our superb College and Career Counselor who assists seniors in taking college entrance exams, college selection and the college application process.

High School Resources

High School Newspaper

Check out the latest issue of our High School newspaper. The Lab Ten News staff has completed another exceptional issue. Read online: www.labtennews.com 

Meet Our High School Team

List of 14 members.

  • Gwendolyn Grant 

    Head of High School
    Morgan State University - B.A.
    Johns Hopkins University - M.S.
    Nova Southeastern University - Ed.D.
  • Richard Allen 

    Math Teacher
    University of Maryland - B.A.
  • Robin Bruck 

    World History, English 9, & Broadcasting Teacher
    University of Virginia - B.S.
    Johns Hopkins University - M.Ed.
  • Kelly Emery 

    High School English Teacher
    University of Delaware - B.A.
    University of Maryland College Park - M.Ed.
  • Erica Geltman-Linardi 

    High School Spanish Teacher
    Universidad de San Luis, Spain
    Towson State University - B.A.
    Walden University - M.S.
  • Britta Hoffman 

    Instructional Assistant
    Towson University - B.S.
  • James Hubbard 

    Technology Teacher
  • Jessica Martin 

    English Teacher
    University of Maryland - Baltimore County - B.A.
  • Malinda Midzenski 

    High School Science Teacher
    Quinnipiac University - B.S.
    Yale University - M.P.H.
    Goucher College - M.A.T.
  • Lauren Moore 

    High School Environmental Science & Statistics Teacher
    Eckerd College - B.A
    University of Notre Dame - M.A.
  • John Mulherin 

    High School Government & History Teacher
    Goucher College - B.A.
    Goucher College - M.A.
  • James Schwartz 

    High School Math Teacher
    UMBC - B.A.
    Loyola College - M.Ed.
  • Sarah  Smith 

    Math & Technology Teacher
    Goucher College - B.A.
    George Washington University - M.F.A.
  • Amy Zbikowski 

    High School English Teacher, Senior Internship Coordinator
    Misericordia University - B.A.
    Misericordia University - B.S.
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.