An important goal of our High School program is to prepare our students for “Life after Lab.” The process of clarifying strengths and interests, identifying college and career choices, and planning a strategy to fulfill aspirations begins as early as 9th grade. Our experienced College and Career Counselor provides tremendous support to students and families throughout the process, partnering with you to identify a range of options well-suited for your daughter or son. We help every student select the high school classes that best prepare them for the course they’ve charted and we counsel students as they begin to write their college essays, personal statements, and application materials. Role-playing with counselors helps prepare students for college and job interviews and strengthens their self-advocacy skills. Preparation for the PSAT, SAT, and ACT standardized tests is an important facet of our college counseling process; Baltimore Lab School also serves as a test center for each of these tests.
Baltimore Lab School is proud of the extraordinary young men and women who have graduated from our school since 2007. Most of our students continue on to college – more than the average number for students with learning disabilities. Others have chosen to launch their careers in a range of interesting and rewarding professions.
Meet Our College and Career Counselor
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Director of College and Career Counseling & Registrar
Joe DiBello joined Baltimore Lab School in 2011 as the College and Career Counselor. Before coming to BLS, Joe worked in the government consulting, higher education, and counseling fields. Joe earned his B.A. in Sociology and Philosophy from Boston College and his M.Ed from DePaul University where he followed the School and Community Counseling tracks.
Joe loves working at Baltimore Lab School because the small nature of the school allows for more personal relationships with students, parents, and staff. In his free time, Joe enjoys spending time with his family and friends.
100% of the class of 2017 was accepted to college!
In recent years, our graduates have been accepted at:
California University of Pennsylvania
Columbia College of Art Chicago
Corcoran School for the Arts
Davis & Elkins College
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
Fairleigh Dickinson University
Franklin & Marshall College
Frostburg State University
Harrisburg University of Science & Technology
Johnson & Wales University
Lebanon Valley College
Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA)
Marymount Manhattan College
Montana State University
Morgan State University
New England College
New York Institute of Technology (NYIT)
Notre Dame of Maryland University
Parson’s New School of Design
Pennsylvania College of Technology (an affiliate of Penn State University)
Point Park University
Purchase College, SUNY
Rocky Mountain College
Santa Monica College
Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD)
Seton Hall University
St. Andrew’s Presbyterian College
St. Joseph's University
St. Mary College of Maryland
Trinity Washington University
University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC)
University of Maryland Eastern Shore
University of North Carolina - Charlotte
Virginia Intermont College
Wayne State University
West Virginia Wesleyan College
York College of Pennsylvania
Community Colleges in Allegany, Anne Arundel County, Baltimore City, Baltimore County, Harford County, Howard County, Montgomery County
And the list continues 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.