Laboratory Charter School

  • Laboratory Charter School serves 620 students in grades Kindergarten-8.
  • The percentage of students achieving proficiency in Math is 35% (which is lower than the Pennsylvania state average of 46%) for the 2016-17 school year. The percentage of students achieving proficiency in Reading/Language Arts is 71% (which is higher than the Pennsylvania state average of 63%) for the 2016-17 school year.
  • Laboratory Charter School placed in the bottom 50% of all schools in Pennsylvania for overall test scores (math proficiency is bottom 50%, and reading proficiency is top 50%) for the 2016-17 school year.
  • The student:teacher ratio of 18:1 is higher than the Pennsylvania state level of 15:1.
  • Minority enrollment is 99% of the student body (majority Black), which is higher than the Pennsylvania state average of 34%.

School Overview

  • Laboratory Charter School's student population of 620 students has grown by 6% over five school years.
  • The teacher population of 35 teachers has declined by 10% over five school years.
School TypeCharter School
AwardsHonored for National Blue Ribbon Award Blue Ribbon School (2004)
Grades OfferedGrades Kindergarten-8
Total Students620 students
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Total Classroom Teachers35 teachers
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School Comparison

  • Laboratory Charter School is ranked within the bottom 50% of all 2,814 schools in Pennsylvania (based off of combined Math and Reading proficiency testing data) for the 2016-17 school year.
  • The school's student:teacher ratio of 18:1 has increased from 15:1 over five school years.
  • The diversity score of Laboratory Charter School is 0.30, which is less than the diversity score at state average of 0.52. The school's diversity has stayed relatively flat over five school years.
Definition of Terms 2016-2017 School Year DataThis SchoolState Level (PA)
Overall School Rank#1613 out of 2814 schools
(Bottom 50%)
Math Test Scores (% Proficient)
35%
46%
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Reading / Language Arts Test Scores (% Proficient)
71%
63%
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Student : Teacher Ratio18:115:1
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Asian
2%
4%
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Hispanic
5%
11%
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Black
83%
15%
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White
1%
66%
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Two or more races
9%
4%
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All Ethnic GroupsThis chart display the percentage breakdown of students of all ethnic groups in Laboratory Charter School.This chart display the percentage breakdown of public school students of all ethnic groups in PA.
Diversity Score0.300.52
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Eligible for Free Lunchn/a
41%
This chart display the percentage of students who is eligible for free lunch in Laboratory Charter School and the percentage of public school students who is eligible for free lunch in Pennsylvania by year, with the latest 2015-16 school year data.
Eligible for Reduced Lunchn/a
3%
This chart display the percentage of students who is eligible for reduced lunch in Laboratory Charter School and the percentage of public school students who is eligible for reduced lunch in Pennsylvania by year, with the latest 2014-15 school year data.
School Statewide TestingView Education Department Test Scores
School District NameLaboratory CS School District
Source: 2016-2017 (latest school year available) NCES, PA Dept. of Education

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My 5 year old daughter with ADHD, ODD and slight emotional and sensory issues started kindergarden this year 2018-19. Honestly when my child first stated the school I didn`t know what to think. I have read a lot of reviews both good and bad. The Lab School definitely needs help with their special education department. There is no structure. But overall I have seen nothing excitement in my daughters face when she goes and come home. She is learning Spanish at 5 years old. She is really good. They do science experiment and a lot of other things with the kids. What ever curriculum they are using it is A1. I am really impressed with The Lab School. It is like a private school for free.
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