Lab schools are learning environments designed and operated by AltSchool. In our lab schools, we apply a rigorous process for hiring educators, who encourage and support students by demonstrating a growth mindset; being responsive and adaptable; and modeling a learner-centered approach.
Educators and students in our lab schools are supported by an exceptional team of people outside the classroom. More than 100 engineers, designers, operators, and non-classroom educators collaborate daily to facilitate the ideal educational experience for every student in our lab schools.
AltSchool students have physical education and recess every day and regularly visit local outdoor spaces near each school. On a weekly basis, students enjoy both unstructured outdoor play and exploration as well as structured games and activities such as yoga, dance, Frisbee, soccer, and Parkour, based on student interest. Additional sports and movement classes may be offered as part of the AltExplore program before and/or after school for an additional fee.
Need-based tuition assistance is available, which we are happy to discuss in more detail during the admissions process. AltSchool wants to provide access to an excellent child-centered education to as many students as possible and believes that all children benefit from being part of a diverse community.
At AltSchool we take the health of our students, educators, and the surrounding communities seriously. We require all students to be fully immunized and recognize only those exemptions required by law in the locations in which we operate.
In California, the Health and Safety Code requires all students to be immunized. Following California law, AltSchool requires all students to be immunized except for (1) students who have valid temporary or permanent medical exemptions and (2) students who have an existing personal/religious belief exemption and who are in between the checkpoint grades (defined as kindergarten and 7th grade), in each case with documentation as required by law.
In New York, The New York State Public Health Law requires all students to be immunized and does not recognize exemptions except for medical exemptions and religious exemptions. AltSchool grants medical exemptions when a New York State licensed physician certifies that immunization may be detrimental to the child’s health, with proper documentation as required by law. AltSchool will review requests for religious exemption from immunization, so long as they are accompanied by all documentation required under New York law.
In Illinois, the school code requires all students to be immunized and does not recognize exemptions except for medical exemptions and religious exemptions. AltSchool grants medical exemptions when an Illinois State licensed physician provides a Physician Medical Statement of Medical Contraindication concerning the child. AltSchool will review requests for religious exemptions from immunization, so long as they are accompanied by a Certificate of Religious Exemption to Immunization signed by parents/guardians and by an Illinois State licensed physician.
For all students, we will require a complete immunization record that meets the state’s requirements before a child begins school. Students whose immunization records have not been received by the first day of class will not be permitted to attend school until their records have been received. We recommend reviewing your child’s immunization records well in advance of the start of school to give yourself time to complete any required immunizations.