Frequently Asked Questions

Lab Schools

What is an AltSchool lab school?

As centers of innovation and excellence, our lab schools are learner-centric environments in which we strive for a balance of flexibility and structure that are characteristic of a lab. To create the optimal learning conditions for students, we start with a clear vision of the learner. AltSchool’s personalized, whole-child approach to education prepares students to navigate their way in a rapidly changing world, as they develop and demonstrate competency in key milestones for academic domains as well as critical habits.  

Our lab schools are also where AltSchool educators and technologists work together to co-develop the AltSchool platform, and where we put our vision for the future of learning into practice.

Where are AltSchool's lab schools located?

Our lab schools are located in New York City and San Francisco.

AltSchool Brooklyn Heights: 212 Hicks Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201
AltSchool Union Square: 90 5th Avenue, New York, NY 10011
AltSchool Fort Mason: 3741 Buchanan Street, San Francisco, CA 94123
AltSchool Yerba Buena: 300 4th Street, San Francisco, CA 94107


What are school hours?

We understand that flexibility is important for families. You can drop off your child at school anytime between 8:00 a.m. and 9:00 a.m. for no additional fee. The school day ends at 3:15 p.m. for lower school and 3:30 p.m. for middle school.

How are grade levels organized at AltSchool?

New York City: AltSchool offers both lower school (pre-kindergarten through 4th grade) in Brooklyn Heights, and middle school (5th through 8th grade) in Union Square.

San Francisco: AltSchool offers both lower school (transitional kindergarten through 4th grade), and middle school (5th through 8th grade) in San Francisco.

Is after-school care available?

Our AltExplore after-school program includes Extended Day and enrichment offerings for additional fees. You may customize an AltExplore schedule for your child that combines elements of any or all programs.

Extended Day runs every school day until 6:00 p.m. After-school enrichment programs vary by semester and run from 3:30 - 4:30 pm. You may choose from several prepay packages with discounted rates or pay a drop-in fee for last-minute attendance. There is never a waiting list for Extended Day.

Do you have physical education?

AltSchool students have physical education and recess every day and regularly visit local indoor and 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 after-school enrichment program for an additional fee.


Is financial aid available?

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 learner-centric education to as many students as possible and believes that all children benefit from being part of a diverse community.

Health and Safety

How are allergies handled?

AltSchool is an Allergy Aware school community. Educators and our Safety Team members work closely with families to develop personalized safety plans for each student and their specific allergies. Although we don’t ban specific foods or nuts from our campuses, we have a clear protocol to protect students with food allergies at our schools.

What is your vaccination policy?

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.

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.