About Lab Schools
- Lab schools are K-12 schools established by postsecondary institutions to provide students an innovative, high-quality education experience
- Lab schools are the future of education—a partnership between postsecondary institutions, employers, school divisions and communities to innovate and best serve students
Creating a lab school
- All four and two year colleges and universities, public and private, as well as higher education centers are eligible to launch a lab school.
- All application materials can be found on the Virginia Department of Education’s website.
Opportunities to get involved
Partner with a postsecondary institution to bring a lab school to life. Private business and nonprofits can get involved by:
- Working with a lab school to spearhead academic programs in an in-demand field such as computer science, additive manufacturing, sports medicine, etc.
- Offering space in your office, lab, or studio so students can have firsthand experience in a work environment
- Sponsoring internships, shadow opportunities, or work study programs
- Serving as a board member on a lab school board and providing expertise on financial management, personnel, and program design
- Providing financial contributions to ensure the sustainability of the school