UW Lab School: A Tuition-Free Charter School In Albany County
UW Lab School provides an education to students in kindergarten through ninth grade. The UW Lab School is over 100 years old and partners with Albany County School District One and the University of Wyoming’s College of Education to provide an education for their students as well as a setting for pre-service teachers and interns.
The school focuses on learner centered education. The Lab School has multi-age classrooms with many small groups. In addition, student teachers and college students often provide lessons for the students.
Margaret Hudson, Principal at UW Lab School, says that students at UW Lab School often conduct their own research as well.
“The students are treated as scholars who are capable of doing research. So there’s an emphasis on learning from and with each other. Even beginning in kindergarten, the children will conduct research on a topic and then present that information to their classmates,” says Hudson.
The UW Lab School also works to teach future educators. Hudson says over 500 college students utilize the Lab School each semester for things like practicums, observations, interviews and internships.
Enrollment to the school is through a lottery system. The process begins in mid-April, and anyone with an application on file will be considered in the lottery process. Applications for enrollment are accepted at any time and are available at the school’s website.
The only priority set during the lottery is for siblings for currently enrolled students.
The UW Lab School is housed on the University of Wyoming campus in the College of Education building.
To learn more about UW Lab School, visit http://www.acsd1.org/lab/.