FAQs (FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS)
The Lab School currently serves students ages 10-13 in Middle School. We are an independent school for students and families who are committed to being part of a new model of education. Learn more about our application process.
The Lab School (TLS) believes in separate education facility for boys and girls. Though TLS has initiated facility for boys at this time we strongly believe in empowering girls through education and character guidance and we intend to open a facility for girls soon.
Please visit “WHAT MAKES US DIFFERENT?” to view a chart outlining our main points of differentiation.
Our curriculum is intended to prepare students for success and is continuously revised to remain relevant. Students begin with a strong foundation in reading, writing, math, and digital literacy. The TLS Graduate Profile guides our expectations for what students should be able to do or show by the time they graduate from our school. This includes a personal passion project, cognitive skills, and demonstration of character strengths.
Our school day lasts from 7:45 a.m. to 3:15 p.m.
We have school throughout the year with breaks spread out over 12 months. Please view our public calendar to see the scheduled breaks for the current school year. These breaks typically include Eid breaks, winter holiday, a summer break, spring break, a Ramadan break, and short breaks between semesters. Since students are at the center of the learning experience at TLS, we have created our extended year schedule with students’ health, wellness, and optimal learning in mind.
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At The Lab School, we have Independence Levels and mixed-age activities instead of traditional grade levels. This means that instead of grouping students by age and date cut-offs, we group them by level of independence as well as in flexible academic groups. Students get as much structure and support as they need to learn at their optimal pace.
To transition to the next Independence Level, a student must advocate for his/her own promotion.
At TLS, “personalized learning” means that each student’s education is developed and shaped by the student, working with our team. Whenever possible, the education experience is customized to the student’s academic path and pace. We leverage blended learning as an important tool in an effective personalized strategy.
Blended learning happens when a portion of instruction is delivered via digital/online media with some element of student control over time, place, path, or pace. Essentially, a portion of the traditional face-to-face classroom experience is replaced by educational web tools such as Khan Academy, in order to provide students with a more personalized and self-paced learning experience. At TLS, the use of blended learning tools is always enhanced by guidance from an Advisor or Content Specialist.
Project-based learning (PBL) is a dynamic classroom approach in which students explore real-life, augmented, and virtual contexts to acquire a deeper knowledge of the material at hand. We strongly believe that students learn best when their school experiences have context and are connected to their lives and global affairs. Students spend roughly half their time at TLS learning through projects, often of their own design informed by their Independence Level. All projects are interdisciplinary, and all projects connect to goals within our Graduate Profile (character strengths, cognitive skills, global citizenship, creation, purpose, independence, foundational fluencies, and deeper learning concepts).
No. We are a school located in North Nazimabad, Karachi, Pakistan and we require physical attendance.
We have Independence Levels instead of traditional grade levels. Our students are able to master content at their own pace, but we do not rush to accelerate them. The program is designed so that students will stay in the same Independence Level for more than one calendar year.
Families who understand our model and believe in our vision, and students who are interested in being part of a pioneering lab school community.
In addition, we are always looking for students who embody aspects of our Graduate Profile : (which all students embody by the time they graduate) Character Strengths, Cognitive Skills, Global Citizenship, Creation, Purpose, and Independence.
For applicants, we are looking for learners who can jump in with the same level of independence that we expect of students who have gone through our program.
Yes, we work to provide athletic options on campus, including Basketball, Volleyball, Wall climbing, Table tennis etc.
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