As of January 1, 2018 students may be jointly enrolled at their home school and Lab Atlanta. Students accepted at Lab Atlanta spend the academic day ( 8 am to 3 pm) at Lab's midtown location and may return to their home school in the afternoon for extracurricular activities and athletics. Public and private school students are both eligible.
Why spend a semester at Lab Atlanta?
Lab Atlanta offers a learning experience that satisfies the requirements of a 10th grade academic semester through a transformational, transdisciplinary model focused on immersing students in the city and making their learning "whole." Students will develop civically-engaged, design-minded leadership skills and discover how they might help create a bright future for themselves and their city.
So often, we worry about the challenges of high school education in an urban space. Lab Atlanta turns that on its head by asking students to use the city as their inspiration – asking them to actively explore and enjoy the opportunities present in an urban setting. I applaud Lab Atlanta's ability to create a learning space that is so very student-centered. Student collaboration and creativity is clearly emphasized as the program asks students to learn from each other – and from the city in which they live.
—Amy Jarich, Assistant Vice Chancellor and Director of Admissions, University of California, Berkeley
The unofficial capital of the New South, Atlanta is a thriving city of many diverse, walkable urban neighborhoods. Its art scene is vibrant, its economy is booming, and its innovative educational institutions attract talented students and teachers from across the globe.
Before Lab Atlanta, I wasn’t happy with my school. I wasn’t happy with myself. I didn’t know that “one thing” I could do for the rest of my life, and it was hard to find that. Now, I believe I know. Life has meaning again. I actually want to do school work. Meeting new people, interfacing with kids from other schools, and just looking around has opened up my eyes to the opportunities around me. And, I thank you for that.
—Payton, Student, Lab Atlanta, 2017 Founding Class