What is Lab Atlanta?

Lab Atlanta is a Midtown-based semester school for 10th graders offering an honors-level academic curriculum and immersive, city-based design and innovation experience. Students apply to attend and, if accepted and enrolled, leave their home school for one semester to join other curious and engaged students from the city’s public and independent schools. Students earn core academic credits in a diverse and inclusive environment that builds civic leadership, design, and innovation skills.

Lab Atlanta is sponsored by The Lovett School and supported by the generous contributions of individuals, families, and leading local and national foundations.

What Is a semester school?

Semester Schools offer unique opportunities to their students to reflect on themselves as learners and community members. By complementing students' academic experiences at their sending schools, they offer significant personal and curricular enrichment unavailable at more conventional high schools.

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. 



We develop civically engaged, design­ minded leaders focused on building a vibrant, sustainable future for themselves and the city of Atlanta.

Goals & Outcomes

  • Our students approach the world with empathy, bringing a human­centered lens to defining a problem, creating solutions, and promoting change in their community and the world.
  • Our students value multiple perspectives in order to understand themselves and others better.
  • Our students learn the importance of leadership and becoming actively engaged citizens in order to leave a positive, enduring legacy for the future.
  • Our students grow as scholars and lifelong learners, developing their ability to reflect on their own thinking and learning.

Frequently Asked Questions

!!What is Lab Atlanta?
Lab Atlanta is a school: an innovative semester-long, honors-level academic program for high school sophomores from greater Atlanta, sponsored by The Lovett School. It brings together a diverse group of 30 public and independent school students into an intimate learning community.

By diving deeply into Atlanta’s pressing challenges and opportunities, Lab Atlanta students learn through practical experience to develop the skills and habits of leaders and innovators. Lab Atlanta enables its students to build a systemic understanding of themselves, each other, their home city, and the world.

!!Who should apply to attend?
Intellectually curious, civically engaged, motivated students are best suited for Lab Atlanta. They collaborate with faculty and peers to design their learning experience throughout the semester. The curriculum features a pervasive focus on innovation and creative problem-solving, informed by the Design Thinking approach of Stanford University’s Hasso Plattner Institute of Design.

!!What is the curriculum?
• Honors English 10
• Honors World History
• Visual Arts (drawing extensively on the rich resources of the city of Atlanta)
• Design & Innovation
• Sociology (Humanities elective) or Engineering Applications (Science elective)
Math and language instruction is differentiated and personalized for individual students via online courses, using a blended learning model, complemented by Lab Atlanta classroom teachers as math and language coaches.

!!Who is the faculty?
Lab Atlanta’s core faculty is a diverse group of talented, accomplished educators. An extensive network of leaders, advisors and collaborators from across the city, the nation, and the world is also committed to supporting Lab Atlanta’s students and faculty. They come from the fields of healthcare, business, public policy and government, education, social entrepreneurship, technology, transportation, religion, and the arts. Collaborating with these experts will afford Lab Atlanta students unrivaled opportunities to apprentice with exceptional mentors.

!!Where is Lab Atlanta?
A strategic location in Midtown will provide Lab Atlanta’s home base, housing Lab Atlanta’s daily operations; immersive learning expeditions throughout the metro area will complement this central location.

!!Who can apply? How?
Lab Atlanta is open to any 10th grade student in metropolitan Atlanta. Lab Atlanta applicants may attend public or independent schools, or be home-schooled. The application is available on this Lab Atlanta website. The admissions process is competitive, so students are encouraged to apply early in the application cycle. Applicants for Lab Atlanta’s spring 2017 semester will be admitted on a rolling basis beginning in January 2016 and continuing until the cohort is filled. In addition to the written application, an interview with the Lab Atlanta admissions committee is required. Group or individual interviews began February 1, 2016.

!!What does it cost to attend?
Tuition for Lab Atlanta is $12,500. Financial aid is available for students with demonstrated need. Significant funding for Lab Atlanta comes from a $250,000 Leadership Challenge Grant from the Edward E. Ford Foundation and substantial leadership gifts from individuals and foundations across the city.

!!What is the schedule?
The 2017 spring semester of Lab Atlanta will begin on Monday, January 9 and conclude on Friday, May 26, 2017. The school day starts at 9:00AM and ends at 4:00PM, Monday through Friday. Students are encouraged to use public transportation to and from our Midtown Atlanta campus.

After the inaugural spring semester in 2017, Lab Atlanta will offer both fall and spring semesters each year for qualified 10th graders.

!!Who do I contact if I have questions?
For more information about Lab Atlanta, please contact Laura Deisley, Lovett School’s Director of Strategic Innovation and Founding Director of Lab Atlanta (laura.deisley@lovett.org), or Mike Pardee, Associate Director of Lab Atlanta (mike.pardee@labatl.lovett.org).