The Charlotte Lab School ("Lab") is a North Carolina charter school, opening in Charlotte's "uptown" area in Fall 2015, serving grades k-8, designed to rethink schooling to better meet the needs of a changing society and student population. The mission of the Charlotte Lab School is to redesign the school experience to better prepare students for success in college and career and to become, through community partnerships, a model for innovative practices in teaching and leadership. At the foundation of the Lab School mission and vision are these core values:
• Authentic learning: Students learn best by applying content and developing skills in a real world context with authentic texts, tasks, audience and assessment, through student-centered activities that expose students to the world beyond the school walls;
• Individualization and Personalization: Schools must focus on meeting the needs of each and every student and provide opportunities for choice and self-directed learning;
• Global Awareness: Twenty-first century schools must reflect the modern world and workplace, with a diverse student and faculty population, opportunities to engage with the outside world, and skills that will enable them to communicate, collaborate, and see the world from different perspectives;
• Metacognitive Skill Development: School can no longer focus on learning a defined set of concepts - “school” for the 21st century must emphasize the learning process, importance of failure, and thinking skills that sustain ongoing learning and adapting and the development of expertise; and
• Innovation: Schools need to develop a habit of innovation – to constantly ask "why?" and "what if?“ to keep school structures and learning relevant to students in a constantly changing world.
Our target audience includes students and families from diverse (socioeconomically, racially, ethnically, religiously) backgrounds, potential faculty/staff, as well as community partners. This logo will appear on all school materials, including uniforms, gear, etc.