Classes & Pricing
The Lab offers 2-day drop-off enrichment programs and A-La-Carte classes for students K-8th grades.
The Lab is committed to being accessible to any child in Long Beach who would benefit from our classes regardless of ability to pay. To make this possible, we offer needs-based financial aid options when at all feasible for us. If your child is interested in attending but can't afford the class fees, email email@example.com to learn more and ask for a financial aid application.
WOW! 2-Day Enrichment Program
Students attend 2-days a week from 9:00am -3:00pm and participate in classes designed to instill joy-of-learning, provide opportunities to strengthen academic skills, offer opportunities for socialization and socio-emotional growth, and introduce them to cultures around the world. Classes align with the Common Core.
Class size is limited to 15 students for WOW! Owls (Tk-1st) and WOW! Dragons (2nd-4th), and 25 students for WOW! Explorers (4th-8th)
WOW! Owls M & Tu 9:00-3:00
WOW! Dragons W & Thu 9:00-3:00
4th-8th graders (pick 1 section)
WOW! Explorers Section 1 M & Tu 9:00-3:00
WOW! Explorers Section 2 W & Th 9:00-3:00
A La Carte Classes
Note: Priority will be given to students enrolling for the 2-day WOW! program when space is limited
Great readers & Writers workshop M-Tu 9:00-11:00 ($750/semester)
Curiosity Studio M-Tu 12:00-2:00 ($750/semester)
Art Workshop TBD ($175/month)
Great readers & Writers workshop W-Th 9:00-11:00 ($750/semester)
Curiosity Studio W-Th 12:00-2:00 ($750/semester)
Art Workshop TBD ($175/month)
Great readers & Writers workshop M-Tu 9:00-12:00 ($750/semester)
Curiosity Studio M-Tu 1:00-3:00 ($750/semester)
Physical Education & Activity Wednesday 1:00-3:00 ($200/month)
Typical Daily Schedule for WOW! Owls (Tk-1st)
9:00-9:15 Community meeting
9:15-10:00 Great reader's workshop, storytelling, stagecraft
10:15-11:30 Great author's workshop & bookmaking
12:15-12:30 Movement, Story time
12:30-12:45 Community meeting (social skills development)
12:45-1:45 Curiosity Studio/Art Workshop/ Study Jam
1:45-2:00 Break/outdoor play
2:00-2:30 Gardening, outdoor exploration, personalized academic support
2:30-2:45 Reflection and goal setting for next day
2:45-3:00 Clean-up & get ready to go
3:00 End of day Pick-up
Typical Daily Schedule for WOW! Dragons (2nd -4th)
9:00-9:15 Community meeting
9:15-10:00 Reading Strategies/ Reader's workshop and storytelling
10:15-11:00 Great Writer's Workshop & bookmaking
11:00 - 11:30 Charter Program Tutoring/ Academic Time
12:15-12:45 Academic Time/ Tutoring/ Study Jam
12:45-1:15 Math Session with Manipulatives
1:15-1:30 Break/outdoor play
1:30-2:15 Charter Program Tutoring/ Academic Time
2:15-3:00 Curiosity Studio/History , Science, Art Workshop
3:00 End of day Pick-up
Typical Daily Schedule for WOW! Explorers (5th-8th graders)
9:00-9:30 Community Meeting
9:30-11:00 Great Readers and Authors workshop
11:00-12:20 Curiosity Studio
12:20-1:00 Break/lunch/independent study
1:00-3:00 Study Jam
(Small group tutoring, one-to-one coaching, independent work on Studio)
3:00 End of Day Pick-up
* Schedules subject to change
Community Meetings & Leadership
Engage! introduces students to the idea that young people are powerful agents of change around the world and that you are never too young to change your world. Students start each day in a short seminar designed to help them develop skills in thinking about and talking about the world and their place in it as global citizens.
During the seminar, students learn skills in goal setting, time management, conflict resolution, collaborative dialogue, and public speaking. Students learn about inspiring youth leaders such as human rights advocate Malala Yousafzai, environmental activist Greta Thunberg and others through TED-Ed videos and live stream discussion sessions as well.
As part of each session, session students set personalized goals for the day and then review their progress towards the goals they set at the end of the day.
The Great Readers and Authors Workshop
During the 1st half of the Great Authors' Workshop, students focus on developing a love of reading and strengthening reading skills. Each student selects a book in a specified genre to read (fiction, non-fiction, informational, etc) during the 1st half of the workshop. During the 2nd half, students author their own written works in the same genre and strengthen skills in written expression. Each session starts with mini-lessons by the Lab advisor or student leaders on elements of reading and writing. Our Great Readers and Authors Workshop is modeled after Lucy Calkin's Readers and Writers Workshop approach.
During Study Jam students receive personalized one-on-one and small group coaching and tutoring to strengthen skills in reading, writing or math. Older students have the option of using the The Lab's Summit* Personalized Learning Platform, an innovative mastery-based learning platform that helps students become owners of their own learning and engage deeply with subjects that interest them.
*Summit Learning Personalized Learning Platform. The Lab offers families of 4th-8th graders access to Summit Learning's innovative Personalized, Mastery-Based Learning Platform (PLP). The PLP is a free, student-driven learning platform that allows educators - both parents and teachers - to personalize content based on each child's personal interests and learning needs. And allows each child to self-guide their progress through the curriculum, deciding what they will study, when they will study it, and when they are ready to take the knowledge assessment test. The Summit platform aligns with the Common Core.
Developed through a collaboration between Summit Learning and the Chan Zuckerberg Foundation, the PLP is revolutionary in its ability to support personalized mastery-based learning for both homeschooled and traditionally educated students. The PLP facilitates dynamic peer-to-peer learning and exchange, dynamic teacher-student interactions, and child-led learning. Content can be developed de novo by the parent, the student or teacher, or crowdsourced from 100's of educators across the country.
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Curiosity Studios are designed around concepts of Project Based Learning. The studios provide homeschooled students with opportunities to work collaboratively with their peers and to practice public speaking and presentation skills. They and are designed to engage young people in learning about the world around them. Projects are designed introduce them to different cultures and people around the world, important global and social issues, and to expand their knowledge of the world we live in.
During the first phase of a Curiosity Studio, students identify a topic of interest in a focus area, then formulate a “beacon” question and conduct research related to the question.
During the second phase of a studio, students focus on the practical application of the research they are conducting during phase 1. Students work together or independently to plan and carry out a “hope-energy” project based on the research they are conducting in phase 1. Hope-energy projects are activities that are inspiring and empowering for both the student and those around him or her and are projects that have a measurable and meaningful impact on themselves and those around them.
Examples of Hope-Energy Projects include planning and implementing a sidewalk garden, presenting the benefits of electric cars to their parents to influence their decision making on their next car purchase, developing a video blog on bullying, creating a business plan for homemade beauty products, organizing a beach clean-up, etc.
During the third phase, students prepare a presentation about their research and project and present these to other students at The Lab as well as family members and outside guests in a science fair type format.
Older students may complete one or two studios over the course of a semester. Younger students complete 4 to 5.
Planned studios for Fall 2021
Fall Studio #1. Factors impacting wildlife in and around Long Beach and developing methods to protect them. Students will select a native bird to study, examine factors impacting their health and wellbeing, and develop interventions to assure their safety.
Students will be conducting the Fall studio in collaboration with International Bird Rescue. International Bird Rescue is currently working in Long Beach to protect 8000 Elegant Terns that fled their nesting ground in Bolsa Chica following an incident where an illegal drone crashed into their nesting site. The Terns relocated to barges anchored at the Long Beach Port which is an unsafe location and has resulted in 100s of their hatchlings drowning. IBR is assisting in rescuing, sustaining and relocating the Terns and their hatchlings to their original nesting ground in Bola Chica.
Fall Studio #2. Topic pending
Reggio Global Art Workshop
Students learn about great art and music from around the world, and experience creating art in the same tradition. Each session involves an engaging, interactive introduction to the art and music traditions of the country of focus, and then a “workshop” period for each student has an opportunity to develop their own artistic works in the same tradition to take home, display in our youth art gallery at the Lab, or perform at our quarterly Long Beach Youth Perform events.
Virtual Field Trips -The Lab’s “Magic” Window
The Lab’s interactive Window to Our World installation is inspired by Crown Fountain in Chicago and the It’s Right Next Door art installation and campaign in Paris
Using a large LED panel in our foyer and live-streaming technology, students can experience “virtual field trips” to the jungles of Africa, the pyramids of Egypt, the Great Wall of China, the Louvre and a million other places here and in space.
Discovery Channel, Nat Geo, and even NASA provide access to live streaming locations and a catalog of virtual field trips. Interactive video streaming allows our students to interact through our Magic Window, with students from around the globe as well. Students interact with the Wall each morning when they arrive, as they leave, as well as during their Curiosity Studios.
Physical Education and Activity
Our Physical Education days consist of not only body moving fun, but also sportsmanship and fair play. Students learn the basics of different sports and activities while learning how to be a part of a team. All ages and skill levels are welcomed in safe play, while enjoying the fundamentals of games without the concern of winning or losing. Come join us and send questions and/or inquiries to firstname.lastname@example.org.