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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 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)


TK-1st graders 

 WOW! Owls                                M & Tu    9:00-3:00              

2nd-4th graders

 WOW! Coyotes                           W & Thu   9:00-3:00           


4th-8th graders (pick 1 section)

WOW! Dragons Section  1         M & Tu  9:00-3:00           


WOW! Tigers Section 2         W & Th  9:00-3:00     


Owls, Coyotes, Dragons and Tigers have the freedom to choose any two days, consecutive or nonconsecutive. Flexibility is key in the learning environment, and we work with families to ensure success for the students. For example, Dragons and Tigers can attend Tuesday and Thursday, or Monday and Wednesday. And this is also true for Owls and Coyotes because our teachers will be there all days. Please contact Mr. T if you have further concerns about this at

A La Carte Classes 

Note: Priority will be given to students enrolling for the 2-day WOW! program when space is limited

Tk-1st graders 

Great readers & Writers workshop      M-Tu   9:00-11:00  ($750/semester)

Curiosity Studio                                     M-Tu  12:00-2:00 ($750/semester)

2nd-4th graders

Great readers & Writers workshop      W-Th   9:00-11:00 ($750/semester)

Curiosity Studio                                      W-Th 12:00-2:00 ($750/semester)

5th-8th graders

Great readers & Writers workshop      M-Tu   9:00-12:00 ($750/semester)

Curiosity Studio                                      M-Tu  1:00-3:00 ($750/semester)

All grades

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

10:00-10:15 Break

10:15-11:30 Great author's workshop & bookmaking

11:30-12:15 Break/Lunch 

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

10:00-10:15 Break

10:15-11:00 Great Writer's Workshop & bookmaking

11:00 - 11:30 Charter Program Tutoring/ Academic Time

11:30-12:15 Break/Lunch 

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.

Study Jam

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 Learning 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.  Study Jam time is also the time allotted for students to get tutoring help on their individualized academics as well.

*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 independent 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.  

Click HERE for more information on the Summit Learning Platform for your child

Curiosity Studios

Curiosity Studios are designed around concepts of Project Based Learning. The studios provide 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.


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


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