A laboratory school is a school affiliated to a university department or a teacher training structure.
Three complementary activities are associated with a lab school: teaching, training and research. Because of this structure, a link is naturally created between education and research, which allows the school to “Develop and test new approaches, by modeling the best practices” ( Cucchiara, 2010 ).
What Is a Lab School?
The simultaneous teaching of disciplines in two languages is the model chosen by the school. It is based on co-teaching in two languages and on the presence of children in the class whose language levels of French and English vary from beginner to native.
via mutual immersion
The Lab School Paris is an innovative, bilingual, united, secular, and eco-responsible school. It supports children in acquiring knowledge, skills, and culture from the Ministry of Education’s curriculum, while paying particular attention to the development of socio-emotional skills (creativity, critical thinking, collaboration, empathy, etc.). It aims to transform pupils into responsible, enlightened, autonomous, supportive, and blooming citizens.
Our educational project
Testimonials from parents and children
The pedagogy of the Lab School Paris relies on a hybrid approach, that is to say it is a synthesis inspired by contributions from different approaches. On the one hand, it draws on the contribution of pioneers in educational innovation, such as Maria Montessori, Célestin Freinet, John Dewey, Alexander Neill or Rudolf Steiner. On the other hand, it uses the current research in educational sciences and in other fields such as psychology, sociology, neuroscience, philosophy and anthropology. It functions in collaboration with the pedagogical council and the researchers of the Lab School Network. The educational team takes into account studies which scientifically evaluate teaching practices -both from the point of view of academic success and one’s well-being at school- and put them into work with children.
The teaching team functions in pairs of French and English-speaking teachers. The supervision ratio is one teacher for a maximum of 15 children.
The Lab School Paris follows the academic calendar of the Parisian school district. Classes are held all day Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday, as well as Wednesday and Friday mornings. Only middle school students have classes on Friday afternoon; classes for elementary school students end at 11:30 a.m. A daycare is offered to all elementary students, as is a study hall for middle schoolers.
One day in at Lab School Paris
Lab School Paris
We welcome children from 1st to 9th grade, divided into three different classes, by “cycles” (2, 3 and 4). There are generally ten students per level, and therefore around thirty per cycle.
The school is located at 46-48 rue de Montreuil, 75011 Paris.
8.45 am - 11.45 am
The school routine and the organization of work is partly inspired by the Montessori pedagogy, which provides ample working hours. The learning system is personalized, respecting the child's pace and his way of appropriating knowledge. The support we use often allows self-reflexion and encourages collaborative learning, as well as peer tutoring.
Lunch and park outing
12 pm - 2 pm
Meals take place in the classes. Lunch is taken together with members of the educational team. It is treated as a moment of exchange and learning in its own right. Parents who wish to can come and have lunch with us (bringing their own meal) from time to time and help supervise the meal. Recreation takes place in a nearby park.
School time takes into account the
biological rhythm of children. Many works indicate that the beginning of the afternoon is the least favorable moment for learning requiring sustained attention. Upon returning from recess, a moment of relaxation is offered, followed by various activities, in groups or independently. They allow a reconnection with fundamental learning: artistic practices, collaborative projects, yoga, scientific experiments, jobs discovery, etc. It is also the time when children can review, at their own pace, concepts that they have not yet fully assimilated or explore the flipped class’ content.
End of the day
Cycle 2: 4.15 pm
CM1-CM2: 4.30 pm
College: 4.45 pm
The school day ends at 4:15 pm to allow parents to pick up children who do not participate in the extracurricular workshops of the Arts and Sciences Lab.
Meet the Lab School Paris teachers
Pre-registration for 2022-2023 for new families are open.
The pre-registration procedure has three stages:
1- Participate in an online information meeting. They will take place online, and it is necessary to register in advance so that we can send you the link the day before. A first meeting will take place on Tuesday, October 19 from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. (registration), and a second on Monday, November 15 from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. (registrations).
2- Fill out the form via Scolana which allows us to get to know your child and your motivations better. A member of our team will contact you for a first telephone meeting.
3- If, at the end of this exchange, you wish to engage in the second part of the registration procedure, you can do so on Helloasso. The application fee is € 50 per child. It covers membership for our organisation, an appointment with a member of the team and a half-day trial (in cycle 2) or a full-day trial (in cycles 3 and 4). This amount is deductible from the registration fees once the process is finalized.
We welcome first and foremost students who seem most able to benefit the most from our pedagogy. The coherence between the family's educational project and the one of the Lab School is also taken into consideration. We want, as much as possible, to achieve a balance between bilingual students, between French and English native speakers, and between girls and boys. For students from cycle 3 onwards (CM1, CM2, and middle school levels), an intermediate level of English is required at minimum - as part of the classes are taught in English. We also want to welcome students from different socio-economic backgrounds, as well as 10 to 20% of students with special educational needs (to be defined in advance with families and, if necessary, the MDPH).
These prices do not include:
- registration fees: € 600, payable upon first registration, € 200 in the event of re-registration. These fees are non-refundable in case of withdrawal (upon request, the registration fees can be paid in several installments).
- school supplies: at most 90 € for the school year.
In order to welcome children and families from all backgrounds to the Lab School Paris, we have set up a scholarship program. The maximum tuition fee is € 1,100 per month over 10 months (excluding contributions to our solidarity fund and the extra fee for middle school students).
Depending on their income, families can apply for grants - partial or total. They are awarded after examination of applications by a committee made up of members of the steering committee and the educational council. The commission takes into account both parental income and the specific situation of families (number of children, additional income, etc.).
The number of children who can be enrolled in each tuition rate bracket is limited and determined in advance, so as to preserve the financial balance of the establishment. This balance depends on the subsidies and sources of income that the school manages to generate in addition to the tuition fees paid by parents.
Payment is made at the start of the quarter, over 10 months (September to June of the current school year). A solidarity contribution of € 25 per child per month is added to the school fees: it is paid by all and intended to reduce the cost of schooling or other services for the families who need it most, or to finance other projects (outings, school trips, etc.).