Together We Did It!

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Together We Did It!

Lab School Capital Campaign Reaches $12 Million


Transforming Lives. Transforming Education., the Capital Campaign for Lab - after a four-year effort, led tirelessly by Davi Camalier and Hal Malchow, campaign co-chairs and former Lab parents - is complete! 

So many of you made financial commitments to Lab with the conviction that the new High School, the Sally L. Smith Center for the Arts, and enhanced facilities in the Middle School will not only transform the campus, but transform the way we teach, and our children learn. Your passion for and dedication to a school that was founded almost 50 years ago to benefit young people with learning differences is absolutely remarkable.  

I am profoundly grateful to each one of you. 

Thank you!   

We hope you will all join us on Friday, September 30th to celebrate this - your success - as well as dedicate the new High School.

Sincerely, 

Katherine Schantz, Head of School

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COUNTDOWN!

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COUNTDOWN!

Watch the countdown to Transform Education. Transform Education. Transform Lab

Please make your commitment before July 31st.  Donate here.

Transforming Lab. Transforming Education., The Campaign for Lab is a capital campaign that includes raising the funds to build a new high school, renovate and enhance the Middle School and Arts facilities, find an athletic field and add to the Financial Aid Endowment. Lab will raise $12 million by July 31, 2016 to achieve the objectives identified in each of these areas. 

The new high school building - opened in April - reflects a new sense of identity and independence for our high school kids.  It is an exciting and highly functional mix of classrooms, collaborative and informal areas.  This blend of spaces combines the best of Lab’s current instructional methods with new tools for project-based learning.  Our high school moved from 8,000 square feet to 29,000 square feet! 

Renovations in the Middle school building will concentrate on creating safer and more comfortable learning environments of the Intermediate and Junior High school, while also expanding the Theater and Arts Programs, which are integral to arts-based instruction at Lab.  The arts piece will be named for Lab's founder, Sally L. Smith. 

To date, we have raised just about $11 million for the Transforming Lives. Transforming Education. campaign. We are on our way to $12 million, and we want you to be a part of this monumental time in Lab's history! We hope you will help put us over the top of the goal by donating before July 31st.

Please make your commitment before July 31st.  Donate here

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Phase Two!

As exciting as the new high school is - and it is exciting!  We have also been formulating the plans for the next phase of the Campaign which is to expand the Arts facilities and to renovate the Middle School.  The theater and arts wing will be named for Lab's founder, Sally L. Smith.

The photo above is the architects rendering of the proposed renovated Middle School and the Sally L. Smith Center for the Arts - which would include expanded theater and arts spaces.  The Castle and Carriage house are shown in outline to enable view.

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100 Day Countdown!

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100 Day Countdown!

Today marks 100 days until the end of Transforming Lives. Transforming Education., the Campaign for Lab. 

Lab’s Capital Campaign is an intensive, multi-year fundraising effort to secure gifts and pledges in order to build the new high school building, expand and enhance the arts and theater spaces and renovate the Middle School. The Capital Campaign has a defined lifespan with a beginning and an end.

We are in the in the fourth and final year of the Capital Campaign - with just 100 days to go.  We hope to give everyone an opportunity to participate and help put the Campaign over the goal.  The Campaign has been highly successful to date with 10.7 million raised. The goal is to reach $12 million by July 31st of this year. Pledges may be paid over 5 years.

We are tremendously grateful for the generosity of the Lab community thus far!  Click to see the list of the donors to the Capital Campaign so far.

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New High School Opens!

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New High School Opens!

Lab's High School students began classes today in their new building.  The day began with a ribbon cutting.  The excitement of the students, faculty and staff was palpable.  Enjoy these photos of the morning.

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Pledge brings total giving over $10.6 Million!

A pledge of $250,000 from Barry Gudelsky, Alumni Parent and his family's foundation, The Harry and Lea Gudelsky Foundation, has increased the Capital Campaign total raised to $10.6 million.  Barry and his family have been generous donors to the Lab School over the years.  The news that Lab will renovate the Theater compelled him to invest once again. 

"This gift comes at a time when we're really working hard to reach the $12 million dollar goal by July 31, 2016.  Barry made our day with his phone call." - Marty Cathcart, Director of Advancement

Please join us by making a gift HERE.

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Everything You've Wanted to Know...

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Everything You've Wanted to Know...

But were afraid to ask! 

Katherine Schantz has met with over 100 families in the last year and a half - both individually and in small groups. The purpose of these meetings has been to share the process and progress of the Reservoir Campus transformation and what it will mean to all of our students and families. She feels that it has been a wonderful way for her to get to know Lab's families better and to share the vision for the future of the School with them.

In the last two weeks, we have held four Q & A sessions.  Here were the most frequently asked questions:

 1. What is Transforming Lab. Transforming Education?

Transforming Lab. Transforming Education., The Campaign for Lab is a capital campaign that includes raising the funds to build a new high school, renovate and enhance the Middle School and Arts facilities, find an athletic field and add to the Financial Aid Endowment. Lab will raise $12 million by July 31, 2016 to achieve the objectives identified in each of these areas. 

The new high school building - opening in April - reflects a new sense of identity and independence for our high school kids.  It is an exciting and highly functional mix of classrooms, collaborative and informal areas.  This blend of spaces will combine the best of Lab’s current instructional methods with new tools for project-based learning.  Our high school will be moving from 8,000 square feet to 29,000 square feet! 

Renovations in the Middle school building will concentrate on creating safer and more comfortable learning environments of the Intermediate and Junior High school, while also expanding the Theater and Arts Programs, which are integral to arts-based instruction at Lab.  The arts piece will be named for Lab's founder, Sally L. Smith. 

2. What is the timing of the campaign and projects?

The quiet phase of the campaign began in January 2013. The community announcement was made in fall 2014 and the remainder of the campaign is scheduled to run through July 31, 2016. We estimated at the beginning of the fundraising in 2013 that the building and renovations we hoped to do would cost over $35 million, but our fundraising feasibility study and consultants strongly suggested that we couldn’t raise more than $10 million. We were able to borrow about $17 million, roughly covering the costs of the construction of the new High School. 

 When we broke ground for the new high school, we publicly launched Transforming Lives. Transforming Education., the Campaign for Lab with a $10 million goal – with the monies now raised being directed to the Middle School and Arts Center.  By September 2015, thanks to the generosity of many donors, we had raised $9.7 million towards the $10 million goal.  At that time had not even reached out broadly to our current Lab families.  So we elected to raise the goal to $12 million. Reaching and exceeding the goal of $12 million allows more flexibility and funding for the Phase Two/Middle School. 

The first phase of Lab’s makeover - our new high school - opens in April 2016, and our 9th – 12th graders will move in after spring break.  The facilities are more spectacular than we’d ever imagined possible. We will use the spring to work out any kinks and also to see how the spaces are utilized.  We know that the students and the faculty will have their own ideas about how to best use the facilities!

We are now in the design and architectural concept phase of the Middle School and Arts and Theatre Program renovation.  All monies now raised are being directed to this project.  The architects - Cox Graae Spack - spent many hours with our students and faculty interviewing them about their wants and needs.  A conditions assessment has been done, and we know there are some necessary mechanical and electrical upgrades.  We are in the process of balancing our budget vs. our dreams.

After the high school students move out, the junior high will move down a floor into the old high school space.  They will be going from 4,000 square feel to 8,000 square feet.  We will get a chance to see how they use this space before starting the renovations.

3. Can pledges be made over a period time?

Yes. Gifts to the Campaign range from $100 to $1 million for a total of $10.3 million to date.  The average gift from parents is about $50,000.  Most of these extraordinary and generous gifts are pledges which will be paid over 5 years.  Pledges allow the School to know now what funds are available for the Middle School and to begin planning accordingly.

4. Can gifts be made anonymously?

Yes. Careful provision will be made for honoring the wishes of anyone who may desire to contribute to the School and remain anonymous. 

5. Will there be donor recognition for the campaign and named giving opportunities?

Yes. There will be a campaign final report that will list all donors in their respective giving categories and levels. Click here to view a list of available named giving opportunities. Please contact Marty Cathcart, Director of Advancement, with any questions. Named giving opportunities begin at $25,000.  All gifts of $10,000 and above will be acknowledged on a donor all in the new high school.

6. Will the new high school building mean more students? 

The capacity of the new high school is 150 and we have seen an uptick in applications for admission. We will be able to enroll more students in this space which will allow for a larger social fabric – fielding more sports teams and drama productions, etc.. We know that this space will also provide a better transition to College.

7. When can we tour the new high school?

We will be offering tours during Spring Fair on April 24th and Grandparents Day on May 6th.

8. Who do I contact if I have additional questions or for named giving opportunities?

You can contact the Director of Advancement Marty Cathcart directly at 202-944-2201 or by email at martycathcart@labschool.org.

Please join us by making a gift HERE.

 

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What's Next?

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What's Next?

Transforming Lives. Transforming Education, the Campaign for Lab has already made impressive strides with the impending spring 2016 completion of the new high school – a building that has facilities, spaces and resources that will transform how teachers teach and how students learn at Lab. 

The new building encompasses large, light-filled, flexibly designed classrooms equipped with the latest technology, quiet study spaces as well as public gathering places, and modern science labs.

As Head of School Katherine Schantz noted at the Groundbreaking, “This new High School will serve as a clear statement about the power of philanthropy to transform student life here at Lab. What we are launching here will set the tone and standard for all that is to come for kids who learn differently and ensure that The Lab School, almost 50 years after its founding, will remain a leader in the field of learning differences education, and will do it in style!”

And what is to come? The campaign for Lab has ambitious goals that encompass:

  • A totally renovated Reservoir Campus that reflects the dynamic teaching and learning offered at Lab.
  • Transformative and critical renovations to the Middle School that match the quality of the new high school facilities.
  • State-of-the art theater and art facilities that will encompass learning spaces for the entire school community.
  • An increase in the school’s endowment to ensure that elements vital to Lab’s goals and mission can continue to be delivered and enhanced; such as: excellent faculty and outstanding professional development opportunities, a diverse student body and significant financial aid to ensure that Lab’s signature Programs – arts-infused learning, academic clubs, project-based learning opportunities or academic enrichment opportunities – can continue.

The capital enhancements not only augment the aesthetic look and feel of the campus, but more importantly provide facilities for our faculty and staff to teach our kids with cutting-edge methods and technologies. 

This is the most ambitious campaign ever launched by Lab. With a financial goal of $12 million, we are looking forward to securing the very best for the future generations of students to come and guaranteeing that they, like our students of today, are empowered to meet whatever challenges may lie ahead.

As we approach the final months of Transforming Lives. Transforming Education., we hope you will be inspired to invest in Lab’s future with a gift or pledge before July 31, 2016. 

Please join us by making a gift here.

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Naming Opportunities

In addition to the satisfaction that comes from changing the lives of students, donors can choose to name spaces after themselves or loved ones. By putting a name on a space, you are making a public demonstration of your investment in and commitment to Lab.  It helps inspire others to make their own gifts.  And it shows future students and families that were others before them who cared for and helped build their School.  See the list of available options below.  (This list is updated regularly - so please check back often.)

Please join us by making a gift here.

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We Can't Wait!

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We Can't Wait!

While the contractors are still implementing finishing touches and refinements, the building is almost finished and impressive in its details.   It includes wide hallways, plenty of places for students to gather, quiet rooms, sophisticated classroom technology and wonderful views! 

Please join us by making a gift here.

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The Lab School Announces Plans for the Sally L. Smith Center for the Arts

This Arts Center would be a dream come true for my mother. For the school and its students, it will memorialize the life and work of an extraordinary woman who began with a belief in her own son Gary and, in the process, changed the lives of thousands of other children — and families — throughout the world.
— Randy Smith

Renovation of Lab’s Reservoir Campus includes the new four-story high school and calls for a renovation and expansion of the Middle School, including an additional floor on the Arts Wing and an upgrade to the Theater.

Phase II is still in the design phase, but we are expecting that the space devoted to the Arts will double and will be located at the heart of the campus.  This Center will be named for Lab’s founder, Sally L. Smith.  The Sally L. Smith Center for the Arts will have large, open, flexibly designed art studios, adaptable to a full range of media as well as plans to house music and dance studios, increasing the emphasis on movement and music as artistic expressions.  The expanded Theater will also be housed in the Arts Center.

Almost $1.2 million has already been designated to the effort of transforming the Arts Wing into the Sally L. Smith Center for the Arts, with all of the improvements noted above.  Donors interested in making a gift to the Center, may contact Marty Cathcart, Director of Institutional Advancement at marty.cathcart@labschool.org or 202-944-2201.

Please join us by making a gift here.

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