NYC Lab School for Collaborative Studies

Updated Feb 21, 2020
333 W 17th St - New York NY - 10011
Type of autonomy arrangement: PROSE Agreement
Basic Profile

Opened In



9 through 12




Select leaders
Determine learning program
Select colleagues
Determine professional development
Transfer or terminate colleagues
Determine whether to take, when to take, how much to count district/EMO/authorizer assessments
Determine tenure policy
Make formal arrangements with district/EMO/authorizer to allow multiple measures in determining school success (not only a mean proficiency score)
Evaluate colleagues
Set schedule
Set staff pattern
Determine teacher workday
Determine school budget
Set school-level policy
Determine compensation
Teacher Authority Is...
De Jure and De Facto
NYC Lab School for Collaborative Studies has de jure authority via their PROSE school agreement in the areas of professional development, learning program, setting the schedule, setting staff pattern, and determining teacher work day. The teacher team has de facto autonomy in the other areas indicated above.

About the Learning Program

Inspired by the power of collaboration, the Lab School challenges students to soar intellectually and to act bravely in our complex world community. In living our mission, we:

  • Embrace students from diverse backgrounds who demonstrate a passion for learning
  • Provide a full inclusion program that celebrates the gifts of all students
  • Nourish each student socially, emotionally, physically, and academically
  • Support students with a humanistic curriculum along a four-year arc of reflective inquiry
  • Guide students to empathy through understanding
  • Develop students’ ability to articulate their wisdom in the interconnected languages of the arts and sciences
  • Sustain the enjoyment of learning for all members of the school community by adhering holistically to tenets of our philosophy