The NYC Laboratory School supports high performance standards by maintaining and building on the competencies of our students. Reading and writing are promoted for purpose and pleasure. We encourage this by immersing our students in literature-rich environments. Our vision is for our students to become active problem solvers. We prepare students using authentic mathematics problems to explain their reasoning and communicate mathematically. Students are provided with a hands-on science curriculum that encourages them to explore the natural world, hypothesize theories about the world, devise experiments to prove their hypotheses, and learn to measure and record experiments. We encourage and provide continuous, intensive professional development through a variety of teaching universities, including Teachers College and City College, for all staff members to reach their full potential. Both staff and students work to build a warm, strong community.