“The mission of the Laboratory Charter School of Communication and Languages is to provide a program that will prepare students to communicate effectively in more than one language and to see the world from three perspectives: global, international and national. The school will promote excellence in oral and written communication, mastery of more than one language, proficiency in computer issues, appreciation of cultural diversity, concern for international and global issues, and commitment to lifelong learning. It will be characterized by excellence in teaching; instructional methods that connect learning to the real world and practical applications; and close cooperation among communities, parents and teachers.”

  • K-8

    Grades Served

  • January 27, 2020

    Application Deadline

  • Citywide

    Enrollment Type

Academic Highlights

Our partnerships include, but are not limited to: The Dream Flag Project, Health Partners Plans, Inc., Philadelphia Clef Club of Jazz & Performing Arts, Raising Art, The Learning Place, Widener University, University of Pennsylvania, World Language Cafe, and Steppingstone Scholars, Inc.  These partnerships add valuable experiences in and outside of the classroom, and enhance the school experiences of our young learners.

World Languages
Laboratory Charter students begin daily French and Spanish instruction as kindergarten students.  After nine years of daily world languages instruction, our students have the opportunity to travel internationally as a capstone activity.  Additionally, many of our eighth graders “test out” of freshman French and/or Spanish class in high school.

All students use the Four Square Writing Method.  It is designed to give students the tools to structure and organize their thoughts so that they are confident writers in all genres and across all subject areas.

Cooperative Learning and Out Caring Community
Cooperative Learning  is a successful teaching strategy in which students of different levels of  academic ability are grouped together. The students work together to use a variety of learning activities to improve their understanding of a subject. All members of the group are responsible for mastering  what is taught and for helping their peers learn, thus building a school wide culture  of achievement and cooperation.

Course Offerings

In addition to core subjects, our school offers: Algebra I, Art, Advanced Art, Health, Music, Physical Education, Spanish, and French.  Lab Charter encourages students to become members of the National Honor Society.

Extracurricular Activities

Our extracurricular activities include: Orchestra, Choir, Drumming, Debate, and many clubs and activities.


  • Annual Charter Evaluation (ACE)
    Developed annually by the Charter Schools Office (CSO) for all Philadelphia brick-and-mortar charter schools (except those up for renewal), these reports provide information on three main areas of charter school performance: academic success, organizational compliance and viability, and financial health and sustainability.
    2019 | 2018 | 2017 | 2015
  • Notices
    Notices of Deficiency are issued to schools regarding significant instances of non-compliance or poor performance that may affect student well-being or access. Notices of Deficiency clarify actions schools must take in order to resolve the deficiency.
    2017: Unresolved | 2016: Resolved
  • Annual Independent Financial Audits
    Financial audits are produced annually by independent auditors for all charter schools in Pennsylvania. All charter schools are required to have an independent financial audit completed every year.
    2018 | 2017 | 2016 | 2015 | 2014
  • School Performance Profile (SPP)
    Developed annually by the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE), these reports provide an overview of student academic performance in every Pennsylvania public school, including traditional District schools, charter schools, cyber charter schools, and career and technology centers. 
  • School Progress Report (SPR)
    Developed annually by the School District of Philadelphia (SDP) for all traditional District and charter schools in the city, these reports provide information on schools’ achievement, progress, climate, and, for high schools, college and career readiness.
    2016-20172015-2016 | 2014-2015 | 2013-2014


  • 1998

    Initial Charter

  • 2002

    Charter Renewed

  • 2007

    Charter Renewed

  • 2012

    Charter Renewed

  • 2017

    Charter Nonrenewal Recommended

  • 2018

    Charter Nonrenewal Update

  • 2018

    Charter Renewed

  • 2020

    Amendment Recommended