Explore Week is an important design feature at Bronx Lab that extends learning beyond the classroom and traditional hours of the school day. Three times a year, the school community participates in an Explore Week experience, which lasts anywhere from three to five days. Explore Weeks provide the time, space and opportunity to apply what students have learned over the course of the trimester in a real world context. It also requires that students step out of their comfort zones and challenge themselves in new environments. Explore Weeks follow this basic format:
v Explore Week I – Outdoor Experience
v Explore Week II -- Community Service
v Explore Week II -- College Visit (This EW opportunity is extended only to students who earn it by exhibiting exemplary behavior and academics.)
Extended day programming provides a wide variety of learning opportunities for students. It is designed to support, enrich and extend student learning. Faculty and staff make themselves available in the after-school hours to assist and tutor students in need of remediation. During any given semester, extended day programming also includes learning opportunities in the performing and visual arts, chess, drama and athletics. Extended Day runs from 3:15-4:45 PM on Mondays and Thursdays, and is complemented by Office Hours, SAT & PSAT prep, seasonal Regents Prep classes, etc.
We offer a three week Summer Institute for students who have failed semesters during the school year. The program is designed for students to demonstrate mastery of the skills they struggled with during the school year through project based learning opportunities. As students master the skills and produce quality products, they graduate out of the program. The program features a small teacher to student ratio. As students graduate out the ratio gets smaller and smaller, thereby ensuring that the students who need the most support receive it.
We also offer a three week academic residency at the Hotchkiss School, an elite summer science camp in Connecticut. Acceptance is based on teacher recommendation and successful completion of the application packet. Those who cannot afford the tuition are subsidized by Bronx Lab School.
Bronx Lab has sponsored travel abroad programs each summer for deserving Bronx Lab students. In each of the past four summers, Bronx Lab delegations have travelled as far away as China and Ecuador to engage in community service and eco-studies. Since August 2008 a group of Bronx Lab cyclists has toured the Underground Railroad north of Cincinnati every summer. In 2011 we were the only New York City school selected to travel with the Learning AFAR-Global Explorers Program to Tulum, Mexico.
Fundraising responsibilities for these trips (trips usually costs between $15,000-20,000 each) are shared by the organizing staff, participating students, and Friends of Bronx Lab board. Student travelers are selected through a rigorous application process, and work through the spring semester to plan and organize for their trip.
All staff are encouraged to participate in the BLS Summer Travel program. If you have an idea of a great destination for next summer please speak with the principal.
The program is designed to provide real-world learning experiences for Bronx Lab students during their sophomore year. You are required to apply to the program. The program will place you, our outstanding young adults, in semester long internships with organizations throughout New York City.
The Bronx Lab School’s Internship Program is designed to provide real-world learning experiences for Bronx Lab students, beginning in their second year of high school. The program, offered by application to the Bronx Lab student body, places outstanding young adults in semester long internships with organizations throughout New York City. Through their participation and successful completion of their internship, students will earn credit toward graduation.
Bronx Lab prepares students for the 21st Century by providing them with a rigorous liberal arts education. Students are empowered to make informed choices about their learning and their lives. Students are engaged in a challenging environment that is collaborative, experiential and democratic. Graduates will be critical thinkers who are thoughtful citizens and pursue college and careers.