Gateway Lab School serves students in grades 3-8 that are struggling to achieve academic success in a traditional classroom environment. GLS models aspects of The Lab School of Washington®, a private school located in Washington, D.C., that serves students with learning differences and ADHD. The Lab School of Washington® was founded and its curriculum designed by Sally L. Smith, former head of the Graduate Program for Special Education: Learning Disabilities at American University, author of numerous books and articles on the subject, and recognized internationally as a leader in the field of learning disabilities. For over 40 years, Professor Smith developed an innovative and rigorous teaching method specifically designed for students with learning differences/disabilities and ADHD known as the Academic Club Method™. Professor Smith's techniques emphasize the arts and hands-on experiential learning to help struggling students become active learners and achieve academic success.
The program has been extremely successful, with over 90% of Lab School of Washington® students graduating and going onto college. Gateway Lab School's faculty and staff will be trained at the Lab School of Washington®.