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The Lab School of Washington Reviews

Updated July 1, 2017
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  1. "Decent Starter Job"

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    Former Employee - Teacher
    Former Employee - Teacher
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at The Lab School of Washington full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Working with the students and all of the resources made available

    Cons

    Lots of arbitrary rules/ work can be monotonous

    Advice to Management

    Offer more upward mobility


  2. "Wonderful place but inconsistent quality of instruction/hiring"

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    Former Employee - Teacher
    Former Employee - Teacher
    Recommends

    I worked at The Lab School of Washington full-time

    Pros

    - The mission
    - Collaborative nature
    - Devoted faculty and staff to the students
    - Instructional practices
    - Freedom to explore and try new curriculum

    Cons

    - Low salary
    - Poor work-life balance
    - Disconnected administration

  3. "No frills job"

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    Current Employee - Junior Accountant in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Junior Accountant in Washington, DC
    Recommends

    I have been working at The Lab School of Washington full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    - great hours
    - great holiday/vacation package for an accounting job
    - Amazing benefits

    Cons

    - Monotonous work
    - Not much room for upward mobility
    - Low salary


  4. "Great school for students, much room for improvement for employees"

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    Current Employee - Speech Language Pathologist
    Current Employee - Speech Language Pathologist
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at The Lab School of Washington (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    The mission of the school, to educate students with learning differences is outstanding. Freedom to educate these students in the way that they need to be educated is a strength of the school.

    Cons

    There is little to no flexibility in how the employees can complete their work (aka, no work from home options for paperwork, reports, planning, although the infrastructure is there) which is a con in this day and age. The compensation is extremely low for both the location and the level of expertise required, but the budget is not shared with employees.

    Advice to Management

    Increase budgetary transparency, share the budge with employees. Increase compensation, especially with incoming employees, if you truly want to attract what you call "diversity."


  5. "Great First Job"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    community feel, students and their families

    Cons

    Low salary, excessive report writing,


  6. "Group Leader"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    Pros

    The Lab School of Washington provides a very personal interaction with its members of the staff. The company prides itself on its hard work and dedication from it staff in which allows a staff space for the students.

    Cons

    the only downside of the company is the intern position that are available are on a non paid basis


  7. Helpful (2)

    "OK for entry-level to start your career"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Silver Spring, MD
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Silver Spring, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at The Lab School of Washington full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Working with kids is rewarding.
    Professional development opportunities.
    Location.
    Free parking.

    Cons

    Compensation.
    No career growth opportunities.
    Too many people, who are not qualified for the job, are in charge of things.

    Advice to Management

    When you ask people about their opinion, don't just listen, make visible changes. It's not a happy place anymore.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Speech-Language Therapist"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    I have been working at The Lab School of Washington full-time

    Pros

    Collaborative Environment
    Available Therapy Resources
    Smaller Caseloads

    Cons

    Relatively lower compensation compared to cost of living in DC area


  9. "Teacher"

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    Current Employee - Educator in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Educator in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at The Lab School of Washington full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    This is the best place I've ever worked. Everyone is so happy- students, parents, teachers. It is a dream come true.

    Cons

    Sometimes expectations can be unclear. Also, it seems everyone's salaries are at random.

    Advice to Management

    Overall doing a great job. Thanks for all you do.


  10. "This is a GREAT community and truly transformative school"

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    Current Employee - Educator in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Educator in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    This school is well ahead of the curve when it comes to working with students with language based learning differences and supporting a community of educators, especially given how challenging it can be to provide a top notch educational experience with a small student:teacher ratio in an expensive city. I've read the other reviews here, and have to say I'm surprised. Most sound like they are written by disgruntled teachers who probably needed to leave. There has been some turnover recently and there were a few years of layoffs, but pruning dead wood is healthy for every organization. I have found the admin to be very supportive and it to be a great community of professional, creative, and passionate educators.

    Cons

    The salary could be better, but in comparing it to other independent schools and considering your student load here, it's pretty competitive. You would certainly make more in public school, but you would never get to make the impact and see the robust results you would in working with LD students in an environment like Lab. Parking can be tricky, but they offer free shuttle service from local metro stops and will even pay for your metro/bus pass and parking.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work established by Sally Smith; light a larger fire under the Board to find financial support to better compensate staff; continue with the great diversity work you've been spearheading this past year.


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