THE HENRY BARNARD LABORATORY SCHOOL
Celebrating our 115th year of service to the State
as Rhode Island College's Laboratory School
Since 1898, The Henry Barnard Laboratory School has served Rhode Island College and the people of Rhode Island as a non-public, independent, elementary school. Our learners, most of whom live in the greater Providence metro area, range in age from preschool through grade five. Our school is a department of RICís Feinstein School of Education and Human Development, and is located in the heart of the College campus.
Our mission at the Henry Barnard Laboratory School is a simple one: To support parents in the education of their children, while participating in the training and development of Rhode Islandís finest teachers. We do that by focusing our energy in three areas:
- developing new, effective and efficient curriculum, modes of facilitating learning, and authentic assessments of learner progress;
- documenting our work so that other educators and researchers can replicate, adopt, or adapt it; and
- disseminating our findings to our colleagues in the field via journals and other publications of the field, as well as conference presentations and other trainings.
Of course, our mission and our identity stem from five classic functions of laboratory schools through the years. Those functions include:
- Clinical Teaching Experience
To provide for observation and participation in a setting of quality educational practice including the provision of a higher level experience for selected education majors who are in need of advanced, more rigorous experience prior to certification.
To provide a setting for a variety of investigations that can be conducted by professors, graduate students and others.
To provide a laboratory of human resources to engage in the trial, development and refinement of innovations based on research and/or experience.
- Curriculum Development
To provide a setting to create, test, pilot, and evaluate new curriculum materials and strategies to facilitate learning.
- Staff Development
To provide a site conducive to educational staff development for the diversity of personnel found in schools.
The Henry Barnard Laboratory School is an active member of the International Association of Laboratory and University Affiliated Schools. For more information about IALS, we encourage you to visit their website.