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Welcome to the Lab School

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Lab School Coordinator

Mike Mitchell

(518) 439-4921 Ext. 22255 


The Bethlehem Central Lab School is a small, rigorous high school program carved out of the larger Bethlehem High School in which it is physically situated. Designed by members of the Bethlehem faculty, administration and community, the Lab School is committed to excellence through innovation and represents a bold educational thrust into the 21st century. Lab School students and faculty alike have been characterized as a community of risk-takers, pioneering active modes of learning that frequently involve students in independent research, formal presentations and interdisciplinary projects - all in a context of demanding coursework and Regents mandates.

Chartered in 1992 as a local response to calls from business, government and educational institutions to experiment with new methods of teaching and learning, the Lab School has been featured in the local press, as well as in national professional journals.

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Mastering The Lab School Research Process

Our approach to authentic performance assessment

Research skills, writing research papers and giving effective oral presentations are a very important component of the Lab School curriculum. The 40-week process for the Lab School freshmen is intended to introduce and develop the skills that will be necessary throughout their Lab School career, while also imparting the importance and necessity of conducting and producing sound, coherent research. On Tuesday, June 24 and Wednesday June 25, Lab School freshmen, sophomores and juniors conducted their final presentations before a Board of Examiners. READ MORE

Respect Yourself; Respect Each Other; Respect This Place (wherever we are)

Lab School’s 21st Annual End of Year Retreat at the Silver Bay Conference and Family Retreat Center on Lake George

Mr. Mitchell, a Lab School teacher and mentor, takes us through the Lab School’s recent retreat to Camp Chingachgook in Kattskill Bay, NY. READ MORE

Lab School Lottery for Incoming Freshmen

The lottery for incoming freshman is complete. Families can contact Lab School Coordinator Stephen Smith at to get an update on where their student is on lottery list.

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Lab School Retreat at Camp Chingachgook

To build your community and learn by experience are key tenants of Bethlehem’s Lab School. Every fall, Lab School students, parents and faculty gather at Camp Chingachgook in September to welcome our freshman students. This trip marked the kick-off of our 21st year.

Mr. Mitchell, a Lab School teacher and mentor, takes us through the Lab School’s recent retreat to Camp Chingachgook in Kattskill Bay, NY.


Photo Gallery: BCHS Lab School students walk for hunger

On Saturday, Dec. 1, the Lab School held a walk for hunger and raised $2,100 for the Regional Food Bank of Northeastern New York. More the 60 Lab School students, parents and teachers walked from the high school to the Four Corners and back before making the donation to Bill Quandt from the Regional Food Bank. VIEW THE PHOTO GALLERY

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Futures - Lab School Video Update on May 2014

NOTE: Older Lab School videos can be found here.


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Lab School Open House PowerPoint [PDF]

Lab School Open House Slide Show [PDF]