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Notes for Prospective Students
The original charter designated the school as a progressive
experimental school for demonstration purposes; however in 1946 the
charter was amended to include practice teaching as one of the
Over the years the faculty added to the
school's original functions the development of new innovative
educational practices, the in-service education of experienced
teachers, and educational research.
Established under a charter
agreement between the University and Leon Falk Jr.
Falk Levy in 1930, the school has a unique status among American
It is the only one that is known to have a
legal charter that stipulates its purpose and functions.
was named the Fanny Edel Falk Elementary School in honor of the
Falk School was born of two wishes: Leon Falk Jr.
and Marjorie Falk Levy wished to establish a school that promoted
progressive methods of teaching children that could be observed and
studied by those who wished to pursue teaching as a vocation; and
the University of Pittsburgh wished to establish and maintain an
elementary demonstration school that was progressive and
experimental and that would become an integral part of its