Falk Laboratory School

4060 Allequippa St,
Pittsburgh, PA, 15261-0152
Tel: (724)779-1214
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 school's functions.
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.
and Marjorie Falk Levy in 1930, the school has a unique status among American laboratory schools.
It is the only one that is known to have a legal charter that stipulates its purpose and functions.
The school was named the Fanny Edel Falk Elementary School in honor of the donor's mother.
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 educational mission.

School Overview

School Membership(s)School Assoc. National Association of Laboratory Schools
Religious Affiliation Nonsectarians
Grades Offered Grades Kindergarten - 9

Student Body

Total Students 299 students
Student Body Type Co-ed
% Students of Color 36%
State avg.: 20%
Students by Grade Falk Laboratory School Students by Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers 32 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio 9:1
National avg.: 13:1

Nearby Schools:

The nearest high school is Oakland Catholic High School (0.5 miles away)
The nearest elementary school is Western Psychiatric Institute (0.3 miles away)
The nearest preschool is Western Pennsylvania School For Blind Children (0.4 miles away)
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  • Pittsburgh Western Psychiatric Institute
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    Pittsburgh , PA , 15213
    (412)624-0725
    Special Education School (Nonsectarians)
    0.3  mi  |   students  |  Gr.  5-8
  • Pittsburgh
    Western Pennsylvania School For Blind Children
    Special Education School (Nonsectarians)
    201 N Bellefield Ave
    Pittsburgh , PA , 15213
    (412)621-0100
    Special Education School (Nonsectarians)
    0.4  mi  |  177  students  |  Gr.  PK
  • Pittsburgh
    Oakland Catholic High School
    All-girls  (Roman Catholic)
    144 North Craig Street
    Pittsburgh , PA , 15213
    (412)682-6633
    All-girls  (Roman Catholic)
    0.5  mi  |  579  students  |  Gr.  9-12
  • Pittsburgh
    Small Wonders At The Upmc
    Early Childhood / Day Cares (Nonsectarians)
    425 North Craig Street
    Pittsburgh , PA , 15213
    (412)687-3677
    Early Childhood / Day Cares (Nonsectarians)
    0.5  mi  |  10  students  |  Gr.  K-NS
  • Pittsburgh
    St. Benedict The Moor School
    (Roman Catholic)
    2900 Bedford Ave
    Pittsburgh , PA , 15219
    (412)682-3755
    (Roman Catholic)
    0.6  mi  |  198  students  |  Gr.  K-9

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