Falk Laboratory School

  • 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
Grades Offered Grades Kindergarten-8

Student Body

Total Students 352 students
Student Body Type Co-ed
% Students of Color
39%
State avg.: 22%
Students by Grade Falk Laboratory School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers 41 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio 9:1
National avg.: 13:1
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