Falk Laboratory School

Since 1931, Falk has provided a learning environment that is grounded in community, diversity, progressive and experiential education, and focused, meaningful engagement between students and teachers.
Our foundation in progressive education principles fosters a child-centered approach to learning that focuses on the social, emotional, and academic needs of each individual.
At Falk, we also emphasize collaboration, intrinsic motivation, and active learning.
Instruction revolves around an inquiry-based model that requires children to reflect upon and take ownership of their own learning.
As a community, we are also guided by the thoughts and intentions found within the faculty-created booklet, Wishes for our Children.

Quick Stats (2024)

  • Top Ranked PA School
  • Grades: Kindergarten-8
  • Enrollment: 386 students
  • Application Deadline: None / Rolling
  • Source: Verified school update

Top Rankings

Falk Laboratory School ranks among the top 20% of private schools in Pennsylvania for:

School Overview

School Membership(s)School Assoc.
Religious Affiliation
Grades Offered
Grades Kindergarten-8
Year Founded

Student Body

Total Students
386 students
Student Body Type
% Students of Color
State avg.: 26%
Students by Grade
Falk Laboratory School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers
54 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
Classroom Dress Code

Tuition and Acceptance Rate

Admission Deadline
None / Rolling


Total Sports Offered
4 sports

School Notes

  • Our core curriculum is enhanced with daily Spanish classes along with weekly classes in art, music, physical education, Yoga and mindfulness, information literacy, and maker activities featuring traditional and innovative technologies. Extracurricular activities include music lessons, chess, robotics, and yearbook. Sports include basketball, cross country, soccer, and tennis.Informed by consideration for the academic, social, and emotional needs of different age groups, Falk students experience a variety of classroom structures as they move through the grade levels. Kindergarten classrooms are self-contained; first and second grade classrooms are self-contained withlooping; third, fourth, and fifth grade classrooms are looping; sixth, seventh, and eighth grade classrooms are fully departmental with looping.
  • Our status as a laboratory school means that we work toward the development of new and innovative practices in education. Each year we support the preparation of more than 15 intern teachers, 4 student teachers, and varied numbers of practicum students. We also welcome researchers into our school to investigate questions of practice, developing theory that will guide current and future educators.
Source: Verified school update

Frequently Asked Questions

What sports does Falk Laboratory School offer?
Falk Laboratory School offers 4 interscholastic sports: Basketball, Cross Country, Soccer and Ultimate Frisbee.
What is Falk Laboratory School's ranking?
Falk Laboratory School ranks among the top 20% of private schools in Pennsylvania for: Highest percentage of faculty with advanced degrees, Largest student body and Oldest founding date.
When is the application deadline for Falk Laboratory School?
The application deadline for Falk Laboratory School is rolling (applications are reviewed as they are received year-round).
In what neighborhood is Falk Laboratory School located?
Falk Laboratory School is located in the North Oakland neighborhood of Pittsburgh, PA. There are 5 other private schools located in North Oakland.

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Quick Stats (2024)

  • Top Ranked PA School
  • Grades: Kindergarten-8
  • Enrollment: 386 students
  • Application Deadline: None / Rolling
  • Source: Verified school update

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The average private school tuition in Pittsburgh, PA is $13,013 for elementary schools and $20,489 for high schools (read more about average private school tuition across the country).
The average acceptance rate in Pittsburgh, PA is 94% (read more about average acceptance rates across the country).

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