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.

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School Overview

School Membership(s)School Assoc.National Association of Laboratory Schools
Religious AffiliationNonsectarian
Grades OfferedGrades Kindergarten-8

Student Body

Total Students386 students
Student Body TypeCo-ed
% Students of Color
28%
State avg.: 23%
Students by Grade Falk Laboratory School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers35 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio11:1
National avg.: 13:1

Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineNone / Rolling
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