Khan Lab School is an internationally recognized, non-profit, mastery-based K-12 school founded by Salman Khan in 2014 to cultivate his student-centered philosophy in a physical school environment.
Lower & Middle Schools Campus is located at 3233 Cowper Street, Palo Alto, CA 94306
High School Campus is located at 1200 Villa Street, Mountain View, CA 94041
Our mission: We are a community of learners empowering every student to navigate their own path.
Our model is designed to make time and space for every student to build a strong foundational knowledge, have voice & choice in their learning, and develop their social-emotional and excecutive skills so they are prepared to navigate their own path in a collaborative world.
Our approach is mastery-based, mixed-age, project-based, and blended learning with a departure from traditional letter grades.
School is year round for Lower & Middle Schools and we offer extended day programs.
The Class of 2021 was our first graduating senior class. Learn about Our Graduates and their college adventures.
Khan Lab High School's partnership with Foothill College ensures students can extend their interests and pursue college-level studies while in high school.
We belong to the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS), the Mastery Transcript Consortium and are accredited by Cognia.

Quick Stats (2022)

  • School Type: Alternative School
  • Grades: Kindergarten-12
  • Students: 230 students
  • Yearly Tuition: $29,950
  • Application Deadline: Jan. 14 / rolling

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School Overview

Religious Affiliation
Grades Offered
Grades Kindergarten-12
Year Founded
2014
Summer School Offered
Yes

Student Body

Total Students
230 students
Student Body Type
Co-ed
% Students of Color
70%
State avg.: 48%

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers
35 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio
7:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
65%
List of Courses Offered
Matriculation DataMatric. Data
Classroom Dress Code
Casual

Tuition and Acceptance Rate

Admission Deadline
Jan. 14 / rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost
Tuition Notes
Lower School: $29,950.00 Middle School: $32,600.00 High School: $33,600.00
% on Financial Aid
8%

Sports

Total Sports Offered
6 sports

Extracurriculars

Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.
4 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric.
Club or Organization:
After School Enrichment Program, Leadership Team, Student Council, Student-led clubs

School Notes

  • In keeping with Sal Khan's One World Schoolhouse philosophy, we provide an extended-year, extended-day, mixed-age program with a project-based learning approach. Recognizing that ownership and relationship are the keys to success in learning, our academic experience is coordinated by a team of Advisors, Content Specialists, and Associate Teachers who guide students through gradually increasing levels of independence.
  • Today's traditional education model, which has been in place since the dawn of the Industrial Revolution, no longer optimally prepares children to meaningfully contribute to a world that values self-motivation, meaning, empathy, and creativity over compliance. In the 21st century, schools need to empower students to develop independent and critical thought, entrepreneurship, self-direction, and collaborative capabilities.
  • We offer these opportunities as part of a teaching philosophy that encourages meaningful inquiry and interdisciplinary work, and we utilize blended learning to meet the needs of each student. Thanks to our association with Khan Academy, we are leveraging the power of technology to humanize the classroom.
  • To learn more about our model and what we do, please visit our website: khanlabschool.org.
Profile last updated: 11/05/2021

School Reviews

  5.00 out of 5  (3 reviews)
5  
This school expects us to get 90%, and yet gives us no time to prepare. I`m a longtime student and this school has ruined my mental health and I can`t leave because the school tells my parents lies about how "good" KLS is. I can`t wait to graduate from this place.
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5  
For the past 2 years, new leadership has been pushing a more conventional education model for ease and convenience. Khan Lab School was once revolutionary, but now it is overrated. Teachers used to have a major voice in the school's vision and execution of it's mission, but now just follow the administration's directions.
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5  
KLS is a great home for families who care about strong academics without the stress of "doing school". Mastery-based learning means no gaps in one's education, project-based learning means kids are engaged and have agency in the learning process. There is 1-on-1 advising and a curriculum for teaching social and emotional learning. It's a small school with an emphasis on mixed-age learning and tutoring which really fosters community and compassion, not competition.
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Quick Stats (2022)

  • School Type: Alternative School
  • Grades: Kindergarten-12
  • Students: 230 students
  • Yearly Tuition: $29,950
  • Application Deadline: Jan. 14 / rolling

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