Brooklyn LAB Students Help Design Curriculum for Charter's New High Schools


DOWNTOWN BROOKLYN — Learning at two new high schools being planned for Downtown Brooklyn is being overseen by those with the most to gain — the students.

Youngsters at public charter school Brooklyn LAB are taking the lead in designing curriculums for the schools.

Brooklyn LAB, which opened last year and currently serves sixth and seventh-graders, announced at the White House Summit for Next Generation High Schools earlier this month that it would launch the two schools in 2017.

Administrators are now looking to current students to play an active role in planning what and how their new classmates will learn.

The students, 60 percent of whom live in public housing and 20 percent of whom are transient or homeless, have weighed in at public meetings and small sessions with administrators about what kind of programs should be available for students with different learning needs and backgrounds.

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