What Makes Us Different?
“Students should be encouraged, at every stage of the learning process, to adopt an active stance toward their education. They shouldn’t just take things in; they should figure things out.”
–Sal Khan, The One World Schoolhouse
At Traditional Schools...
At Khan Lab School...
|Students are grouped by age (grades)||Students are grouped by level of independence and in flexible academic groups|
|Students are promoted to the next grade after a set amount of time||Students are promoted to the next group when they have demonstrated mastery and a level of independence|
|Students learn content||Students learn thinking skills, character strengths, and content|
|Students learn from their teachers and from textbooks||Students learn from their teachers and peers in daily project-based learning and through self-directed learning using a variety of innovative tools|
|Teachers decide what a student should learn and when||Students learn to set their own goals and weekly schedules with guidance from Advisors|
|The school day is divided into subjects||The school day is divided into self-paced work time (Foundational Fluencies) and hands-on project time (Studio)|
|Students have homework to complete after school||There is no homework unless a student chooses to use time after school to work on personal goals or projects|
|The school day ends in the early afternoon||The school day lasts from 8:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. (every student may stay for Extended Day from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m.)|
|The school is closed for the summer||The school has an extended-year model that offers breaks throughout a 12-month year|
|Parents receive a report card once each quarter||Parents receive constant updates on their children’s progress through the Goal Tracker and engage in Parent-Teacher-Student Conferences|
|Students have a transcript of grades as proof of learning||Students have a portfolio of projects as proof of learning|
Looking for information specific to high school students? Click here to read details about our Upper School program (Independence Levels 6+).