Academics at CLS

  • Curriculum and instruction at The Campus Laboratory School fosters intellectual curiosity and student creativity through the design of engaging and innovative and hands-on learning that cultivates student voice and leadership opportunities.   Evidenced based practices for literacy and mathematics instruction are paired with inquiry-based learning, self-directed independent study, and project-based learning strategies respectful of a child’s development, learning style, and strengths. Faculty use multiple strategies in order to meet the needs of all children. Outdoor learning spaces are utilized throughout our University campus with our outdoor classroom being a student favorite. Mercy Service Projects are integral to the mission of our School and connected to curricula through service learning at every grade level.

    Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics (STEAM) are infused throughout the curriculum, connected to the Mercy Critical Concerns.  Students are actively engaged and learning occurs in a more natural and sustainable manner.  Lessons are structured to reinforce content and skills logically with interventions built in based on formative and benchmark assessment and observation of student engagement and mastery of content.  A teaching artist designs special projects and unique gallery experiences for students. 

    The Dyslexia and Learning Center, in collaboration with the Pittsburgh Mt. Oliver Intermediate Unit, provides additional supports and interventions for students requiring academic supports.