About Conservatory Lab Charter School


Conservatory Lab Charter School empowers a diverse range of children as scholars, artists, and leaders through a unique and rigorous academic and music education. We enrich the larger community through performance, service, and collaboration. As a laboratory school, we develop and disseminate innovative educational approaches that will positively impact children in other schools and programs.


“Music is practically the only way to a dignified social destiny. Poverty means loneliness, sadness, anonymity. An orchestra means joy, motivation, teamwork, the aspiration to success.” – Jose Abreu, Founder of El Sistema.

At Conservatory Lab, we believe in the power of music and learning to transform the lives of our students and their families. At the core of our pioneering curriculum is the hybrid of two proven and exemplary programs: El Sistema and Expeditionary Learning. Both programs emphasize the experience of breaking through barriers in the pursuit of excellence – creating a culture and habit of perseverance. Taken together, these two programs motivate and nurture our students to become dedicated scholars, compassionate leaders, and skilled musicians.

For more information, check out the school’s website here.

Stories from Conservatory Lab Charter School

  • How do Conservatory Lab’s young musicians learn to make music “sing?” If you have ever picked up a recorder or plunked on a piano, you know that there is more to making music than knowing where to put your fingers Continue readingConnecting to Music through History The post Connecting to Music through History appeared first […]
  • Conservatory Lab students don’t just say, “I’m learning music.” They say, “I’m a musician.”  This is by design: Resident Artists have created a program that makes space for students to take ownership of what they are learning from very early Continue readingCreative Youth Development with Early Childhood Music The post Creative Youth Development with Early […]
  • Conservatory Lab students have kept learning about the real world with hands-on activities even when we were all dependent on screens for communication with their teachers and peers. Thanks to a grant from the Cedar Tree Foundation, Conservatory lab launched Continue readingThe Science of Salad Dressing The post The Science of Salad Dressing appeared first […]
  • Middle School teachers decided to try a new format for a virtual zoom party just before December break.   The day before a break is always a joyful moment to celebrate how much our young scholars have accomplished since the school Continue readingCelebrating and Connecting: Middle School Edition The post Celebrating and Connecting: Middle School Edition […]
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