Collaborative Lab School
Thrive Ed and Hopkins Public Schools are partnering to provide high school students the opportunity to revolutionize their school experience by attending a new Collaborative Lab School (CLS) that will serve a limited number of students in grades 10th-12th beginning in the Fall of 2022.
Any student who is interested in reimagining education and having a voice in co-creating their learning experiences are invited to consider the CLS. Students who are enrolled in the CLS will remain HHS students, with the flexibility to continue taking desired courses at the high school and participating in all school activities.
Throughout the Spring of 2022, Thrive Ed Engagement Guides will be working alongside students, families, educators, and community partners to prepare for the launch.
Registration for the Collaborative Lab School is now open! If you have questions regarding the CLS registration process, you can email us at email@example.com.
The Collaborative Lab School has five elements:
Top Ten Reasons to Choose the CLS
I am a leader and I want my voice to be heard when decisions are being made around reimagining school.
I am interested in sharing power with my educators and I want to be a co-designer of my learning experiences.
I want a safe and inclusive learning community in which everyone feels heard, valued, loved, and respected and where I feel comfortable being my full, authentic self.
I am excited about having choice and flexibility in when, where, what, and how I learn (working individually, in groups, one-on-one with mentors, on projects, in a conference or classroom, at a community or job site, during or outside of the traditional school day, using videos, websites, games, or designing our own materials, etc.)
I want to build skills including leadership, collaboration, communication, critical thinking, etc. by working on real and relevant problems that communities, organizations, and corporations are facing.
I am interested in internship and service learning opportunities that will expose me to multiple career paths and connect me to mentors that may inform my post-high school plans.
I have specific post-secondary plans (career, college, trade school, etc.) and want more individualized support to make those plans a reality.
I struggle in the traditional school system and want to be a part of creating something better.
I want a meaningful relationship with my educators and I am excited to have a dedicated mentor to help me navigate this new way of doing school.
I just need something different and I want to be a part of something new.
Journey to the Lab School
Thrive Ed founded as a non-profit; 21 paid high school interns and 7 Engagement Guides studied problems in the education system and offered research-based solutions.
The original team formalized a co-design model in which educators and students develop learning experiences together, using a design thinking model. The Design2Thrive model was used by our second cohort of 13 paid interns.
A school where teachers and students collaborate
A third cohort formed teams to facilitate the co-design model and gather feedback for the Collaborative Lab school. We developed a continued partnership with Hopkins Public Schools and drafted an MOU to create a Collaborative Lab School within Hopkins High School, anchored in the student-driven co-design model.
The Collaborative Lab School is born
We are launching the design of the Lab School with two Engagement Guides who are Hopkins district employees (funded by Thrive Ed), along with an Executive Director and operations and development consultants. Thrive Ed will work with Hopkins students, families, educators, and community partners in co-designing the launch of the new school – gathering input on everything from the designing the physical space to developing the assessment and feedback system to creating school policies and procedures.
Spring, 2022 Registration will open for rising sophomores, juniors, and seniors who are interested in attending the inaugural year of the CLS.
Spring, 2022 The Engagement Guide team will expand, hiring 2-3 additional educators to join the team for the launch of the Collaborative Lab School in the fall.
Launch of a new era
We will launch the Collaborative Lab School with a limited number of 10th-12th graders and a team of four or five Engagement Guides.