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For a more complete description of GHS Innovation Lab, visit our website and blog. Teacher and student blogs are a first-hand perspective about project-based learning.


Innovation Lab is a rigorous, interdisciplinary, school-within-a-school model at Greenwich High School. This progressive and personalized model is designed and implemented by a dedicated team of GHS educators who are leveraging innovative teaching methods, project-based and blended learning strategies, and leading-edge technology applications, all within the larger infrastructure of GHS.

Innovation Lab is devoted to fostering creativity, curiosity, and purpose within an interdisciplinary and academically rigorous, college preparatory curriculum. Teachers blend core disciplines to create STEM and Humanities in a project-based approach. Students develop the skills and content knowledge they require by connecting to questions and topics of interest. With guidance, they discover their passions and impact the community at large.

Foundational Principles:

  • Cross-disciplinary approach to content and skill development
  • High levels of student-teacher collaboration and connection
  • Student agency and ownership of learning
  • Focus on metacognition and growth mindset
  • Project-based learning opportunities
  • Community involvement with real-world internship/mentoring
  • Regular public exhibition of student work
  • Technology as a dynamic tool for learning
  • Access to the resources available in the existing structure of GHS

Innovation Lab replaces a student’s English, Social Studies, Math, and Science courses at both the honors and college prep levels. Innovation Lab subjects are organized into two areas: STEM (Science/Technology/Engineering/Math) and the Humanities (Arts, English, Social Studies). The freshman program is Humanities (English 112/113/113A with Global Studies 112/113/113A) and Design Studio 9. The sophomore year five credit program includes English 212/213, US History 212/213, Algebra 2 A/B/Honors, Environmental Science (Honors Option available), and a Design Studio 10 elective which falls under the Computer Arts. The junior year program includes American and Modern World Literature, Civics and another Socials Studies elective, Precalculus 1/2/Honors or calculus, and Practical Physics/Physics/Honors Physics, and a Design Studio 11 elective which falls under the Computer Arts. Senior Year, InLab students take Design Studio 12 and either Science Research or Social Science Research. 

Although Innovation Lab offers both standard college preparatory and honors level courses, there are no AP classes offered, as these conflict with both our philosophy of depth over breadth and our unique scheduling needs. All Innovation Lab students take World Language, Physical Education, and other elective classes in the wider high school.  They also participate in the wide array of extracurricular activities available at GHS. For a complete list of Innovation Lab courses, see the GHS Course of Study Guide and Course Sequence.

Students who wish to join can visit the InLab Website application page to sign up. Applications are accepted from January 1 and we interview students before decisions are made. Students must receive parental permission to join the program. To keep up with GHS Innovation Lab projects, reflections, and updates, check out our blog at GHSInnovationLab.com and follow us on twitter at @GHSInLab.

 

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Research and development of GHS Innovation Lab is supported by a generous grant from the Greenwich Alliance for Education.

Program Contact Information

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Points of Pride:

We are proud to announce that 100% of our 28 Seniors of the Class of 2018 were accepted to college and, in total, we had $2.4 million in offered scholarships.

At the CT National History Day State Finals 2018, seventeen Greenwich High School students competed at the state level National History Day contest after placing in the regional competition last month. Liam (Class of 2020) shared his original documentary: “The Space Race: How Conflict on Earth Composed the Dominion of SPACE”, and Ari and Gracie (2020), performed an original play titled, “The Questions We Didn’t Ask, The Stories They Didn’t Tell: How Equality and Identity Were Compromised Under ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’.  A total of ten Innovation Lab students qualified to continue on to the national competition at the University of Maryland in June. Individual Performance: Emma (2020) “The Pentagon Papers: An Inner Conflict, An External Compromise in American Values”; Group Exhibit: Sydney and Sophia (2019)“Greenwich Women Face the Great War”; Group Performance: Jody, Sophie, and Nina (2019); “Society's Compromise is a Whole New Crime: The Rape of Recy Taylor”; and Innovation Lab seniors, Katherine, Flora, Nicole, and Sofia (2018), are returning for an unprecedented third year, this time to showcase their performance on “Barbara McClintock: Jumping Over Conflict and Creating Compromise to Expand the Knowledge of the Genome”. Emma and Sydney and Sophia won at the State level and competed at the National Finals 2018.

In addition, Innovation Lab teachers, Ms. Courtney Hawes, Ms. Christina Shaw, and Mr. Michael Belanger, were honored as the CT representatives for the 2018 James F. Harris Teacher Award.

Nina (Class of 2019) is one of five GHS students selected to attend the GAINS (Girls Advancing in STEM) Conference at Stanford University.

Jody (Class of 2019) launched I.C.O.D., In Case of Deportation, a website connecting children whose caregivers could be deported with condensed versions of government resources and helpful links.