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