A Safe School Environment

We are committed to the goal of fostering a caring community in which all our students feel safe, without physical, verbal or non-verbal harassment or threats of any kind. An important component of our Safe School System is Cool Tools, which guides children in resolving conflicts by increasing their repertoire of social skills and strategies. Because of our outreach and research commitments, there are now 20 other schools in the Los Angeles area that have implemented a safe school system based on the Cool Tools model.

If you are interested in working with us to build a Safe School system for your school, please see our Safe School page.

Learning in Two Languages

The Learning in Two Languages (LTL) Program addresses the educational needs of Spanish-speaking students whose English language is limited while providing an opportunity for English-speaking students to learn a second language. It is based on a dual language model that develops proficiency in two languages for all participating students. Spanish speaking students have the opportunity to develop proficiency and literacy skills in Spanish while also learning English and being taught in English. English speaking students develop their English skills while learning Spanish.

The LTL Program is based on a set of beliefs that include:

  • Reading skills from a child’s primary language can transfer easily to his or her second language
  • Conceptual understanding is transferable between languages
  • Children can best learn academic concepts and a second language in an integrated context
  • Being bilingual or multilingual is an advantage for everyone in our society

Extended Day Program

The Extended Day Program (EDP) offers convenient, high quality care for UCLA Lab School students after school. The on-site program is integrated with the school day and focuses on the social and emotional issues of children's lives. It nurtures a strong sense of community, emphasizes values of caring and respect for others, and encourages appreciation of each child's culture, language, and ethnicity. Adults help children openly express their feelings and needs, and model ways to manage and reduce conflicts.

The EDP is structured to encourage children to make their own decisions about how to spend their time. Children choose among a variety of activities and projects including music, art, drama, science, woodworking, sewing, cooking, building, dramatic play, homework, and much more. A sense of being part of a community and caring for one another is conveyed through each activity.

For information, contact Marie Parks, EDP Director, at 310.206.5194.