Celebrating our 117th year of service to the State
as Rhode Island College's Laboratory School

Our Heritage

Since 1898, The Henry Barnard Laboratory School has served Rhode Island College and the people of Rhode Island as a non-public, independent, elementary school. Our learners, most of whom live in the greater Providence metro area, range in age from preschool through grade five. Our school is a department of RICís Feinstein School of Education and Human Development, and is located in the heart of the College campus.

Our Role

Of course, our mission and our identity stem from five classic functions of laboratory schools through the years. Those functions include:

  • Clinical Teaching Experience
    To provide for observation and participation in a setting of quality educational practice including the provision of a higher level experience for selected education majors who are in need of advanced, more rigorous experience prior to certification.
  • Research
    To provide a setting for a variety of investigations that can be conducted by professors, graduate students and others.
  • Experimentation
    To provide a laboratory of human resources to engage in the trial, development and refinement of innovations based on research and/or experience.
  • Curriculum Development
    To provide a setting to create, test, pilot, and evaluate new curriculum materials and strategies to facilitate learning.
  • Staff Development
    To provide a site conducive to educational staff development for the diversity of personnel found in schools.

The Henry Barnard Laboratory School is an active member of the International Association of Laboratory and University Affiliated Schools. For more information about IALS, we encourage you to visit their website.