The Campus Laboratory School of Carlow University is a Catholic, co-educational and independent laboratory school that provides learning opportunities for children aged Pre-K-8. Early childhood options include preschool, Pre-K and a primary Montessori program. 

Rooted in the principles of its founders, the Sisters of Mercy, the Campus Laboratory School integrates Judeo-Christian values throughout its holistic educational approach. The school provides regular religious instruction, Catholic celebrations including liturgy and sacraments, and service opportunities. Its partnership with the Diocese of Pittsburgh affords opportunities to compete in diocesan sporting leagues.

Three young children in a Campus Laboratory School classroom watch a fourth child as she gestures with her hands.

Quick facts

  • Located on Carlow University’s campus in Tiernan Hall
  • Primary school: grades 1-4
  • Middle school: grades 5-8
  • Operating hours Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-3 p.m. (extended hours until 6 p.m.)
  • Supportive environment with rigorous, integrated curriculum
  • Average class size: 14 students
  • 10:1 student/teacher radio
  • Offers an extended day program

Relationship with Carlow University

The Campus Laboratory School maintains a strong relationship with Carlow University, partnering on educational experiences, professional development, opportunities for pre-service teachers and the sharing of facilities.

A woman speaks in a Campus Laboratory School classroom while three small children sit at a table with their hands raised.
Kindergarten students, from left Sydney Swagler, Oliver Potter-Akins and Flora Parisi, partcipate in Elizabeth Sullivans multi-sensory activities to develop reading and writing comprehension, Thursday, Jan. 16, 2020, at the Campus Lab School. (Rebecca Droke/Carlow University)
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