The Campus Laboratory School of Carlow University


About Us

The Campus Laboratory School (CLS) of Carlow University is unique among the education institutions in the Pittsburgh region, as we set out to bring a sense of discovery, and also of service, to our students. CLS offers a distinctive educational opportunity for children Preschool through Grade 8. Early Childhood options include Montessori and Reggio-Inspired preschool programs. Infants and Toddlers are served through the Early Learning Center.

While CLS provides religious instruction and Catholic celebrations, our teachers, staff and students represent many different faiths — all are welcomed, cherished and celebrated here! As a laboratory school, CLS maintains an integral relationship with Carlow University, partnering on educational experiences, professional development and opportunities for pre-service teachers. CLS provides a supportive and challenging learning environment that is devoted to giving every child an uplifting experience:

  • A rigorous, integrated curriculum
  • Authentic and differentiated learning experiences
  • STEAM+ focus for scientific exploration using technology in creative ways
  • Learning Lab for multi-sensory small group instruction focused on literacy and mathematics interventions
  • CLS is a member of Carnegie Mellon’s CREATE Lab satellite network.

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Curriculum and instruction at CLS fosters intellectual curiosity and student creativity through engaging, innovative, hands-on learning that cultivates student voice and leadership opportunities. Faculty use multiple strategies in order to meet the needs of all children, so they have the confidence to be little leaders with kindness always in mind. Outdoor learning spaces are utilized throughout our University campus with our outdoor classroom being a student favorite!

Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics (STEAM) are infused throughout the curriculum. Students are actively engaged and learning occurs in a more natural and sustainable manner.  A teaching artist designs special projects and unique gallery experiences for students.

The Dyslexia and Learning Center, in collaboration with the Pittsburgh Mt. Oliver Intermediate Unit, provides additional supports and interventions for students requiring academic supports. We use a multi-sensory, individualized approach based on diagnostic assessments and benchmark testing and coordinate adaptive technology and universally designed instruction.

As technology becomes a significant part of students’ everyday lives, we are preparing for our students’ future success by integrating technology into CLS, allowing them to engage in new ways, as well as provide richer learning interactions.

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A financial contribution to CLS helps us support our programming in unique ways.  We have several funds into which you can contribute to support our learners every day!


  • Hardship Needs Fund
  • General Scholarship Fund
  • Outdoor Learning Fund
  • Early Childhood Learning Fund
  • West Oakland Neighborhood Scholarship Fund
  • Technology and Innovation Fund

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Our CLS family grows stronger each year. Many of our students join CLS at the recommendation of family, friends, neighbors or colleagues who have found an educational home for their children here. The school holds a shared vision that recognizes the need for balance in teaching styles and strategies to meet the needs of all learners. Active learning is encouraged, cooperative learning in a social setting is favored and a conscious effort is made to foster independent learning. Intentional instruction allows for student growth and progress.

Community events form a large part of the social fabric of the school, while athletics and extracurricular programs further enhance the CLS experience!

Whether you are a parent, grandparent or community member, CLS welcomes you to our community and invites you to become a volunteer! All School Volunteers must complete the following steps in accordance with the Diocese of Pittsburgh:

  • Virtus® Online Safe Environment database
  • Child Abuse History Clearance
  • FBI Clearance or Waiver
  • Protecting God’s Children
  • Mandated Reporter Training



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Welcome to The Campus Laboratory School of Carlow University

As a multi-generational CLS community, we believe in fostering intellectual curiosity, student creativity, engaging in innovative and hands-on learning, and cultivating student voice and leadership while centering our work in the Mercy tradition of faith, love and service.

Contact Johnna Sedlacek, Director of Admissions and Marketing, at