What sets HBS apart from other schools?

A laboratory school or demonstration school is an elementary or secondary school operated in association with a university, college, or other teacher education institution and used for the training of future teachers, educational experimentation, educational research, and professional development.

The Henry Barnard Laboratory School is the first laboratory school in Rhode Island, and one of the first laboratory schools in the United States. Henry Barnard, a pioneer in establishing the country’s public school system, advocated for “a model school” in which prospective teachers could apply what they had learned in the classroom. When HBS was founded in 1898 on the campus of Rhode Island College, it upholded a holistic and nurturing approach to educating every child, of every economic background -- a principle that exists to this day.

There is no other school like us in the state. We partner with the Feinstein School of Education and Human Development at Rhode Island College to provide our students with experienced faculty, who also serve as instructors at the college. Together, our faculty and teacher associates work with our learners to ensure that they are benefiting from a personal, joyful, interdisciplinary education.