As a member of the New York Performance Standards Consortium, we believe that learning cannot be sufficiently demonstrated within the confines of standardized assessments. This means that our students and teachers are challenged daily to read, write, think, share, explore, solve, create, collaborate, present, question, defend, negotiate, compromise, and most importantly, reflect upon themselves as learners. To demonstrate these skills, Bronx Lab students work towards building a graduation portfolio that includes an analytic essay on literature, a social studies research paper, an extended or original science experiment, and problem-solving at higher levels of mathematics.
Each January and June, our students present and defend their portfolio work to panels made up of teachers, field experts, parents, and community members. We thank our external evaluators for giving our students an authentic and invaluable experience that pushed them outside their comfort zones.