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Recent Releases:

Conservatory Lab Charter School School Closure Update

Dear CLCS Families,

CLCS has aligned its school closure plans with the Boston Public Schools closure plans. Therefore CLCS will be closed effective Tuesday, March 17, 2020 until Monday, April 27, 2020.

As mentioned in the March 13th notice:

Thank you,

Conservatory Lab Charter School Announces School Closure 

Out of an abundance of caution, Conservatory Lab Charter School will close effective Wednesday March 18, 2020 for 2 weeks.

Conservatory Lab Charter School Issues A Statement To Families Regarding COVID-19 

Updates regarding our ongoing efforts to prepare for and prevent exposure to COVID-19.

Other News:

Conservatory Lab Charter School Announces Environmental Science Education Funding from Cedar Tree Foundation
Conservatory Lab Charter School received a three-year grant of $480,000 from the Cedar Tree Foundation to support environmental education in preschool through eighth grades. This grant supports professional development, investments in new curriculum and equipment, programs such as community environmental mapping, school gardens, and dissemination.

Dorchester’s Conservatory Lab is honored with SupportMusic Merit Award 2018
Conservatory Lab was one of 135 individual schools nationwide to receive the SupportMusic Merit Award from the NAMM Foundation.

New York City’s First Orchestra Music Charter School to Open in 2017
David Gracia, former Conservatory Lab employee, opens a charter in New York inspired by our school.

MassDevelopment Bond Helps Conservatory Lab Move to Dorchester
Thanks to a grant from MassDevelopment, we were able to move to our lower school.

Preserving History
Valencia Patilla’s 8th grade class was featured on Channel 5 in a segment about memorializing Frederick Douglass in Roxbury.

Violinist With One Hand Inspires Young People
Dudamel Orchestra Director Adrian Anantawan was featured in the Boston Globe.

Anantawan Coming to Conservatory Lab
Wicked Local Reported on Maestro Anantawan’s arrival at Conservatory Lab.

Sing Me the Learning
Meg Campbell of the Huffington Post covered the second grade class music video, “Snakes are Born This Way”.

From The Top, Episode 240
Head of School Diana Lam was interviewed on National Public Radio’s From The Top, discussing El Sistema at Conservatory Lab.

From The Top, Episode 240
Head of School Diana Lam was interviewed on National Public Radio’s From The Top, discussing El Sistema at Conservatory Lab.

Young Musicians from Somerville Perform in ‘El Sistema in the Ville’
The Somerville Journal reported on a joint concert between Somerville and Conservatory Lab Students to promote a new El Sistema program.

Conservatory Lab Students Help Bring El Sistema to Somerville
The Allston-Brighton Tab also covered the story.

El Sistema taps the power of classical music to help US children flourish—The Christian Science Monitor, Jan 7, 2011
The Christian Science Monitor visited the school in December and ran a story on January 10, 2011.

Dudamel, El Sistema at The Conservatory Lab—The Tavis Smiley Show, Dec 29, 2010
PBS’s Tavis Smiley visited the school and observed the students working in El Sistema in October.  The Tavis Smiley Reports ran an episode entitled: “Dudamel:  Conducting a Life”, which aired nationally on December 29th.  “What happens when you get children excited about music at an early age? They think learning and playing music is fun.”

Diana Lam guest column: Charter schools offer a lot for students—Allston-Brighton Tab, Dec 20, 2010

The Allston-Brighton Tab published Diana Lam’s OpEd “Charter schools offer a lot for students” on December 10, 2010.

Crescendo in Brighton—The Boston Globe, Dec 19, 2010
The Boston Globe’s Jeremy Eichler visited the school several times, along with a photographer.  He wrote a follow-up story to his El Sistema series from over the summer focused solely on Conservatory Lab.  The article entitled Crescendo in Brighton ran Sunday, December 19th.

There is Magic in the Music—The Boston Globe, Jul 11, 2010
They call it El Sistema, a movement transforming the lives of Venezuelan children through performance. Now, a Boston-based group plans a US encore

‘You’re part of something bigger’—The Boston Globe, Jul 18, 2010
Inspired by a Venezuelan music program, two prepare to bring its benefits to Boston kids

‘Conservatory Lab Charter School students share their thoughts
Conservatory Lab Charter School students and parents share their thoughts about what the school and a music-based curriculum mean to them, their education, and their hopes for the school’s future.  A 5-minute video has been created and posted up on Youtube.  It’s worth watching for several truly touching and powerful moments.