Tess (right) with Eric Bethel, former principal of Turner Elementary, and Esperanza Spalding This year, Conservatory Lab was proud to promote Tess Plotkin to Director of El Sistema. In that role, she oversees the artistic and academic excellence
Stories from the Conservatory Lab Community
Learning in Action
Conservatory Lab students take ownership of their learning. Each one grows as a Scholar, Artists, and Leaders through project based learning, music, and community engagement.
Every year, students from Conservatory Lab join the Boston Landmarks Orchestra for a free concert at the Hatch Shell. Join us on August 21 at 7pm for this special occasion, which will include collaborations with Castle of our Skins and
Our 5th and 6th grade Conservatory Lab students created an awesome pamphlet entitled “6 Boston Nature Spots You Can Visit for Free on the T This Summer!” The students created this list after traveling to many of these spots during The
Conservatory Lab Charter School has secured funding to begin construction for its new Upper School, to be located at 395 Columbia Road in Dorchester. Conservatory Lab will celebrate this milestone on May 6th at 5 p.m. with a community-wide groundbreaking
Conservatory Lab students put on a special performance for The Arts Equity Summit. Arts Connect International partners with emerging artist leaders of color, and arts influencers who hold institutional power in the contemporary art world, to collectively build equity,
In the seven years that I have been a part of the Conservatory Lab community, I’ve experienced countless moments and days of joy alongside my students. This past Tuesday will stand the test of time. On February 26th, Grammy award-winning
Our El Sistema Resident Artists, Dr. Brad Barrett, and Kat Jara were thrilled to have had the opportunity to present at the Sphinx Connect conference. They shared the incredible work that they do at CLCS to develop students’ creative practice
On January 25th, fifth and sixth graders from the Conservatory Lab Charter School headed to the Carney Hospital Chapel to watch Shades of Yale perform. Shades of Yale, an a cappella group from Yale University, was founded in 1988,
On Saturday, January 26, 2019 the Conservatory Lab Charter School and students came together for their annual Winter Showcase, a day of musical learning and celebration. Students put on two performances—the first concert began at 9:30 a.m. and the afternoon
On December 5th, students from the 2nd, 7th and 8th grades proceeded into the Statehouse to prepare for their world-inspired performance. Performing songs from Haiti, the Dominican Republic, in addition to a few holiday numbers, the 2nd grade Esperanza Spalding
On Friday, December 14, from 10:20 am – 2:20 pm, Conservatory Lab’s seventh grade students will truly become the teachers and channel their music skills into global action. They will be offering music lessons to raise funds for Water For
August 2018 marked a historic moment in Conservatory Lab Charter School history. The school had just joined the Massachusetts Charter School Athletic Organization (MCSAO) and the first team represent the school, Co-Ed Soccer, was about to launch. As excitement steamed
Conservatory Lab Charter School has 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
by Paul Sayed Last April, EL Education’s Fund for Teachers recognized Conservatory Lab Charter School science teacher Elizabeth Schibuk as a 2018 Fellow. Ms. Schibuk received her fellowship to document the human impact of an increasingly warming planet by researching the
The Conservatory Lab Charter School Family Action Network (FAN) invites you to a Welcome Back BBQ. Saturday, Sept. 15th at 12 pm at the Franklin Park American Legion Picnic Area Please RSVP at https://tinyurl.com/ycocqjnn Join the FAN for Burgers, Uniform
On August 28, 2018, Conservatory Lab Charter School welcomed their students into their classrooms. This year promises to be one of the best years at Conservatory Lab. Take a look at some of our first-day photos below.
BEFORE AND AFTER SCHOOL CARE We will be partnering with Bird Street Community Center this year to provide before-school programming at both locations. After-school programming will also be available at the Lower School for PK-2 school students. LOWER: Before school
Conservatory Lab celebrates our 8th Graders who will have their moving up ceremony on June 21, 2018. We are proud of all of their accomplishments and achievements both artistically and academically over their time at Conservatory Lab. We wish you
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Dorchester, MA – May 23, 2018 – Dorchester’s Conservatory Lab Charter School has been honored with the SupportMusic Merit Award from The NAMM Foundation for its outstanding commitment to music education. The SupportMusic Merit Award recognizes individual
As artists, as scholars, and as leaders of our school and the world at large, it is important that Conservatory Lab 8th grade students leave our school knowing that they have made an impact on our school community, and thinking
On March 27, 2018, artist Julia Vogl and the Jewish Art Collaborative visited Conservatory Lab for contributors to Vogl’s public art installation called “Pathways to Freedom.” According to the Jewish Art Collaborative: “Pathways to Freedom is a public art installation
Conservatory Lab is incredibly saddened by the passing of José Antonio Abreu. Dr. Abreu was a fierce advocate for poor and working-class children in Venezuela and as a result, created El Sistema in an attempt to address their needs. His
On March 14, 2018, students from around the nation organized a walkout called #Enough to protest gun violence in school and Congress’ response to the massacre at Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. Students from around the country planned
To kick off our Black History Month celebrations, on February 2, 2018, our 5th and 6th grade choir students were treated with a performance by Shades of Yale, an acapella group from Yale University. As a group that celebrates the
The Conservatory Lab is proud to announce that three of our 8th graders, Kailyn, Elijah, and Rainier were accepted into the concert band for the Massachusetts Music Educators Association (MMEA) Eastern District Junior Festival. Kailyn, Elijah, and Rainier represent the
On January 11, 2018, Conservatory Lab Director of El Sistema, Josue Gonzalez attended Puelche Frutillar, the International Forum on Creativity and Learning. The forum took place in the scenic Teatro de Lago in the coastal town of Frutillar in Chile.
On January 11, 2018, the Conservatory Lab Charter School participated in the Boston Public Schools Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration at the Strand Theater in Dorchester, MA. Our students performed a set of songs including Stevie Wonder’s “Don’t You Worry
Welcome back to Conservatory Lab! We’re excited to start a new school year with you. We have some updated procedures for parent pick-up. Please read below for the details. PROCEDURE FOR PARENT PICK-UP 2120 Dorchester Ave. Dorchester MA 02124 Please
First Day of YMCA Programming at Conservatory Lab is Thursday September 7th (due to YMCA Professional Development) Before-School Programming: PreK – Grade 2 at the Lower Grades 3 – 5 at the Upper After-School Programming: PreK – Grade 5 at the Lower
Check out the extraordinary growth our learning community achieved this year. Click the link below for more details! Academic Growth SY2016-2017
Click here to learn how you can join our Summer Scholars Challenge! For additional details, click on your upcoming year under classrooms.
2017-2018 Before-School and After-School Program Next school year, the YMCA of Greater Boston will provide before-school and after-school programming on-site for Conservatory Lab students. The program will be fully licensed by the state’s Department of Early Education and Care (EEC)
Please note that school hours will be from 9:15 to 4:30 starting next year. If you have any questions, please contact our upper school campus front desk at 617-254-8904.
There are less than 40 days left in our fiscal year, and we need your help to reach our $40,000 goal. Mark your calendars for Conservatory Lab’s new annual giving day, Crescendo Day on June 1! Thanks to the generosity of an
We are proud to announce that our very own Director of El Sistema Josue Gonzalez has been awarded this year’s Arts Schools Network’s Emerging Leader Award! Mr. Gonzalez works hard every day at our school to make our music program an innovative