Khan Lab School (KLS) is an independent, nonprofit K-12 school founded by Sal Khan in 2014. Sal is the founder of Khan Academy and author of The One World Schoolhouse (2012), in which he makes the case for mastery-based, mixed-age learning without traditional grades. Today the KLS community is bringing Sal’s vision to life and sharing these learnings with the education space more broadly.
Key characteristics and features of Khan Lab School include:
Self-Directed Learning: KLS students take an active role in their own learning process, setting goals, making choices, and managing their learning activities.
Personalized Learning: The school places a strong emphasis on personalized learning, where each student's education is tailored to their individual needs, interests, and pace of learning.
Mixed-Age Classrooms: Students at KLS are typically grouped together in mixed-age classrooms, allowing for peer-to-peer learning and collaboration.
Mastery-Based Progression: Instead of traditional grade levels, Khan Lab School uses a mastery-based progression system. Students are encouraged to master specific skills and concepts before moving on to more advanced material.
Project-Based Learning: KLS incorporates project-based learning into its curriculum. Students engage in hands-on projects and real-world problem-solving, which helps them apply their knowledge in practical ways.
Flexible Scheduling: The school offers a flexible schedule, allowing students to manage their time and choose when and how they learn best.
Use of Technology: Khan Academy's online resources and tools are integrated into the school's curriculum. This technology is used to support and enhance students' learning experiences.
Teacher and Student Collaboration: Teachers at KLS work closely with students to co-design their learning plans and provide ongoing support and feedback. This collaborative approach empowers students to take ownership of their education.