Areté Education extends the traditional school day, week and year with enhanced learning experiences that are fully integrated into school communities. We motivate students with aspirational and experiential learning in a nurturing and rigorous environment where they acquire and develop the skills and knowledge to succeed in school and beyond.

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Founded by Dr. Ramon Gonzalez in 2003, The Lab School is an internationally recognized public school serving sixth through twelfth grade students in the South Bronx (Mott Haven).

  • In Mott Haven, one in ten students is homeless and 54% graduate high school in four years and, before 2003, the school was one of the most dangerous in NYC.
  • 96% of Lab School Students live below the poverty line and 99% are Black and Latino.
  • Despite these challenges, the students are ranked 74th percentile city-wide.

In 2010, Ignite Learning was founded. Students have made dramatic academic and social gains during that time, and The Lab School continued to rise to a top performing school.

  • Yearly, Ignite provides 500 extra hours of academic and extracurricular time.
  • Ignites year-round programming (i.e. Summer Bridge Program, extended day) is diverse and focuses on closing the experience gap.


Areté Education is thriving, but the best is yet to come! We have a vision for this program -- to offer even stronger, smarter, and more enriching experiences that propel our students to success. We're ready for the future of Ignite Learning -- help us get there.