Collaborative Lab School

The Collaborative Lab School is a new pathway at Hopkins that centers students voice. At the CLS, students and educators work together to co-create authentic learning experiences.

Thrive Ed and Hopkins Public Schools are partnering to provide high school students the opportunity to revolutionize their school experience by attending a new Collaborative Lab School (CLS) that will serve a limited number of students in grades 10-12 beginning in the Fall of 2022.

Any student who is interested in reimagining education and having a voice in co-creating their learning experiences is invited to consider the CLS. Students who are enrolled in the CLS will remain HHS students, with the flexibility to continue taking desired courses at the high school and participating in all school activities.

Throughout the Spring of 2022, Thrive Ed Engagement Guides will be working alongside students, families, educators, and community partners to prepare for the launch. Official registration for the CLS is now open. Students, families, and educators are all invited to sign up to stay connected and informed of our progress!

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CLS Student and Family Nights

Thursday, June 23 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m.
Location: Burns Park in Hopkins

Wednesday, Aug. 17 3:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m.
Location: Eisenhower Community Center

Stop by and join us for food, community, and conversation as we share more info, gather feedback, and answer questions about the launch of the Collaborative Lab School.

Why choose Collaborative Lab School?


CLS students can engage in co-design experiences at the CLS, internships and service learning within the local and global communities, HHS courses and extracurriculars, and/or post-secondary options throughout their school week. Engagement Guides will work with students to ensure their curriculum meets all state education standards and graduation requirements, while building skills and interests that drive students’ future studies and success.


Students will work closely with educators, called Engagement Guides, and their fellow CLS students to co-create a safe and restorative learning community where all can thrive. Engagement Guides will provide ongoing personalized mentorship to CLS students centered on their interests, strengths, and goals.

Internship & Service Learning

CLS students will earn credit spending time off-site in a workplace or service learning setting within the local community and beyond. Engagement Guides will work closely with community partners to ensure quality opportunities that support students in developing 21st Century Skills and informing their post-secondary planning.

Assessment & Feedback

CLS students will experience cutting-edge assessment practices, developed by leaders within the education field, that shift thinking around assessment away from evaluative tests and toward multiple opportunities to share evidence of learning. Engagement guides will harness all assessments that students take, including traditional standardized tests, as tools to coach students in reflection and growth as they move toward their future goals.

Co-Design Experience

CLS students will drive their learning through a tested-model of design thinking that centers student voice and choice as students and educators, called Engagement Guides, work together to tackle real-world problems and engage in authentic learning experiences.

Collaborative Lab School Partner

Thrive Ed. Reinventing School. Empowering Students.

Thrive Ed believes that if we harness the power, imagination and insights of students, educators and the community, we can reinvent an education system that’s equitable, inclusive, powerful and engaging for every learner. Our mission is to fundamentally transform education by powering all to innovate and thrive.

Thrive Ed’s grassroots start-up was led by the people most impacted by the current education system: students, families, and educators. Founded by a diverse team in 2019, Thrive Ed initially hired 21 student interns who worked with seven adult “engagement guides'' to study the systemic problems in the education system and offer research-based solutions. In year two, Thrive Ed hired 13 student interns and two engagement guides to use the design process in creating workshops for educators and students to learn together. Both internships tested the co-design model in which young people and adults share power to achieve unprecedented learning experiences and sustainable transformation.

Now in year three, Thrive Ed is poised to accelerate impact by partnering with Hopkins Schools to launch a collaborative lab school that will position students as co-designers in all aspects of development and implementation. We believe that this model will lead to the deep change needed in education.

Frequently Asked Questions

Register for the full-time Collaborative Lab School coming in Fall 2023

Thank you for your interest in attending the Collaborative Lab School (CLS), a new pathway for high school students in Hopkins. The CLS is aligned with Hopkins' Vision 2031 and with our partner nonprofit Thrive Ed's commitment to reinvent education and empower students. We invite you to experience CLS by taking a course in Fall 2022 called Education Research & Redesign. To enroll in the course or simply sign up for more information, please complete this quick sign-up. Course registration is open for any Hopkins student who will be in 10-12th grade next school year (2022-2023).

The Collaborative Lab School will open beyond the Education Research & Redesign course in Fall 2023. Any Hopkins student who will be in 9th-12th grade the school year of 2023-2024 and is interested in reimagining education is welcome to register below to attend the CLS. Not a Hopkins student but still interested in the CLS? Please open enroll in Hopkins before registering for the CLS (see info on Hopkins’ website).

If we have more students registered than we can effectively support, a process to enroll students that is rooted in student voice and vision for the CLS has been created for student selection. All remaining applicants will be placed on a waitlist and will be informed as spots become available. Our hope is to grow the lab school experience to welcome more students and educators in the future.

If you have questions regarding registration or enrollment, please contact us at

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