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 participating in a new Collaborative Lab School (CLS) experience that will serve students in grades 10-12 beginning in the Fall of 2022.

The CLS is officially launching its first experience - a course called Education Research and Redesign - this fall at Eisenhower Community Center with 40+ Hopkins High School students.

Learn more about the course

This spring, the CLS will expand to part time programming for Terms 3 and 4, with a full launch of both full and part time options happening next school year (2023/2024). CLS students will remain HHS students with flexibility to take desired courses at the high school and participate in all school activities.

If you are interested in reimagining education and having a voice in co-creating their learning experiences and are considering joining the CLS this spring or next fall, you can …

  • Attend an informational event this fall (stay tuned to this website for event details)
  • Visit with current CLS students and check out our Education Research and Redesign course
  • Visit with CLS staff and your HHS counselor. Get in touch.

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.

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