Lab Atlanta and Lovett Announce Significant Venture Gift
Posted 11/26/2017 08:00AM





Laura Deisley (470-355-4984)





ATLANTA, GA (November 20, 2017) - The Lovett School is proud to announce Lab Atlanta (LAB ATL) is the recipient of a generous $250,000 gift and an additional $100,000 challenge grant from an anonymous group of venture philanthropists. Lab Atlanta is an innovative semester school for 10th grade students that focuses on building the next generation of Atlanta leaders who are design-minded and civically engaged. The generous donors, inspired by Lab Atlanta’s unique mission to bring public and private school students from around Atlanta together to learn about their city, each other, and themselves, made this gift in honor of LAB ATL’s founding Executive Director Laura Deisley.

Launched in January, 2017, Lab Atlanta serves up to 24 students per semester in an honors-level academic and experiential learning environment that breaks the mold of a traditional school experience. The Lovett School established Lab Atlanta after receiving a leadership challenge grant from the Edward E. Ford Foundation, one of the few foundations that funds private schools to create innovative programs. The anonymous donors, struck by the combination of LAB ATL’s unique design to bring students from all parts of Atlanta together and Lovett’s mission “to improve our school, our city, our society, our environment, and our world” gave the gift to provide need--blind scholarships to qualified students. 

Upon hearing the news of the gift in her honor, Laura Deisley, Founder and Executive Director of Lab Atlanta, stated, “I’m incredibly touched by this venture gift and the wonderful additional challenge grant that will help establish Lab Atlanta as a premiere semester opportunity for qualified students to build civically-engaged leadership skills. As we embark upon LAB ATL’s second year, I am thrilled by this generous gift and what it will mean for our students. Atlanta is an exciting, design-inspired place to be right now, and because of the generosity of our donors, the future is bright for these students and our city.”


Jeff Stratton, Chair of the Lab Atlanta Advisory Board, shared Deisley’s enthusiasm and announced the launch of a campaign to match the $100,000 challenge grant. “We welcome all those in Atlanta who are inspired by LAB ATL’s bold model to join these venture philanthropists in furthering this innovative program to bring young Atlantans together. We are grateful for the support from so many wonderful people and institutions across Atlanta. Most of all, we’re excited about what this means for our students.”


About Lab Atlanta

Lab Atlanta is an academic, experiential semester school immersed in the city of Atlanta that is open to independent, intellectually curious, and ambitious honors-level 10th graders from Atlanta’s public and independent schools. Lab Atlanta challenges students academically and socially so when they return to their home schools, they carry with them a much deeper appreciation for each other and the city of Atlanta, as well as the capacity to identify needs and solve problems collaboratively. 

Lab Atlanta is a semester school enrolling up to 24 students per semester. Students are often nominated by educators, but any student from an Atlanta area school (public or independent) or a home-schooled student may apply for either the fall or spring semester of their 10th grade year. Applications are evaluated on a needs-blind basis and extensive financial aid scholarships are available.

A groundbreaking public-private partnership between The Lovett School and Atlanta Public Schools, Lab Atlanta is a joint enrollment model approved by Georgia Department of Education and the Georgia High School Athletic Association. Students who attend LAB have the ability to return to their home schools in the afternoons to participate in athletics and other after-school extracurriculars. Lab Atlanta is located close to downtown, and the school day runs from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.


About The Lovett School

Founded in 1926 by progressive educator Eva Edwards Lovett, The Lovett School is an Atlanta independent school serving 1,670 students in kindergarten through grade 12. With an emphasis on the whole child, Lovett provides integrated experiences in academics, arts, athletics, and service. Lovett's mission is to "develop young men and women of honor, faith, and wisdom with the character and intellect to thrive in college and in life."

Lovett’s reach extends beyond its Buckhead neighborhood—students come from nearly 70 zip codes across Atlanta—and even into South America, where Lovett maintains 825 acres of Ecuadoran cloud forest as a preserve and research center. Exclusive research partnerships with the Georgia Aquarium and Atlanta Botanical Garden and a unique junior internship program offer our students authentic experiences in many settings outside of the classroom. Lovett also hosts the Breakthrough Atlanta program on its campus and launched the Lab Atlanta program for high-achieving Atlanta-area sophomores in the spring of 2017. Lovett is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and the Southern Association of Independent Schools. For more information, please visit



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