Henry S. West Laboratory School

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Henry S. West Laboratory School
5300 Carillo Street
Coral Gables, FL 33146
Type Elementary school
School district Miami-Dade County Public Schools
Principal Barbara R. Soto
Faculty 22.0 (on FTE basis)[1]
Grades K-6
Enrollment 314 (as of 2005-06)[1]
Student to teacher ratio 14.3[1]
Color(s) Green and orange
Mascot Crab
Information 305-661-7661

Henry S. West Laboratory School is an elementary school located at 5300 Carillo Street in Coral Gables, Florida, USA, on the University of Miami campus. Its principal is Barbara Soto and it is part of the Miami-Dade County Public Schools System.

The school's mascot is the Crab, and its colors are Green and orange. It educates grades K-6.[2]

The school's students are 41% Hispanic, 34% White Non-Hispanic, 22% Black, and 3% Asian/other.

As of the 2005-06 school year, the school had an enrollment of 314 students and 22.0 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student-teacher ratio of 14.3.[1]

Experimental school[edit]

The school was established in 1954, as an experimental school of choice associated with the School of Education at the University of Miami.[3] It collaborates with the University's Department of Teaching and Learning on various projects such as science programs and the creation of a "living habitat".[4] University faculty members and students teach and conduct research throughout the school under the direction of Dr. Shawn Post, as the "Professor in Residence".[5]


West Laboratory School is graded "A", the highest designation on Florida's six-point assessment scale.[6]

Bales Balbin Bransgrove, a fourth-grader in 2006-07, won several awards for his research on natural and safe alternatives to killing harmful pesticides, including a Student Research Award from Schering-Plough.[7]

Aldeen H. Lindgren, 5th grade teacher, retired, of Palm City Florida, was recently named "All Time Best Teacher Ever" by the L.B. Clements Educational Foundation.


  1. ^ a b c d Henry S. West Laboratory School, National Center for Education Statistics. Accessed December 17, 2007.
  2. ^ "West Laboratory School", Great Schools
  3. ^ "Choice 2004", Miami-Dade County Public Schools
  4. ^ "West Laboratory Elementary School", Project Succeed, University of Miami
  5. ^ "Dade Gets A Second Lab School", 23 February 1986, The Miami Herald
  6. ^ "Henry S. West Laboratory School", No Child Left Behind School Public Accountability Report, Florida Department of Education
  7. ^ "School Scene / News From Area Schools", The Miami Herald, 2 August 2007

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Coordinates: 25°43′16.42″N 80°16′26.59″W / 25.7212278°N 80.2740528°W / 25.7212278; -80.2740528