The Baltimore Lab School, which serves children with learning disabilities, said Tuesday it has purchased its historic Saint Paul Street building and will move forward independently from the Washington, D.C. school involved in its founding.
A split from The Lab School of Washington was part of the original plan when the Baltimore branch opened in 2000, said school officials, who called the separation a "proud day" in the history of the school.
“Since our founding ... the vision has always been to stand on our own," John Magladery, president of the school’s Board of Directors, said in a news release. " Going forward, we plan to raise our profile in Baltimore and continue to transform the lives of our students with the support of our amazing faculty and staff.”
Officials said the new independence will allow the school to grow. Since 2000, enrollment has increased from 18 students to about 100 in grades 1-12.
Baltimore Lab School has occupied Old Goucher Hall since 2004. The 43,600-square-foot building, part of the original Goucher College campus, sold for $1.5 million, the same price state land records show The Lab School of Washington paid for it in 2009.