A progressive education for gifted & twice exceptional (2e) students.


The Lang School & Ren Academy mission

Lang and Ren educate highly promising and twice-exceptional (2e) students: gifted youngsters with a distinctive profile that calls for both acceleration and remediation. We offer our K–12 learners a rigorous, classroom-based education with integrated supports. In the classroom and life beyond, our students are empowered to own their impact and to avail themselves of a tailored toolkit for independence and self-advocacy.

For most, the school years are about fitting in. But for 2e & gifted children, standing out comes early. At Lang and Ren, through the nurturing of purpose, passion and talent, being exceptional is not only recognized but celebrated.

The Lang School & Ren Academy mission

The Lang School and Ren Academy educate twice-exceptional (2e) children – gifted students with learning differences. We offer these highly promising learners a rigorous, child-centered, empirically validated education with integrated supports that foster independence and self-advocacy. We model and teach students to lean into challenges, own their impact, and empower them to speak up and stand up for equity and social justice. For most people, the school years are about fitting in, while adulthood is about standing out; for 2e children, standing out comes early. At Lang, through the nurturing of purpose, passion, and talent, exceptionality is not only recognized but celebrated.


Makers. Thinkers. Dreamers. Innovators.
Go–their–own–wayers. Jokesters. Critics. Artists. Writers. Scientists. Explorers.
Programmers. Inventors. Inquirers. Sleuths.
Creating–our–tomorrow–ers. Trailblazers.
Musicians. Actors. Builders. Seekers.


Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) & Academic Supports

To promote the development of domain-specific skills and to focus on the social-emotional challenges particular to twice-exceptionality and giftedness, our social emotional learning (SEL) and academic support specialists meet with students individually and in groups throughout the day — pushing into or leading classes for 1:1 in vivo support and didactic learning, as well as pulling out individual students, pairs, and small groups, including during lunch and recess. Our flexible menu of integrated and 1:1 empirically validated interventions are delivered by doctoral-level school psychologists, speech-language pathologists, occupational therapists, Orton-Gillingham certified learning specialists, and gifted/special education-trained content area specialists in order to develop our students’ skills both in and beyond the classroom.


Twice-exceptional and gifted students often display a tendency toward perfectionism but, with the right mix of SEL and academic supports, our students are able to develop more balanced expectations of themselves and to stay motivated about learning and school. 


Our History

Our school is named after Cyril Lang, the founder’s tenth grade English teacher. Mr. Lang was a suburban Maryland public school teacher who, in 1979, taught what the local Board of Education deemed overly challenging material to his “ungifted” students, engaging them in Socratic debates about Machiavelli’s The Prince and Plato’s Republic, texts normally limited to 12th-grade Advanced Placement classes. Although the school where he was working threatened to fire him if he did not teach what was commonly considered 10th-grade material, he persisted. “I made a premeditated, intellectual decision to continue teaching the way I had,” he said at the time. “There’s nothing wrong with the genetic makeup of these students. It’s the educational system that’s declining. We are bearing witness to the triumph of mediocrity.” The Lang School, located in new york city, offers high potential, gifted, talented, and twice-exceptional (2E) students in grades K through 12 a child-centered, classroom-based, STEM- and STEAM-driven education. Our trained special education teachers differentiate both the content and delivery of our flexibly standards-based academics, so every student receives an education that fits.