The University of Chicago Laboratory Schools

1362 E 59th St, Chicago, IL 60637

The Laboratory Schools, established by John Dewey as a laboratory for curricular development and teacher training, are part of the University of Chicago. Approximately half of the pupils are children of university faculty and staff members, while the rest of the student body come from all parts of the Chicago metropolitan area. Graduates continue study at the college level, but beyond academic preparation for college, the program encourages autonomy in intellectual development and endeavors to provide an environment for healthy personal and social growth. Students in the lower school (grades 1-4) move gradually away from a homeroom-centered day as foreign languages are introduced in grade 3 and musical instruments in grade 4. The high school curriculum includes Advanced Placement courses and a variety of quarter-long electives in the English department, and students may enroll in up to six University of Chicago undergraduate courses at no additional cost. Freshmen and sophomores meet with academic advisors twice weekly, and most seniors spend the month of May completing an independent project outside the classroom. Wireless Internet access is available throughout the campus. Boys and girls perform two compulsory quarters of service, usually in grade 10. During these quarters, students devote at least an hour a week to service activities.

General Information

Academic OrientationCollege Preparatory
Grade RangeDay — Coed Grades PS (Age 3)-12
Coed, Boys, or GirlsCoed
Full Address1362 E 59th St, Chicago, IL 60637
Year Established1896
Legal StatusNonprofit
Religious Affiliation(None)
AdministratorDavid Magill
Applications DueJanuary
Total Enrollment1,783
Day Students1,783
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