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Learning by doing has guided the efforts of the University of Chicago Laboratory Schools since Professor John Dewey first began testing his educational theories in 1896. Beginning with a handful of children and growing to over 1770 students Lab has earned a well-deserved international reputation for excellence. More

Lab News

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    Lab is now accepting applications for the 2016-17 academic year

    Posted Aug 25 2015

    Our goal is to support your effort to find a school that fits your child’s and family’s needs. Like many independent schools, Lab’s admission process, and especially the number of available openings, varies by grade level, and from year to year. Learn more about Lab’s admission process on our website.

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    Summer Lab brings together mix of campers, older students, young alumni, and adults

    Posted Aug 19 2015

    The numbers tell an impressive story: A dozen young alumni, 53 current Lab students, and about 66 current Lab teachers worked with 1,000+ campers who hail from eight countries and seven states. See pictures here and on the Summer Lab website.

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    Summer Reading lists are here!

    Posted Jun 23 2015

    Every summer, Lab librarians provide families with suggestions to keep kids and families immersed in great, age appropriate books over break. Please visit the Lim (grades N–2), Knes (grades 3–5), Middle (grades 6–8), and High School (grades 9–12) library websites for these suggestions. We hope your summer is filled with great adventures—real and imagined.

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    Lower School efforts reach Nepal

    Posted Jun 10 2015

    Lab Lower Schoolers worked to raise funds and offer friendship to students whose schools suffered damage in the Nepal earthquakes.

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    The Horn Book Magazine publishes Lab librarian Lee McLain’s essay, “What Makes a Good Fractured Fairy Tale?”

    Posted May 28 2015

    “Primary school–age children are ripe for enjoying literary parody, and fractured fairy tales are a great introduction,” writes ESH librarian Lee McLain. She goes on to discuss the concepts of parody, perspective, and context in her review that appears in the current issue of the Horn Book, a widely respected journal of children’s and young adult literature first published in 1924.

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Upcoming Calendar

Thursday, August 20

Reminder: HS Sign up for PE Units

8:00am - 3:00pm Thru 9/8/2015
Tuesday, September 1

Faculty Planning Week, NO CLASSES

Thru 9/4/2015
Thursday, September 3

Welcome from the High School Council

HS Freshman Student/Parent Orientation

Gordon Parks Arts Hall 7:30am - 9:00am

ESH New Parent Orientation

ESH Lobby 8:30am - 10:30am

HS Parents' Association Q & A for New to Lab Families

UH103-104 9:00am - 10:00am

HS Freshman Retreat

Woodstock, IL 9:00am - 3:00pm Thru 9/4/2015

LS New Parent Orientation

Blaine S207 9:30am - 10:30am

MS New to Lab Student Orientation

Rowley Library 9:30am - 11:30am

LS Third Grade Welcome Event

Gordon Parks Assembly Hall 11:00am

LS Potluck Family Picnic

Blaine Courtyard 12:00pm
Monday, September 7

Labor Day Holiday, NO SCHOOL

Tuesday, September 8

First Day of Classes

First day of Extended Day Late Day and Study Skills for grades one through eight

Various Visit this Link

Vision exams due for new students transferring from out-of-state schools (grades 1-12)

LS Back to School bagels

Blaine Lobby 8:00am - 9:00am

NK/PS Parents' Association Bagel & Coffee Reception

ESH Lobby 8:00am - 9:00am

HS First Day of School

8:00am - 3:05pm

HS First Day HS Schedule

High School 8:00am - 3:05pm
Wednesday, September 9

NK/PS Parents' Association Bagel & Coffee Reception

ESH Lobby 8:00am - 9:00am