Director's Office

From Interim Director Beth Harris

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I am delighted to be returning to Lab in this new role.

Because the Laboratory Schools are part of the world-renowned University of Chicago, the importance of intellectual life—of thought and exploration—infuses everything we do across all aspects of our curriculum.

Lab’s long, rich history is firmly rooted in experiential learning—an approach that enriches the educational experience for our students and contributes to Lab’s reputation as one of the finest pre-collegiate schools in the world.

All of this starts each morning when our teachers and staff arrive at school committed to giving our children the best possible education.

Ours is a supportive learning environment that values independent thinking forged in a community rich with new ideas and people who possess a broad variety of experiences and backgrounds. Lab teaches students to think independently and critically, to explore challenging ideas, and to celebrate the diversity of our school community.

A special character draws all of us to Lab and sends our graduates out into the world armed with powerful lessons and a sense that they are part of an exceptional and unique community. To choose to be part of the Laboratory Schools is to embrace deeply held and widely shared values:

  • We believe in the power of the human intellect and the importance of education. We believe that learning is an ongoing process that knows no boundaries, no end point.
  • We believe that our differences strengthen our community.
  • We believe that those around us should inspire, support, and—yes—challenge us to work to our fullest potential.

All around Lab is evidence of a life of learning—students and families who are fully engaged, faculty who wouldn’t want to teach anywhere else, and the unparalleled University of Chicago setting that enriches our community and resources in incomparable ways.

Welcome to Lab.