From Director Charlie Abelmann
Welcome to Lab!
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 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. And it ends when our graduates head out into the world with confidence and the knowledge 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.
Ours is a supportive learning environment that encourages curiosity and creativity, celebrates new ideas and engages people who possess a broad variety of experiences and backgrounds. Students learn to think independently and critically, to explore challenging ideas, and to celebrate the diversity of our school community.
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.