Facts at a Glance

Students, Teachers, Classes, Families

  • Approximately 2051 students in 15 grades
    • 412 Nursery and Kindergarten students
    • 282 Primary School students
    • 421 Lower School students
    • 405 Middle School students
    • 531 High School students
  • 48% male; 52% female
  • Students of color: 50%
  • More than 40 languages spoken in students’ homes
  • Half of students live outside the Hyde Park/Kenwood community
  • 60% of families associated with the University of Chicago
  • 257 teachers, of whom 75% hold advanced degrees
  • 10 Lab teachers have won Chicago’s prestigious Golden Apple Award for Excellence in Teaching—more than any other school in the city
  • 10:1 student/teacher ratio
  • Average class size Middle and High School: 16
  • Average class size grades N–5: 23
  • 150+ classes offered each year in U-High
  • 20 U-High Advanced Placement and Advanced Topic classes
  • Approximately 20 U-Highers attend classes at the University of Chicago each year, at no additional expense
  • Average composite ACT: 31.5
  • Average SAT: 686 critical reading, 686 math, 674 writing
  • More than 40 Middle and High School clubs and activities

Historic Campus and Earl Shapiro Hall

Within our 615,000 square feet of space (that’s about 11 football fields of indoor space), students take full advantage of facilities, which include:

  • On the Historic Campus, 100 classrooms located throughout five distinct (but connected) three- and four-story buildings and a gym complex
  • At Earl Shapiro Hall, 35 classrooms and a gymnasium
  • Thirteen wet science labs, renovated and wired for media presentations
  • Six computer labs
  • Fully wireless campus
  • Computers in 100% of classrooms
  • More than 1,500 desktop and laptop computers and iPads available for in-school use
  • 30,000 volumes in Pritzker Traubert Family Library, serving grades 9–12
  • 15,000 volumes in Rowley Library, serving grades 6–8
  • 32,500 volumes in Knes Family Library, serving grades 3–5
  • 25,000 volumes in the Lim Family Library, serving grades N–2
  • State-of-the-art digital language lab with 32 stations

Gordon Parks Arts Hall

With construction of the new Gordon Parks Arts Hall, Lab has arts spaces that match the talent of the students and teachers who use them:

  • 94,000 square feet on three stories
  • The 250-seat Sherry Lansing Theater
  • A 150-seat drama studio/screening room with 7.1 surround sound
  • A 700-seat assembly hall (large enough to house an entire division)
  • Spaces for music practice and performance
  • Four art studios
  • Scene and costume shops
  • Kilns
  • Photography and digital media facilities
  • State-of-the-art Electronic Music Studio
  • Gallery and display spaces
  • Recording Studio


Lab’s teams compete at high levels of competition. They achieve this within a “no cut” policy system that encourages students to play (nearly 65 percent of U-Highers play on at least one team.) Our sports facilities are among the best in the city, and among private schools throughout the country.

  • 35 High School sports teams
  • 16 Middle School teams
  • 5 gyms
  • Dance studio
  • Fully equipped training room
  • Fully equipped gymnastics room
  • Indoor five-lane swimming pool
  • 5 tennis courts
  • Playing fields
  • State-of-the-art fitness center (TriFIT system, treadmills, ellipticals, rowing machines, free weights)
  • Ability to compete and train at University of Chicago facilities, most notably the award-winning Ratner Center for swimming and the Henry Crown Field House for track