Facts at a Glance

Students, Teachers, Classes, Families

  • Approximately 2,123 students in 15 grades
    • 410 Nursery and Kindergarten students
    • 283 Primary School students
    • 417 Lower School students
    • 453 Middle School students
    • 560 High School students
  • 48% male; 52% female
  • Students of color: 55%
  • Almost 60 languages spoken in students’ homes
  • More than half of our students live outside the Hyde Park/Kenwood community
  • 61% of families associated with the University of Chicago
  • 275 teachers, approximately 8 in 10 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
  • 8:1 student/teacher ratio
  • Average class size Middle and High School: 17
  • 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
  • SAT middle 50%; Critical reading/writing 680–760; Math 690–790
  • ACT middle 50%; Composite 29–32
  • Middle and high schools offer more than 50 clubs and activities

Lab draws a diverse group...

  • Latino/Latina 2%
  • Black/African American 8%
  • Other 9%
  • Asian/Asian American 17%
  • Multiracial 19%
  • White 45%

...From all around the city

  • Chicago: Near S, SW, SE 4%
  • Suburb, Indiana, 12%
  • Chicago N, NW, W 38%
  • Hyde Park/Kenwood 46%

Our Campus and Facilities

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
  • Gordon Parks Arts Hall houses art studios, music rehearsal rooms and electronic music facilities, two theaters, kilns, and photography, filmmaking, and digital media facilities
  • Thirteen wet science labs, renovated and wired for media presentations
  • Six computer labs
  • Computers in virtually every classroom
  • Digital language lab with 35 stations
  • More than 1,500 desktop and laptop computers and iPads available for in-school use
  • 100,000+ volumes in four separate libraries
  • Multiple playgrounds and nearly five football fields of outdoor space extend Lab’s learning footprint

Athletics

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
  • 23 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