- What ages are Lab students?
- What are the age requirements for entry?
- When should I begin the application process?
- When are the application deadlines?
- What are the best "points of entry" into the Laboratory Schools?
- Do you accept applicants who are not affiliated with the University of Chicago?
- What is the application process at the Laboratory Schools?
- How do I access necessary forms to complete the application process?
- How will Lab get to know my child?
- How do I schedule a visit to the Laboratory Schools?
- When will I receive an admission decision?
- Is there a waiting list?
- What is the Laboratory Schools' connection to the University of Chicago?
- Where are the Laboratory Schools located?
- How do I contact the admissions office?
All applicants should begin the application process in fall of the year prior to enrollment. Thus, Nursery 3 applicants are two years old when they apply and are three years old when they enter Lab.
Nursery 3 applicants must be 3-years-old before September 1 of the year of entry (2 years old before Sept. 1 of the year of application)
Nursery 4 applicants must be 4-years-old before September 1 of the year of entry (3 years old before Sept. 1 of the year of application)
Kindergarten applicants must be 5-years-old before September 1 of the year of entry (4 years old before Sept. 1 of the year of application)
Grade 1 applicants who are not already enrolled in Kindergarten must be 6-years-old before September 1 of the year of entry (5 years old before Sept. 1 of the year of application)
Applicants to other grades should apply to the grade immediately following the grade in which the applicant is currently enrolled.
Applicants from non-US schools who have significantly different age or grade-level cutoffs are asked to email the admissions office at email@example.com.
Lab's application process begins in the fall of the year prior to enrollment. For example, entering 9th grade students begin the application process in September of their 8th grade year. Similarly, Nursery 3 (three year old children) applicants are two years old when they apply, and are three years old when they enroll at Lab.
Please click the appropriate grade level link in the upper left-hand corner to view deadlines and begin the application process.
All applicants to the Laboratory Schools go through a holistic application process that seeks to understand both the applicant and his or her family.
Our younger students visit Lab for playgroup or classroom visit; Middle School and High School students spend a day at Lab. In addition to the visit day, Middle and High School students will have a meeting with a member of Lab's Admissions Committee, and will take the Independent School Entrance Exam.
All families are also required to pay an $80 application fee, and submit a descriptive summary of their child, teacher recommendation forms, and 2-3 years of progress reports. Details for each grade level of application are made available at the start of the application process.
If you have additional questions, please feel free to contact the Admissions Office at 773-702-9451.
Lab's application process is electronic. Please access the link to apply, and all instructions, by clicking on the appropriate links in the upper left hand corner.
While electronic submission is Lab's preferred method, please let us know if you would prefer to fill out a paper application. If so, please contact the Admissions Office at 773-702-9451; we would be happy to assist.
We believe that each child is an individual, and can shine in ways not captured by test scores or paper applications. Therefore, we strive to have individual interactions with all of our applicants.
Our youngest applicants (Nursery 3, Nursery 4 and Kindergarten) may be invited to attend a playgroup assessment involving a small group of children led by our faculty in our classrooms at the Laboratory Schools. Nursery children may be accompanied by one parent during the playgroup.
Applicants to grades 1-5 may be invited to participate in an age appropriate classroom visit. During the visit, the student will receive an academic assessment from a Laboratory Schools teacher.
Middle School (grades 6-8) and High School (grades 9-12) applicants will meet individually with a member of the Admissions Committee during the course of a full day visit to Lab.
Each year, a number of highly qualified students apply to grades where Lab has limited space. Students who have completed the application process and are academically and socially prepared to join the Laboratory Schools may be asked to join Lab's wait pool until space becomes available through student attrition.
Students in the wait pool are not ranked, and the Admissions Office cannot provide families with an applicant’s number or position within the pool. Wait pools are only open/active for the current admissions season. Students who wish to be considered for admission the following year must reapply.
The Laboratory Schools are a division of the University of Chicago and, like the University of Chicago Hospitals, the Law School or the Chicago Booth School of Business, we are an integral part of the University community. Nearly half of our families are employed by the University and many more have connections to it, past and present. University of Chicago faculty and prospective faculty receive priority attention in the application process.
University of Chicago Laboratory Schools
1362 E 59th St Chicago, IL 60637
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org (for grades N3-2)
Email: email@example.com (for grades 3-12, financial aid, and other general questions)