Service Learning

The University of Chicago Laboratory Schools Service Learning Program is designed to foster community-minded, compassionate and civically engaged students through awareness, service and reflection.

The Service Learning Program is rooted in the “learning by doing” philosophy of John Dewey, which guides our students to explore complex social issues and enrich their classroom experience in real world settings. Through the Service Learning Program, students develop a deeper understanding of community and a life-long commitment to social change.

Lab's Service Learning Program uses the city of Chicago as its classroom. Working alongside our community partners, we expose our students to both the needs and assets of our neighborhoods, challenging them to think critically, problem solve and become active agents of change. The program provides students with a variety of experiences spanning from volunteerism to course-based service learning. All students are welcome and encouraged to participate in various community engagement opportunities throughout the year.