About Summer Lab


Welcome to the University of Chicago Laboratory Schools' Summer Lab website. This program, now well into its fourth decade, reflects the Laboratory Schools' commitment to extension of the schools' mission into the summer season. A panoply of enrichment and adventure awaits, as the Laboratory Schools continue to build their engagement with their extended community, including parents, teachers, students and neighbors, from around the corner and around the world. This is where love of learning spends the summer.

Summer Lab's six-week program includes Summer School, Adventure Kids Day Camp, Summer Lab Sports Camps, Fun in the Sun and Summer Lab on Stage. Summer Lab strives to embody the notion that love of learning is an appetite that never wanes – particularly not on vacation! Summer memories, here we come!

Summer School Director Cecilia Mullon is a veteran teacher not only of many Summer Schools past, but also of many years at the Laboratory Schools in their 'regular season'. She has marshaled resources from within and without the Laboratory Schools to present a truly excellent array of opportunities for the academically inclined. And of course, nobody forgets it's summertime, so academic 'rigor' is tempered with much summer fun and exploration.

Adventure Kids Day Camp celebrates its sixteenth season under the watchful and adventurous eye of Director Meghan Janda. Her philosophy of adventure education supports the core values of cooperation, trust, and team-building. These values drive the adventures for Adventure Kids.

Summer Lab on Stage enters its thirteenth season under the high-energy direction of Lab School musicians and teachers Katy Sinclair and Marc Piane. The six-week course will culminate in live, on-stage performances. Art direction and construction resources are joining the staff this year as this collaborative musical extravaganza again reaches blockbuster proportions.

Fun in the Sun is an afternoon program where children gather by age and interest. Exciting activities may include beach day, gymnastics, dance, sports, baking and jewelry making! Fun in the Sun allows students to engage in a variety of summer fun activities.

Director Debbie Ribbens continues to add exciting new offerings to Summer Lab Sports Camp. This summer is no exception: Children entering Nursery - 2nd grade will participate in a rotation of sports during a three week period, while third through eighth graders may select one sport which they will participate in for the entire three week session.

Welcome again to Summer Lab 2016! 

Ned Reece
Director, Auxiliary Programs Group


Summer Lab Questions? Call 773 834 7766