Families who choose to send their children to Lab care deeply about curiosity, inquiry, and education

Because the Laboratory Schools are part of the world-renowned University of Chicago, the importance of intellectual life—of thought and exploration—infuses everything we do across all aspects of our curriculum. We wouldn’t expect anything less from a school that exists in the heart of a research-based university.

Intellectual curiosity and creativity come naturally to all children, and Lab fosters that curiosity by encouraging each child to seek paths of inquiry, interest, and expression.

Critical thinking and analysis are taught at every age level. At the Laboratory Schools, we want each child to ask not just why
but also what if.

Open-mindedness is a tool that allows students to be flexible when solving problems and to accept differing points of view as viable solutions. This could not be more important given the increasingly global world facing our children.

A respect for evidence is found throughout the Laboratory Schools, from the physics lab to the humanities class. Students learn to shape their own opinions and then fully leverage evidence to reshape their ideas.

The Laboratory Schools are home to the youngest members of the University of Chicago's academic community. We ignite and nurture an enduring spirit of scholarship, curiosity, creativity, and confidence.
We value learning experientially, exhibiting kindness, and honoring diversity.


About the Laboratory SchoolsAn overview of the philosophy and educational experience of the Laboratory Schools.
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168 days in 168 secondsWatch this year-in-review video for a sense of tradition and culture at the Laboratory Schools.
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The Lab ExperienceListen to student and alumni voices as they tell you about their Lab experience.  
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