Apply

Lab will begin accepting applications for the 2019–20 academic year September 4

Select grade level requirements below to learn more.

Grade N3

  • Online Application (Due 11/11/18)
  • $80 Application Fee (Due 11/11/18)

  • Birth Certificate or Passport copy (Due 11/11/18)

  • Online Teacher Recommendation Form (if student is enrolled in a preschool or daycare program)
  • Parent School Tour/Small Group Parent Meeting

  • Student Assessment/Visit Day/Play Group
  • Financial Aid Application (optional) (Due 1/31/19)

Grade N4–K

This grade has limited space availability. Only complete part one of the application at this time. Lab will only ask you to proceed to part two of the application process after evaluating space availability at this grade.

Part I

  • Online Application (Due 11/11/18)
  • Birth Certificate or Passport (Due 11/11/18)

Part II

  • $80 Application Fee
  • Online Teacher Recommendation form (if applicable)
  • Parent School Tour
  • Student Assessment/Visit Day/Play Group
  • Small Group Parent Meeting
  • Current Grades (if applicable)
  • Financial Aid Application (if desired)

Grades 1–3

These grades have limited space availability. Only complete part one of the application at this time. Lab will only ask you to proceed to part two of the application process after evaluating space availability in these grades.

Part I

  • Online Application (Due 11/11/18)

  • Birth Certificate or Passport (Due 11/11/18)

  • Last Year Grades/Progress Reports (Due 11/11/18)

Part II

  • $80 Application Fee
  • Online Teacher Recommendation Form
  • Online Principal Recommendation Form
  • Parent School Tour
  • Student Assessment/Visit Day
  • Small Group Parent Meeting
  • Current Grades
  • Test Scores (if applicable, Grade 3 only)
  • Financial Aid Application (optional)

Grades 4–5

These grades have limited space availability. Only complete part one of the application at this time. Lab will only ask you to proceed to part two of the application process after evaluating space availability in these grades.

Part I

  • Online Application (Due 11/11/18)

  • Birth Certificate or Passport copy (Due 11/11/18)

  • Online Principal Recommendation form (Due 11/11/18)

  • Online Teacher Recommendation form (Due 11/11/18)

  • Last Year Grades (Due 11/11/18)

  • Most Recent Standardized Test Scores (Due 11/11/18)

Part II

  • $80 Application Fee
  • Parent Tour
  • Current Grades
  • Small Group Parent Meeting
  • Student Shadow Day
  • Financial Aid Application (optional)

Grade 6

For information and scheduling of the Independent Schools Entrance Exam (ISEE) please visit iseetest.org. Lab's school code is 141335.

  • Online Application (Due 11/11/18)

  • $80 Application Fee (Due 11/11/18)

  • Birth Certificate or Passport copy (Due 11/11/18)

  • Online Principal Recommendation Form (Due 12/31/18)
  • Online Math Teacher Recommendation Form (Due 12/31/18)

  • Online English Teacher Recommendation Form (Due 12/31/18)

  • Parent Interview (Due 2/1/19)
  • Parent Tour (Due 2/7/19)
  • Independent School Entrance Exam (ISEE) (Due 12/31/18)

  • Current Grades (Due 12/31/18)
  • Last Year Grades (Due 11/11/18)

  • Most Recent Standardized Test Scores (Due 11/11/18)

  • Student Shadow Day (Due 1/24/19)
  • Financial Aid Application (optional) (Due 1/31/19)

Grades 7–8

These grades have limited space availability. Only complete part one of the application at this time. Lab will only ask you to proceed to part two of the application process after evaluating space availability in these grades. For information and scheduling of the Independent Schools Entrance Exam (ISEE) please visit iseetest.org. Lab's school code is 141335.

Part I
  • Online Application (Due 11/11/18)

  • Birth Certificate or Passport Copy (Due 11/11/18)

  • Last Year Grades/Progress Reports (Due 11/11/18)

  • Most Recent Standardized Test Scores (Due 11/11/18)

Part II

  • $80 Application Fee
  • Online Principal Recommendation Form
  • Online Math Teacher Recommendation Form
  • Online English Teacher Recommendation Form
  • Parent Tour/Parent Meeting
  • Independent School Entrance Exam (ISEE)
  • Current Grades
  • Student Shadow Day
  • Financial Aid Application (optional)

Grade 9

For information and scheduling of the Independent Schools Entrance Exam (ISEE) please visit iseetest.org. Lab's school code is 141335.

  • Online Application (Due 11/11/18)
  • $80 Application Fee (Due 11/11/18)

  • Birth Certificate or Passport copy (Due 11/11/18)

  • Online Principal Recommendation Form (Due 12/31/18)
  • Online Math Teacher Recommendation Form (Due 12/31/18)

  • Online English Teacher Recommendation Form (Due 12/31/18)

  • Independent School Entrance Exam (ISEE) (Due 12/31/18)

  • Parent Interview (Due 2/1/19)
  • Current Grades (Due 12/31/18)
  • Last Year Grades (Due 11/11/18)
  • Most Recent Standardized Test Scores (Due 11/11/18)
  • Student Shadow Day & Interview (Due 2/1/19)
  • Financial Aid Application (optional) (Due 1/31/19)

Grades 10–11

These grades have limited space availability. Only complete part one of the application at this time. Lab will only ask you to proceed to part two of the application process after evaluating space availability in these grades. For information and scheduling of the Independent Schools Entrance Exam (ISEE) please visit iseetest.org. Lab's school code is 141335.

Part I
  • Online Application (Due 11/11/18)
  • Birth Certificate or Passport copy (Due 11/11/18)

  • Current Grades (Due 11/11/18)

  • Last Year Grades (Due 11/11/18)

  • Most Recent Standardized Test Scores (Due 11/11/18)

Part II
  • $80 Application Fee
  • Online Principal Recommendation Form
  • Online Math Teacher Recommendation Form
  • Online English Teacher Recommendation Form
  • Independent School Entrance Exam (ISEE)
  • Parent Interview
  • Student Shadow Day & Interview
  • Financial Aid Application (optional)

A note about priority enrollment consideration

Please note that admissions is not guaranteed to any applicant, and all applicants must complete the same admissions process. Lab is a division of the University of Chicago, and as such, priority consideration is given to the children of University of Chicago faculty. Laboratory Schools employees are also offered priority consideration. In an effort to support the desire of most families to have all their children in the same school, preferential consideration is also extended to current sibling families and children of Lab alumni are offered special priority.

Age Requirements for the 2019-2020 Academic Year

  • Applicants to Nursery 3 must be two years old on or before Sept. 1, 2018
  • Applicants to Nursery 4 must be three years old on or before Sept. 1, 2018
  • Applicants to Kindergarten must be four years old on or before Sept. 1, 2018
  • Applicants to Grade 1 who are not currently enrolled in Kindergarten must be 5 years old on or before Sept. 1, 2018
  • Applicants to other grades should apply to the grade immediately following the grade in which the applicant is currently enrolled.

Financial Aid

  • For full consideration, a separate financial aid application must be completed between November 1, 2018 and January 31, 2019.
  • More information is online here.
  • Ability to pay is not a consideration during Lab’s admissions process. While financial aid is designed to help shrink the gap between what a family can afford and the cost of a Lab education, all families are expected to contribute some portion towards tuition and fees.

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