What ages are Lab students?

The Laboratory Schools are organized as follows:
Nursery School and Kindergarten: N3, N4, and K (ages 3-6)
Primary School: Grades 1-2 (approx. ages 6-8)
Lower School: Grades 3-5 (approx. ages 8-11)
Middle School: Grades 6-8 (approx. ages 12-14)
High School: Grades 9-12 (approx. ages 14-18)

What are the age requirements for entry?

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 admissions@ucls.uchicago.edu.

When should I begin the application process?

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.

When are the application deadlines?

The application deadline for entry in fall 2020 is November 10, 2019.

What are the best "points of entry" into the Laboratory Schools?

Nursery 3, Grade 6, and Grade 9 are typically the best points of entry into Lab. Other grades typically have openings only through student attrition. Special circumstances determine the consideration of applications to Grade 12.

Do you accept applicants who are not affiliated with the University of Chicago?

Yes! Every class contains a diverse group of families, including many who are not affiliated with the University of Chicago. Lab welcomes all applicants, both affiliated and non-affiliated, into its community.

What is the application process at the Laboratory Schools?

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 students spend a day at Lab. High School students interview with a member of the U-High Admissions Committee. Middle and High School students 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.

How will Lab get to know my child?

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 visit to Lab.

How do I schedule a visit to the Laboratory Schools?

Please see the menu to the left for information regarding tours and the High School Open House.

When will I receive an admission decision?

Applicants to Lab for the 2020-2021 academic year will be notified on March 6, 2020.

Is there a waiting list?

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.

What is the Laboratory Schools' connection to the University of Chicago?

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.

Where are the Laboratory Schools located?

Lab's mailing address is 1362 E. 59th Street, Chicago, IL 60637.

Please note: the admissions office is located on two campuses. For detailed directions to Lab, please visit this link.

How do I contact the admissions office?

University of Chicago Laboratory Schools
Admissions Office
1362 E 59th St Chicago, IL 60637
Telephone: 773-702-9451
Fax 773-702-1520
Email: eshadmissions@ucls.uchicago.edu (for grades N3-2)
Email: admissions@ucls.uchicago.edu (for grades 3-12, financial aid, and other general questions)
Website: www.ucls.uchicago.edu/admissions