Parents Fund

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In 1896, John Dewey and a group of inspired parents created The University of Chicago Laboratory Schools, determined to offer a truly unprecedented educational environment embedded within a University. With a child-centered pedagogy, Lab revolutionized the teaching of young children.

To ensure the ongoing vitality of Lab’s founding vision, and enduring innovation, we have a responsibility to support the school. The Parents Fund demonstrates to Lab, and our children, just how invested we are in supporting the essence of a Lab experience, and its dynamism for years to come.

Each and every Lab experience is unique as well as the interests of our families. Every gift to the Parents Fund is an opportunity to invest in a particular area of need and development, and to enable parent philanthropy to better reflect the individual experiences of our Lab students.

Parents Fund Designations

Possibilities, where Lab needs it most

Whether it is responding to an emerging opportunity, bringing a teacher’s innovative idea to reality, or a supporting a family facing an unforeseen hardship, unrestricted gifts make it possible for the Schools to continue to go beyond the expected in providing an outstanding education to every student.

Tuition Assistance, becoming a Labbie

An important priority for Lab, these funds make education affordable to those families—across all campuses—whose children would otherwise not be able to attend or remain enrolled in Lab.

Academic Programs & Faculty Support, sustaining and enriching leading edge programs

These funds specifically support classroom environments affording new tools and opportunities for both students and teachers to endure and excel, ranging from new teaching terrains to innovative program development and guest speakers.

Co-curriculars, learning beyond the classroom

These funds supports student pursuits beyond the academic curriculum. Lab offers a wealth of experiences from Model UN, to soccer, to Bel Canto—and we want to makes sure every student has the opportunity to experiment and enjoy Lab's extracurriculars and expand their experiential horizons.