A university-inspired environment like no other school in Chicago

A great school is one thing. But a great school that is also part of a world-class research university? Now that is something entirely different.

The Lab experience starts with the notion that children are to be taken seriously—as thinkers and as contributors in a community of learners. Then, between teacher and student, adult and child, a relationship develops that is born of respect—and an understanding that each person’s voice deserves to be heard.

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.

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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?
  • 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.

We wouldn’t expect anything less from a school that exists in the heart of a research-based university.

And our graduates tell us that these habits, shaped at Lab and U-High, made them independent thinkers in college and have helped them to be successful throughout their lives.

Experience Lab

Nursery School / Kindergarten
Grades 1 & 2
Lower School
Middle School
High School