Making the most of a Lab education means taking full advantage of all the extracurricular activities

U -Highers choose from a wide variety of activities, clubs, special interest groups, and service organizations. We encourage them to become involved, explore their interests, and develop social and leadership skills. At the same time, we advise students to be selective; a genuine commitment to one activity is more rewarding than passive membership in several.

Interscholastic Athletics and Club Sports

U-High’s 30 interscholastic athletic teams are part of the Illinois High School Association and compete in the Independent Schools League, achieving a fine level of success. They do so with a “no-cut” policy that encourages student participation—nearly 65% of U-Highers play on at least one team.

Club Sports

  • Badminton
  • Girls Rugby
  • Ice Hockey – co-op with Latin School
  • Lacrosse
  • Midway Aquatics—swim team outside of regular season competition


U-High’s newspaper and yearbook programs are among the top in the nation and have sent many students into the world armed with impeccable communications skills whether they work in journalism or not. U-High’s photojournalism program contributes to both publications and students also produce an arts and literary magazine and an online history journal.

Theater and Music

The High School mounts three theater productions each year and the Music Department includes, among other offerings, orchestra, choir, band, and composition. Students may also participate in the elite Jazz Ensemble or sing in Lab’s a cappella choir (Bel Canto). There are also opportunities to perform regularly in musical events and competitions around the country.

Clubs and Co-curricular activities

Interest Clubs

  • Anime Club
  • Art Club
  • Book Club
  • Chess Club
  • DECA
  • Eye to Eye
  • Feminist Club
  • Finance Club
  • Food + Health Club
  • Game Design Club
  • LaunchX
  • Mental Health Club
  • Students Against Animal Cruelty
  • TEDEd
  • Think Tank
  • UCLS Finance Club

Academic Teams/Interests

  • Chicago Youth Science Journal
  • Classics Club
  • Code@Lab
  • Computer Science Club
  • Debate
  • Ethics Bowl
  • InFlame Magazine (History)
  • Linnaean Society
  • Literary Translation Club
  • Maroon Journal of Science
  • Math Club
  • Math Team
  • Model UN (International Affairs Debating Society)
  • Pre-Vet Club
  • Robotics Club
  • Scholastic Bowl
  • Science Team
  • Slam Poetry Team
  • STEM Club
  • U-High History Club
  • WiSTEM (Women in STEM)
  • WYSE (Worldwide Youth in Science and Engineering)

Artistic Groups

  • Acting out with Art
  • Arts Fest
  • Bel Canto (singing group)
  • The Rat (comedy magazine)
  • Renaissance (Literature & the arts magazine)
  • Theater (Three productions a year, including student-playwright presentations)
  • U-High Chamber Music Group

Cultural Diversity/Social Clubs and Associations

  • Asian Students’ Association (ASA)
  • Black Students’ Association (BSA)
  • German Club
  • Global Issues Club
  • Human Rights Club
  • Jewish Students’ Association (JSA)
  • Lab Woodlawn Partnership
  • La Cedille
  • Latin Club
  • Latinos Unidos
  • Muslim Students’ Association (MSA)
  • Spectrum (LGBTQ)
  • Student with Disabilities Association
  • U-High  Conservatives
  • Young Life

Service Clubs

  • Children's Rights and Education
  • Civic Engagement Coalition
  • Food Surplus Club
  • Girl Up
  • Green Team
  • Habitat for Humanity
  • Power over Period
  • Red Cross Club
  • Refugee Awareness Club
  • Ronald McDonald House Club
  • Save the Children Action Network
  • Sustainable Oceans Alliance
  • Thank A Soldier
  • WE Charity Club
  • Wildlife Conservation Club

Student Governance/Leadership

  • DEI Peer Facilitators
  • Student Council
  • Peer Leaders