Summer Lab 2022

Registration for Summer Lab 2022 has closed.

At Lab, we know that learning is a year-round experience, which can, and should, take many forms. Our Summer Lab programs offer so many different opportunities for children to learn, connect, and discover—from sports and theater to urban adventure and academics. The programs are fun and like everything at Lab, they are designed to inspire curiosity, creativity, and confidence in each child. 

Summer Lab builds on over 70 years of summer programming at the University of Chicago Laboratory Schools. Summer Lab brings together the resources and faculty of the University of Chicago Laboratory Schools with exciting new programs offered by experts from across the city. 

In an environment that focuses on kids, Summer Lab students and campers make new friends, learn new skills, play, make art, explore the environment, perform, and much, much more. All of this takes place in and around an unparalleled university setting that enriches our summer fun in incomparable ways and helps our Summer Lab children make the most of the promise of summer.

Summer Lab is open to all students and campers in the Chicago metro area entering Nursery–grade 12. Students and campers may choose a single activity for all six weeks, or vary their schedule between the first three weeks (Session I) and the second three weeks (Session II). Mornings and afternoons offer additional opportunities for variety.  
 


Dates, Deadlines, and Important Information

Program Dates
Full Session: June 21–July 29
Session I: June 21–July 8*
Session II: July 11–July 29

*Closed June 20 and July 4 in observance of holidays

Cancellation Policy
Cancellations must be received in writing no later than May 15 for a full refund minus the non-refundable fee. If a family has to cancel for any reason after May 15, no refund will be issued. 

times & locations
Nursery–Grade 2 Grades 3–8
Earl Shapiro Hall
5800 South Stony Island Ave
Arrival:
8–8:15 a.m.
Classes start at 8:15 a.m.
Dismissal:
3:30–3:45 p.m.
Late Day:
3:30–5:15 p.m.
Dismissal:
5:15–5:30 p.m.
Historic Campus
1362 East 59th St
Arrival:
8–8:15 a.m.
Classes start at 8:15 a.m.
Dismissal:
3:30–3:45 pm
Late Day:
3:30–5:15 p.m.
Dismissal:
5:15–5:30 p.m.

COVID-19 Policies and Procedures
Summer Lab prioritizes the health, safety, and well-being of its students, employees, and the broader community. In consultation with University partners and medical experts, Summer Lab will implement appropriate COVID mitigations this summer. Our policies will take into account guidance and directives from the Chicago Department of Public Health and current pandemic indicators. More information will be provided prior to the start of camp. 


 

Summer Lab mission

Summer Lab is guided by the University of Chicago Laboratory Schools’ mission, and enrollment is open to all students. The continuing challenges to which our distinguished faculty members rise each and every summer is to keep their material fresh, relevant, and truly engaging for their students. Their ability to do so is one key element—among many—that sets Summer School at Lab apart. 

For Nursery–grade 2, classes will consist of approximately 16 students who will remain together for most of their day. 

Grades 3–8 are able to select from a variety of camps and classes throughout the day.

Late Day is available to all children Nursery–grade 8 from 3:30–5:15 p.m. 
Cost: Session I $250
Session II: $300

Please check meeting times and dates in each listing that follows, and feel free to contact the Summer Lab office with questions about structuring your child’s days:
summerlab@ucls.uchicago.edu    
773-834-7766  

Adventure Kids Day Camp

For children entering grades 3–8
A safe, high-energy, and rewarding program based on core values of trust, communication, and teamwork

Hi-Five Sports Camp

For children entering grades 6–8
Offering a full menu of team sports including soccer, basketball, and baseball

Advanced Chess

For children entering grades 6–8
In this class we will study and learn from the games of grandmasters and world chess champions alike

Adventures in Third Grade Math

For children entering grade 3
This class is designed to provide review and practice to strengthen key areas with proficiency as the goal

Third Grade Math Explorers

For children entering grade 3
Topics will range from multi-digit operations, fraction and mixed number operations, measurement, and data analysis using a variety of graphs, as well as two- and three-dimensional geometry

Adventures in Fourth Grade Math

For children entering grade 4
Review and practice to strengthen important math skills, namely multi-digit operations, understanding and working with fractions and mixed numbers, gathering data, and creating graphs to interpret information

Fourth Grade Math Explorers

For children entering grade 4
Multi-digit operations, working with fractions and mixed numbers, decimals, percentages as well as two- and three-dimensional geometry will be covered

Math Prep

For children entering grade 5
We will review fourth grade concepts and preview fifth grade topics; your child will be exposed to a variety of math tools

Advanced Chess

For children entering grades 3–5
In this class we will study and learn from the games of grandmasters and world chess champions alike

Executive Functioning & Study Skills

For children entering grade 6 
This class is designed to teach your child the key executive-functioning strategies and study skills needed for success in school and daily life

Animation and the Humanities

For children entering grades 6–8
Your learner will become familiar with a variety of animation episodes spanning the last one hundred years of animation while learning to talk and write about them through a different lens of the Humanities

Interconnections

For children entering grades 6–8
This course will focus on cultivating DEI relationships that establish social awareness and enhance community involvement

Hoopin’ It Up

For children entering grades 6–8
Your athlete will participate in a variety of basketball-themed activities

Darkroom Photography

For children entering grades 6–8
This class takes your learner into Lab’s own darkroom to teach them in a tactile way about the relationship between light and time, and how those two things come together to create a photograph

Mathematics and Problem Solving

For children entering grades 6–8
This course will provide a review of middle school math concepts and an introduction to problem solving

Poetry & Podcasting

For children entering grades 6–8
Your young poet will read and discuss a variety of poems and review their knowledge of literary elements and poetic techniques and learn the basics of podcasting and listen to models of poetry podcasts

Dungeons & Dragons Adventures

For children entering grades 6–8
Your young hero will work cooperatively together with peers and use creative problem-solving skills while playing the Dungeons & Dragons roleplaying game

Painting with Plants

For children entering grades 6–8
Unlock the creative world of plants! Learn how we can paint, dye, and print with plants

The Magic of Knitting

For children entering grades 6–8
Learn the magic of handcrafting your own accessories and garments by knitting

Real World Graphic Design

For children entering grades 3–5
Your young artist will learn how to use their doodling skills by doing design projects for local nonprofits or small businesses

Game Makers

For children entering grades 3–5
Your child will learn the skills of a game maker through conceiving, designing, and creating their own mobile app games

Whitehat Hacking and Cybersecurity

For children entering grades 3–5
In this specialty camp, your child will learn how to “hack” through fun coding (and code-breaking) games

App Makers with Coding

For children entering grades 3–5
In this innovative hands-on coding and tech camp, your young programmer will learn the skills of a coder and the mindset of an entrepreneur through building apps

Reading Rockstars

For children entering grade 5
This class will focus on honing the analytical reading and writing skills your child will need as their reading class advances

Ceramics

For children entering grades 3–5    
Your artist will learn hand-building techniques, like pinching, coiling, and slabs and about the stages of clay and how to make an object that survives drying without breaking

The Magic of Knitting

For children entering grades 3–5
Your child will learn the basics of knitting and fabric construction and much more

Weaving Textile Art

For children entering grades 3–5
Your child will learn the basics of the loom, different weaving techniques, and how to create 2D and 3D objects with their fabric

iPad Photography

For children entering grades 3–5
A photo class where every step of the process is done on the tablet, from initially taking the picture, to basic editing and much more

Life Crafts

For children entering grades 3–5
We will learn basic art concepts, receive guided instruction, and experiment with a variety of art materials

Hi-Five Sports

For children entering grades 3–5
Offering a full menu of team sports including soccer, basketball, and baseball

Improv

For children entering grades 3–5
A warm, joyful, and supportive environment that celebrates each day with a variety of fun, “on-your-feet” games and exercises

Dance

For children entering grades 3–5
A dance class that will expose your child to several different dance forms

Acting Adventures

For children entering grades 3–5
Using the frameworks of legends, myths, fairy tales, and more, your child will learn the basics of acting and more

Intensive Reading and Writing

For children entering grades 3–4
Come have fun while learning with us this summer! We promise your child will get excited about this reading and writing class

Skill Builders

For children entering grades 1–2
This half-day program will help your child develop and practice skills of strategy and planning

Take the Stage

For children entering grades 1–2
Morning enrichment classes with afternoons filled with dance and improv

Challenge Yourself

For children entering grades 1–2
Morning enrichment classes with afternoon engineering and machines

Acting Adventures

For children entering grades 1–2
Using the frameworks of legends, myths, fairy tales, and more, your child will learn the basics of acting and more

Literacy Lab

For children entering grade 2
Come have fun while learning with us and get excited about this reading and writing class

First Grade Fun

For children entering grade 1
Join us for a summer of excitement as we gear up for first grade

Foundations for Learning to Read

For children entering grade 1
This class is designed for readers who continue to work on letter-recognition skills, sight-word memorization, or beginning blending skills

Acting Adventures

For children entering Kindergarten
Using the frameworks of legends, myths, fairy tales, and more, your child will learn the basics of

STEAM in the Sun

For children entering Kindergarten    
Cultivate an understanding, appreciation, and love of Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math

Kindergarten

For children entering Kindergarten
Summer Kindergarten is a time for children entering kindergarten to connect, play, and explore

Nursery School

For children entering Nursery 3 or 4
Join us for an unforgettable kaleidoscope of summer fun

Story Time

For children entering Nursery 4 and Kindergarten
Calling all story lovers! We will spend our summer days together playing with stories