Registration is closed. Summer Lab is full.

Our people, location, programs, and values make Lab the place to be during summer.

Summer Lab offers your child exciting opportunities to learn, connect, and discover through programming firmly grounded in the School’s mission. Campers learn from Lab’s outstanding teachers and counselors in the School’s state of the art facilities located at Earl Shapiro Hall for grades N-2 and the Historic Campus for grades 3-12. Summer Lab also has the unique advantage of utilizing the unmatched resources of the University of Chicago. Every class is designed to inspire curiosity, creativity, and confidence in your child. 

  • Families can choose to enroll in one three-week program from Session I and/or one three-week program from Session II; or one program from the six-week Full Session.
  • Program groups will consist of approximately 12 students who will remain together as a cohort for the entire session selected.
  • Registration links provided through email.

Our summer campers will make new friends, share adventures, have a great time, and make the most of summer. Join us!

Looking for Adventure Kids? A highlight of Summer Lab for the past 20 years has been reimagined in the time of COVID. Students in grades 1–8 will experience AK Express for half of their day and enjoy fun outdoor activities that are sure to be unforgettable!

Full Session
June 21–July 30
Session I
June 21–July 9*
Session II
July 12–July 30

*Closed for holiday July 5

times & locations
Nursery & Kindergarten Grades 1–2 Grades 3–8
Earl Shapiro Hall
Arrival: 7:45–8 a.m.
Classes start: 8 a.m.
Dismissal: 3–3:15 p.m.
Earl Shapiro Hall
Arrival: 8–8:15 a.m.
Classes start: 8:15 a.m.
Dismissal: 3:15–3:30 p.m.
Historic Campus
Arrival: 8–8:15 a.m.
Classes start: 8:15 a.m.
Dismissal: 3:30–3:45 p.m.
Grades 9–12 will meet in U-High classrooms. Specific locations will be provided prior to the start of classes.

2021 Programs

Cost & Registration

Program Session I, June 21–July 9 Session II, July 12–July 30 Full Session, June 21–July 30
All grade-level classes      
Full day $1,800 $1,800 $3,400
Nursery Half Day     $2,200
Geometry     $3,400
ACT Prep     $2,700
SAT Prep     $2,700
  • Registration window: April 1–23
  • $300 non-refundable deposit due at the time of registration.
  • Full payment due by May 15. Outstanding balances will automatically be charged to the credit card on file. 
  • No refunds will be given after May 15.
  • The Laboratory Schools reserves the right to cancel under-enrolled classes.


Summer Lab has compiled a document here outlining the most frequently asked questions.

After reviewing the FAQ, should you have any further questions, please contact us by email at

Summer Employment

This summer, Camp Counselor opportunities are available from June 21 through July 30 to support Summer Lab 2021. Download the job description here. You will be able to apply directly from the link within the job description. 

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. 

Should The University of Chicago Laboratory Schools have to cancel Summer Lab 2021 due to COVID-19 related issues prior to the start of the program, we will provide a full refund for classes that can not switch to a remote offering. If Summer Lab cancels a program offering due to COVID-19 related reasons after the session has started there will be a prorated camp refund given.

COVID Safety