We take our mission seriously in the summer as we do in the academic year. The policies here reflect we care about the whole child, including the details that ensure students from all across Chicago (and many from around the world) have a safe and fun experience where they can feel free to explore and grow.

Registration and Payment

2019 Price Guide

All registrations require a non refundable deposit of $300 at time of booking. Registrations and full payment are due by April 13th.

Registration will open January 15. Please check back at that time.

Session I: June 24 – July 12
Session II: July 15 – August 2
Full Session: June 24 – August 2

Nursery - Grade 2 (ESH):

Early Day: 7:30–8:15 a.m.
Morning: 8:15 a.m.–12:15 p.m.
Afternoon: 12:15–3:15 p.m.
Full day: 8:15 a.m.–3:15 p.m.
Fun in the Sun (Late Day): 3:15 p.m.–5:15 p.m.

Grades 3-12 and Adventure Kids (Historic Campus):

Early Day: 7:30–8:30 a.m.
Morning: 8:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Afternoon: 12:30–3:30 p.m.
Full day: 8:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m.
Sports Camp: 3:30 p.m.–5:30 p.m.

Program Session I Session II Full Session
Summer School      
Morning $1,169 $1,169 $2,008
Afternoon $877 $877 $1,506
Full Day $1,671 $1,671 $3,077
Adventure Kids Day Camp      
Full Day $1,671 $1,671 $3,077
Summer Lab on Stage      
Morning     $2,008
Fun in the Sun (N-2nd grade)      
Afternoon $585 $585 $1,004
Sports Camp 
(3rd-8th grade)
Afternoon $585 $585 $1,004
Early & Late Day Per Day Per Week Full Session
Early Day (N-2nd grade) $15 $60 $315
Early Day (3rd-8th grade) $20 $80 $420
Late Day (Fun in the Sun) $50 $195 $1,004

*Classes for credit are $3,077 for 6 weeks Morning.
ACT & SAT Test Preparation are $1,506
Summer Lab will be closed on July 4-5 for the holiday

Cancellation & Refund Policy

Requests for cancellation must be received in writing no later than April 13, 2019. The registration deposit of $300 will be withheld from any refunds.

No refunds will be issued after April 13, 2019.


You will receive confirmation of your enrollment by May 16, 2019.

Standards of Behavior

Summer Lab is the extension of the Laboratory Schools’ mission into the summer months and to the community at large. We remain governed by standards of behavior developed and maintained by the Schools for the safety, comfort, and enthusiastic engagement of all students. The following documents are taken from the Laboratory School's standards of behavior as stated in divisional handbooks.

Lower School
Middle School
High School


Summer Lab 2019 reserves the right to cancel under-enrolled classes. If you have enrolled in a canceled class, you will be contacted on or about May 1, 2019 to discuss alternative course options.

Early Bird Special

Enrollments received and paid for in full by March 15, 2019 will receive $150 off the total tuition for their Summer Lab program.


Timely notice regarding changes in attendance is essential to the safety and comfort of students participating in Summer Lab. If a student will be late or absent from school, it must be reported via the Summer Lab Absence Report accessible below by 8:30 a.m. Should the Summer School Office not receive notification of a student's absence by 9:00 a.m., a representative will contact the student's parent or guardian by phone. Also note that repeated unreported absences may result in the assessment of a fee.

Of additional importance for High School students taking classes for credit: your class will have an attendance policy that must be adhered to in order for you to receive credit.

ESH Absence Report
HC Absence Report


Nursery-Grade 2 (ESH):

The school day starts at 8:15 a.m. Students should arrive no earlier than 8:00 a.m. Classroom doors will open at 8:10 a.m. 

Grades 3-12 and Adventure Kids (Historic Campus):

The school day starts at 8:30 a.m. Students should arrive no earlier than 8:15 a.m. Classroom doors will open at 8:25 a.m.

Families and students are asked to fully cooperate in making the start of each school day as smooth, safe, and peaceful as possible for all.

Late Arrival

Students who arrive at school after programs begin should report directly to their campuses Summer School Office to obtain a late pass to present to their teacher.

Early Day Program

The school building opens at 7:30 a.m. for those students registered in Early Day. Early Day meets in the Blaine Lobby of the Historic Campus (Grades 3 - 12) and in the lobby of Earl Shapiro Hall (Grades Nursery - 2). Children will be transitioned to their morning program.

Fun in the Sun (Late Day Program N-2)

The Late Day program offers students a safe, supervised environment to gather, rest, and play after summer programs. Please observe pick-up times accurately; staff cannot look after children outside of these hours. Pick-up after 5:25 pm will result in a fine of $100 along with the possible discontinuation of the program without refund.


Children may be dropped off at school starting 15 minutes prior to the beginning of programs. Staff will be at the curbside to assist children exiting vehicles. Parents are asked not to exit the vehicles while in the carline as this disrupts the flow of traffic. Parents should remain in the vehicle and allow staff to open doors for children. All children must exit the vehicle on the side of the curb.

At Earl Shapiro Hall, the car line is in the school driveway beginning at 8:00 a.m. Enter at the north end only from southbound Stony Island Avenue, and proceed to the south doorway.

At the Historic Campus, the car line operates along 59th Street beginning at 8:15 a.m. Cars should pull up to the Blaine Hall entrance to drop off children.

For the afternoon carline pick-up, children will be brought to you. Pull up as cars ahead of you move away. Do not open car doors until stopped at the curb. Parents should be prepared to operate seat belts to buckle your child into the vehicle, as staff is not allowed to do this.

Lunch and Snacks

Students in Adventure Kids Day Camp, Summer Lab on Stage or Summer School (Grade 3 and above) may purchase lunch from Cafe Lab, the Laboratory Schools' cafeteria. Bag-lunch options are also available for Summer School Nursery through Second grade and Adventure Kids on field trip days. For more information, please contact Cafe Lab at 773-702-0403 or cafelab@ucls.uchicago.edu

Children may also bring lunch, snacks and drinks beginning the first day. Please pack foods that do not require refrigeration. Snacks will be provided for Nursery and Kindergarten classes as well as for Adventure Kids Day Camp, Sports Camp and Fun in the Sun enrollees.

Cafe Lab menus are peanut and tree nut free; given the potential severity of peanut/tree nut allergies amongst the school-aged population, Summer Lab, reserves the right to ask that you not send certain foods with your child for the life safety of our students.


Summer School students in Kindergarten through 4th Grade registered for 6-week, Full Day programs will have swimming during the week; pool time includes instruction and free swim. Students should provide swimsuits, swim caps, and goggles and nose clips if needed. Please label or mark items clearly with your child's name.

Adventure Kids Campers swim three days a week; pool time includes instruction and free swim. Field trips may also include additional water activities.

Legal Authorizations & Permissions

The registration form includes your release and hold harmless agreements as well as acknowledgement of the Laboratory Schools Standards of Behavior. Please be sure to complete all sections of the registration form and accompanying documents. Incomplete applications will be returned and no reservation will be held. Additional costs for field trips may be assessed to parents prior to the trips by way of notice distributed by classroom teachers or camp staff.

Additionally, while Summer Lab makes every effort to accommodate all children, the program will not accept children who are a danger to themselves or to others, or who are disruptive to the activities such that other participants’ enjoyment thereof is hindered. Persistent activity of this nature will be grounds for dismissal from the program. Parents and guardians are strongly urged to discuss with the Directors any special conditions or circumstances regarding their child prior to registration.

Personal Property

The Laboratory Schools assume no liability for participants' personal property.

Photographs & Video Recording

The Laboratory Schools use images of students in its paper and electronic publications. Images are also used for promotional and archival purposes. These uses include the regular school academic program as well as all auxiliary, co-curricular, and extracurricular programs. Students are not identified. If you DO NOT wish to your child’s photo in any Laboratory Schools’ publication or on the web site, please put the request in writing to: Office of the Director, University of Chicago Laboratory Schools, 1362 East 59th Street, Chicago, IL 60637.


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Dates & Deadlines

Early Bird Discount

March 15, 2019

Cancellation Refund
April 13 ($300 deposit is not refunded.)

Confirmation Email
Families receive confirmation mid- to late-May

Opening Day
June 24, 2019

End of Session I
July 12, 2019

Start of Session II
July 15, 2019

Last Day
August 2, 2019