The University of Chicago Laboratory Schools

The University of Chicago Laboratory Schools are home to the youngest members of the University of Chicago’s academic community. John Dewey founded the University of Chicago Laboratory School with a handful of primary grade children in 1896; today Lab educates more than 1,850 students from nursery through high school.

Lab has earned an international reputation for excellence by creating a Reggio Emilia–based early childhood education program, as well as a rigorous high school curriculum. The Schools do not simply value test scores and college admissions statistics. At Lab, everyone from the youngest learner to the most experienced teacher learns from one another. Experiential learning and hands-on opportunities add authenticity to the experience and deepen knowledge. And at every grade, students benefit from the Schools’ connection to the University of Chicago, one of the world’s premier institutions of higher learning. The Schools have a rigorous academic program, but they focus as much on character, social, and emotional development as on scholastic achievement. Alumni from every era say that Lab is where they learned how to think critically: where they learned how to learn.

Gifts to support Lab will help ignite and nurture a lasting spirit of scholarship, curiosity, creativity, and confidence in its students.

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