A+
Overall Niche Grade
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  1. Academics
    A+
  2. Diversity
    A-
  3. Teachers
    A
  4. College Prep
    A+
  5. Clubs & Activities
    B+
  6. Sports
    B-
University of Chicago Laboratory Schools is an elite, private school located in Chicago, IL. It has 2,051 students in grades PK, K-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 8 to 1. Tuition is $33,558 for the highest grade offered. After graduation, 98% of students from this school go on to attend a 4-year college.
Address
1362 E 59th Street
Chicago, IL 60637
Telephone
(773) 702-9450
Organization Memberships
NAIS

Tuition

Yearly Tuition
$33,558
Tuition is for the highest grade offered and may have changed for the current school year. For more information, please contact the school.
Received Financial Aid
10%
Average Financial Aid

University of Chicago Laboratory Schools Rankings

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Academics

Average Graduation Rate
98%
Average SAT
1460
42 responses
Average ACT
31
103 responses

Culture & Safety

Poll
80%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.10 responses
Poll
70%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.10 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
  • Senior Retreat
    29%
  • Artsfest
    26%
  • Homecoming and Formal.
    26%
  • Rights of May
    6%
  • Homecoming
    3%
  • Junior Retreat
    3%
  • Mitch Higgins Water Fountain Prayer
    3%

Students

Diversity
A-
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
2,051
92%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.13 responses
54%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.13 responses
46%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.13 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
8:1
National
16:1
Poll
65%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.17 responses
Poll
76%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.17 responses
Poll
76%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.17 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
B+
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
High
Boys Athletic Participation
High
100%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.6 responses
83%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.6 responses
67%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.6 responses
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University of Chicago Laboratory Schools Reviews

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Plus:
Extreme college prep (getting tired of other parents telling me how their child thinks MIT was easy after Lab), theme of asking "why" in addition to "what" in every pursuit, general consistency in teaching excellence, well-organized academic programs, culture of excellence among students, nifty vibe on UChicago campus, good facilities, no-cut athletic programs

Minus:
This school is very religious (religion of liberalism, social justice, and multiculturalism--which are all laudable, but they lay it on very thick), too many helicopter parents, too much homework, superficial diversity (does not represent the actual SouthSide--seems like most of the black/hispanic kids have rich or famous parents. In general, minimal socioeconomic diversity), virtually no school spirt in a traditional sense (sports, school sweatshirts, dances).
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It's not extraordinarily different from the average public or private highschool, for their texting methods and the courses are similar. The school's effort to maintain a diverse and accepting society is outstanding, though it doesn't seem to show in a lot of day to day life. The speed of their courses is similar to fast track courses in public school, and the classes they offer are quite similar. Electives aren't quite as prominent, but after fulfilling the graduation requirements, one can proceed to take college courses from the University of Chicago. Due to their affiliation with the University, they have access to one of the best libraries in the country, both, online and in person. Students at lab also have access to a wide array of facilities associated with the University.
There is a caste system at Lab--the wealthy donor families are given preferential treatment than are the staff/faculty/financial aid families. If I could do it over again, I would have taken my child out before middle school, and sent them to a different school. The school prides themselves on the academic success of their students, but by the time they are in high school the school has purposefully weeded out the weakest, unless they are the children of wealthy donors who then get by with private tutors after school.