A+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    A+
  2. Diversity
    A-
  3. Teachers
    A
  4. College Prep
    A+
  5. Clubs & Activities
    B+
  6. Sports
    B-
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
36 responses
Average ACT
31
91 responses

Culture & Safety

Poll
78%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.9 responses
Poll
67%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.9 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
  • Artsfest
    27%
  • Homecoming and Formal.
    27%
  • Senior Retreat
    27%
  • Rights of May
    7%
  • 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.12 responses
58%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.12 responses
50%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.12 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
8:1
National
16:1
Poll
63%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.16 responses
Poll
75%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.16 responses
Poll
75%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.16 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.5 responses
80%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.5 responses
80%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.5 responses
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The school's history and track record for preparing kids for the very best universities is well documented and continues through today. Being attached to the U. Of Chicago is a great asset to the school. The rigor is quite high for academics generally and faculty are quite established / successfully over a long period. Teachers are quite open to meet with parents and often do in planned events and at request of parents.

It is a grind for the kids here. It is quite a challenge for most...we see a lot of growth from our student.

Campus is classic and wonderful. New facility additions are done well, and great new spaces for arts and community.

Security is present, and the school is good about enforcing procedures.
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Lab school was a wonderful and unique school. It is academically very rigorous, and really prepares its students for college. However, especially in lower school programs, it assumes that children are being taught a lot of the basics at home (for example reading and grammar). Lab school is a liberal and open-minded community. The faculty work to make a great school community, and as a community the students discuss current events. However, most students are "lifers" which means they have been going to school with the same kids since kindergarten. This makes it difficult for transfer students to make friends. Lab school also as fabulous clubs. In particular the Model UN usually ranks amount the top five high school teams in the country. Lab school has some wonderful teachers (many golden apple winners) but some unfortunately eccentric teachers as well (in particular most of the high school science teachers). All in all, a fabulous and unique school!
I thoroughly enjoyed, and appreciated my experience at The University of Chicago Laboratory Schools . I was exposed to many new activities and learning experiences, even outside of the classroom. Excellent facilities, a wide variety of classes, and numerous clubs made it very easy for me to get the most out of my education while I was there. The one critique I would have for the school is the lack of diversity however, I have noticed that in recent years there has been a improvement of the emphasis on this matter. In addition to this, while student diversity wasn't as high as I would've liked, lab schools faculty was very understanding and inclusive of everyone.