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A+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    A+
  2. Diversity
    A
  3. Teachers
    A+
  4. College Prep
    A+
  5. Clubs & Activities
    A
  6. Sports
    B
University of Chicago Laboratory Schools is a top rated, 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

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
47 responses
Average ACT
32
105 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?
Based on 31 responses
Report
  • 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
17:1
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
A
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
Living in the Area
A-
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Crime & Safety
    C-
  2. Diversity
    A+
  3. Cost of Living
    C+
  4. Good for Families
    B+
Area Feel
Urban
Median Household Income
$50,434
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$987
National
$949
Median Home Value
$225,200
National
$184,700
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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.
I'm a Lab Lifer (K - 12), and recently graduated college four years ago. I think I have a much more profound appreciation for the education I received at Lab then I ever did before. Lab works its students hard, and demands more from them than any place I've ever worked, studied, or been. I was not a top student at Lab by any means but I've reaped the benefits of the education. College was a breeze compared to my classmates because of the fantastic teachers I had at Lab.

The bonds with my Lab school friends are incredibly strong, and we all still see each other to this day. There is no one from my graduating class I wouldn't say hello to on the street.

Lab and the University of Chicago is about education for the sake of education. It's an academic place, if that is not what you are looking for your child then do not send them here.