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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.

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
1430
80 responses
Average ACT
32
134 responses

Culture & Safety

Poll
73%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.11 responses
Poll
64%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.11 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 37 responses
Report
  • Senior Retreat
    27%
  • Artsfest
    24%
  • Homecoming and Formal.
    24%
  • Homecoming
    5%
  • Junior Retreat
    5%
  • Rights of May
    5%
  • 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
93%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.14 responses
57%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.14 responses
43%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.14 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
8:1
National
17:1
Poll
67%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.18 responses
Poll
72%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.18 responses
Poll
78%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.18 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.7 responses
71%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.7 responses
71%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.7 responses
Living in the Area
A+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Cost of Living
    C
  2. Good for Families
    A
  3. Housing
    C+
Median Household Income
$63,678
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$1,222
National
$949
Median Home Value
$308,072
National
$184,700
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University of Chicago Laboratory Schools Reviews

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The teachers and extracurricular activities at the Lab School are top-notch. All of the faculty and staff truly care about their field of study, as well as the wellbeing of their students. Unfortunately, there is a large disconnect between the students and the school administration. Most students and teachers feel that they cannot trust the administration because it is evident that the administration will do anything in its power to reduce costs, even at the expense of the students' education and mental health.
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As a Middle School student the University of Chicago, the classes are very academically centered. The teachers are very knowledgeable of the subject they teach. However, the amount of homework received throughout the average week can be overwhelming, possibly making the Middle School experience stressful and overwhelming. The diversity in the school is quite exceptional. Unfortunately, if you do not have a sibling currently attending the school, or a parent who works at the University, you will find it a near impossible feat to be accepted into the school.
Lab is very much a place where you can find rigorous academics, internships and activities that are truly unique and individualized. But that being said, it can be extremely alienating, toiling on mental health and a high stress environment. The school is uber diverse and makes it so that conservative ideas are shunned. This is not freedom of speech whatsoever. They also tend to have minority favorites meaning they favor African American and Hispanic students over Asian Americans.