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The University of Chicago Laboratory School

1362 East 59th St
Chicago, IL 60637

(773) 702-9450


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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based

Day in the Life

General School Mission

"The University of Chicago Laboratory Schools provide an experience-centered, rigorous and well-rounded education for a diverse community. Recognizing that students have a variety of needs at each developmental stage and learn in different ways, the Schools are committed to help each student:

- learn to think critically and creatively
- cultivate a passion for excellence in academics, the arts, and athletics
- master important subject matter
- achieve a sense of emotional and physical well-being
- celebrate both our cultural differences and our common humanity
- gain a sense of personal and community responsibility
- develop a life-long love of learning "

"In pursuit of this mission and in keeping with John Dewey's legacy, the Schools strive to exemplify educational practice at its best."

-From the school website

Home-School Connection

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Hold social events at the school to build community
  • Fundraise
  • Are required to make donations ourselves
  • Are able to visit the school anytime we want
  • Go on field trips
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Receive newsletters

Modes of Communication

  • Notes
  • Phone Calls
  • Voice Mail
  • Email
  • Special Meetings
  • Two or More Regular Conferences
  • Drop-Off
  • Pick-Up
  • Regular newsletter/printed updates circulated to the whole school