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The University of Chicago Laboratory Schools (also Lab School and abbreviated UCLS; the upper classes are nicknamed U-High) is a private, co-educational day school in Chicagomarker, Illinoismarker.


The Laboratory Schools were founded by American educator John Dewey in 1896 in the Hyde Parkmarker neighborhood of Chicago. The school began as a progressive institution that goes from nursery school through 12th grade.


The Lower School, Middle School, and High School are a part of the main 1362 E 59th Street building. The main building consists of five smaller, interconnected buildings: Judd, Blaine, Belfield, Middle School and U-High. The Nursery School consists of two smaller, separate buildings and is a block west and a half block north on Woodlawn Ave.

Student body

It is affiliated with the University of Chicagomarker, and about half the students have a parent who is an employee of the university (and thereby receive a discount off the full tuition, normally as much as $20,000 per year).

It is among the top five feeder institutions in the nation for elite colleges according to the Wall Street Journal. The student body is about 60% white and contains over 44 nationalities.

The school has over 1,700 students currently enrolled, though there are plans to increase the size. Ninety-nine percent of each graduating class enrolls in a four-year college or university.

The main entrance to the Lab Schools at Blaine Hall
Today the school is divided into a Nursery School (Pre-K and Kindergarten), Lower School (1st through 4th grade), Middle School (5th through 8th grades), and High School (9th through 12th grades). Many children begin the school in nursery and continue through their high school graduation, and 75% of applications are for nursery school or 9th grade.

Extracurricular activities

The high school math team and the science team are regular contenders for state titles, and the Model United Nations team consistently has strong showings at national conferences. The school's newspaper (The Midway) and the school's yearbook (U-Highlights) regularly win regional and national awards, as does the arts magazine, Renaissance. Other popular activities include theater, ethnic clubs, Student Council, and Model UN. The Model UN has consistently placed first at many conferences, and continues to excel. The team is one of the most competitive and accomplished in the country.

The school's athletic teams, the Maroons, compete in the Independent School League (ISL) and are members of the Illinois High School Association (IHSA). The high school has eight boys and eight girls teams, while the middle school has five boys and five girls teams. Both operate with a "no cut policy," meaning any student who wishes to participate may. The main rivals are the Francis W. Parker School, The Latin School of Chicagomarker, and the St. Ignatius College Preparatory Schoolmarker.

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