The University of Chicago Laboratory Schools are among the most distinctive and academically exceptional schools in the world. Founded by renowned educator John Dewey and embedded within one of the world’s great research universities, the Laboratory Schools provide an outstanding pre-collegiate education to over 2,000 students in grades pre K – 12 in the Hyde Park neighborhood of Chicago. The Laboratory Schools benefit from a renowned faculty, highly motivated students, the resources of the University of Chicago, and a set of deeply held core values that unite the school community.
The Lab Schools seek a thoughtful and inspiring director to lead this vibrant learning community and chart the course for its continued excellence. The director has the opportunity to be engaged and forward-thinking in leadership, ensuring that students are well-prepared to navigate the increasingly complex 21st century world, and fostering a strong sense of community among students, faculty, administrators, alumni, and parents during a period of growth and change.
The Laboratory Schools place the student experience and pursuit of ideas at the center of their education. John Dewey – one of the great minds in education – established the Schools in 1896 as a place to explore and implement his theories on childhood education. The Schools retain a commitment to “learning by doing” and serve as a model of the academic excellence that may be achieved through progressive education. Families who choose Lab care deeply about inquiry and creativity, and children who attend Lab gain a life-long passion for ideas.
Because Lab is part of the University of Chicago, the intellectual life—of exploration, discovery, and innovation—infuses all aspects of the curriculum, and students in every grade benefit from connections to outstanding University of Chicago scholars and access to unmatched resources. Lab faculty are recognized as leaders in their field who value the Schools’ history as a laboratory for teaching and learning.
The Laboratory Schools’ commitment to diversity is deeply rooted. With a long history of admitting Asian and Jewish students, it became the first private school in Chicago to admit African American students in 1942. Diversity is integral to the educational mission of the Laboratory Schools, and it consists of a world view that embraces a rich variety of thoughts and experiences that generate new ideas.
The Laboratory Schools have embarked on an ambitious plan for growth in recent years. The Schools have taken steps to increase enrollment by 200 students, in order to meet demand both within the University community and among families from the neighborhood and across the city. To support this growth, in the last five years Lab has built two new buildings, renovated others, and expanded to a second campus.
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