University of Chicago Laboratory Schools
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|The University of Chicago Laboratory Schools|
|Director||David W. Magill|
|Location||1362 E. 59th St.,
Chicago, Illinois, USA
The University of Chicago Laboratory Schools (also known as Lab or Lab School and abbreviated UCLS; the upper classes are nicknamed U-High) is a private, co-educational day school in Chicago, Illinois. It is affiliated with the University of Chicago. About half of the students have a parent who is on the faculty of the University.
The Laboratory Schools were founded by American educator John Dewey in 1896 in the Hyde Park 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. Similarly, there are two gymnasiums, Kovler and Sunny, which stand as interconnected buildings. Kenwood Avenue has a cul-de-sac between the schools and the gyms, thus the recreational playground area between the gyms and the schools is known as Kenwood Mall. The Nursery School consists of two smaller, separate buildings and is a block west and a half block north on Woodlawn Ave.
Student body 
The school has over 1,700 students currently enrolled, though there are plans to increase the size. It is considered one of the top preparatory schools in the United States, reflected in the Wall Street Journal's findings that the school is amongst the top five feeder institutions in the nation for elite colleges. It has been heralded as one of the more diverse independent schools with about 35% students of color and over 44 nationalities represented. The student body is about 60% white.
Today the school is divided into a Nursery School (Pre-K and Kindergarten), Lower School (1st through 5th grade), Middle School (6th through 8th grades) since 2012, 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.
In 2007, the school was ranked fourth in the nation for its record of sending graduates to elite universities and colleges.
Extracurricular activities 
U-High students are extremely invested in academic extra-curriculars. The high school math team and the science teams are regular contenders for and winners of state titles. The school's newspaper (The Midway) and the yearbook (U-Highlights) regularly win regional and national awards, as does its arts magazine, Renaissance. Other popular activities include theater, ethnic clubs, Student Council, policy debate, and Model UN. The Model UN team is consistently ranked among the top in the nation, and is world-renowned for its competitive excellence. It was recently ranked the #2 High School Model UN team in the United States. In addition, the Debate Team has won numerous national circuit tournaments, and is unofficially considered to be in the Top 20 nationwide. Furthermore, U-High's Math and Science teams consistently win and place at Regional and State competitions, respectively.
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, on both a Varsity and Junior Varsity level, 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.
Notable persons 
- The Wall Street Journal, "How the Schools Stack Up," http://online.wsj.com/public/resources/documents/info-COLLEGE0711-sort.html
- The Diplomat, Issue #335, May 5, 2010, University of Chicago Press.
- America's Best High School Model UN Teams: 1-5. Best Delegate, http://bestdelegate.com/fall-2011-high-school-model-un-rankings-top-1-5/