About Us

Welcome to UCLA Lab School

Part of the UCLA Graduate School of Education & Information Studies, we are an innovative school for children ages 4-12.

We encourage children's natural love of learning while also helping them develop a disciplined approach to their work. At the same time, our classrooms and meeting spaces serve as a laboratory for exploring innovative ideas about teaching, learning, and child development. We share the results of our studies through collaborations with educators from other schools, through conferences, workshops and site visits, and in print publications and other media. Through this mix of strategies, UCLA Lab School teaching practices and research outcomes have been widely shared with schools across the globe.

Our Mission

The mission of UCLA Lab School is to promote innovation and excellence in education through research, outreach, and teaching and learning. We are dedicated to addressing the needs of children from diverse backgrounds. We value teaching and learning environments that honor each child's natural joy of learning. We encourage creativity and support a disciplined approach to intellectual inquiry. We are a caring community of learners--students, teachers, staff, and families. We are committed to educating the whole child.

Initiatives

UCLA Lab School is working on programs to strengthen and enhance teaching and learning in PreK-8 education. Our major areas of focus include:

  • Advancing partnerships with schools and districts in Los Angeles and California
  • Expanding professional development programs for teachers
  • Expanding educational opportunities for students and families in traditionally underserved communities in Los Angeles

A Commitment to Diversity

"If we are to achieve a richer culture, rich in contrasting values, we must recognize the whole gamut of human potentialities, and so weave a less arbitrary social fabric, one in which each diverse human gift will find a fitting place." — Margaret Mead (1901-1978, anthropologist)

Our diversity is an integral part of who we are as a school community. The diversity of our families, teachers, and staff enhances and enriches the learning environment, provides opportunities for children's growth, and helps us conduct research and develop curricula that are relevant for a wide variety of schools.

The factors that contribute to our diversity encompass race, gender, ethnicity, geography, language, sexual orientation, learning style, socioeconomics, class and income, religion, physical ability, and family structure. We continually seek ways to build connections among the members of our community so that we can advance what we know and experience regarding diversity and inclusiveness at our school and in the world around us.

Student Ethnicity

Figures are typical from year to year

chart of ethnic breakdown

Board of Advisors

The role of the UCLA Lab School Board of Advisors is to foster community support and further the mission and goals of the school. The board consists of parents of current and former students, community members, lab school faculty members, the dean of the Graduate School of Education & Information Studies, and the principal. It serves as a forum for discussion and consultation related to development, finance, and advocacy for the school.

2014-2015

  • Robert Simonds - Chairman
  • Jeremy Barber - Vice Chairman
  • Melissa Bomes
  • David Feldman
  • Ryan Gates
  • Kristy Gimenez
  • Jennifer Green
  • Erika Johnson-Brooks
  • Sharon Johnston
  • Judith Kantor
  • Jordan Kaplan
  • Christine Kim
  • Manju Kulkarni
  • Alyson Marmur
  • Brandy Navarre
  • Marci Pool
  • Kal Raustiala
  • Marcelo Su├írez-Orozco
  • Adam Schaffer
  • Norma Silva
  • Abel Valenzuela Jr.
  • Andrew Weiss
  • Chris Wilson
  • Dominique Wirtschafter