We welcome your interest in UCLA Lab School for your son or daughter's elementary education. We are the laboratory school of the UCLA Graduate School of Education & Information Studies. We enroll approximately 450 students, ages 4-12.

Being part of a laboratory school community is a unique and rewarding experience. In addition to providing an engaging learning environment for our students, our classrooms and meeting spaces serve as a laboratory for researchers and educators to explore innovative ideas about teaching, learning, and child development.

Finding a school that's the right fit for your family is important. Feedback from families demonstrates that those who take the time to get to know us are ultimately more satisfied and benefit more from their years here.

Our web site will introduce you to our programs. We also encourage you to attend one of our visiting days in the fall.

We look forward to assisting you with the application process!

General Information

Age Requirement

Children must be at least 4 years old by September 1 of the year they begin at the school.

Yearly Schedule

Our academic year coincides with the University of California calendar, observing many of the same holidays and recesses. The school year typically begins the second week of September and ends mid-June. In addition to holidays and recesses, there are a number of pupil free days which are used for curriculum planning or professional development.

Daily Class Schedule

  • 4-year-olds: 8:15 - 11:30 a.m.
  • 5- to 12-year-olds: 8:15 a.m. - 2:55 p.m.

Child Care

The Extended Day Program offers fee-based child care after school until 6 p.m. Child care is also available on pupil free days and for some parent meetings held in the evenings; on such occasions care is typically provided by UCLA Lab School teaching assistants.


UCLA Lab School does not provide transportation. Public bus services and parent carpools are the usual means of transportation. We will assist families in finding other families for carpool purposes.

Visiting Days for Prospective Parents

Every fall, we offer open house programs for parents who are interested in applying for admission for their children. An active application is required to RSVP for the tour; however, the application does not need to be officially completed and submitted. For information about these meetings, click here.

School Fees

UCLA Lab School determines tuition annually. A large proportion of our families are eligible for financial aid; the actual amount of tuition paid by each family depends upon that family's financial resources. We strongly encourage applicants from diverse socioeconomic backgrounds. For further information on financial aid, please contact Sara Hernandez.