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  • Being part of a laboratory school community is a unique and rewarding experience

    At UCLA Lab School we work directly with scholars and experts to inform our curriculum for children ages 4-12. We honor that every child learns differently and has unique interests and skill sets. When children see that teachers respect and honor these differences and include them in lesson design, it makes for rich and joyful learning.
    Our goal is to equip children to lead a meaningful life—where they take care of themselves and their community. We foster a school culture that instills kindness, collaboration and courage to do what is right. We imagine a world where we all have these tools and mindset.

Tuition and Fees

Tuition for Lab School is approved by UCLA and is the same across all student levels.
  • 2024-25 tuition for RETURNING students: $29,376
  • 2024-25 tuition for NEW students: $31,999 (Note: sibling applicants are considered NEW students.)

Admissions Dates

Fall 2024
Application for 2025-26 school year available online

December 2024
Deadline to submit an application for admission for the 2025-26 school year

January 2025
Deadline for prospective families interested in tuition support to complete the Parents' Financial Statement (PFS) and upload 2022 and 2023 Federal tax returns

February 2025
Deadline for prospective families interested in tuition support to upload 2024 W-2s or 1099 forms.

March 2025
Admissions decisions for the 2025-26 school year emailed to prospective families 

March 2025
Deadline for new families to enroll

Refer to the Admissions Process page for more information

Age Requirements and Level Placements

We have a mixture of multi-age and single-age classrooms. Multi-age groupings in the primary and intermediate years strengthen the relationship between the teacher and student and the teacher and family. In multi-age classrooms, younger students have opportunities to observe, emulate, and imitate a wide range of behaviors; older students have the opportunity to assume more responsibility. Single-age groupings in the early childhood and upper years allow for a focus on the transition in to elementary school and preparation for moving on to middle school. Explore more about our approach to learning at UCLA Lab School.

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  • Early Childhood I

    Ages 4–5 (equivalent of Pre-K)

    Applicants must have a birthday between September 1, 2019 and August 31, 2020 to be eligible for admission to our ECI class in 2024–2025.

    No exceptions are made for summer birthdays.
  • Early Childhood II

    Ages 5–6 (equivalent of Kindergarten)

    Applicants must have a birthday between September 1, 2018 and August 31, 2019 to be eligible for admission to our ECII class in 2024–2025.

    *Summer birthdays are considered on an individual basis.*
  • Primary

    Multi-age groups of children ages 6–8 (equivalent to Grades 1 & 2)
  • Intermediate

    Multi-age groups of children ages 8–10 (equivalent to Grades 3 & 4)
  • Upper I

    Upper I: Ages 10–11 (equivalent to Grade 5)
  • Upper II

    Upper II: Ages 11–12+ (equivalent to Grade 6)


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  • Lori Gray

    Admissions Process
  • Ruby Marrufo

    Admissions Process
  • Ileana Barberena

    Tuition Support