Parents seeking admission at UCLA Lab School should understand the following:

  • We are an experimental school where research is conducted on a regular basis
  • We promote an ethnically and economically diverse population of students
  • Parents are expected to participate in their children’s education
  • Short-term residents of Los Angeles are rarely admitted

As a school that is seeking and disseminating ways to improve public education, particularly in California, UCLA Lab School must have an ethnically and economically diverse population of students. Admissions procedures are designed to ensure ethnic and economic diversity as well as a gender balance in the student population. Within these constraints children are selected randomly. A child’s intellectual exceptionality or special talents are not considered in the admissions process. UCLA Lab School always reserves the right to make exceptions to its general admissions process in order to select a population that best serves the research and dissemination mission and other needs of the school.

Research Requirements

All research proposals at the lab school must undergo an extensive and rigorous review process to ensure student safety and that any potential risk to participants is outweighed by the anticipated benefits of research. The CONNECT Research Review Committee is made up of lab school teachers and administrators, faculty from UCLA’s Graduate School of Education & Information Studies, and lab school parent volunteers. In addition to internal review, research proposals must be approved by the University-wide Office for Protection of Research Subjects, charged with ensuring that all studies are in line with federal, state, local and institutional regulations concerning the protection of human subjects in research.

If you choose to enroll your child at UCLA Lab School, you will be required to sign a Parent Informed Consent form before your child will be placed in a classroom at the school. This form constitutes your acceptance of the fact that your child, if admitted, will be enrolled in an experimental school in which teaching methods, curriculum, school organization, and children’s learning and development will be continually under study. It also informs you of the basic research protocol for the majority of studies conducted with students at the lab school. You will be informed of each project at least two weeks before it starts via the Backpack Notes weekly newsletter, and on the CONNECT website. Please remember that your child, if admitted, has the right to opt out of any study for any reason, at any time and without repercussions of any kind.

For projects whose methods or scope fall outside the Parent Informed Consent form, a separate permission form will be sent home once the study has been approved by the University. This separate consent form will explain the details and methods of the study, which is optional. For these studies, you have the right to grant or deny permission for your child to participate on a case-by-case basis. You can decline participation in these studies without any repercussions. Again, your child also has the option to refuse participation, or to withdraw from any study once it has begun, for whatever reason and without repercussions.

If your child’s participation in research activities is not one of your goals, you should consider seeking admission elsewhere.

If you have any questions about the research function of UCLA Lab School, please feel free to contact Professor Megan Franke, the Director of CONNECT: A Center for Research and Innovation in Elementary Education, at (310) 825-5467, or email Sandra Smith, Assistant to the Research Director, at

Minimum Age

Applications for enrollment in the Fall of 2019 will be accepted for children who will have reached the age of 4 years or older by September 1, 2019.

Sibling Admissions Policy

When possible, UCLA Lab School tries to give admissions priority to siblings of students enrolled at the time of the applicant’s matriculation. However, there can be no guarantee of admission for any sibling applicant. Priority is given to applicants to the Early Childhood I program, but all admissions depend on space available as well as the demographic and research needs of the school.

Term of Residence

Because of the importance and expense of collecting research data, short-term or temporary Los Angeles residents are rarely admitted and are discouraged from applying.

Parent Participation

The education of a child is most effective when teachers, administrators, and parents work together. Our school community supports children in both their academic and social development. Frequent and ongoing communication is at the core of this support. Parents are expected to attend meetings and parent-teacher conferences and read any written information sent electronically or by mail. They also can become active in their child’s education in a number of other ways, including regularly volunteering in the classroom or library or becoming involved in the school’s parent-teacher organization, the Family School Alliance.