The UCLA Lab School Admissions Office is here to help you throughout the application process. Below you’ll find answers to the questions we get asked the most about applying for admission to our school. If you can’t find the answer to your question, please explore our Admissions Process page or contact us at 310-825-1801.
We are not a public school or a private school. We are a laboratory school designed to be a site of innovation and part of a public university. We are a research site for the UCLA School of Education and Information Studies (Ed&IS). We have a state charter to conduct research and promote innovative practices in education.
Our principal reports directly to the Ed&IS dean. Our board is an advisory board and not a governing board. See a list of our Board of Advisors.
UCLA Lab School does not have a waitlist. If an applicant submits the application and all the required documents by the deadline, they will be included in the admissions pool. If your child is not admitted during the first notification, their application will remain in the active applicant pool until Fall 2023. Open spaces are filled throughout the summer from the current applicant pool based on the four demographic criteria to match the population goals for that open space.
UCLA Lab School determines tuition annually. We partner with School & Student Services (SSS) to help determine our tuition support awards. Based on the information you provide, SSS calculates an estimated amount that your family can contribute to educational expenses.
In addition to the completed application, we require the application fee and a copy of the applicant’s birth certificate. If your child is applying to our Primary, Intermediate, or Upper levels, the most recent progress report must be submitted. Once an application has been submitted, a checklist of requirements will be uploaded to your account within 24 hours. Please check your account to confirm you have submitted any necessary requirements by the indicated deadlines.
No. You can submit one application to be considered for both programs. All applications are automatically in the regular applicant pool. If you are interested in applying to both programs, simply check the box marked YES next to the question that asks if you are interested in the Dual Language Program and answer the questions in that section.
Early Childhood I — In ECI we have 44 openings each year—22 in the Dual Language program and 22 in the English program.
Early Childhood II — In ECII we have approximately 25 spots available each year. This is because there is an additional ECII classroom in the English program. Spots in the ECII Dual Language program depend on our re-enrollment numbers. We typically don’t know how many spots we will have for the upcoming year until February, when returning families submit their re-enrollment contracts.
Primary through Upper — The number of spaces available varies and depends on our total school enrollment each year.
It is important to note that we do not have a legacy policy.
When possible, UCLA Lab School tries to give admissions preference to siblings of students currently 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 entering Early Childhood I, but all admissions depend on space available as well as the demographic and research needs of the school.
For siblings of new students, it is not uncommon that we can admit one child from a family but not the other; it depends on space available. We know this presents a hardship for the family, so when slots become available later in the admissions process we try to give these students priority.
Each classroom has 1.5 teachers and 1 teaching assistant to 20–25 students.
UCLA students also help out in our classrooms. Some are junior or senior year and interested in learning more about teaching and as part of their coursework they are assigned to one of our classrooms for 10 hours per week. Others are interns from the Cal-Teach Program who are interested in pursuing a career in science or math education. We also have students from the UCLA Art Education program working with teachers and students to gain experience in teaching the arts.