Admissions and Enrollment

The Laboratory School, as a program of the University of Minnesota, is committed to the policy that all persons shall have equal access to its programs, facilities, and employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, age, marital status, disability, public assistance status, veteran status, or sexual orientation. Enrollment in the Lab School is open to the public and is for the entire academic year. Once a child is admitted, it is expected that the child will continue until he/she is of kindergarten age. There is no cost to apply.

Currently enrolled families

Enrollment priority is given to children currently attending the Lab School and their siblings. In determining placement for the multi-age morning classes, priority is given to:

Remaining vacancies for the multi-age morning program are filled by lottery from the pool of re-enrollment applications received by the January 31 deadline. Any wait list positions will also be determined by random drawing. Placement in the 2-year old classes is determined based on age. Priority is given to eligible siblings of currently enrolled children. Current families will be sent information about re-enrollment and sibling enrollment in mid-January. Applications must be returned by January 31 in order to receive priority consideration for the following school year.

New family enrollment

Within the pool of qualified applications from new (non-currently attending) families, priority is given to children of previously enrolled families, as well as to achieving a balanced age, gender, and race/ethnic mix among children enrolled in the Lab School. Remaining openings are filled by random drawing from the pool of applications received November 1 through March 1. All final placement decisions are made by the school staff and are contingent upon the adjustment of the child. Parents of children selected will be notified by March 31. A $150 enrollment fee per family is due when the placement is offered. This yearly fee is nonrefundable. Our programs are currently full for the 2017-2018 school year. However, we are still accepting applications in anticipation of future openings. Applications will be placed on the wait list in the order they are received.

Tuition is charged on an academic year basis and must be paid by the date indicated or a late payment fee will be added. Our office must receive your first payment by August 15th or your child’s placement will be forfeited. Tuition payments can be made twice, in August and February, or in nine equal monthly installments paid August through May.

To request a tour of the Lab School, contact Amy Pieren at or 612-625-6549.

Click here to complete an admissions application for the 2017-18 school year.

Classroom Placement Policy and Procedures

We believe that the placement of individual children in classes is an essential component of creating a positive learning environment for all children. With this in mind, the staff meets at the end of the summer, before school begins, to discuss the best placement for each child. The variables that are considered when placing a child in a particular class include child and group characteristics, and family needs and preferences.

The child characteristics that are considered include the following:

Group characteristics that are considered include:

Family needs and preferences include (but are not limited to):

As you can see, a parent request is considered only one variable among many. Often children gain a great deal from a new placement in a familiar setting. One of our primary goals is to provide manageable cognitive, social, and emotional challenges and to assist children (and adults) in the development of constructive strategies for dealing with these challenges.

With this in mind, the policy of the Lab School is to require that preferences for a specific teacher be in writing and addressed to the Director of the program. Any specific issues that parents believe should be taken into consideration should be included. However, there is no guarantee of a particular placement.