Admissions

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Selection 
Applicants will be selected for admission to University Laboratory School by an admission committee consisting of the superintendent and principals of ULS, a representative selected by the superintendent, and a representative from Louisiana State University selected by the university president.
The following factors, in no particular order, may be considered by the selection committee:

1. the applicant’s readiness for the curriculum at the University Laboratory School;
2. the applicant’s most recent academic performance;
3. the applicant’s demonstrated level of maturity;
4. the applicant’s demonstrated academic ability;
5. the applicant’s standardized test scores;
6. the applicant’s discipline record from other schools attended;
7. the academic rigor of the applicant’s prior program;
8. the goal of maintaining a balance of males and females in each class;
9. the extent to which the applicant promotes the goal of diversity;
10. the applicant’s non-academic accomplishments;
11. significant life challenges faced by the applicant;
12. whether the applicant has siblings who currently attend the Lab School for at least one full school year;
13. whether the applicant is a dependent of a University Laboratory School alumnus;
14. whether the applicant is a dependent of a full-time LSU employee;
15. whether the applicant has siblings who currently attend the Lab School for at less than one full school year;
16. whether the applicant has another significant connection with Louisiana State University or University Laboratory School;
17. any other factors that the admissions committee believes contribute to a complete evaluation of the applicant.

ULS generally receives more applications than the school’s enrollment can accommodate.  Although a candidate for admission may successfully meet some/all of the criteria listed above, this does not assure admission.  The decision of the admissions committee is considered final.  Questions about an application may be directed to ulsadmissions@lsu.edu. 

Some preference will be given to applicants whose siblings currently attend the University Laboratory School. No point value will be assigned to factors and there will be no ranking of applicants. To the extent an applicant wishes to share information that relates to one or more of the factors set forth above, such may be done in space provided on the application and/or with a one-page addendum. 

Outside letters of recommendation are not necessary but may be turned in with a completed application.  Principal and teacher recommendations should be sent to the ULS Admissions Office by the student's current school as outlined in the Admissions/Application portion of this website. 

In considering the goal of diversity, diversity is in no way limited to race and ethnicity. The ULS admissions committee is equally interested in religious diversity, diversity in life experiences and socioeconomic diversity. We at University Laboratory School believe that interaction among students from different backgrounds and with different life experiences enriches the learning environment. Students learn from one another as well as from our faculty. Diverse socioeconomic, religious, cultural and ethnic backgrounds improve understanding of and appreciation for the differences among individuals and social groups. 

Minimum standards for past performance and discipline may be considered as the admissions committee deems appropriate. Kindergarten students are required to complete a readiness screening prior to final admission and placement. Please see the Admissions/Application portion of this website for further details.

The ULS admissions committee may request an interview or additional information from any applicant. The deliberations of the committee are confidential.

LEAP Tests

To the extent required by law, all students entering the fifth and ninth grades who are selected for admission from public or private schools or from outside the State of Louisiana must pass the LEAP test or an acceptable out-of-state equivalent prior to enrollment.

Policy of Non-Discrimination
To assure equal opportunity for all qualified persons in admission to or participation in the programs and activities of the University Lab School, no preference is given to any race, creed, color, religion, gender, national origin, or disability. The University Lab School prohibits discrimination against any applicant because of race, creed, color, ethnicity, religion, gender, national origin, or disability. Applicants with disabilities must be otherwise qualified for the program they seek to enter, with or without reasonable accommodations, and must be able to perform the essential elements of the program.