Academics

21st Century Learning

At University Laboratory School, instruction is designed for students to develop the 21st century skills needed for success in their academic pursuits, their future careers and the world around them. 

Classrooms and curriculum incorporate collaboration and team work, knowledge construction, critical thinking, creativity and imagination, self-regulation, problem-solving and innovation, and information and communications technology (ICT) for learning. Through lessons, projects, community experiences and global learning opportunities, students develop life proficiencies such as flexibility and adaptability, global and cultural awareness, information literacy and leadership.

STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math)

With more than one million more U.S. jobs projected for careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics before 2022, STEM education is vital to our students’ futures and those of the communities they will one day serve. At ULS, STEM experiences are geared to provide students with opportunities to learn more about the technological age in which they live, explore interests that may lead to related careers, and be exposed to the engineering design process, which can be used in any problem-solving situation.

Educating Global Citizens

In a world increasingly characterized by globalization, interconnectedness and interdependence, it is essential young people have the knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary to live and work in a global society.

– Global Awareness Education Standards

At University Laboratory School, we place importance on creating well-informed global citizens who understand their roles in the world, value diversity and have the ability to take action in meaningful ways.

With this in mind, the school offers a variety of educational domestic and international travel opportunities for students in grades 7 through 12, including exchange programs with schools in Romania (7th grade), Panama (8th grade) and Chile (high school). These programs incorporate host family stays that heighten the cultural immersion experience and create long-lasting relationships. Each spring break, a group of high school students travel to another country to participate in service learning in order to help others, build leadership skills and be immersed in another culture. 

Domestic and international STEM opportunities offered include collaborations with the National Flight Academy in Pensacola and participation in the London International Youth Science Forum.

Many ULS teachers independently offer educational summer travel opportunities to students ranging from exotic locations such as the Galapagos Islands, where students actively participate in research, to Europe and Australia.

All educational travel opportunities are teacher-led and are intended to further classroom studies and to empower students to look beyond their own horizons.

Technology Program

At University Laboratory School, we understand that we are preparing students for careers that do not even exist yet in our increasingly technological world. As such, we go well beyond the basics of teaching computer skills. We help our students develop the habits of critical thinking and problem solving so they may easily adapt to the inevitable changes in technology that they will face throughout their lives.

Here, technology is used for collaboration, communication, creativity and innovation. From coding in the early elementary years to a digital arts program and computer science in high school, ULS students participate in cross-curricular projects focused on team work, project management, client designer models, conflict resolution and compromise.

The ULS Technology Program is aligned with the school’s overall goal of teaching the whole child for future success.