Mission and Vision


University Laboratory High School promotes academic excellence, encourages educational innovation, and develops citizenship for highly motivated, academically talented students. The school promotes academic excellence by:

  • Encouraging a culture of creativity, thinking outside conventional boundaries, and pursuing learning at an intensity beyond the norm.
  • Fostering close relationships among students and teachers.
  • Empowering students to take ownership of their learning and to pursue accelerated study in areas of interest.
  • Employing and supporting knowledgeable teachers who are creative in their instruction.

The school encourages educational innovation by:

  • Allowing teachers the freedom and autonomy to design innovative teaching methods and curricula.
  • Inviting active student participation in the ongoing development of course content, methods, and activities.
  • Exchanging ideas with peer institutions and the wider community.
  • Evaluating our programs on a regular basis to embrace our successes and to drive new thinking.

The school fosters good citizenship by:

  • Providing a caring and nurturing environment with a deep concern for the total development of the individual.
  • Creating opportunities for students to demonstrate the ability to act responsibly in the adult world.
  • Supporting a diverse student body that respects individual and cultural differences.

The school supports its vision by engaging in partnerships with parents, the Champaign-Urbana community, the University of Illinois, and the world community.

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