On behalf of the students, parents, faculty, staff, and administration, welcome to the Illinois State University Laboratory School website! The Laboratory Schools have been part of Illinois State University since its inception and have been a site for observations, clinical experiences, and exemplary teaching for over 150 years. We are one of the oldest and largest lab school systems in the United States and a department within the College of Education at Illinois State University.
Laboratory School students come from Bloomington – Normal and the outlying areas. Lab School enrollment is legislated through the Illinois School Code at one thousand students (three hundred ninety at Thomas Metcalf School, grades PK – 8, and six hundred ten at University High School, grades 9-12). Each year the Laboratory Schools host one-third of all the clinical experiences at Illinois State University, ranked among the top ten in the United States for teacher preparation.
Both Thomas Metcalf School and University High School receive recognition annually for the achievement of their students. Over the past three years, University High School has been ranked nationally by Newsweek, while ninety-eight percent of Thomas Metcalf School students have met or exceeded Illinois state academic standards. We are proud of the efforts of our students and teachers as they work together to create a positive learning environment.
Whether you are a Lab School student, parent, a teacher candidate, or a school seeking support for a new initiative, we would like to help. Our faculty, staff, and administration are available to assist you on your journey to learn more about the Lab Schools. Please take time to peruse our websites and visit our schools!