The Office of the Provost provides resources to support University employees as they explore and select educational options for their families. This site provides K-12 resources for employees, post-doctoral scholars, and graduate students, such as a K-12 educational resource guide, information on local schools, and K-12 educational benefits, among other resources and contacts.
Note: The University of Chicago does not endorse nor promote any specific educational option listed here. All schooling options and resources mentioned on this website are for informational purposes only.

K-12 Educational Resource Guide

The K-12 Educational Resource Guide provides K-12 resources for University employees, post-doctoral scholars, and graduate students, such as information on University-affiliated schools, local schools, resources for diverse learners, and other helpful information for families.

UChicago-Affiliated Schools

Founded by the renowned educator John Dewey in 1896 and located in Hyde Park, the Laboratory Schools provide an intellectually stimulating environment that promotes curiosity, inquiry, creativity, and complex problem-solving. The Lab Schools are home to the University’s youngest learners, from nursery through high school.
Serving approximately 1,500 students on Chicago’s South Side, the UChicago Charter School (UCCS) is a public charter school within the Chicago Public Schools district. UCCS has three campuses, which share a common goal to prepare 100% of its students for college acceptance and graduation through pre-kindergarten to 12th grade education that cultivates culturally aware critical thinkers and leaders.

Chicago Public Schools

The Chicago Public Schools’ (CPS) mission is to provide a high-quality public education for every child, in every neighborhood, that prepares each for success in college, career, and civic life. CPS has 634 schools serving approximately 322,000 students and offers public school education from Pre-K through 12th grade. CPS schools offer diverse curriculum and programs with high academic standards, instructional supports, and extracurricular activities for every child in every neighborhood.

For information on Chicago Public Schools and how to apply, please review our K-12 Educational Resource Guide


K-12 Educational Benefits

The University offers a variety of tuition benefits for employees and their families. A thorough description of each benefit is available in the Educational Assistance Plan Summary of Benefits document. The Educational Assistance Plan gives employees and their families several educational assistance options, depending on their position and, in some instances, their years of consecutive employment in an eligible position at the University.
University Laboratory Schools Benefit (Tuition Remission Benefit)
Eligible University employees may receive at least 50% tuition remission for the Lab Schools.
Diverse Learners Tuition Portability Benefit
The Diverse Learners Tuition Portability Benefit is a taxable tuition benefit available for eligible employees whose child attends one of three eligible schools: City Elementary, Hyde Park Day School, or Wolcott College Prep. Eligibility for this benefit is limited and University employees must meet three criteria to be eligible. The Diverse Learners Benefit Frequently Asked Questions provide specific information about eligibility for this benefit and other important details. With questions about this benefit, please contact Dillan Siegler.

Childcare Resources

If you are seeking childcare resources, such as referrals to daycares, nannies, or other non-school-based childcare, please contact Sarah Diwan at the Hyde Park Neighborhood Club. She can be reached at and is available to advise University families on childcare for children aged 0-5.

The University Intranet also offers resources for parents and other caregivers, as well as information about the University’s child development centers and other childcare resources available to University employees.



Please reach out to the K-12 initiatives team for any questions you might have regarding K-12 initiatives, benefits, or schooling options in the Chicago area.