About us: Overview

Frequently asked questions

Are you public or private?

We are a public school.

How much does it cost to attend?

As a public school, we do not charge tuition, but instead charge fees like all other public schools. In addition, costs for fees, textbooks and extracurriculars are waived or reduced for those families that qualify.

Our Mission

As part of Illinois State University’s College of Education, U-High is one of two lab schools designed as a place of learning for future educators.(Read more about our mission here.)

Why do you have an admissions process?

The lab schools are limited to approximately 1000 students, which normally translates into about 600 spaces at U-High. Thus, as much as we would like to, we cannot accept every student who wants to attend.

What activities do you have?

You can find more information about all of our IHSA athletics and activities by clicking on those links on the front of the website. We also have many other clubs that vary by year.

What academic courses of study can I pursue?

The lab schools offer a wide curriculum and a number of AP and dual-credit courses with Heartland Community College.

How do students benefit from being part of a “lab school”?

As a laboratory school, we have hundreds of ISU students studying to be teachers in our classrooms each year, bring the student to teacher ratio down in each of those classrooms. Students have access to ISU facilities and equipment. In addition, the lab schools are constantly studying and implementing best practices in education, which benefits everyone.

Do I need a laptop?

You do not. All incoming students are issued a new laptop along with account access to our Google domain, Office 365 and the Google Workspace course system. U-High has been a state leader at integrating technology into learning activities, and our students learn quickly to operate in an on-line learning environment.

What does “open campus” mean?

It means students are free to read, complete homework or grab lunch nearby (or in our cafeteria) when they don’t have a scheduled class.