When does enrollment begin for new students?

Enrollment of new families for the upcoming academic school year begins the first week of April each year and ends when all available spaces have been filled

We ask that families notify us when changes to contact information take place so that we can efficiently and accurately reach them when a spot becomes available.

How do I enroll my child in the Lab School?

Enrollment is done by contacting children who are on our waiting list.  Our classes often fill quickly. If you are considering enrolling your child in the Lab School, we highly recommend that you join our waiting list as early as possible, as application date is one of the factors used to determine eligibility. We also highly recommend that you actively maintain your waiting list status by updating your contact information as soon as any changes occur.

Open enrollment begins in April of each year, at which time families on our waiting list are contacted and offered a spot in a Lab School classroom.

Do I need to be affiliated with the University to enroll?

No, Lab School enrollment is open to all members of the Austin and surrounding community.

How long is your waiting list?

Our waiting list is based on application date, gender, and date of birth. In each classroom we balance gender and age of children to provide the best reflection of age-specific development for our undergraduate laboratory students.  The length of time you might remain on the waiting list is dependent upon the yearly classroom openings.  Once you join the waiting list you will automatically remain on it until either you are offered a spot in our program or you ask to be removed from the list.

Do you give preference to siblings of children who are current or former Lab School students?

Yes, preference is given to siblings of children already or formerly enrolled in the Lab School’s program.

Can I take a tour of the Lab School?

We require all interested families to take a tour. Check out our tour request page or email ppfcfl@utlists.utexas.edu to schedule your tour.  Tours are given on the 3rd Tuesday of the month at 9:30 am. Additional tours will be added as needed.

My child has been offered a spot in the Lab School. How long do I have before I have to make the commitment?

You are given 24 hours to made a decision when a spot is offered.

I am looking for a nanny. I would like to find an interested Child Development Student. Can you recommend anyone?

You may email ppfcfl@utlists.utexas.edu a half paged ad and it can be posted on our bulletin board here in the Lab School. Another option is to go to Hire a Longhorn. The Department of Human Ecology is unable to do any childcare referral.

Do you have questions that are not answered here? Please contact us or email us at ppfcfl@utlists.utexas.edu. We will gladly answer any questions you might have.