No. The UT Lab School enrollment is open to all members of the Austin and surrounding area community.
Yes. Preference is given to siblings of children currently enrolled and/or alumni of the UT Lab School’s program.
Yes. Partial scholarships are awarded, based on income, to families who are admitted into the program and who qualify for support.
Enrollment is conducted in March every year for the upcoming school year. Our classes often fill by April. If you are considering enrolling your child in the UT 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 by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Community enrollment begins the second week of March of each year, at which time eligible waiting list families are contacted and offered a spot in a UT Lab School classroom, if any are available. You will have 24 hours to accept or decline the spot, so make sure that you’ve toured the facility!
There is really no way to estimate the length of the waiting list. The number of openings that we have in each age group for waiting list families varies annually. 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 you are either offered a spot in our program or you ask to be removed from the waiting list.
The best way for you to learn about our program, including our enrollment procedures, is to sign up for a tour.
You may send a half page ad to email@example.com. We will post your ad on the bulletin board in the UT Lab School. Alternatively, you can make an ad and post it on Hire UTexas. The Department of Human Development and Family Sciences is unable to do any childcare referrals.
The majority of our toddler spots are filled with siblings of currently enrolled children. Currently enrolled families receive a sibling priority on the waiting list.
We have limited spaces in our toddler classrooms. Once a child is able to join our preschool program (three years old by September 1st), your child’s chances of being offered a spot increase significantly. Our preschool classes are bigger than the toddler classes and we open an afternoon class. Find out more about our program options here.
Once offered a spot, you will have 24 hours to accept or decline the offer. If you do not respond, you will be removed from the waiting list.
Re-enrollment for currently enrolled families begins the first Monday of March. Community enrollment begins the following Monday. Enrollment continues until all classroom spots have been filled. The number of spots offered is dependent on the availability in each classroom.
We ask that families notify us with contact information changes so we can efficiently and accurately reach them when a spot becomes available.