LSU Laboratory School Recognized as National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence


On Tuesday, Sept. 29, The U.S. Department of Education recognized the LSU Laboratory School, or ULS, as a National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence.

University Lab is among only 285 public schools nationwide to receive the honor this year and was named as one of Louisiana’s exemplary high performing schools. Exemplary high performing schools are among the state’s highest performing schools as measured by state assessments or nationally normed tests. For these schools, student subgroup performance and high school graduation rates are at the highest level.

“This honor recognizes your students’ accomplishments and the hard work and dedication that went into their success. Your journey has taught you collaboration, intentional instruction and strong relationships in school and with your community. You represent excellence – in vision, in implementation and in results – and we want to learn as much as we can from you,” U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan said.

University Laboratory School is a college preparatory public school serving grades K­-12 and is accredited by AdvancEd and the Louisiana Department of Education. In addition to this national award, ULS has been recognized as a school of Academic Distinction.

In 2001, U-High became the first International Baccalaureate Diploma Program school in the state of Louisiana. Today, 80 percent of Lab School students take at least one IB course. In addition, ULS high school juniors and seniors have the option of simultaneously enrolling in college and high school courses, and as a result, many ULS students graduate with many, if not all, freshman-level college courses successfully completed.

All instructors at the Lab School have a master’s degree or a doctorate, hold certificates in their fields of expertise and many are National Board certified and certified student teacher supervisors.

Founded 100 years ago this year as the University Demonstration School for what was then the LSU Teachers College, the LSU Laboratory School now operates under the auspices of the LSU College of Human Sciences & Education. The ULS’s mission is total effort in every endeavor, and the school aspires toward this goal utilizing five key functions: providing an exemplary education for its students; demonstrating a model educational environment; serving as a center for educational innovation and research; providing professional development opportunities for the state’s educators; and offering clinical teaching experiences for pre-service teachers.

“University Laboratory School has for 100 years provided a great service to the state of Louisiana as a model environment in terms of the education provided to not only its students but to the thousands of pre–service teaching candidates who have trained here. I think it is quite fitting that it is has been received as the school marks this centennial year of celebration of academic distinction,” ULS Superintendent Wade Smith said.