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Dr. Eric Jackman Institute of Child Study Laboratory School


The Dr. Eric Jackman Institute of Child Study Laboratory School at the University of Toronto has a unique place in the history of educational excellence, teacher preparation, and child study in Canada.

The School is dedicated to engaging children and their teachers in an educational experience that is enriched, innovative, and compelling. A Laboratory School education prepares our students for a lifetime of asking good questions, finding robust answers, and contributing to the nurture of our world and the people in it. Teaching practices and learning opportunities in the school are anchored in inquiry, developmental readiness, and emerging research.

The Dr. Eric Jackman Institute of Child Study Laboratory School mission is excellence in childhood education, teacher education, and research in an intentionally diverse environment.  At Jackman ICS, we create a secure learning environment that inspires exploration, creativity, curiosity, and confidence to flourish.  We honour diversity and value a deeply interconnected community, in which all members feel known, respected, and supported as active participants.

The Laboratory School community includes children from age 3 to 12, their families, student teachers, mentor teachers, researchers, and scholars. This community provides a secure and engaging environment for all learners.



JICS teachers and faculty contribute to the Ministry of Education’s The Learning Exchange. 

www.thelearningexchange.ca is an online resource for educators to share rich, research-based content focused on student achievement built in consultation with Ontario’s Ministry of Education, Student Achievement Division. 
Learn about the JICS teaching approach by watching the videos below:
Knowledge Building Trailer