Lab School Admissions

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Committed to diversity in all forms, the Laboratory School admissions policies and practices support gender- balanced, equitable classrooms with broad-based populations representing racial, ethnic, cultural, and socio-economic diversity.

The Dr. Eric Jackman Institute of Child Study Laboratory School welcomes applications from all interested families residing in the City of Toronto. Children come to the Laboratory School from across Toronto and are admitted through a waitlist process. The preliminary application form and our admissions policies will assist you in indicating your interest in joining our school community.

The school currently has a waiting list of applicants for admission across the Nursery School to Grade 6 levels. Each year we admit approximately thirty children. Twenty children enter the Nursery School each September.  From Junior Kindergarten to Grade 6, spaces become available only if a child leaves the school. We are not able to offer tours of the school to those on the waiting list until there is a space in view.

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Jackman ICS is committed to diversity in all forms. Three principles underlie ongoing efforts to build a unique learning community and create diverse, gender-balanced, equitable classrooms with broad-based populations representing cultural, economic, and social diversity:

  • Jackman ICS aims to represent Toronto’s diversity, including its aboriginal and multi-ethnic dimensions.
  • Jackman ICS strives for economic diversity by providing limited needs-based financial support.
  • Jackman ICS classrooms are gender-balanced.

Preference will be given to siblings of currently enrolled children and children of Jackman ICS employees. There is no preferred status for children of the University of Toronto employees beyond Jackman ICS, or for children of Laboratory School alumni. The Admissions Committee, chaired by the Principal, reviews the admissions policy annually.

The Nursery School, the only year for admitting a full class of new students, has spaces for 10 girls and 10 boys. The admissions process for the Nursery school begins in January and ends in March of each year. We will contact  you if we are able to consider your application in the year your child turns three years of age.

Jackman ICS approaches applications in chronological order, bearing in mind the considerations for diversity, siblings, staff children, and the need for classes to be balanced for age and gender for both research and pedagogical reasons. An Open House/Information Session is held in January/February for families near the top of the waiting list. For those attending the Open House who are interested in continuing the admissions process, a subsequent interview allows parents and children to visit the laboratory school during the Nursery morning, to ask questions and to meet the teachers. Admission offers are made by letter immediately following completion of this process.

Spaces in JK to Grade 6 classes occasionally open when a child leaves the school. These spaces are filled following Jackman ICS policies and diversity principles, and according to the best interests of the child and the class, bearing in mind diversity, siblings, and balance.


Nursery students (2021-2022): $16,807 + Enrolment Fee

JK-Grade 6 Students (2021-2022): $26,114 + Enrolment Fee

Enrolment Fee

There is an Enrolment Fee for each student entering Jackman ICS: 

Nursery – Grade 2:  $5,000

Grades 3-4: $3,000

Grades 5-6: $2,000

Enrolment fees are non-refundable and due upon acceptance.

The above tuition fees are set by the University of Toronto.  

The school fees do not represent the full costs of educating a child at the Dr. Eric Jackman Institute of Child Study.  The University of Toronto deducts what it recognizes the Lab School’s contributions to the academic work of the University to be and has calculated the fees outlined on this page.   

The Laboratory School’s connection to the University influences everything from our high academic standards to the spirit of inquiry that pervades our classrooms. Please see more about the lab school-university connections under “What does it mean to be a lab school?

Families approved for Jackman ICS tuition support are notified by letter and the amount of the financial assistance award will be placed in the family’s University of Toronto Fees Account by September 1 of the school year.

To find out more information about financial assistance at Jackman ICS, please visit our Financial Assistance page.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I come take a tour of the lab school before applying?

Unfortunately, we are unable to invite all interested families to visit Jackman ICS during our school year.

As outlined above, we will contact you to meet with us and see the school when there is a space available for you to consider.

I have submitted my preliminary application form. Now what?

After submitting your online application, you will receive an email acknowledgment that your application has been received by the Lab School.

Applicants would next hear from the Laboratory School when we have a potential space in view.

Can I do anything
to advance my

It is policy at Jackman ICS to admit children to the Nursery without screening in the order in which their applications are submitted and to fill JK – Grade 6 attrition spaces so as to retain balanced classes.

We cannot consider special requests.

Do all Laboratory
School families
pay fees?

The fee schedule can be found on the Current Families Portal.

Please note there is a program for tuition support. See the Financial Assistance page for more information.

How does the involvement of student teachers affect my child?

Student teachers work alongside experienced mentor teachers at Jackman ICS. Our student teachers are graduate students who are selected for their academic, personal, and professional experience with young children. They make valuable contributions to children’s learning.

I understand the school does research. Can parents decline involvement?

Parents are asked for annual permission for each child’s involvement. Parents or children may decline particular studies. Jackman ICS families know they are choosing a research-based school experience when they choose the Laboratory School.

May I apply before my child is born?

Jackman ICS accepts applications anytime after the child is born.

I live in Mississauga, may I apply to the school?

No, Jackman ICS only accepts applicants who live in Toronto.

I’m a graduate of the Jackman ICS Laboratory School. Will my child’s application be given preference over other applicants?

No, we accept applicants in the order they apply.