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University Laboratory School (ULS) is a unique and special organization. Our charter school serves two interlocking missions: to design and deliver the best possible education to our own students, and to serve the educational research and development community as a seedbed for curriculum research and development. We are the only school in Hawai‘i focused in part on supporting educational research and development, and disseminating educational materials and improvement strategies. With our purposive enrollment, heterogeneous classes, emphasis on innovation and research, and provision of ongoing professional development for in-service and pre-service educators, our school serves as an experimental site for teaching, learning, and assessment in grades K–12.
ULS rates high among the state’s schools in academic achievement and participation in extracurricular activities. Our students consistently earn awards in competitions in the arts, music, writing, and speech, and also earn consistently high scores on standardized and other tests. Almost all of our graduates go on to post-secondary education.
We operate in close partnership with the Curriculum Research & Development Group (CRDG) in the University of Hawai‘i (UH) College of Education (COE), serving as a laboratory for researching, developing, and evaluating innovative approaches to improving teaching, learning, and assessment. ULS and CRDG conduct systematic research, design, development, publication, teacher training and related services for elementary and secondary schools in Hawai‘i and elsewhere. Over the past 40 years, the ULS-CRDG partnership has produced exemplary programs in science, mathematics, English, Pacific and Asian Studies, marine studies, environmental studies, Hawaiian and Polynesian studies, Japanese language and culture, music, nutrition, art, drama, technology, health and computer education that are used by schools in Hawai‘i, the U.S. and other countries.
ULS is a special focus school of choice, and parents must be willing to accept the mission of the school and agree that their child will participate fully in all components of the ULS-CRDG research and educational programs. All products produced by students, imagery of all types, and data concerning all Laboratory School students belong to ULS and CRDG and may be used for research, publication, dissemination, and recordings.
University Laboratory School is a charter school that serves its diverse student population as well as its research constituency while providing a model for school design that delivers a broad liberal arts education to its students and has compiled an outstanding record of success.
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On behalf of the University Laboratory School (ULS) and the Curriculum Research & Development Group (CRDG) in the College of Education at the University of Hawai‘i, we have created this packet of readings to help orient you to the history and foundational ideas that guide our CRDG/ULS work.