The UW Lab School “Prep” will be celebrating its 120th anniversary this fall. In recognition of this anniversary, the school is planning a celebration for Friday, October 12, 2007. This event will include special events from 12:30 – 3:00 pm at the school, including tours and performances, and a family barbecue at Washington Park from 4 – 6 pm. DVDs of past school annuals and other memorabilia will be for sale.
The UW Lab School may be the oldest school in the state of Wyoming that is still in existence. The school began serving students on September 6, 1887 as a preparatory school at the University of Wyoming under a legislative mandate. Most of the first students enrolled at the University registered in the preparatory school. The early work of the school was largely on the secondary level, and continued to be so for many years until the high schools of the state as well as the preparatory school furnished a sufficient number of graduates for the University. In 1906, a normal training school was established and elementary students began to attend the school. Preparatory work was officially abandoned in 1909, but the high school continued as a training school and in 1914 became the University High School. The High School was eliminated in 1973 and since then, the school has continued to provide education through grade nine.
One hundred and twenty years later, the UW Lab School continues to provide an education for elementary and middle school students as a public school of choice in Albany County School District #1. The school is located in the College of Education on the University of Wyoming campus. It has remained in this location since the College of Education was built in 1951. Approximately 220 students in Kindergarten through grade 9 are enrolled in the school. Enrollment is through a lottery of applications on file.
The Lab School strives to model learner-centered education for K-9 students as part of a teacher education institution. As an integral component of the University of Wyoming’s teacher education program, the school serves as a laboratory for innovative and research-based education activity. The UW Lab School functions in partnership with the College of Education faculty to provide an effective educational experience for kindergarten through 9th grade students while serving as an educational learning site for pre-service teachers of all levels. Over 200 UW students complete observations and practicum experiences in the school each semester.
Plans for this celebration began in May of this year and a list of 4,123 alumni has been developed for the years 1888 to the present. A mailing to our alumni is scheduled for the first week of September – currently we have nearly 800 addresses. If you expect an address change or know of someone that might not be on our list, please contact the committee by email: PrepInLaramie@hotmail.com.
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