The student population at the ISU Lab Schools, U-High and Metcalf, is limited to 1000 students, with approximately 600 of those at U-High. Because of that fixed number, U-High uses an application process to distribute spots to a diverse population of students from Unit 5, District 87, and districts outside of Bloomington-Normal. Each freshman class is comprised of approximately 150 students.

If you are thinking of applying to U-High, here’s what you need to know for admittance for the 2019-20 school year:

1. Shadow another student for a day

If you are interested in seeing what a school day is like at U-High, we invite you to “shadow” another student for a day in our building. For students at Metcalf, you may do so between November 6 and December 6, 2018. For all other students, the shadowing window is between January 31 and March 1 and March 25 and March 29, 2019. Please complete the shadowing form (click to open) to schedule a shadow. If you have questions, please contact the main office at 309.438.8428. Once scheduled, you will receive an email confirmation.

2. Review the documents below:

3. Complete an application by March 1, 2019 at 4 pm.  

You will need to submit your student’s grades, test scores (PARCC, if available for freshman applicants; ACT, SAT, PSAT or ACT ASPIRE for upperclass applicants), a discipline report/letter along with the required handwritten short essays. Click the link below to start the online application.

Online application

If you are unable to complete an online application, paper applications are available in the U-High main office. If you have any questions or problem with the application, please contact John Larson at 309.438.8428 or


*You can learn more about attending U-High at our Open House for interested students, re-scheduled for February 13 at 6 pm. You will be able to meet all of our faculty and staff, along with many of our activity sponsors and coaches, and you’ll also have the opportunity to tour our classrooms and facilities on that evening.