Brigham Young University. Laboratory School

The Laboratory School was established in 1955 under the College of Education and existed within the college until its operation was discontinued in 1968. During its years of operation, the directors/coordinators of the Laboratory School were as follows: Percy E. Burrup, Asahel D. Woodruff, Avard A. Rigby, Edwin A. Read, and Lowell D. Thomson.

Variant names

B.Y.U. Laboratory School (Provo, Utah)


Established: 1955

Abolished: 1968

Location: Provo, Utah (1955-1968)


Between 1955 and 1968, the Laboratory School was organized as a service unit in the College of Education to prepare students in the college to teach as well as improve educational programs. The school created an environment for high-level instruction for observations and experiments in the Elementary and Secondary Laboratory Schools while performing research in child development, learning, social processes, and educational programs in a university setting. Athletic and social programs were also provided for students attending the Secondary Laboratory School to allow them to progress in character.

Assets and Administrative Structure

The Laboratory School was the administering body for the Elementary Laboratory School and the Secondary Laboratory School which consisted of a junior high school and Brigham Young High School. The dean of the College of Education was the chief administrator followed by the director or coordinator of the Laboratory School.

Associated Units

Superior unit: Brigham Young University. College of Education (1955-1968)

Subordinate unit: Brigham Young University. Elementary Laboratory School (1955-1968)

Earlier unit: Brigham Young University. Elementary Training School (1955)

Earlier unit: Brigham Young University. Secondary Training School (1955)

Associated Archival Materials

Records, 1914-1968. (UA 563)

Records of the BYU Laboratory School, 1914-1968. (UA 564)

Ephemera, [ca. 1965]. (UA 758)


Brigham Young University Quarterly Annual Catalog Issue, 1955: p. 392 (Laboratory School; maintained by College of Education; functions; director Percy E. Burrup) p. 393 (Elementary Laboratory School; Secondary Laboratory School; Junior High School; Senior High School) p. 394 (High School athletic and social programs)

Brigham Young University Bulletin Catalog of Courses, 1956: p. 437 (Director Asahel D. Woodruff)

Brigham Young University Bulletin Catalog of Courses, 1958: p. 123 (Director Avard A. Rigby)

Brigham Young University Bulletin Catalog of Courses, 1960: p. 113 (Director Edwin A. Read)

Brigham Young University Bulletin Catalog of Courses, 1966: p. 88 (Laboratory School administrative structure)

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