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Admissions & Enrollment


Throughout the central Kentucky region, families seeking a world-class education have found a home at Model. 

Whether starting early at the Kindergarten level, transferring during the middle school years, or entering high school as a Model Patriot, the advantages of a high-quality, innovative education will last a lifetime.

Explore the unique learning environment and rigorous academic opportunities available to our students: submit an application today!

See what Model has to offer! Click here for the Model Laboratory School viewbook.



A Strong Foundation: Primary (Grades K-3)

Our Kindergarten through third grade emphasizes educating the "whole child." 

  • A curricular focus on early literacy and mathematics
  • Specialized services and instruction through collaborations with EKU students and faculty
  • Bi-Literacy in Spanish
  • Exploration of specialized areas including: art, music, physical fitness, library and media arts, & character education.
  • Daily recess

Problem-Solving in Action: Intermediate (Grades 4-6)

Our fourth through sixth grade curriculum focuses on application and discovery.

  • Thematic units of studies in language arts, soical studies, mathematics, & science
  • Inquiry projects that showcase student learning
  • Major in a performing art: drama, strings/orchestra, vocal music, & band
  • Integrated STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Math) projects: Robotics, coding, Engineering, Information Literacy, Media and digital humanities
  • Physical fitness and daily recess

Experiential Learning: Middle School (Grades 7-8)

Our seventh and eighth grade offerings engage students in explorations that help them shapre their individual talents, interests, and abilities.

  • Benefit from conceptual and integrated curricula programs including: University of Chicago mathematics, Springboard® language arts, and intensive discipline-focused science and social studies offerings
  • Explore interests through a variety of electives including: computer science and coding, engineering and design, financial literacy and entrepreneruship, and creative/performing arts
  • Participate in accelerated learning opportunities
  • Develop leadership and communication skills
  • Extracurricular activities including athletics and service learning projects

Academic Excellence: High School (Grades 9-12)

Our challenging high school curriculum prepares the next generation of leaders through participation in scholarship, extracurricular programs, and service to the local and national community.

  • Mastery of the Model Core competencies
  • College credit opportunities including: dual credit offered at Eastern Kentucky University, Advanced Placement® courses and exams, and the Model Scholars Early College Program 
  • Option to earn the prestigious, nationally-acclaimed AP Capstone Diploma®
  • Senior Project- Investigation of an area of interest and development of a dissertation-like research project, paper, presentation, and oral defense
  • Civic engagement and community service through annual service learning requirement


Submit Your Application Today!

You may click here to submit a student application or contact Beth Campbell ( 859-622-1038.

Model Laboratory School offers tuition-supported enrollment to students in Kindergarten – Grade 12 through an admissions process, designed to promote fairness and non-discrimination.  Offers of acceptance to Model Laboratory School are based on the date the application was received with limited exception. 

20-21 Tuition and Fees

Financial Aid

Families may be eligible for need-based financial assistance, as determined by a financial aid committee after review by FAIR, an independent financial review organization. 

TO APPLY FOR FINANCIAL AID, visit the FAIR website, Click the Parent Login link to start the process. Create an account providing an email account and choice of password, then click the Create New Application link. When prompted for the school code enter 175. The school password is mls175.


Application Process K-12

  • Application for admission to kindergarten through grade 12 at Model may be made at any time following a child’s second birthday.
  • A student must be five years of age by August 1 of the enrollment year to enter the kindergarten program.
  • Once a student is accepted (K or higher level), no additional application is required for remaining grade levels, when a student has maintained continuous enrollment in the Model Laboratory School program.

Model Laboratory School has a reputation of excellence and values a high-quality education for every student. As a result, the number of admission applications may exceed the student capacity of the school. When this occurs, a waiting list will be established and students will be placed in accordance with the established guidelines. 

We want to meet you and your family! To schedule a tour, please contact Beth Campbell at


Voices from Model

"The support we have received from Model has gone above and beyond my expectations." Gwen Isaacs, Model Parent

"I feel like I'm setting my kids up to be college-ready. This community is helping them achieve a higher potential." Mary Jo Baker, Model Parent

"This school is special. It's a school that encourages mutual respect through nurtuting a culture of caring." Robin Jones, Model Parent

"Teachers genuinely care about my children's well-being, and because of the small class sizes, teachers are available for each individual student." Paige Mayo, Model Parent

"Students take ownership of their own learning, and can see actual value in what they've done because we ask students to create projects or solve problems that are real to them." Teresa Viohl, Fourth Grade Teacher

"Model was a great place to go to school! Some of my strongest memories from there are from hands-on activities in middle school. Many students don't get these opportunities until they're already in college." Josh Collier ('18), Student at Columbia University

"The rigorous courses I took at Model prepared me for a wonderful transition to college." Mikaila Risser ('19), National Merit Scholar, Student at University of Kentucky

"The opportunities I've had by joining clubs at Model have given me a better learning experience. I love knowing that there's always a place I belong here!" Allie Shaffer ('21)

"Model continues to be an integral part of our community, and provides a great learning opportunity for EKU students and teachers across the Commonwealth." Dr. David McFaddin, Interim President, Eastern Kentucky University

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