Prof Soepartinah Pakasi MA was the founder of IKIP Malang Primary School in 1960's. The school was famous with some of its teaching and learning approaches. For example, reading method for beginners, this is called "aan iin" method. Grouping students system based on the ability, which caused high motivation to compete among students. Science teaching and learning method done by contextual approaches with inquiry methods caused high understanding and interactive learning process. Applied independent study, encourage the student's own creativity in finding the learning activities for themselves.
IKIP Malang Primary School conducted by Soepartinah Pakasi, during the new regime era, made as the pilot project called PPSP (Proyek Perintis Sekolah Pembangunan). PPSP applied complete learning approaches with the modul-based teaching and learning system. With this new approach, student's learning acceleration could be more facilitated, so that learning time efficiency could be achieved. The lengths of the study for the students in finishing Primary school and also junior high school only need 8 years. Learning structure in PPSP is 5-3, with time allocation of 5 years to finish Primary school and 3 years to finish junior high school.
By the end of "proyek pembaharuan pendidikan" from government, PPSP and all management that had been developed do not exist anymore. Then the government published a rule that universities may not manage schools. So the management of PPSP IKIP Malang Primary School was given to Departmen Pendidikan dan Kebudayaan, under Depdikbud of East Java Control. Lab d changed into Percobaan Primary School; however Percobaan Primary School's building belongs to State University of Malang.
To continue the school management system and teaching learning process in IKIP Malang Primary School that was volunteered by Prof Soekartinah Pakasi MA, Dharma Wanita IKIP founded l Dharma Wanita Primary School. So called Dharma Wanita Primary School IKIP Malang on July 17, 1986, this school had a mission to continue the management and teaching learning system of Laboratory Primary School UM that had been volunteered by Prof Soepartinah Pakasi MA.
Dharma Wanita Primary School IKIP Malang during Prof Nurul Huda MA period formally changed into Laboratory Primary School UM in 1997. Then the management of Laboratory Primary School UM has been under control of IKIP Malang through UPT Pengembangan Sekolah laboratorium. Since IKIP Malang changed into State Universitas Negeri Malang in 1999/2000, IKIP Malang
Since 2001, Drs Suprihadi Saputro Spd Mpd, the principal of Laboratory Primary School UM has developed based on competence school management by using mastery learning and continuous progress.
Individual learning through modules and independent study that are being applied prove that Laboratory Primary School UM has been successful in developing its education efficience. Acceleration model that has been developed gives a chance to accelerated students to finish their study only in 5 years. The individual approach that is conducted has changed student's paradigm about the essential of learning. Since June 2007 Laboratory Primary School UM contribute school on-line to serve other schools that want to access themselves to be national school with international standard qualification. In addition, this program also is provided for home schooling program.
In 2005, this school develops into national school with international standard qualification. Therefore Laboratory Primary School UM cooperates with Cambridge International Examinantion issued on 05 july 2007. Then Prof Dr H Suparno, UM rector, officially stated that Laboratory Primary School UM is " Pendidikan Dasar Terpadu Sembilan Tahun" under one school and one director control. Laboratory Primary School UM has been accredited as the only centre of primary program, University of Cambridge International Examination in Indonesia.
Since June 2007 Laboratory Primary School UM contribute school on-line to serve other schools that want to access themselves to be national school with international standard qualification. In addition, this program also is provided for home schooling program.