Grades 6 through 8 are a time of rapid growth and change as students solidify their sense of self, hone their passions, and think critically about their place in the world. We nurture this deepening curiosity and growing sense of self through our inquiry-driven and academically rigorous curriculum.
at a glance
A Supportive, Nurturing Environment
Teachers advise, mentor, lead, and actively listen as much as they facilitate and inspire thinking, questioning, and self-reflection. They take care to understand each student’s talents, interests, and how they form community with one another. This emphasis creates positive connections between peers and a supportive environment for all.
GEMS World Academy Chicago: Upper School Video (Grades 6 - 12)
Meet some of the unique teachers and students who make GEMS such a special place. Our program is recognized for rigorous instruction, critical thinking, and an emphasis on active, global citizenship necessary to prepare students with the knowledge, skills, and independence for academic and personal success.
At GEMS kids are smart in different ways and more interesting to talk to. They can have discussions about important events, even the ones that are hard to talk about.
GEMS is diverse. There are people from all over the world, not just different races. You get to experience other people.
There's a good combination of accelerated learning balanced with perspective on the world and how they fit in. It's exactly how I would design a school.
We have a culture that supports a growth mindset, risk taking, critical thinking and learning from mistakes.
Co-Head of School
Years at Gems
Traveling, speaking French in authentic contexts, reading, dancing, history
Tracey Wood is the Head of Upper School, a new position at GEMS. Ms. Wood has worked as a teacher and school leader for 20 years, with a focus on International Baccalaureate schools. She comes to GEMS after serving as the director of international program and the IB coordinator at the International School of Boston.