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Welcome to GEMS World Academy Chicago


I have spent my entire educational career in independent schools, both here in the United States and abroad. I know that GEMS World Academy Chicago offers an educational experience that is unique in Chicago. I am proud of the variety of ways our students and teachers engage with this amazing city, taking full advantage of our wonderful downtown location. I am also proud of the energy our students, teachers, staff, and families put into making GWA Chicago the warm, welcoming community that it is.

Combining the rigors of a classic independent school education with a pedagogical approach that is inquiry-based, student-directed, hands-on, and based in the International Baccalaureate framework, GWA Chicago first taps the innate curiosity of all young minds. By instilling in our students a love of learning at a very young age and fostering this throughout middle and high school, we hope to ensure that they truly do become thoughtful, engaged, lifelong learners.

But GWA Chicago is about so much more than academics. We know that students thrive when they feel challenged, supported, and nurtured. GWA Chicago’s incredible faculty members strive to know each of their students, not just as learners but as people. It is through this collaborative relationship between teacher and student that students find the strength to persevere and the encouragement to excel.

GEMS World Academy Chicago is an amazing place. In addition to being Illinois’ only private Preschool through grade 12 school with the full continuum International Baccalaureate program, we are committed to graduating students who will be exceptional citizens of an increasingly interconnected world, a task made easier by the fact that we are already part of the global GEMS school network.

Please take some time to explore our website, which will give you a better feel for who we are and what we do. And please come for a visit if you can. We all love showing off our school to prospective students, families, and friends.


Tom Cangiano
Head of School

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The GEMS Difference

From our unique field studies program to our innovative, vertical campus in the heart of downtown Chicago, and from seasoned, passionate educators to our emphasis on global citizenship and collaboration with GEMS campuses around the world, GWA Chicago offers a unique independent school experience that prepares students to be the change agents of tomorrow.

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