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Welcome to GEMS World Academy Chicago





Cindy Rigling and Tracey Wood became Co-Heads of School effective June 1, 2021. Co-headship is a relatively new model within the education system, and it combines the experience, expertise, and personal and professional qualities of two excellent leaders. It allows two head teachers to share responsibilities, discuss problems and solutions, and share accountability in every area. Prior to the transition to a co-headship model, Cindy Rigling served as Head of Lower School and Tracey Wood served as Head of Upper 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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