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GEMS At-a-Glance

A Chicago School, a Global Mindset

GEMS World Academy Chicago may be one of the newer independent schools in Chicago, but we are no stranger to excellence in education. We are part of GEMS Education, a network of schools that spans four continents and educates more than 250,000 students from more than 170 countries. GEMS graduates are regularly admitted to the world’s top colleges and universities.

Our School Community

A Diverse Independent School

Continents where faculty & staff have studied or taught
Countries of origin represented in our school community
Students (and growing!) reflective of both Chicago & beyond
Zip codes represented in 2019 admissions alone

Key Differences

  • GEMS World Academy Chicago offers rigorous college preparatory academics within the framework and curriculum of the International Baccalaureate full continuum, which emphasizes personal development and instilling students with a global mindset
  • Our teachers incorporate the city of Chicago into their lessons, taking the students out on Field Studies, where they actively explore the rich physical and cultural world around them
  • We offer a choice of a daily world language (French, Mandarin, or Spanish) starting in preschool
  • We emphasize local and global citizenship and maintain a culture of tolerance, acceptance, and community action
  • 1:1 iPad-to-student ratio in grades K–5 used for note taking, reading, research, and data collection in support of Field Studies and mobile learning
  • We offer a robust after school and athletics program and are continually expanding our offerings
  • All of our head teachers hold master’s degrees or higher and hail from top institutions both in Chicago and beyond
  • Entrepreneurs and leaders in their own right, they are involved in local and global causes, and in shaping teaching in their individual disciplines outside of GEMS
  • Approximately 7:1 student to faculty ratio
  • A global network of schools, GEMS Education links hundreds of thousands of students across four continents to collaborate and build meaningful cross-cultural connections
  • GEMS' Chicago campus and classroom technology facilitates connection and collaboration for students of all ages
  • As students enter middle and high school, they have opportunities for exchange with GEMS students in Singapore, Abu Dhabi, and Dubai and travel both domestically and internationally
  • Our bright and spacious 80,000+ square foot campus, in the heart of Lakeshore East, is surrounded by 30 universities and more than 70 museums
  • Specialized spaces include: fully equipped science labs, a makerspace, digital media lab, woodshop, a collegiate-level library/media center, and student collaboration spaces, all enhanced by the unlimited learning opportunities Chicago offers
  • In the existing lower school building, specialty spaces include an open-topped rooftop playground and recreation area for younger students, a spacious cafeteria, library, and a large, open lobby

Outstanding Outcomes

Students from GEMS schools are regularly admitted to the finest colleges and universities around the world, including the University of Oxford, all eight Ivy League schools, MIT, Stanford, U.C. Berkeley, and more. Because of their education, students have the knowledge and tools to create positive change in their communities.

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