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.
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 serves as Co-Head of School at GEMS World Academy Chicago (GEMS). She previously served as Head of Upper School (Grades 6-12) at GEMS.