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Tuition & Financial Assistance

We understand that enrolling a child in an independent school in Chicago is a significant investment. At GEMS World Academy Chicago, we are committed to making our program possible for students of diverse socioeconomic backgrounds. A GEMS education offers proven value, and GEMS Education students throughout the world graduate poised to make a positive impact on the local and global economies.

2021-2022 Tuition & Fees 

Preschool through kindergarten
 $26,500 $2,000 -  $28,500
 Grades 1 through 5  $31,400 $2,000  -  $33,400
 Grades 6 and 7  $36,600 $2,000  ($5,000)  $33,600
Grade 8 through 12
 $36,800 $2,000  ($5,000)  $33,800

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About Tuition & Fees

GEMS World Academy Chicago provides your children with materials and experiences that enrich and enhance the education experience, including access to cutting-edge technology, books for grades preschool–grade 8, Field Studies (including transportation), the grade 8 trip, lab fees, and lunch. Basic school supplies (pens, pencils, notebooks, binders) are not included in our fees, nor are books for grades 9 and above. Note: In addition to the fees outlined above, new families pay a one-time fee of $1,000 per student enrolled.

As a celebration of our Upper School opening, we are offering students entering grades 6 and above a $5,000 credit off published tuition, which will remain effective for the duration of the students’ tenure at GWA.

Siblings of students who are enrolled and in good standing at GEMS World Academy Chicago are eligible for a 5% tuition reduction, effective for the 2019–2020 school year.

Occasionally, families have to withdraw a child from school before the end of the school year. This guide outlines some tuition insurance options that might be available under those circumstances. (Note: Tuition refund insurance is mandatory with some payment plans.)

Financial Assistance & Scholarships

  • Financial Assistance: We are pleased to offer financial assistance based on demonstrated need. We take a holistic approach to offering assistance based on the submission of a FAST application and encourage all interested families to apply, as no two situations are alike. Families seeking to enroll for the 2019–2020 school year should use the FAST application. We will alert those families who have applied or who have submitted an inquiry when the application is available for the 2020–2021 school year.
  • Scholarships: Select, limited scholarships are offered to students in grades 6 and above in recognition of outstanding achievement. Scholarship awards are given for exceptional academic talent and achievement as well as consideration for talent in athletics, art, and music, as well as community involvement.

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