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Upper School

The new GEMS Upper School building, adjacent to the Lower School building, is surrounded by universities, museums, and countless iconic cultural destinations. Its premier location reinforces a key tenet of the GEMS education model: the entire city of Chicago as their classroom.


GEMS Upper School

A commitment to modern technology and individualized learning is reflected in the Upper School, complete with “makerspaces” and science labs, a rooftop athletic field, a 550-seat state-of-the-art performing arts auditorium and multimedia theater, and a two-level library that rivals collegiate counterparts.

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About the Design

The Upper School’s inventive design, by bKL Architecture, also reflects GEMS’ dedication to creating an ideal learning and teaching environment, with planning and design input from the best minds in education, including the Field Museum, Steppenwolf Theatre, Art Institute of Chicago, the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, Northwestern Kellogg School of Management, Harvard Graduate School of Education, Gwinnett School of Mathematics, and more.

Unparalleled learning opportunities are reflected in the design of the campus, with unique learning spaces that include:

  • State-of-the art technology, including 3-D printers and robotics labs
  • Light-filled classrooms and science laboratories
  • A two-floor library overlooking where the Chicago River meets Lake Michigan
  • IB Suite
  • Broadcast Studio
  • Genius Bar
  • 550 Seat Auditorium/Multi-media Theater
  • Black Box Theater
  • Choral Room
  • Band/Orchestra Room
  • Dance Studio
  • Drama/Public Speaking Classroom
  • Full Court Gym
  • Fitness Room
  • Martial Arts/Yoga Studio
  • Roof Synthetic Turf Field

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