Student Support & Advisory
We take an integrated approach to student support. We focus on building relationships with students as a way to truly engage and connect, and meet regularly with counselors, teachers, and staff to ensure we are working collaboratively to address any individual student needs. Our team proactively monitors students’ academic performance and intervenes when necessary. When supporting students, we emphasize managing feelings and stress; learning how to be comfortable reaching out and expressing needs to adults; self-advocacy; showing independence; time management executive functioning; and managing setbacks.
Each morning, small groups of 7–8 students meet with their cohort advisor, whose role spans from simply checking in with students to acting as the family’s main point of contact for attendance. Every Friday, the same cohort of students and their advisor spend the last hour of the day reviewing the week as group, discussing things like, “What were your highs and lows this week? What are you struggling with? How is your organization?” GEMS students manage full schedules between school and extracurricular activities. Advisory period is a specific time set aside for them to reflect, plan, ask for help, and ensure they feel they have a handle on their school lives.
Health, Wellness & Advisory Team
All leadership and staff recognize the importance of supporting students’ academic success and their health and wellness, but we take it a step further with dedicated faculty and staff. We have a full time school nurse, lower and upper school counselors, and learning specialists.
Director of Health Services
Years at Gems
Administration & Staff
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Kris Sabel came to GEMS from the Latin School of Chicago. Kris has worked in top private schools for 16 years. She has a breadth of medical experience that spans multiple disciplines having worked in locum tenens for several major Chicago hospitals and clinics. Families and staff trust her decision-making abilities. Kris has extensive experience in policy writing and communications. Kris is well read in the fields of medicine, twenty-first communication, and workplace culture.