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Admissions

The Application Process

 
We are delighted that you are considering GEMS World Academy Chicago as a choice for your child’s education!
 
We have designed our admissions process to enable you to explore the unique educational opportunity the school offers, and for us to recognize your child’s academic and social development. Our dedicated and professional admissions team is ready to answer your questions about the school and the application process. Please do not hesitate to contact us at 312-809-8910 or admissions@gemschicago.org.

A timeline for the application process is posted below. Admission is competitive, and we invite you to begin your online application early.
 
Thank you for your interest; we look forward to getting to know your family!

Application Checklist

 
Required for All Applicants:
  • Online application
  • Birth certificate or passport
  • Recent photograph - optional
  • 2016-2017 academic or progress reports (unless your student was not enrolled in a school program during that time)
  • Parents meeting
 
Required for Some Applicants (dependent on age):
  • Playgroup at GEMS (Preschool, JK, and K applicants)*
  • Shadow day at GEMS (Applicants for grades 1-9)*
  • Academic assessment (Applicants for grades 1-5, as part of their shadow day)*
  • Standardized test scores (Either NWEA or ISEE required for applicants for grades 6-8. ISEE required for ninth-grade applicants.)
 
(*) During the summertime, we will work with families individually to ensure completion of the assessment process.
 
Sign up for the ISEE test HERE. Our ERB member code is 571100.
 
Additional supporting documents, such as a Teacher Recommendation Form or additional years of academic reports, are welcome. Documents can be emailed or mailed to the admissions office any time after completing the online application.





Timeline for Application Process

2017-2018 Timeline
Our priority application deadline has passed. However, we are still working with applicants on a rolling basis to complete the application process. We will admit students as space allows and will consider scholarships and financial aid packages as long as funding is still available.
 
Scholarship / Financial Aid Award
At this time, families are notified of their financial aid or scholarship award with the admission decision.   
 
 

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