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Awards & Certification

IB World School

The International Baccalaureate curriculum is recognized around the world for its academic rigor and its success in developing knowledgeable, curious, creative and empathetic global leaders. Graduates of IB elementary and high-school programs regularly earn admission to the world's top colleges and universities.

Students at GEMS World Academy Chicago undergo a full IB experience, starting with the Primary Years Program and progressing through the Middle Years Program and Diploma Program. This uncommonly rich academic continuum ensures that our students are being provided with a truly world-class education.

GEMS World Academy Chicago earned accreditation as an IB World School for its Primary Years Program and its Middle Years Program.  GEMS is currently pursuing accreditation for the Diploma Program, which will complete our full-continuum IB experience.

IB World Schools share a common philosophy — a commitment to improve the teaching and learning of a diverse and inclusive community of students by delivering challenging, high quality programs of international education that share a powerful vision. We are proud to be part of such a distinguished network of schools. 

Apple Distinguished School

Our technological environment is robust and interactive. Students use technology as a tool to construct technical and 21st century knowledge that incorporates ways of investigating, communicating and analyzing information in new and meaningful ways. Our technology programs encourage research and critical reading and writing, while also giving students tools to present their findings through innovative mapping and modeling tools.

In 2016, we were named an Apple Distinguished School in recognition of our tech program. 

For a look at our STEAM (science, technology, engineering art/design and math), go here.

Architecture Awards

The GEMS World Academy Chicago Lower School building, a striking vertical campus in the Lakeshore East neighborhood, has won several prestigious architecture awards and commendations since the school opened in the fall of 2014.

  • The Mies van der Rohe Citation of Merit for Innovation from the Illinois chapter of the American Institute of Architects.
  • The Award of Merit in the K-12 Education category of the annual Engineering News Record (ENR) Midwest's Best Projects Competition.
  • Featured site at the Open House Chicago Architectural Tour, an event organized by the Chicago Architecture Foundation.

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