We are pleased to announce that construction of the GEMS World Academy Chicago Upper School is underway.
The school will be a contemporary learning environment, with innovative science, technology and design labs, a multipurpose auditorium and a sophisticated library/media center that will rival collegiate offerings. Construction of the building, expected to take about 18 months, completes our PreK-through-12 learning community.
“We are committed to working with a dedicated and highly skilled team to build an Upper School that will maintain our place at the forefront of architectural and educational thought and practice,” Denise Gallucci, chief executive officer of GEMS Education – Americas, said about the project in a letter to the GEMS school community.
"A well-conceived environment enhances student academic experiences, promoting both collaboration and autonomous learning," GEMS Interim Head of School Andrew Sherman said.
GEMS World Academy, a leading private school in Chicago, is designed as a preK-through-12 campus. The existing Lower School building opened in September of 2014.
GEMS offers a rigorous International Baccalaureate curriculum, the creative integration of technology and a robust Field Studies program that transforms Chicago into a mobile-learning laboratory.
The Upper School, which will serve our middle school and high school students, will be the hub of deeper academic inquiries and a more nuanced engagement with Chicago and the world. In keeping with the GEMS mission, our Upper School will prepare students for success at top colleges and universities, while also giving them the critical-thinking skills necessary to be transformative global leaders. Updates of the construction will be posted here throughout the fall.