A group of younger faces will be part of the GEMS World Academy – Chicago learning community next school year, as we will be launching a preschool program for 3-year-olds in the fall.
The preschoolers will join our existing junior kindergarten and kindergarten classes to form an Early Childhood unit in our Lower School. The Elementary unit will consist of grades 1-5.
Andrew Slater, associate head of school, says the addition of the 3-year-olds enriches the community at GEMS.
“There is a different feel when you have those younger learners,” he said. “It creates new opportunities for our Middle School students to interact and work with young children, and I think it strengthens the feeling of investment and involvement in our families.”
The full-day, five-days-a-week preschool will follow the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Program (PYP), just like the rest of the Lower School does. Students will go through age-appropriate inquiries that develop social and academic skills. And they’ll experience the same “special” classes – world language, art, music, physical education – as other students.
Slater said GEMS’ preschool provides the ideal foundation for students as they advance through the PYP and then move deeper into the International Baccalaureate program.
“That really differentiates our preschool,” Slater said. “It will be welcoming, rich and academically vibrant.”
Applications for preschool are being accepted now. The program is open to children who will turn 3 by Dec. 31, 2016. For information, call our admissions office at 312-809-8910.
To learn more about the benefits of a strong preschool program, read this post from our blog.