GEMS Named an International Baccalaureate World School
GEMS World Academy-Chicago has earned designation as an International Baccalaureate World School — a confirmation of the school’s academic rigor and global approach.
The school earned the designation in less than two years. The authorization process typically takes two to three years.
“To receive IB accreditation so soon in our school's life is a tremendous affirmation of all that we have accomplished, and it’s a tribute to our teachers, students and families,” Associate Head of School Andrew Slater said.
GEMS World Academy opened in the fall of 2014, committed to an inquiry-based education model that relies on integrated, transdisciplinary instruction and an emphasis on making and discovering global connections. GEMS uses the IB Primary Years Program (PYP) in its Lower School. Teachers encourage their students to be curious, creative and critical thinkers.
“We have known since we opened our doors that we were creating something special,” Slater said. “Becoming an accredited PYP school enables us to grow and flourish.”
GEMS recently launched efforts to attain certification for the IB Middle Years Program (MYP), as well. In the meantime, the Middle School continues the inquiry-based approach begun in the Lower School.