GEMS World Academy Chicago will launch its Upper School program in the fall of 2017 — an important step in the school’s efforts to create a preschool-through-Grade-12 learning community at our downtown Chicago campus.
GEMS currently serves preschool through eighth grade. We will begin to enroll ninth-graders this fall for the 2017-2018 school year, which means the first group to graduate from our Upper School will be the Class of 2021.
“Enrolling our first Upper School students signifies a substantial milestone in our school’s young history,” said GEMS Head of School Kim Wargo. “As we grow to serve students up to 12th grade, we will have the tremendous opportunity to challenge and enrich students from preschool until college.”
The Upper School will continue the inquiry-based International Baccalaureate curriculum currently taught in our Lower School and Middle School. GEMS will have a fully aligned IB curriculum that includes the Primary Years Program (PYP, preschool-Grade 5), Middle Years Program (MYP, Grades 6-10) and Diploma Program (DP, Grades 11-12). GEMS is currently the only private school in Illinois with an accredited PYP curriculum, and we are now an official candidate school for the MYP.
At the Upper School level, GEMS students will delve deeper into experiential learning activities and tackle questions of greater complexity. In keeping with the GEMS mission, our Upper School will be an international institution that provides opportunities to study world languages and connect with other schools in the GEMS Education global network. Students will graduate prepared to succeed at top colleges and universities in the U.S. and around the world.
When complete, the Upper School building will provide a state-of-the-art environment created specifically to facilitate next-generation learning. It will complete GEMS’ two-building campus in Lakeshore East. The location will offer GEMS students unparalleled access to Chicago’s businesses, neighborhoods and cultural and civic organizations. Older students may also have the opportunity to participate in global exchanges with GEMS campuses around the world. See renderings of the building interior below.
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