An International Preschool-Grade 12 Academy 
Here at GEMS World Academy Chicago ("", "we" or "us"), we take your privacy seriously. As educators we know the importance of trust. We have created this Privacy Policy so you know how we collect, use and store any personal information that you give us through our website.

By using the site, including signing up for any newsletters or feeds, you are agreeing to be bound by our Privacy Policy. Please take the time to read them and note that they may change from time to time. If they do you can always find an up-to-date version here on this page.

We will comply with U.S. federal and state privacy laws. But, regardless of legislation we will always aim to be relevant and respectful if you have given us consent to contact you. If at any time you don't feel we've lived up to this, please contacting us.


1.1 What information do we gather?

We may collect and process the following information in electronic and/or physical form (the “Information”) from you:

Information that you provide by filling in forms on our Site, including information provided at the time of registering to use our site, subscribing to a service, scheduling a tour of our school, registering for an event, posting material or requesting further information or services. We may also ask you for information if you report a problem with the Site.

If you chose to register for admission for your child, we will collect information through our online admission process.

If you contact us, we may keep a record of that correspondence.

We may also ask you to complete surveys that we use for research purposes, although you do not have to respond to them.

Details of any transactions you carry out through the Site or otherwise and of the fulfillment of your orders.

If you want to sign up to receive our newsletter we will collect the following personal information from you: your email address, name, and what you are interested in hearing more about.

We may collect information about your computer, including where available your IP address, operating system and browser type, for system administration purposes and to help us improve the Site. This is statistical data about our users' browsing actions and patterns, and does not identify any individual.

This policy explains how we use personal information you provide to us. 'Personal information' is information which identifies you or another person, or is capable of doing so.

1.2 Password and Confidentiality

If you are provided with a user identification code, password or any other piece of information as part of our security procedures for a registration-only section of the Site, you are responsible for maintaining the confidentiality of your password and user name for the Site and you are responsible for all activities that are carried out under them. We do not have the means to check the identities of people using the Site and we will not be liable where your password or user name is used by someone else.

You agree to contact us immediately of any unauthorized use of your password or user name of which you become aware. We have the right to disable any user identification code or password, whether chosen by you or allocated by us, at any time, if in our opinion, you have failed to comply with any of the provisions of these terms of use of the Site.

1.3 How we use the Information

We use the Information held about you in the following ways:
  • To register your application
  • To ensure that the Site is presented in the most effective manner for you and for your computer
  • To provide you with information, products or services that you request from us or which we feel may interest you, based on information we collect from cookies or where you have consented to be contacted for such purposes
  • To send you relevant news if you have signed up to receive it
  • To occasionally carry out surveys to ensure that we are providing you with what you are interested in
  • To comply with the law
  • To carry out our obligations arising from any contracts entered into between you and us
  • To allow you to participate in any interactive features of the Site, when you choose to do so
  • To check whether you are eligible for a competition and to contact you if you win
  • To notify you about changes to our service
  • To comply with the law as we feel is necessary to prevent illegal activity or to protect our interest
  • We won't keep hold of your personal information for longer than is reasonably necessary or required by law

1.4 Will we share your information with anyone else?

Yes if…

You specifically request this, such as when you submit information to enquire about jobs or submit a job application through the GWA Careers page for current or future roles.

We are required to do so to comply with the law or with direction from the courts or other authorities.

We feel it is reasonably necessary to prevent illegal activity or to protect our interests.

It helps our trusted third party service providers to provide and improve our service to you or to carry out surveys and user analysis to understand your needs and preferences. We will also share your information with HubSpot and WhippleHill, which securely host emails, act as a supplier to distribute our newsletters, and serve as our customer relationship management and student information systems. We require these service providers to keep your personal information safe and secure. These trusted third parties would only be permitted to use your personal information for the purposes we specify.

We won't rent or sell your details to any other organization or individual. We may share some broader statistics and customer profiling information with third parties and other parts of GEMS Education - but we'll keep it anonymous, so you won't be identifiable from that data.

1.5 Where we store and process the Information

The Information we collect from you is partly stored on our servers in the United States. Your data may be transferred, stored outside the United States, UK and the European Union, including in the United Arab Emirates and countries which do not have data privacy laws as strong as those in the United States or European Union, and may also be processed by people operating outside the United States and European Union who work for us or one of our suppliers. By submitting the Information, you agree to this transfer, storing or processing across national borders and entities as needed to provide you with the service you have asked from us. We will take all steps reasonably necessary to ensure that the Information is treated securely and in accordance with this privacy policy.

1.6 Information Security

If you provide us with personal data over the Internet, you should be aware that data transmission via this medium cannot be guaranteed to be 100% secure. While we will take all reasonable efforts to protect such personal data, you acknowledge that we cannot ensure or warrant the security of any personal data provided by these means and you provide it to us at your own risk. Once received, we have appropriate technical and organizational security measures in place to protect the data that resides on our servers. However, we do not warrant the security of our servers, nor do we warrant that the Information will be completely secure or not be intercepted while being transmitted over the Internet.

1.7 How you can access your information

California Users: Under Section 1798.83 of the California Civil Code, residents of California have the right to request from a business with whom the California resident has an established business relationship certain information with respect to the types of personal information the business shares with third parties for those third parties' direct marketing purposes, and the identities of the third parties with whom the business has shared such information during the immediately preceding calendar year. To exercise your rights, you may make one request each year by emailing us at with "Request for California Privacy Information" on the subject line and in the body of your message. Be sure to provide in the request sufficient information to properly identify you and/or the members of your family.

1.8 Consent

By submitting the Information to us, you consent to our collection, storing and processing of this information in accordance with this privacy policy. Any changes to our privacy policy will be posted on the Site so that you are always aware of what information we collect and how we use it.

What about personal information relating to minors? As educators, protecting the online privacy of children is especially important to us. If you are under 13 years old, please do not provide us with your name, contact details or any other information about yourself. If you are the parent or legal guardian of someone under the age of 13 who may have provided us with information without your knowledge or consent, please contact us to have this information removed. We do accept personally identifiable information of children under the age of 13 whose information is voluntarily provided by the child’s parents or guardians. This information is used for enrollment purposes only and is not stored on the website.

You also have the right to ask us not to process your personal data for marketing purposes. You can do this by checking certain boxes on the forms we use to collect your data.

If you access the Site from outside the United States, your connection may be through and to servers located in your country or the United States. Any personal information you provide may be processed and maintained in the United States on servers and/or other network systems operated by us or for our benefit. Regardless of where you live, you consent to have your personal information transferred, processed and stored in the United States, and allow us to use and collect your personal information in accordance with this Privacy Policy. If you access the site from and/or reside outside of the United States, your information may be stored, transmitted and shared in accordance with U.S. data privacy laws which may not be equivalent to those in effect in your country. You expressly agree that you will not use the site with any expectation of greater privacy rights than those to which you have expressly agreed as stated in this privacy policy.

1.9 Are you protected by this policy on other websites not

Our Site contains links to other websites. Obviously, we don't have any control over them and take no responsibility for any information you give them. Other sites have different privacy and security policies, which we advise you to read.


What are cookies?

We use "cookies" to store and collect information regarding your use of our site. Cookies are small pieces of information stored by the browser on your computer's hard drive. They send the information stored on them back to our web server when you access our site.

These cookies enable us to load the site in such a way as to reflect your personal preferences (based on your previous browsing on as well as keywords we may be able to gather from the URLs of webpages from which you accessed our Site, your IP address and any search engine used to reach us).

We use these cookies to improve your experience and recommend content that may be of interest to you. You can find out more about cookies at and more about the cookies we use below.

What cookies do we use?

We only set a few cookies ourselves, but when we include content from other sites (like Facebook, Twitter, HubSpot, ReachLocal, Google+, Instagram, and LinkedIn), they also get the opportunity to set cookies, to help them serve their content better. We can't guarantee that we'll have listed every cookie you might get from a third party - they can change them at any time as their needs change. Here are the main cookies used by

The GEMS Education cookie:
  • Contains a random ID
  • This ID is then used to store information about your browsing history on
  • Uses an encrypted section of the cookie to ensure that no other user can "simulate" your cookie and impersonate you
  • Has an expiry of 30 days

Cookies for Measuring Web Traffic
The Site uses cookies of a kind commonly referred to as "analytics cookies". We generally use the tool from Google called Google analytics which helps us to understand how many people visit our Site, how often people return to the site, how long they stay, and where on they tend to go. We use this to try to work out what kind of experience you're having on the site, so we can make it better. These cookies do not allow us to identify you personally. If you would like to read Google’s privacy policy please click here.

Cookies from Social Networks and Third Party Service Providers
Because GEMS Education and GEMS schools and education initiatives are active on various social networks, we try and make it as easy as possible to share content and to see what content is popular on those networks. For that reason we may include recommendations from Facebook, tweets from Twitter, content from Google+ and add buttons to allow people to easily share to those networks.

When we include these social 'plugins', it gives those sites the flexibility to use cookies. If you haven’t visited these sites, no cookies will be added.

For more information about how Facebook uses cookies, please see their support site
You can read more about how Twitter users cookies in their privacy policy
For more information about ’Add This’, see their privacy policy
For more information about the Google +1 button, see their privacy policy
Cookies for Content
We often include content from other sites in our updates, most notably YouTube videos. When we do this, YouTube may store cookies in order to track how people are watching videos from their site.

For more information about YouTube privacy policy

You don’t want cookies?

Whether the Site is able to set cookies depends on a setting in your web browser. By visiting the Site with cookies enabled, you consent to our use of cookies. If you wish to disable cookies, you can find instructions on how to do so for various popular web browsers by following the links below:

If you use a different web browser, please contact the browser maker for instructions on disabling cookies. Please note that, if you disable cookies in your browser, some aspects of the Site, and of other websites, may stop working.

Finally – please talk to us
If you have any queries, comments or complaints regarding the site or Privacy Policy, please contact us at at:

The Webmaster
GEMS World Academy – Chicago
350 E. South Water St.
Chicago, IL 60601

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Effective as of June 2016
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