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The Application Process

We have designed our admissions process to allow you to have a better understanding of our school, and for us to have an assessment of your child’s academic and social development. Our dedicated and professional admissions team is ready to answer your questions about the application process. Please do not hesitate to contact us at 312-809-8910, or

A timeline for the application process is posted below. We invite you to begin your online application now. Thank you for applying, and we look forward to welcoming you as a new family at GEMS World Academy Chicago!

Application Checklist

Required for All Applicants:
  • Online application
  • Birth certificate or passport
  • 2015/2016 academic reports & progress reports for 2016-2017 (unless child was not enrolled in a school program during that time)
  • Parent meeting
Required for Some Applicants (dependent on age):
  • Playgroup at GEMS (Preschool, JK, and K applicants)
  • Recent photograph (Preschool, JK, and K applicants)
  • Shadow day at GEMS (Applicants for grades 1-9)
  • Academic assessment (Applicants for grades 1-5, as part of their shadow day)
  • Standardized test scores (Either NWEA or ISEE required for applicants for grades 6-8. ISEE required for ninth-grade applicants.)
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Additional supporting documents, such as a Teacher Recommendation Form or additional years of academic reports, are welcome. Documents can be emailed or mailed to the admissions office any time after completing the online application.

Timeline for Application Process

Online Application Deadline: December 31, 2016
(Application deadline for siblings of current GEMS students: December 1, 2016)
Playgroups: Select days November through February
Shadow Days: October 1, 2016, through March 3, 2017
Early Admissions Decisions*: Starting Feb. 3, 2017
Admissions Decisions: March 6, 2017
Enrollment Contracts Due: March 17, 2017
* Families who would like to be notified of their admissions decision early (starting Feb. 3, 2017 onward) must send a written request to the Admissions Office and, if admitted, sign the enrollment contract within 7 business days. Applicants interested in financial aid may request an early decision only if all financial aid application documentation is complete.
For applications received after December 31, 2016: We will work with applicants on a rolling basis to complete the application process. We will admit students as space allows and award financial aid as long as funding is still available. For full consideration, please submit your admissions application by December 31, 2016.
Financial Aid (for all new applicants)
Families are notified of their financial aid at the time an enrollment offer is made to their student(s). Please note that decision dates and enrollment contract deadlines are different for families who have applied for financial aid in order to allow for completion of the financial aid process.
Financial Aid Applications Deadline: Feb. 3, 2017
Financial Aid Supporting Documents Deadline: March 1, 2017
Financial Aid & Scholarship Decisions: March 15, 2017
Enrollment Contracts Due: March 31, 2017 

Except if enrolling a new student (such as a sibling), current GEMS families do not need to re-apply for admission each year. Enrollment contracts for the upcoming school year are issued mid-January. Families who are interested in financial aid will need to complete a new financial aid application prior to receiving their enrollment contract.

Re-Enrollment Contracts Available: January 31, 2017  
Re-Enrollment Contracts Due: February 13, 2017

Financial Aid Application Deadline: 
January 17, 2017
Financial Aid Supporting Documents Deadline: March 1, 2017 
Financial Aid Decisions (and enrollment contract made available): March 15, 2017
Enrollment Contracts Due (for families with financial aid): March 31, 2017

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