An International Preschool-Grade 12 Academy 

The Application Process

We are delighted that you are considering GEMS World Academy Chicago as a choice for your child’s education!
We have designed our admissions process to enable you to explore the unique educational opportunity the school offers, and for us to recognize your child’s academic and social development. Our dedicated and professional admissions team is ready to answer your questions about the school and the application process. Please do not hesitate to contact us at 312-809-8910 or

A timeline for the application process is posted below. Admission is competitive, and we invite you to begin your online application early.
Thank you for your interest; we look forward to getting to know your family!

Application Checklist

Required for All Applicants:
  • Online application
  • Birth certificate or passport
  • Recent photograph - optional
  • 2016-2017 academic or progress reports (unless your student was not enrolled in a school program during that time), along with any 2017-2018 reports an applicant has received
  • Parents meeting
Required for Some Applicants (dependent on age):
  • Playgroup at GEMS (Preschool, JK, and K applicants)*
  • Shadow day at GEMS (Applicants for grades 1-10)*
  • 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 and 10th-grade applicants)
(*) We will work with families individually to ensure completion of the assessment process for 2017-2018 admission.
Sign up for the ISEE test HERE. Our ERB member code is 571100.
Additional supporting documents, such as a Teacher Recommendation Form, certificates, letters of recommendation, etc., are encouraged. Documents can be emailed or mailed to the admissions office anytime after completing the online application.

Timeline for Application Process

2017-2018 Timeline
Our priority application deadline has passed. However, we are still working with applicants on a rolling basis to complete the application process. We will admit students as space allows and will consider scholarships and financial aid packages as long as funding is still available. Families are notified of their financial aid or scholarship award with the admission decision. 
2018-2019 Timeline
  • Application deadline: Dec. 31, 2017
  • Last day to schedule shadow day (grades 1-10): Feb. 16, 2018
  • Documents due: Feb. 19, 2018
  • Last day to schedule parents meeting: Feb. 23, 2018
  • Financial aid applications due: Feb. 23, 2018
  • Admission decision: March 2, 2018
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