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Upper School

The Upper School construction commenced in July 2017. We are excited to see Phase II of the GEMS World Academy Chicago campus become a reality! Construction of the building completes our premier pre-K-through-Grade-12 learning community.


The new facility will reflect the same sense of design and purpose seen in the Lower School. GEMS World Academy Upper School students will learn in open, airy classrooms equipped with the latest technology. According to the designs, the Upper School building will include:

  • A digital theater and a media workshop with adjacent editing suite to encourage exploration of design and creativity
  • Specialized science and design laboratories
  • A 500-seat multi-purpose auditorium, which will provide an impressive space for assemblies and performances
  • A bright, open common area, where students can socialize, meet with teachers, work in small groups or study independently
  • The library and media center will be an expansive research and development facility that rivals top collegiate programs

The Upper School curriculum will continue the International Baccalaureate-based program launched in the Lower School. Our students will explore rigorous college-preparatory academic disciplines while also taking Field Studies work to new levels of sophistication. Students will be more deeply involved in the larger Chicago community, and they'll bring those experiences to the global stage. We believe our new Upper School will inspire all students to be enthusiastic learners and true global leaders. 

We will keep you informed on the progress as we build Chicago’s premier learning institute. For a closer look at the building's planned features, see the gallery below. 


    • 500-seat multi-purpose theater, which will provide an impressive space for assemblies and performances
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      500-seat multi-purpose theater, which will provide an impressive space for assemblies and performances

    • Multi-purpose digital theater and a media workshop with adjacent editing suite to encourage exploration of design and creativity
      Future

      Multi-purpose digital theater and a media workshop with adjacent editing suite to encourage exploration of design and creativity

    • Purpose-built vertical campus
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      Purpose-built vertical campus

    • Library that provides extensive resources to enhance GWA
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      Library that provides extensive resources to enhance GWA's inquiry-based curriculum and encourages independent-research

    • Parent Cafe is a welcoming place for our families to gather, socialize, and share in the GEMS World Academy community
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      Parent Cafe is a welcoming place for our families to gather, socialize, and share in the GEMS World Academy community

    • Bright, open common area, where students can socialize, meet with teachers, work in small groups or study independently
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      Bright, open common area, where students can socialize, meet with teachers, work in small groups or study independently

    • Student break-out areas allow for group work and self-directed research
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      Student break-out areas allow for group work and self-directed research

    • Fully equipped recording and rehearsal spaces for student performers
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      Fully equipped recording and rehearsal spaces for student performers

    • Spacious dining hall that doubles as a student gathering place
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      Spacious dining hall that doubles as a student gathering place

    • Learning spaces purpose-designed to encourage lively, engaged thinking
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      Learning spaces purpose-designed to encourage lively, engaged thinking

    • Our STEM labs will be hubs of sophisticated research and experimentation
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      Our STEM labs will be hubs of sophisticated research and experimentation

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