GEMS World Academy Chicago

GEMS World Academy Chicago serves students Pre-K (3 year old by 12/31) through high school in the heart of the city and is the first school in the United States from award-winning educator GEMS Education.
Through the use of the rigorous International Baccalaureate (IB) program and thoughtfully integrated technology, world languages and field experiences, we are preparing our students with the skills and perspective necessary for thriving in an increasingly interconnected world.

School Overview

Religious AffiliationNonsectarian
Grades OfferedGrades Prekindergarten-10
Year Founded2014

Student Body

Total Studentsn/a
Student Body TypeCo-ed

Academics and Faculty

Average Class Size18 students

Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineNone / Rolling
Admissions DirectorDelphine Lenoir

School Notes

  • GEMS World Academy creates engaged, enthusiastic learners with global perspectives. Our students excel at making meaningful cross-cultural connections. With flowing learning and social spaces, creative use of technology, and expanded opportunities for local and international field studies, we're preparing our students to become Chicago's global leaders.
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  5.00 out of 5  (3 reviews)
We had 2 children at this school one in middle school and one in 3rd grade. The teachers were fabulous especially are art and Ms Annadurai. The facilities were best in class and had we not moved away and were we to return to we would certainly return. Don`t be put off by the cost as the school wants to have wonderful students and will support you in helping you fairly be able to afford having your children attend. Unlike other Chicago schools this is not about legacy, who you know or how much money you have it is about education and setting up future global minded citizens.
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This the best school! We've had a great experience at this school for almost 3 years now. Couldn't ask for better teachers. They are dedicated, passionate about their subjects, creative and give the kids much needed personal attention in small classroom settings. The Middle school here is truly a great place and the kids are learning at the highest level while creating friendships along the way. The students here are smart, kind, caring and worldly. Our son is very happy here and achieves all the educational goals we set with him. We couldn't be happier here. He previously attended both a highly rated CPS school as well as a parochial school and they do not compare to this experience. We feel fortunate that we found it and that he can go through Middle and High school years here.
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GEMS and the IB program have been an incredible experience for our kids. There's a strong focus on social-emotional development, and the inquiry-based learning is such a welcomed departure from the typical "sit, listen, memorize, test" formula that we saw in so many other schools. Because the IB program focuses so much on concepts, the kids learn how to think rather than memorize answers (and as a result, my 7-year-old can do math problems in her head and is making connections that I couldn't have made until I was probably 12!). We like how the school uses technology in a meaningful way and how our kids have such close friendships with kids from other countries and cultures. They're often out and about on field studies, they have foreign language classes every day, and the teachers have impressive backgrounds. The school really does care about creating global citizens and puts a ton of resources into making it happen. Could not be happier, and my kids love going to school every day... which says everything. If there's another school out there like it, we haven't found it.
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The average private school tuition in Chicago, IL is $8,605 for elementary schools and $16,816 for high schools (read more about average private school tuition across the country).
The average acceptance rate in Chicago, IL is 87% (read more about average acceptance rates across the country).