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Address
350 E South Water Street
Chicago, IL 60601
Telephone
(312) 809-8910

Applying

Application Deadline
Rolling Admissions
Application Fee
$50
Interview Required
Yes
Required/Recommended Tests
ISEE

Tuition

Yearly Tuition
$34,400
Tuition is for the highest grade offered and may have changed for the current school year. For more information, please contact the school.
Received Financial Aid
Average Financial Aid
From GEMS World Academy Chicago

GEMS World Academy Chicago serves students in preschool (3 years old by Dec. 31) through high school in the heart of Chicago and is the first such 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.

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School Details

Grades
PK, K-11
Students
440
Student-Teacher Ratio
8:1
National
17:1
Full-Time Teachers
57
Part-Time Teachers

Students

Students
440
Gender
Data Not Available
Student Diversity
Data Not Available
    Living in the Area
    A+
    Overall Niche Grade
    How are grades calculated?
    1. Cost of Living
      C+
    2. Good for Families
      A
    3. Housing
      B+
    Area Feel
    Dense Urban
    Median Household Income
    $109,077
    National
    $55,322
    Median Rent
    $2,074
    National
    $949
    Median Home Value
    $448,235
    National
    $184,700

    GEMS World Academy Chicago Reviews

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    We love GEMS! They use the IB curriculum, which develops well-rounded students. GEMS emphasizes the integration of "academic" skills with problem solving, social justice, art, and more. Additionally, emphasis is placed on inquiry-allowing students to actively guide their learning. GEMS stands out because, where other schools might have reputations as the "rigorous" school, the "inquiry" school, or the "arts" school, GEMS encapsulates all of them! The teachers are responsive to individual families. Virtual portfolio updates keep us informed of what's happening with our child. The administration hard working. They're available to meet with individual families. They've also shown commitments to positive growth with areas of need such as staff diversity and coordination with third-party vendors. The student body is diverse. Being inside a classroom at GEMS is a constant reminder to our son that he lives in a world with people of many different ethnicities, perspectives, religions, etc.
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    When one thing failed, his teachers didn't blink an eye or get frustrated, we all went back to the drawing board. After a few tries, we found the key to his calmness at drop off! It was a team effort with constant communication and brainstorming. The time, care, thought, collaboration, and love that went into making life easier for just one child was incredibly impressive. The administration is approachable and always open to new ideas. My husband and I always look forward to our interactions with them. They take genuine interest in our lives as adults, and not just parents. We always feel heard, supported, and encouraged. The thing about GEMS is that it really feels like a close-knit small town community in the 3rd largest city in the country. When you walk through the doors at GEMS your enveloped by a wave of warmth and joy. Whether it’s the smiles from the front desk or the chatter of happy children coming from the hallways. You feel like you’re home.
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    Fast forward 2.5 years. Our oldest is THRIVING. We’ve seen his growth educationally, emotionally, and culturally. All the things we were aiming for when considering schools. He walks into school eager to start his day. He’s had a deep affection for all of the teachers he’s had. He particularly gained a close relationship with his collaborating teacher last year. And while she’s moved on to leading a classroom of her own in a higher grade this year, if my son sees her in the hallway, he runs into her arms to hug her and catch up on life! She always greets him with the same amount of enthusiasm. Our youngest started in PS3 classroom this year. He had a bit of separation anxiety. His teachers and the lower school counselor worked with us and him to come up with a plan to make his transitions easier.