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

Application Deadline
Rolling Admissions
Application Fee
$100
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 Pre-K (3 year old by 12/31) through high school in the heart of Chicago 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 Details

Grades
PK, K-10
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. Crime & Safety
    C-
  2. Diversity
    A+
  3. Cost of Living
    C+
  4. Good for Families
    B+
Area Feel
Urban
Median Household Income
$50,434
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$987
National
$949
Median Home Value
$225,200
National
$184,700

GEMS World Academy Chicago Reviews

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WOW!

What else can be said about this amazing community?

Let's start with the administration. This team of professionals is second to none. Led by Andrew Sherman at the time of the writing, we received much more than expected. At every stage of our child's time here from admission forward, we were met with courteous, friendly, and professional individuals. Paired with the teaching staff, this group of family-oriented professionals know how to make a family feel welcomed.

Speaking of the teachers, they all deserve awards! Though we only have one child in the lower school, we often interact with the children in other grades. Be it at a school function, philanthropic event, or social gathering outside of the school, we're constantly impressed by the heightened degree of intellect that these children display. This is a great example of how a child can progress when given the right environment to thrive, the teachers at GEMS World Academy Chicago create this environment...
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Coupled with their parental guidance, this group of children WILL be the future leaders of our society.

The parents are yet another group of intensely dedicated human beings. They make the sacrifice of time, resources, and efforts to increase school notoriety through several yearly functions. Led by the PTO, the parental community at this school deserves recognition for their ever-increasing levels of support to the GEMS community, and the Chicagoland community as a whole. They place their children and this community at the top of their priority list, and it shows.

Last but not least, the children, which without them, none of this would mean a thing. It's been said that though children "are but ~20% of our population, they 100% of our future." Well, from observing the growth in our child, as well as that of the other children at GEMS, the future is looking BRIGHT! It's been a joy watching our son excel over last 6 months. We’re excited for the future.

GEMS, Thank you.
Gems leverages the strength of diversity, with a student population from over 32 countries by bringing in families to educate on cultures and family traditions. This example of immersive learning is a way of life as Gems uses the city as an extension of its classroom. For example, my 1st grader studied accessibility in Chicago. They navigated on the trains and buses as they pushed strollers, walked with blind folds, and ear plugs to build relatedness to various disabilities. They observed how some neighborhoods are more accessible than others, and invited city officials into the classroom to share their observations. The theme of this unit was pulled through in music, language, and science. They are empowered at age 6 to know that they can be change makers within their community and global leaders.