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GEMS World Academy - Chicago is a private international school growing to serve students in grades JK-12. The school's robust Field Studies program and thoughtful use of technology allow our master teachers to use the entire city of Chicago as an extension of the GEMS campus. Our inquiry-based programs help students develop critical thinking and leadership skills, preparing them to be successful global citizens.

Tips for a stress-free school search [includes downloadable guide]


For parents considering independent schools, open house season is well upon us. Whether you are looking for preschool for the very first time or for the perfect spot for your kids as they wrap up their last years before college, these next few months are an exciting time, to say the least. But, these next few months are also often filled with that little six-letter word that tends to loom large for us parents: stress. 

The biggest ques...

Posted on October 17, 2019 at 6:00 AM by GEMS World Academy Chicago

The International Baccalaureate: What it is and how it works


The International Baccalaureate (IB) curriculum framework has taken root in Chicago, with multiple public and private schools in the area offering at least one segment of the IB, and many schools considering to add it.

Those familiar with the academic programs in traditional American schools might very well wonder: What is the IB? What does it offer that other curriculums don’t?

The IB was founded in Switzerland 50 years ago in response to ...

Posted on December 10, 2018 at 11:52 AM by GEMS World Academy Chicago

Summertime School Prep

With summer appearing on the horizon, it is easy to put thoughts of school on the back burner.  With lots of new experiences, people and surroundings coming this fall as your child enters a new school, take advantage of this time to prepare yourself and your child for the coming transitions.

Pass by your child’s new school so the building and surroundings become familiar.

If you can, meet the teacher.  Even just using the teacher or school’s name positively helps your child f...

Posted on May 15, 2014 at 9:00 AM by GEMS World Academy Chicago

Admissions Decisions are Out! Now what?

You have dutifully adhered to all of the deadlines and checklist items, and now the time has come – admission decision notification day! With extensive experience in independent school admissions, here are my tips on how to navigate this new phase of the admissions cycle.

1.     Acceptance: Congratulations! All of your hard work has paid-off and you have been admitted to one or more schools. Your work is done, right? Not necessarily. Even if you have been admitted to your first choice,...

Posted on March 13, 2014 at 8:00 AM by GEMS World Academy Chicago

How to Get Involved at Your Child's School

Educational research and anecdotal stories all agree that parental involvement in their child’s learning is hugely influential and can impact strongly on their success in school. Yet, very few schools truly have exemplary and interactive relationships with their parents and make the most of this key partnership.

How can we promote this within our schools? Here are a few small steps to begin this conversation.

1.  Talk to the teacher. Do not ever be afraid of the perception of being...

Posted on February 12, 2014 at 7:30 AM by GEMS World Academy Chicago

Travel the World- Without Leaving Chicago!

Experiencing different cultures is an essential part of a child’s development. Now more than ever, children are growing up in a world with stronger global connections and the need for understanding others is essential. Chicago is a culturally rich city full of unique global experiences that we can share with our children which is precisely the reason GEMS World Academy is so fortunate to call downtown Chicago our home. The possibilities to explore are boundless. Here are some of my favorit...

Posted on December 20, 2013 at 7:00 AM by GEMS World Academy Chicago