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GEMS World Academy Chicago

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CurriculumIB
Language of instructionEnglish
Age RangeAges 3 to 18
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Quick summary of key school information

Language of instruction English
Native English teachers
Extra languages (other than English)
Class sizes Average 22 students / class
Maximum
Extracurricular activities
School bus
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Yearly fees: from: $27,800
to: $37,900
Address: 350 East South Water Street Chicago, IL 60601, USA
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Number of students

400

Number of nationalities represented in the school

40

Average number of students per class

The average class size at GWAC is 16 for preschool, 18 for junior kindergarten, 20 for kindergarten, and 22 for grades 1 and up.

Native English speaking teachers

Yes

Additional language classes offered by the school

French, Mandarin, Spanish

Use of technology in the classroom

Technology is ever-present in our lives today. As such, GWAC is thoughtful about how it integrates it into its classrooms, ensuring that it always fuels and facilitates learning or presents a study opportunity in and of itself. Beyond computers and tablets, to which all students have access, students work with 3D printers, virtual reality devices, artificial intelligence, robots, drones, woodworking tools, Adobe Creative Suite, and state-of-the-art audio/visual equipment.

Uniform required

Yes

External examinations or assessments available

IB Diploma

School start time

8:15

School finish time

Between 15:00 and 15:30 depending on the grade level.

Supervised care before/after school

GWAC offers before-school care starting at 7:15.

Afterschool program for Lower School offers a range of additional learning opportunities for students at all age levels. GWAC afterschool care and extracurriculars go no later than 18:00 (with some athletic events being the exception).

Extracurricular activities or clubs offered

Arts and crafts, theater club, board game, creative movement, cheerleading, tennis, yoga and mindfulness practice, karate, German, cooking, history of art taught in Russian, comedy class, gymnastics, Bollywood dance, drawing, dance, coding, Spanish, fencing, soccer, volleyball, book club, fitness, basketball, swimming, hip hop

School provided lunches

Yes

Sports facilities at the school

Multi-purpose gym

Sports teams or sport competitions available for students

Yes

Qualities and characteristics best defining the school

GEMS World Academy Chicago is a preschool-grade 12 independent school located in the heart of downtown Chicago. GWAC is an International Baccalaureate school.

Teaching approach of the school

GWAC's mission is to inspire inquiring, knowledgeable, reflective, and intercultural learners to become morally responsible leaders with the skills and attributes necessary to create a more connected and prosperous world.

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