Field Experience

Art of Photojournalism @ Weinberg/Newton Gallery

Seniors in the Journalism class visited artist and photojournalist, Krista Wortendyke’s exhibit, Killing Season Chicago at the Weinberg/Newton Gallery to examine the power of photographs. The students have been pursuing the guiding question, how does photojournalism help you see the world?. In pursuit of an answer, students have been studying examples of powerful photojournalism throughout history. Krista photographed Chicago sites where 172 homicides took place between Memorial Day and Labor Day. The photographs have culminated into a 65 foot-long bar graph that illustrates the swell of murders committed on a daily basis. Krista shared insights on how to take an effective photograph and shed light on the importance and inherent dangers of being a journalist.

Why?

The purpose of this Field Experience was to investigate the guiding question, how do I capture the meaning of life?.

How?

The students visited the photo exhibit, Killing Season Chicago and spoke to photojournalist, Krista Wortendyke to understand the impact of photographs and the stories they tell.

Go read about GCE on DNA Info right now!

We’re always thrilled to share our story with the community and ecstatic when the community becomes part of our voice. On Tuesday, DNA Info published an article in the Lincoln Park & Old Town, Education section about our incredible new facility and real-world learning model. Go read it on dnainfo.com right now!

Small Private High School Expands,
Unveils New Facility In Lincoln Park

Field Experience

The Physics of Gardening @ Home Depot

Juniors in the Design & Engineering class talked to experts from the gardening department at Home Depot to investigate the physics of gardening tools. In the first unit of this STEAM course, students have been pursuing the guiding question, what lies at the heart of our fundamental drive to create tools?. In their pursuit of an answer, students have been investigating the angles, pressure, force and leverage in a variety of tools that have forever changed our interactions with our surroundings.

Why?

The purpose of this Field Experience is to investigate the guiding question, what makes an effective tool?. The students talked to experts to identify the differences between mediocre gardening tools and great gardening tools. Through this field research, students will gain insight into how to design their own quality gardening tool.

How?

The students talked to experts to understand how tools are used, the parts that make up the tools, and which tools are most effective and why.

Field Experience

Carry Water

Freshmen in the Water class visited the Chicago River to collect water. In the first unit of this STEAM course, students have been pursuing the guiding question, why is water so common yet so rare? . In their pursuit of an answer, students have been learning about the abundance of water found in living organisms while also investigating the scarcity of potable water that leaves millions of people without clean water on a daily basis.

Why?

The purpose of this Field Experience is to investigate the guiding question, How can you get access to water in case of a shortage or crisis?. The students carried water to connect their water usage to worldwide water shortage.

How?

The students walked to a local public water source, the Chicago River to collect and transport water. At the end of the Field Experience, students measured the amount of water they collected and reflected on their daily water usage.

Photo Gallery

In the Name of Science

The Sophomores in the Population class are studying classification and taxonomy. In the first unit of this STEAM course, students are investigating systems of classification, how they came about and how they caused a scientific revolution. As a part of this investigation, students dissected crickets and frogs to examine similarities and differences between the two species. Despite some initial hesitation, everyone eventually got the hang of it and collected valuable information from the specimen.

Photo Gallery

First Week of School

We welcomed students back for their first week of school in our new space, their new home away from home. It was a busy week as students got acclimated to being students again. We’re always impressed by our students’ adventurous spirits and open minds. We had some fun getting to know each other on our first Community Day of the year. Students bonded over brownies, art, books, and of course, competition. Classes were equally fun as students bonded over heated discussions and debates, tough math problems, college-level readings, gardening, and cricket dissection.

We’re so excited to see how our students and our community grow this school year.