Field Experience

The Hero’s Journey @ The Stony Island Arts Bank

Sophomores in the Stories class visited the Stony Island Arts Bank, to observe firsthand the acts of cultural preservation that some have considered heroic. In the third unit of this Humanities course, students will explore stories of individuals who have been regarded by various cultures as “heroes,” observing the patterns that these stories tend to take. This Field Experience asks students to investigate the career of a real-life character regarded as a “hero” in Chicago: Theaster Gates. So many thanks to our orientation guide, Maya Jahmil Wallace for her knowledge and enthusiasm.


The purpose of this Field Experience is to investigate the guiding question, how do non-fictional heroes face mythical paths to heroism?.


Students will engage in a self-guided tour in addition to orientation from the staff. Students will identify at least two pieces of evidence — contents form the Arts Bank’s archive — that can serve as evidence in building an argument as to Gate’s status as “hero” for the community he claims to serve. Once we return, this evidence will be included in a short evaluative statement.

Fall Open House

This weekend was marked by two important events: the Cubs reaching the World Series and our Fall Open House for prospective families. It was a pleasure meeting all of the students and families that came out to learn more about us. We are also grateful to have a community of current students and families that spent their Sunday afternoons sharing stories about their GCE experience. We look forward to hosting more events and meeting more families.

Prototyping with James Dyson Foundation

In preparation for their next Action Project, the Juniors in the Design & Engineering class worked with Bailee from the James Dyson Foundation to learn some basic prototyping skills using cardboard, X-Acto knives, markers, and rulers. Armed with their tools and a set of instructions, the students built a cube and a cylinder, two basic shapes crucial to product design. Thank you to Bailee for helping us be more prepared for creating effective models.

Field Experience

Collecting Data on Population @ Oak Woods Cemetery

Sophomores in the Population class visited the Oak Woods Cemetery in Greater Grand Crossing to collect data and identify patterns by looking at tombstones. In the second unit of this STEAM course, students have been pursuing the guiding question, what does the story of population suggest about the future?. In their pursuit of an answer, students have been studying concepts of genetics from Darwin and Linnaeus, genotype and phenotype, and how to calculate allele frequencies.


The purpose of this Field Experience is to investigate the guiding question, how can we quantify the status of a species?.


The students will visit Oak Woods Cemetery to observe tombstones for specific birth dates and death dates. Students will collect a set of data that they will use to complete calculations and identify patterns.

Photo Gallery

From River to Potable

The Freshmen in the Water class are studying the water cycle. In the process, students learned that infiltration is an important part of the cycle because as the water passes through layers of soil and sand, it is filtered and purified so it can be consumed. Using that information, students built water filters to address the guiding question, how would you cope in a water crisis?.  Take a look at the students’ trials and errors.

Field Experience

Design & Engineering @ The Recyclery Collective

Juniors in the Design & Engineering class talked to experts at The Recyclery Collective in Rogers Park to learn about the mechanics of bikes and the purposes that different types of bikes serve. The Recyclery is an educational bike shop that promotes sustainability by giving access to tools, skills and opportunities for collaboration. In the second unit of this STEAM course, students have been pursuing the guiding question, how do wheels make the world spin?. In their pursuit of an answer, students have been studying the concepts of weight, speed, acceleration, velocity, and mass and their effects on simple machines such as the wheel, the axle, and the pulley.


The purpose of this Field Experience is to investigate the guiding question, how do bicycles impact lives?. The students talked to experts to investigate the evolution of bikes and how they are put together so that they can then design a bike that suits a person’s specific needs.


The students talked to bike shop employees about the parts that make up a bike, their purpose, and the choices designers make when choosing to use certain parts over others.

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