Grades 9-12 • Experience Learning • (312) 643-0991

About Us

At-a-Glance

We are an independent private high school unlike any other in Chicago.

2010 Year founded
7:1 Student to teacher ratio
16 Maximum classroom size
86% Teachers with advanced degrees
50% Students receiving financial aid
100% GCE graduates accepted into college
80% GCE graduates receiving merit-based scholarship for college
3 GCE graduates earning coveted Posse Scholarships
$23,500 Tuition 2017/18

Our Mission

GCE Lab School cultivates global citizens ready to meet the challenges of the 21st century. Through blended, project-based learning, we foster a diverse community of learners who use the city as a classroom to develop the skills and knowledge necessary to courageously take action locally and globally.

Our Values

These values serve as guiding principles that define our climate, culture, and practice.

Real-world

Using the city as an extension of the classroom, students embrace real-world applications and connections, and understand the relevancy of their academic studies.

Global Citizenship

GCE develops a global mindset in students, using the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals to inform our curriculum and help prioritize issues demanding our attention.

Community

Diversity in perspectives, backgrounds, and experiences is essential to our learning. GCE’s inclusive community provides a safe space for students to develop and practice empathy, compassion, gratitude, kindness, adaptability, curiosity, and risk-taking.

Agency

GCE fosters a climate and culture where students take ownership of their learning, are intrinsically motivated, learn more deeply, and collaborate more purposefully with their peers.

Laboratory

With the flexibility and structure that are characteristic of a lab, GCE’s learner-centric environment aims to further the innovation of global education and real-world learning in order to equitably prepare all students for success.

GCE nucleus

Real-world

Using the city as an extension of the classroom, students embrace real-world applications and connections, and understand the relevancy of their academic studies.

Global Citizenship

GCE develops a global mindset in students, using the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals to inform our curriculum and help prioritize issues demanding our attention.

Community

Diversity in perspectives, backgrounds, and experiences is essential to our learning. GCE’s inclusive community provides a safe space for students to develop and practice empathy, compassion, gratitude, kindness, adaptability, curiosity, and risk-taking.

Agency

GCE fosters a climate and culture where students take ownership of their learning, are intrinsically motivated, learn more deeply, and collaborate more purposefully with their peers.

Laboratory

With the flexibility and structure that are characteristic of a lab, GCE’s learner-centric environment aims to further the innovation of global education and real-world learning in order to equitably prepare all students for success.

Our Team

Board of Trustees

Board of Directors

Sheryl Curcio
Board Founder and Chair 

Carol Montag
Vice Chair 

Andrew Davis
Treasurer

Lisa Humphrey
Secretary 

Art Andros
Director, Alumni Parent

Jonathan Ben-Isvy
Director

Jeff Johnson
Director

Matt Prewitt
Director Alumni Parent

Rodney Morris
Director

Associate Board

Laura Scherb
President

Conor Durkin
Treasurer

Myles Gage
Vice President of External Affairs

Colin Hanner
Vice President of Internal Affairs & Secretary

Alexa Fifield
Associate

Alexandria Wilhelm
Associate

Derek Hanner
Associate

Jake Schario
Associate

Meredith Heim
Associate

Zach Silver
Associate and Alum of GCE

Advisory Board

Eric Davis
Founder GCE Lab School

Liz Dozier
Managing Director Chicago Beyond

Laura Hartman
Founder L’Ecole de Choix (Haiti), Professor DePaul University

Eleanor Nicholson
Co-Founder High Jump & Progressive Educator

Stephen Wilkins
Manager Grants Committee

Our Campus

Our Lincoln Park campus includes a number of unique learning spaces designed to facilitate active learning and collaboration.

Frequently Asked Questions

Have a question? Many answers can be found here by by browsing through our Frequently Asked Questions. If you do not see what you are looking for, or you would like to speak with someone at GCE Lab School, please call 312.643.0991