Grades 9-12(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
$4,550 – $28,650 Flexible Tuition 2019-20

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 

Andrew Davis
Treasurer

Lisa Humphrey
Secretary 

Art Andros
Director, Alumni Parent

Jeff Johnson
Director

Matt Prewitt
Director Alumni Parent

Rodney Morris
Director

Associate Board

Colin Hanner
President

Conor Durkin
Treasurer

Myles Gage
Associate

Caitlin Hanner
Associate

Alexandria Wilhelm
Associate

Derek Hanner
Associate

Megan Felz
Associate

Oliver Jackson
Associate

Advisory Board

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

Admissions

To ensure the accessibility of the GCE experience to all and to encourage specifically socioeconomic diversity, we have adopted Flexible Tuition. A family’s tuition obligation is indexed according to a family’s ability to pay. Families of particular means and good fortune afford tuition near the top of the scale and may contribute generously to school advancement campaigns. Other families, for whom education expenses require sacrifice, are assigned a tuition they can afford.

Flexible Tuition in 2019-2020 will range, $4,550 – $28,650.

Read more about tuition and financial assistance

Applicatons are due by March 2, 2018. After the deadline, applications may be accepted based on available space.

Applications for transfer students are due by August 1, 2018.

Scholarship and Tuition Assistance

To ensure the accessibility of the GCE experience to all and to encourage specifically socioeconomic diversity, we have adopted Flexible Tuition. A family’s tuition obligation is indexed according to a family’s ability to pay. Families of particular means and good fortune afford tuition near the top of the scale and may contribute generously to school advancement campaigns. Other families, for whom education expenses require sacrifice, are assigned a tuition they can afford.

Flexible Tuition in 2019-2020 will range, $4,550 – $28,650.

Read more about tuition and financial assistance

To be considered for tuition assistance, GCE requires all parents and all adults contributing to the household of the student to file completed tuition assistance applications. GCE considers aggregate financial information. There is a section within the application where you can enter contributions from non-custodial parents and relatives.

No. Admissions decisions are based on a student’s abilities, readiness for learning, motivation, and potential to contribute to their classroom environment and the school generally.

Yes, of course. All awards are need-based, and we understand that family circumstances change. Applications must be renewed each year.

There is no maximum income to qualify. All applications are considered. However, our resources are limited, so awards typically go to those who demonstrate the greatest financial need. We encourage all families to plan carefully for funding their child’s education, and this includes considering all financial resources available to them.

A parent may submit to GCE a written request for waiver in the event the other parent(s) is not in contact or will not contribute to tuition or file a financial aid application. Any such waiver request must include all pertinent information and documentation (including, as one example, any court orders).

To be considered for tuition assistance, GCE requires all parents and all adults contributing to the household of the student to file completed tuition assistance applications. GCE considers aggregate financial information. Our system, however, also takes into consideration your spouse’s expenses as well as their income. It is important to list all expenses that are asked of within the application.

Yes, we have multiple payment plans available for tuition.

Curriculum

Project-based learning is a teaching method in which students gain knowledge and skills by working for an extended period of time to investigate and respond to an authentic, engaging, and complex question, problem, or challenge.

Yes. We are accredited by both NIPSA and NCPSA. We are also a member school of NAIS and registered with ISBE. www.nipsa.org, www.ncpsa.org, www.nais.org

Our curriculum is powered by Global Learning Models and continues to be updated and revised by our entire faculty, staff, and administration to ensure it is relevant and meaningful to our students.

Our curriculum is aligned to Common Core State Standards and to United Nation’s Sustainability Development Goals.

General

GCE is located in Chicago’s Lincoln Park neighborhood at 1535 N. Dayton St.

To ensure the accessibility of the GCE experience to all and to encourage specifically socioeconomic diversity, we have adopted Flexible Tuition. A family’s tuition obligation is indexed according to a family’s ability to pay. Families of particular means and good fortune afford tuition near the top of the scale and may contribute generously to school advancement campaigns. Other families, for whom education expenses require sacrifice, are assigned a tuition they can afford.

Flexible Tuition in 2019-2020 will range, $4,550 – $28,650.

Read more about tuition and financial assistance

Global Citizenship Experience

GCE is a private, independent high school.

GCE was founded in 2010.

GCE is dependent on tuition revenue and other revenue sources, such as annual giving, to support the faculty, staff, and broad range of programs that are offered.

Yes. We are accredited by both NIPSA and NCPSA. We are also a member school of NAIS and registered with ISBE. www.nipsa.org, www.ncpsa.org, www.nais.org