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About Us

At-a-Glance

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

2010Year founded
7:1Student to teacher ratio
16Maximum 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
3GCE graduates earning coveted Posse Scholarships
$4,550 – $28,650Flexible Tuition 2019-20

Our Mission

Using the city as a classroom, we embolden a community of socially responsible citizens to respond courageously to the world’s biggest challenges.

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.

Lincoln Park

Our Lincoln Park campus is located
one block from the North and Clyborn
CTA Red Line station

Foyer

Light and open spaces define our facility.

Kitchen

The Kitchen is a place for lessons
and community.

Open Concept Room

Open work spaces allow students to
work collaboratively on group projects.

James Dyson Foundation
Design+Engineering Lab

Design studio with 3D printer and carver.

Screening Room

In the Screening Room, students conduct
presentations and view the work of others.

T-Room

Classrooms are intimate and modular
spaces that adapt to specific classroom
needs.

Classrooms are intimate and modular
spaces that adapt to specific classroom
needs.

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

GCE Lab School begins the re-enrollment process for returning students in January. Returning families will be required to submit the annual TADS Financial Aid Assessment in early February after which re-enrollment contracts for the next academic year will be distributed via email. Signed re-enrollment contracts and enrollment deposits are due in March.

Admission to GCE Lab School requires a completed online application including transcripts and, if applicable, IEP or 504 plans, an on-campus visit experience, a parent recommendation, a teacher recommendation, a student action project, and a family interview.

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 2020-2021 will range, $4,550 – $29,150.

Read more about tuition and financial assistance

GCE Lab School is test-optional. We do not require applicants submit ISEE, STS, or SEHS standardized test scores as part of the application process.

GCE Lab School offers a sliding scale tuition model (our Flexible Tuition plan) that ranges from approximately $5,000 – $29,000 annually based on an individual family’s financial circumstances. To qualify for the Flexible Tuition plan families must submit a TADS application along with the application for admission.

Scholarship and Tuition 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. 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.

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.

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 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 2020-2021 will range, $4,550 – $29,150.

Read more about tuition and financial assistance

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, we have multiple payment plans available for tuition.

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

Curriculum

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.

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 Cognia (formerly AdvancED). We are also a member school of NAIS and registered with ISBE.

General

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

GCE was founded in 2010.

GCE is a private, independent high school.

Global Citizenship Experience

Yes. We are accredited by Cognia (formerly AdvancED). We are also a member school of NAIS and registered with ISBE.

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 2020-2021 will range, $4,550 – $29,150.

Read more about tuition and financial assistance

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.