Do high school different.

Want to learn how?

People don’t fit in boxes, right?
Neither should education.

At Global Citizenship Experience Lab School, the city is our classroom. We’re changing education by breaking down walls to extend learning beyond the classroom, so each student makes connections between their own unique interests and the world around them.

We inspire the city’s most diverse student body and faculty to tackle real-world problems. The result: a personally tailored, uncommonly engaging, and powerfully relevant education where no one ever asks: Why do I need to learn this?

2013 Alum

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Why GCE?


participate in at least one internship while in high school


strategic field experiences with our corporate, nonprofit, and civic partners


feel prepared for college/postsecondary success vs. less than 50% of high school students nationwide


start their own business—while still in high school


of our students are accepted into college

GCE Curriculum

Our families expect more from high school than just college admission. At GCE we don’t teach to the test, we teach to the world’s most pressing problems using real-world, project-based learning.


Every course has three components:

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Academic Studies

where you learn foundational skills and core concepts

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Field Experiences

where you grasp the relevance and practical value of what you've learned

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Action Projects

where you demonstrate understanding and mastery

Explore The Real World Every Week

Students participate in 200+ Field Experiences and guest workshops with our professional partners where they apply what they’ve learned in the classroom, question assumptions about the world, and experience a wide range of jobs and careers which develop their professional networks and lead to internships.


Want To Learn About Our Flexible Tuition?

Meet a few of our 150+ partners and check out a few of our field experiences.

Rapid Prototyping with The James Dyson Foundation

By Adam Cohen-Leadholm | November 7, 2019

Students in Design & Engineering received a visit from a team of designers and engineers from the James Dyson Foundation. We have a longstanding partnership with the Dyson Foundation, and…

Investigating the Economics of Rideshare at the Chicago Lyft Hub

By Hiu To | September 29, 2019

The Seniors in the Economics course have been investigating the guiding question, How do we make choices in a world of limited resources and limited time?. In the course, students…

Creating Drama at The Goodman Theater

By Hiu To | May 16, 2019

In the Sophomore Humanities course, Drama, the students have been investigating the guiding question, How does drama stage and heal our roles in society?. Specifically, they have been studying how…


Check out our new campus

Come see how GCE students think big and do bigger at or our new downtown campus at 9 W. Washington Street, opening this fall.

THE Not Your Normal High School QUIZ

Let’s prepare for a brilliant tomorrow, together.


Be bold.
Think big.
Do bigger.