GCE Lab School’s inquiry and project-based learning model offers a world-class high school education that prepares students for success in college and life.

Our transformative, 21st century college-prep experience redefines the high school classroom and cultivates graduates who are prepared and inspired to succeed in school and in life. GCE’s City2Classroom program exposes students to real-world environments where they explore their interests, apply what they’ve learned in the classroom, and expand their knowledge through firsthand experience locally and globally. Our rigorous curriculum is accredited, standards-aligned, 100% digitally accessible, and based on student-centered, inquiry and project-based learning. The results: 100% College Acceptance with 80% of students earning merit based college scholarships (more than 2x the national average).

Email admissions@gcechicago.com with questions

Student Body

We believe faceted perspectives and world views enhance education. 50% of GCE students receive some form of scholarship and represent a diverse array of ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds. Alumni and current students include refugee and recently immigrated students.

Enrollment: 50
Student/teacher ratio: 1:8 to 1:15
Average class size: 13
Gender: Males 48%; Females: 52%
Ethnicity: White/Non-Hispanic: 38%; African American: 18%; Hispanic: 25%; Asian: 5%; Multi-racial: 14%

College Acceptance

Year College Merit Aid/Year Merit Aid/4 Years Location
2016 DePaul University $13,000 $52,000 Chicago, IL
2016 Lynn University $12,000 $48,000 Boca Raton, FL
2016 Marymount California University $10,000 $40,000 Rancho Palos Verdes, CA
2016 Menlo College $26,000 $104,000 Atherton, CA
2016 Mitchelle College $10,000 $40,000 New London, CT
2016 Springfield College $6,000 $24,000 Springfield, MA
2016 Beacon College $0 Leesburg, FL
2016 Dean College $17,000 $68,000 Franklin, MA
2016 DePaul University $11,000 $44,000 Chicago, IL
2016 Butler University $14,000 $56,000 Indianapolis, IN
2016 Miami of Ohio Oxford, OH
2016 Indiana University Bloomington, IN
2016 University of Colorado Boulder Boulder, CO
2016 Valparaiso University $19,000 $76,000 Valparaiso, IN
2016 Harold Washington CC Chicago, IL
2016 Hofstra University Hempstead, NY
2016 Marymount Manhattan College Manhattan, NY
2016 Providence College Providence, RI
2016 Quinnipiac University Hampden, CT
2016 The American University of Paris Paris, France
2016 St. Olaf College $42,940 $171,760 Northfield, MN
2016 Beloit College $10,000 $40,000 Beloit, WI
2016 Knox College $2,000 $8,000 Galesburg, IL
2016 Northern Illinois University $12,000 $48,000 Dekalb, IL
2016 St. Olaf College $42,940 $171,760 Northfield, MN
2016 Juniata $34,465 $137,860 Huntingdon, PA
2016 University of Illinois at Chicago Chicago, IL
2016 Till School Chicago, IL
2016 Babson College Babson Park, MA
2016 Northeastern University Boston, MA
2016 Hawaii Pacific University Honolulu, HI
2016 Woodbury University $14,000 $56,000 Woodbury, CA
2015 Portland State Portland, OR
2015 DePaul University Chicago, IL
2015 Illinois Wesleyan Bloomington, IL
2015 Northeastern Illinois University Chicago, IL
2015 University of Illinois- Champaign Urbana-Champaign, IL
2015 Dominican University $2,000 $8,000 River Forest, IL
2015 Valparasio Valparasio, IN
2015 University of Illinois at Chicago Chicago, IL
2015 Rhode Island School of Design Providence, RI
2015 Pratt Institute $40,000 $160,000 Brooklyn, NY
2015 University of Chicago $25,000 $100,000 Chicago, IL
2015 MICA $40,000 $160,000 Baltimore, MD
2015 SMFA $40,000 $160,000 Boston, MA
2015 Alfred University $30,000 $120,000 Alfred, NY
2015 Earlham College Richmond, IN
2015 University of Colorado at Colorado Springs Colorado Springs, CO
2015 Roosevelt University Chicago, IL
2015 DePaul University Chicago, IL
2015 Bard College New York, NY
2015 Pace University $22,000 $88,000 New York, NY
2015 Columbia College $22,000 $88,000 Chicago, IL
2015 DePaul University Chicago, IL
2015 Sarah Lawerence College $14,000 $56,000 Yonkers, NY
2015 Illinios State University Normal, IL
2015 Iowa State Ames, Iowa
2015 DePaul University $6,000 $24,000 Chicago, IL
2015 Ferris State University $5,000 $20,000 Big Rapids, IL
2015 Columbia College $8,000 $32,000 Chicago, IL
2015 UIC- University of Illinois at Chicago Chicago, IL
2015 Loyola University $16,500 $66,000 Chicago, IL
2015 Florida Institute of Technology Melbourne, FL
2015 Evergreen State University Olympia, WA
2015 Pace University $18,500 $74,000 New York, NY
2015 The New School New York, NY
2015 DePaul University $11,500 $46,000 Chicago, IL
2015 Columbia College Chicago, IL
2015 Depaul University $13,500 $54,000 Chicago, IL
2015 Denison $24,000 $96,000 Granville, OH
2015 DePauw University $6,000 $24,000 Greencastle, IN
2015 Iowa State University $5,500 $22,000 Ames, IA
2015 Illinois State
2015 Drake University Des Moines, IA
2015 Landmark College Boca Raton, FL
2015 Columbia College Chicago, IL
2015 Lynn College Boca Raton, FL
2015 DePaul University Chicago, IL
2015 Pace University $22,000 $88,000 New York, NY
2015 University of Miami Miami, FL
2015 University of San Francisco San Francisco, CA
2015 DePaul University $6,000 $24,000 Chicago, IL
2015 Harold Washington Chicago, IL
2015 Evergreen State $6,000 $24,000 Olympia, WA
2015 Colorado State University Fort Collins, CO
2015 Roosevelt University $18,625 $74,500 Chicago, IL
2015 Columbia College $9,000 $36,000 Chicago, IL
2015 University of Massachusetts- Amherst Amherst, MA
2015 Kalamazoo College $20,000 $80,000 Kalamazoo, MI
2015 Ferris State $5,000 $20,000 Big Rapids, IL
2015 Wayne State University Detroit, MI
2015 DePaul University $13,500 $54,000 Chicago, IL
2015 Eastern Michigan University $3,000 $12,000 Ypsilanti, MI
2014 University of Kansas 1450 Jayhawk Blvd, Lawrence, KS 66045
2014 Santa Monica Community College 1900 Pico Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90405
2014 Cornell College $17,000 $68,000 600 1st St SW, Mt Vernon, IA 52314
2014 Cornell College $22,000 $88,000 600 1st St SW, Mt Vernon, IA 52314
2014 Beloit 700 College St, Beloit, WI 53511
2014 Knox $19,250 $77,000 2 E South St, Galesburg, IL 61401
2014 Oberlin College 173 W Lorain St, Oberlin, OH 44074
2014 Grinnell 1115 8th Ave, Grinnell, IA 50112
2014 Waubonsee $500 $2,000 18 S. River St.
Aurora, IL 60506
2014 Antioch $46,933 $187,732 Lawrence Springs, OH
2013 Allegheny College Unknown Meadville, PA
2013 Baldwin Wallace Unknown Berea, OH
2013 College of Charleston (SC) Charleston, SC
2013 Colorado State Unknown Fort Collins, CO
2013 Columbia College Unknown Chicago, IL
2013 Cornell College Unknown Chicago, IL
2013 DePaul University Unknown Chicago, IL
2013 Florence University of of the Arts (Italy) Firenze, Italia
2013 George Williams College Unknown Williams Bay, WI
2013 Habonim Dror Workshop 63 Ein Dor, Israel
2013 Iowa Wesleyan Unknown Mt Pleasant, IA
2013 Kansas Lawrence, KS
2013 Lawerence University Unknown Appleton, WI
2013 Marquette Unknown Milwaukee, WI
2013 Marquette Unknown Milwaukee, WI
2013 Pomona $45,832 $183,328 Claremont, CA
2013 Robert Morris Unknown Chicago, IL
2013 St. Olaf Northfield, MN
2013 Stanford Unknown Stanford, CA
2013 The College of Wooster Unknown Wooster, OH
2013 UIC Unknown Chicago, IL
2013 University of Colorado (Springs) Unknown Colorado Springs, CO
2013 University of Delaware Newark, DE
2013 University of Denver Unknown Denver, CO
2013 University of Montana (Mizz) Unknown Montana
2013 University of Of Oregon Eugene, OR
2013 University of San Francisco Unknown San Francisco, CA
2013 Valparaiso University Valparaiso, IN
2013 Warren Wilson Unknown Swannanoa, NC
2013 Warren Wilson Unknown Swannanoa, NC
2013 Western Washington Bellingiham, WA
2013 Wittenberg (OH) Unknown Springfield, OH

Facilities

GCE’s campus is located in the Lincoln Park neighborhood on Chicago’s north side. reflect a state-of-the-art environment for learning. The school is a living ecosystem for student engagement and ownership; its design manifests the learning model. The following unique styles of spaces assist in drawing out student and staff purpose, process, potential, and excellence:

  • Maker Lab which houses 3D & 2D printing for collaborative workshops with small group discussion, and individual/small group work
  • Workshop Studios for 3D building, fashion, & design; visual arts; and large group gathering
  • Conservatory for eco-activities, social gatherings, presentations, and music
  • “Traditional” classrooms for workshops & classes, conversation, mind-mapping, and test-taking
  • Micro-theatres (large classrooms) designed for audio/visual presentations & productions, drama, small group discussions, and large group reporting
  • Student Lounge
  • Kitchen for cooking classes, “kitchen table” discussions, and events
  • Conference rooms & Offices (open concept/shared & private) for meetings, private discussions, independent and small group work spaces, and video conferencing

Our campus is located in the beautiful and safe Lincoln Park neighborhood on Chicago’s north side. The nearby Red Line train stop, Metra station, and bus lines make GCE’s campus remoarkably accessible to the entire city.

Tuition

$23,500 2017-18 Full-Time Student Tuition

Tuition Assistance

GCE Lab School provides varying levels of need-based assistance. Applications for Financial Assistance are processed by a third-party administrator to ensure GCE’s need-blind admissions process. To start the financial assistance process, please follow the steps here.
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