Students at GCE Lab School represent the diversity of Chicago. Each student is recognized for his or her unique history, perspective, and identity. Our aim is to cultivate young leaders and change agents. Small, diverse classrooms wherein students feel comfortable developing their voices, taking intellectual risks, and challenging their own previously held opinions occasion the practice of respect, empathy, and cultural awareness, and prepare our students to contribute effectively in heterogeneous environments, local and global.
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.
We encourage all families to apply for Flexible Tuition by submitting an income and asset assessment, including a current IRS Form 1040 and W-2 wage statements. Families enrolled in the Flex Plan must re-submit financial information annually. Families who elect not to complete the assessment will be responsible for full tuition.
Full tuition may change in future years according to the needs of the school. For the sake of financial planning, any given student’s tuition ceiling will remain the same for the duration of his or her tenure at GCE. Those enrolled in the Flex Plan can expect annual increases or decreases according to demonstrated resources.
- All mandatory fees, including those associated with classroom field experiences
- Books and curricular resources
- Breakfast and lunch
- In-school travel costs
Tuition Does Not Include:
- A student’s own school supplies
- Laptop computer (For $50, a student may rent a school-owned Chromebook for the academic year)
- Transportation fees related to travel to and from school
- Participation in optional programs, domestic or international