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Exploring the Chicago River with Urban Rivers

By Hiu To / September 11, 2021

First-year students embarked on their first off-campus Field Experience of their GCE career, and it was definitely one for the books. The students are investigating the guiding question, “How is…

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Communication, community, and care relieves the stress of high school transitions at GCE

By Sarah Brock / May 28, 2021

The transition from middle school to high school can be stressful for students and their families.   If you start to feel overwhelmed about heading off to high school, please remember…

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Northwestern University’s Center for Talent Development offering GCE’s ReDesigning the Future in Summer Program

By GCE Lab School / May 19, 2021

Northwestern University’s Center for Talent Development is offering GCE’s ReDesigning the Future class as part of its Spectrum Online Summer Program for 6th–8th-grade students. The three-week, 1-credit course challenges students…

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GCE is Pitching in for the Parks on Chicago’s South Side

By GCE Lab School / May 11, 2021

We’re excited to announce GCE is participating in the Chicago Parks Foundation’s Pitch In for the Parks program, a citywide volunteer park clean-up effort taking place from June through October!…

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Test-optional policies improve equity in admissions leading to more diverse campuses

By Sarah Brock / May 11, 2021

Colleges and universities have proven the ability to evaluate applicants with or without standardized test scores, the high school admissions process, especially in Chicago, continues to focus on testing. It’s time to do better.

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Stop Ranking My Teenager: Great Students are Overlooked in CPS High School Enrollment Decisions

By Sarah Brock / May 1, 2021

A holistic approach to admission processes is not a new idea. Simply put, a holistic admission review aims to “see” the whole applicant, not just their test scores or GPA.…

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GCE Community Cookbook

By GCE Lab School / April 24, 2021

Sweet or savory? Baked or grilled? The answer is obviously, “yes.”  We’re firing up a new GCE Community Cookbook to share our favorite recipes with one another—and throughout the rest…

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Closing the Loop at Plant Chicago

By Hiu To / April 23, 2021

First-year students in the Food For Thought and Food class embarked on a cross-curricular Field Experience to Plant Chicago. Education Manager, Rock Evans gave the students a tour of the…

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Rethinking high-stress high school admission applications

By Sarah Brock / April 16, 2021

The pandemic has led to countless educational innovations and adaptations, from live-streaming science experiments and concerts to building community through virtual service projects and socially distanced field experiences. And yet,…

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Tasting coffee’s origins with Metropolis Coffee!

By Brent Mix / April 16, 2021

The Food For Thought course re-directs our investigations from the interior of the self back into the world that formed our selves, with particular focus on the way our food…

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Head of School, Cabell King speaks at 2021 NAIS Online Annual Conference

By GCE Lab School / February 24, 2021

The boundaries between civic and social worlds and the classroom are progressively muddy. Tense emotions, complex ideas, and hyper-relevance can be critical challenges for schools and teachers alike—but the classroom…

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Discovering Found Object Puppetry with Rough House Theater

By Hiu To / February 22, 2021

Throughout history and around the world, humans have used puppets to pass down stories, share cultural practices, and revolt against censorship. A Show of Hands is a course in which students…

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From the Pulpit to the People: Standing Up for Your Community—with Father Bill Corcoran

By GCE Lab School / February 17, 2021

Father Bill Corcoran stepped up to the virtual Soapbox to speak out on speaking up. He shared with us reactions to his decision to speak out against former President Trump…

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How Art is Getting Us Through the Pandemic—with Cortney Lederer

By GCE Lab School / February 11, 2021

Can you imagine enduring the pandemic without music, without film, without art? This week, curator and educator Cortney Lederer challenged us to think about how art is essential and how…

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Exciting things to come for GCE Lab School and Dreams For Kids

By GCE Lab School / February 5, 2021

GCE is incredibly honored and thrilled to help Dreams For Kids keep the dream alive. For 31 years, Dreams For Kids has touched the lives of over 75,000 kids and…

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Investigating Budō with Jason Bender

By Brent Mix / January 27, 2021

Students in Who Am I? took a virtual introductory jiu-jitsu class with Jason Bender of Bender Fitness. While the study of martial arts might seem miles away from our course on…

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The Gift of Snow

By GCE Lab School / January 27, 2021

On Monday evening, Chicago received its first major winter storm of the season. The first significant snow is an occasion to observe the calm of slowed traffic and muffled sounds. So…

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Light/No Light: Experimenting with Pinhole Cameras

By Adam Cohen-Leadholm / January 27, 2021

The Juniors in Light, Sound, and Time investigated the guiding question: What would life look like without light?. They studied camera exposure to better understand how the human eye reacts…

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Implicit Bias—with Tiffany Harper

By GCE Lab School / January 26, 2021

A corporate lawyer by day and nonprofit founder by night, Tiffany brought great energy to the virtual Soapbox. As the granddaughter of a cotton picker who graduated from an Ivy…

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Social Impact Entertainment—with Michael Dolan

By GCE Lab School / January 19, 2021

On Tuesday, January 16, we welcomed award-winning producer and creative development director Michael Dolan to the virtual Soapbox. Michael joined us to talk about “Social Impact Entertainment” and how young…

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Fall Term

September 7, 2021 - November 19, 2021


October 2, 2021
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ReFueling Our Future

October 2, 2021 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am CDT
9 West Washington
Chicago, IL 60602 United States

PreACT/CWRA+ Test Date

October 6, 2021

Parent-Teacher Conferences

October 6, 2021 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm CDT

Parent-Teacher Conferences

October 7, 2021 @ 5:00 pm - 7:30 pm CDT

Indigenous Peoples’ Day [No School]

October 11, 2021
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High School Open House for Grades 9-12

October 14, 2021 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm CDT
9 West Washington
Chicago, IL 60602 United States
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ReDesigning the Future

October 16, 2021 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am CDT
9 West Washington
Chicago, IL 60602 United States

Day of Service: Pitch in for the Parks at Ping Tom Memorial Park

October 16, 2021 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm CDT