GCE Lab School Names New Head of School


Sheryl Curcio
GCE Lab School
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Chicago, IL: Concluding a national search, Global Citizenship Experience Lab School (GCE) has appointed Cabell King as Head of School. GCE’s unique model for learning integrates traditional academic disciplines into thematic courses that investigate real-world problems using a project-based approach. The high school’s curriculum is oriented specifically to cultivate global awareness, civic engagement, critical thinking, and creative expression in students.

King joins GCE during a time of particular growth and change. The school recently completed a 5-year strategic plan that includes aspirations to grow enrollment from roughly 50 students to 120. By fall 2020, GCE will move to a larger facility, better equipped to accommodate this growth and its latest curriculum developments. Under King’s leadership, GCE will expand institutional partnerships to impact its weekly field experience program and build an internship experience for seniors. A number of merit- and need-based scholarships will ensure tuition is not a barrier for passionate learners who want to make a true impact in the world.

Sheryl Curcio, GCE’s Board Founder, is excited for the school’s future under King’s leadership: “Over the past 7 years, GCE Lab School has evolved into a transformative high school education model that prepares students for our global and interconnected world. Cabell brings the vision and experience needed to build on GCE’s strong foundations and graduate generations of students who have the skills and knowledge necessary to not only succeed, but to courageously take action both locally and globally.”

GCE will be the latest in a list of educational startups King has been instrumental in founding, including: The School for Ethics and Global Leadership, a high school semester program in Washington, DC; and Ingles sin Limites, a co-curricular language and vocational training program for under-resourced youth in Costa del Sol, El Salvador. Additionally, he has been an administrator and teacher at the University of Chicago.

King returns to Chicago from Philadelphia, where he was Assistant Head of School at YSC Academy, a school for young men participating in the athletic youth development program for Philadelphia’s Major League Soccer Club, the Philadelphia Union. He helped to design YSC’s individualized academic curriculum, accommodating each student’s specific training and competition demands; implemented an integrated community service program, senior independent research projects, and electives capitalizing on student interest in athletics and sport science; initiated the school’s first coordinated advancement campaign; and reorganized admissions, orientation, and the management of student records during a time of almost 20% growth.

A native of Seattle, King has a BA from Dartmouth College and an MA from the University of Chicago. He enjoys camping, hiking, and bicycle touring; in 2006, he completed a 4700-mile cross-country solo bike ride accompanied by his 75-pound dog. With his wife Reenie, he has two children, Tiernan and Adeline.

King is enthusiastic about his new role at GCE: “Naturally, we are interested to prepare our students for success in college applications and compelling careers, but the specific objective of GCE Lab School that animates me is the cultivation of critical intellect for the sake of constructive engagement with the world. We will pursue this end in a community where each student is known, valued, encouraged, and situated for success.”

GCE Lab School is still accepting applications for the 2018-2019 academic year. Limited scholarship funds are available. See the school’s website for more information: https://gcelabschool.org/ or contact the Admissions Office at 312-643-0991.

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