Students returning to GCE Lab School this fall will walk into an innovative new space that transforms the high school experience.
CHICAGO, September 1, 2016/PR Newswire/– GCE Lab School has expanded into a new facility that redefines the high school’s physical environment. Located at 1535 North Dayton, GCE has created a profoundly unique “home base” that’s reflective of their project-based student-centered curriculum, and a compliment to the school’s City2Classroom™ learning model and partnerships. A ribbon-cutting event on September 22 at 6:00pm will formally introduce the new space to key donors and supporters of the school.
GCE’s approach was to take an older building with large open spaces and unique architectural elements, and build a living ecosystem for student engagement and ownership. Students were involved in the design and build process, where they identified materials that otherwise would have been disregarded and “upcycled” them. They influenced the design and utility of each space based on their learning styles, social interests, and material needs. The result is a one-of-kind space that facilitates active learning and collaboration, including:
- Maker Lab Design with 3D/2D printing
- Workshop Studios for 3D building, design, visual arts
- Conservatory for eco-activities, social gatherings, presentations, music
- Classrooms for workshops, conversation, mind-mapping, test-taking
- Micro-theatres for audio/visual productions
- Student-designed lounge
- Student-organized library that permeates the walls throughout the school
- Biomimicry inspired “greenhouse” features throughout
- Kitchen for cooking classes, “kitchen table” discussions, food prep and eating
- Outdoor space: The City of Chicago
The GCE Lab School is an independent private high school where at least 50% of the students earn scholarship funding, resulting in a student body that’s truly reflective of Chicago’s rich diversity. GCE Lab School’s inquiry and project-based curriculum extends beyond the special walls of GCE as students indulge in City2Classroom™field experiences every week. The relationship between intimate community and infinite learning networks inspire students to expand and pursue their aspirations.
For further information, please contact Kate Klein, Head of School, at [email protected]