CHICAGO – April 14, 2021 – Global Citizenship Experience Lab School (GCE) is bringing their personalized learning approach to the Chicago Loop. GCE Lab School’s new campus at 9 W Washington Street will provide equitable access to students from across Chicagoland and optimally position students in the heart of the real-world learning experiences the City offers. Construction on the new campus is slated to begin May 2021 with phase one to be completed for partial move in by the beginning of the 2021-2022 school year.
“Chicago’s business and civic communities have so much to teach our local high school students,” said GCE co-founder and board chair Sheryl Curcio. “By moving our school from our current location to the loop, we open the door to even greater opportunities for our students to engage with the community, learn together, and prepare to solve some of the world’s most pressing problems.”
Founded in 2010, GCE is an independent school that prepares high school students to be leaders, entrepreneurs, and change-makers. Classes focus on real-world learning that use the City as its classroom and partners with Chicago’s business and civic communities to ignite student curiosity about the world around them. Every week, students leave the classroom and meet with industry professionals who help them understand the why behind their learning and give students exposure to a wide range of networks and career paths.
“Learning has been stifled across Chicago and the world over the last year with the ongoing pandemic and student engagement is at an all-time low,” said Cabell King, head of school for GCE. “While GCE’s doors were closed for a portion of 2020, we maintained a 93 percent attendance rate, both virtually and now in person as we began in-person learning in April. The personalized, yet community-based nature of our curriculum motivates students to take responsibility for their learning and this became extremely important as we all navigated the last year together.”
GCE Lab School’s student body mirrors Chicago’s socioeconomic and racial diversity, with students coming from 34 different neighborhoods. 100 percent of GCE graduates are accepted to A college or post-secondary programs and receive an average of $100,000 in merit aid to attend college. 74 percent participate in at least one internship while in high school, and 10 percent of GCE students start a business while in high school or post-secondary school. “This new campus comes at a critical time for many families in Chicago, as they determine how they are going to navigate the current education system and pandemic,” continued King. “When we open our doors for the 2021 – 2022 school year we are excited to welcome students from across the city and have them take responsibility for their learning and amplify their voice with empathy and respect for differing viewpoints.”
As the next step in GCE’s evolution, a $10 million investment is anticipated for the new community-centered campus in the loop and expanded programs. The space will also serve as the home of GCE Learning Labs which extends the school’s best practices in experiential, project-based learning to public, charter school, and youth organizations across the country. For more information about Global Citizenship Experience Lab School or Learning Labs, visit gcelabschool.org. Parents interested in enrolling their child in GCE should contact Sarah Brock at 773-217-8145.