Student Life

transitioning to high school

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

By Sarah Brock / May 28, 2021
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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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The Gift of Snow

By GCE Lab School / January 27, 2021
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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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Fresh with a pH

By Hiu To / November 7, 2019
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The Freshmen in the Water class are studying the water cycle. In the process, students learned that infiltration is an important part of the cycle because as the water passes…

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Youth Climate Strike

By Hiu To / September 29, 2019

A group of GCE students participated in the Global Climate Strike on September 20th. Between September 20- September 27, 7.6 million people took to the streets to strike for climate…

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Bring It On!

By Hiu To / April 10, 2019

Our Winter Term Community Day put all of the students’ different skills and talents to work. The morning started off with some brainteasing riddles and a relay race that tested…

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LGBT History Month

By Hiu To / October 12, 2018

October is National LGBT History Month. The month is dedicated to observing lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender history and gay rights history. Maeve, class of 2019 started the Pride Club at…

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Congratulations to the Class of 2018!

By Hiu To / June 14, 2018
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Congratulations to our Class of 2018!!! Our 2018 graduates endured an academically and emotionally challenging year and they came out on the other side stronger and smarter. We are so…

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Spring Into Community

By Hiu To / April 16, 2018
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There’s nothing like a little friendly competition to build community. We started off Spring term with a Community Day that focused on teamwork, problem-solving, a bit of athleticism, and a…

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Meet our Students

By Hiu To / September 4, 2017

We are thrilled to welcome 21 new students to our community this year, bringing our student body to 49. In true GCE spirit, our returning students welcomed their new peers…

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Paying it Forward

By Hiu To / May 23, 2017

We first met Zach as a Sophomore in 2008; he was one of the six GCE students at the time. As a Sophomore, Zach was opinionated, determined, and challenging. During his…

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Pye GCEs the World

By Hiu To / May 19, 2017

Henry Pye, a GCE graduate from the class of 2013 talked to us about life after high school. In 2009, we met Henry in a basement of an old mansion…

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We Value Real World Relevance

By Hiu To / December 20, 2016

We asked our alums how GCE has prepared them for college and unanimously, our graduates expressed the importance of rooting classroom learning in real world problems. The core of our…

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We Value Community

By Hiu To / July 13, 2016

We asked our alums how GCE factors into their lives after graduation and unanimously, our graduates expressed gratitude for a community that they can always come back to. We take…

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Alum Holla-Back: Lily Fiske

By Hiu To / April 12, 2016

2015 graduate, Lily Fiske talks about getting on the Dean’s List, taking an internship in New York, and how her roots remain at GCE.

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Alum Holla-Back: Meshach Maldonado-Lewis

By Hiu To / April 12, 2016

2015 graduate, Meshach talks about his business ventures and how Field Experiences prepared him for college.

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Alum Holla-Back: Becca Smith

By Hiu To / April 12, 2016

2015 graduate, Becca Smith talks about her first year of college, her 5-year plan, and how GCE prepared her for her major.

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Alum Holla-Back: Jason Krasavage

By Hiu To / April 11, 2016

2015 graduate, Jason Krasavage talks about the importance of staying on top of your work in college and how joining the poetry slam team at GCE taught him real-world skills.

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Featured Scholar: Justin

By Hiu To / March 7, 2016

Justin reflects on how he is able to explore his passions through Action Projects and how GCE helped him find his voice.

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Featured Scholar: Karla

By Hiu To / February 1, 2016

Karla reflects on her first impression of GCE, her favorite part of the school, and why Final Presentations are meaningful to her.

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GCE’s Got Talent

By Hiu To / November 24, 2015

We held our second annual Talent Show and once again it was a sight to behold. This year there were plenty of musical acts, each one giving its own unique…

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Fall Term

September 7, 2021 - November 19, 2021

SAT

October 2, 2021
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ReFueling Our Future

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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

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

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