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Who Attends GCE?

You are inquisitive and curious. You have something important to say and you want to share it with the world. You see yourself thriving in a truly inspiring, collaborative learning environment—one that delivers hands-on educational opportunities, exciting field experiences and true diversity.

African American
White or Non-Hispanic
Multi-Cultural or Other
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The GCE Lab School community is truly reflective of the community in which we live. With 50% of our students receiving tuition assistance, we unite students and communities all across Chicago.

Archer Heights




Garfield Ridge


Hickory Hills

Highland Park

Hyde Park



Lake Forest


Lincoln Park

Little Village

Logan Square


Morgan Park

North Kenwood

North Lawndale

North Park

Oak Park

Old Town

Park Ridge

Portage Park

Prarie Shores

Rogers Park

South Chicago

South Loop



Wicker Park


What Our Students are Doing

At the conclusion of every course, students demonstrate mastery and understanding through final projects. These projects are compiled into a digital portfolio that provides students with a showcase of their high school work that can be shared with colleges and employers.

Extracurricular Activities

GCE students are engaged in a variety of extra-curriculars outside the classroom. Teachers are eager to support and sponsor clubs initiated by students.

Anime Club

Art Club

Athletic Clubs

Baking Club

Builders Club

Chess Club

Cooking Club

Game Club

Garden Club

Music Makers

Outdoor Club

Poetry Club

Running Club

Student Ambassadors

Student Council

Volleyball Club

Where Our Graduates are Going

Since our first graduating class in 2010, our students have been attending college, starting careers, impacting their communities.

of our graduates are college bound
earn merit-based scholarships for college

GCE graduates are accepted at top schools across the country.

View the comprehensive list of schools

Alfred University Allegheny College Antioch College Babson College Baldwin Wallace Bard College Beacon College Beloit College Bradley University Butler University College of Charleston Colorado State University Columbia College Cornell College Dean College Denison DePaul University DePauw University Dominican University Drake University Earlham College Eastern Michigan University Elmhurst College Eureka College Ferris State University Florence University of of the Arts (Italy) Florida Institute of Technology George Williams College Harold Washington Hawaii Pacific University Hofstra University Illinois State University Illinois College Indiana University Iowa State University Iowa Wesleyan Juniata College Kalamazoo College Keiser University Knox College Lawerence University Lourdes University Loyola University Luther College Lynn University Marquette University Marymount California University Marymount Manhattan College Menlo College Miami of Ohio
Woodbury University
Wittenberg University
Whitworth University
Western Washington University
Waubonsee Community College
Warren Wilson
Valparaiso University
Ursinus College
University of San Francisco
University of Oregon
University of North Florida
University of Montana
University of Massachusetts at Amherst
The University of Kansas
University of Illinois at Chicago
University of Illinois
University of Denver
University of Delaware
University of Dayton
University of Colorado at Colorado Springs
University of Colorado at Boulder
University of Cincinnati
University of Chicago
Trinity University
Till School
The University of Tampa
The University of Iowa
The New School
The Evergreen State College
The College of Wooster
The College of Saint Rose
The American University of Paris
Susquehanna University
Suffold University
Stanford University
St. Olaf College
Springfield College
School of the Art Institute of Chicago
Savannah College of Art and Design
Sarah Lawerence College
Santa Monica Community College
Roosevelt University
Robert Morris University
Rhode Island School of Design
Randolph-Macon College
Quinnipiac University
Purdue University
Providence College
Presbyterian College

Portrait of a
GCE Graduate

At GCE, students develop skills in the following areas:

Cultural Awareness
Foundational Literacy
Innovation & Critical Thinking

Portrait of a GCE Graduate
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Cultural Awareness

Students will:

  • Work collaboratively with individuals representing diverse cultures, religions, and lifestyles in a spirit of mutual respect and open dialogue
  • Recognize their own culture’s strengths, seek to understand the cultures of others, and understand that behaviors and values are often tied to cultures
  • Effectively exchange ideas with peers and adults from different backgrounds, and have the skills to enter and adapt to new communities and spaces
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Students will:

  • Participate in civic life by staying informed, understanding political processes, and taking conscientious action
  • Exercise rights and obligations of citizenship at local, state and global levels
  • Understand the local and global impacts of civic decisions
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Foundational Literacy

Students will practice and expand upon literacy in:

  • Letters to read and write confidently and clearly to achieve a desired purpose; and in Numbers to problem solve, reason, and analyze information, to help solve real-world problems
  • Information and Communication Technologies as tools to research, organize, evaluate and communicate information.
  • Media to question easily accessible information to seek deeper understanding and thoughtfully evaluate materials and perspectives
  • Environment to understand society’s impact on the natural world, investigate and analyze environmental issues, and make accurate conclusions about effective solutions
  • Finance to make appropriate personal economic choices, understand the role of the economy in society
  • Health to obtain, interpret and understand basic health information and services, understand preventive physical and mental health measures, including proper diet, nutrition, exercise, risk avoidance and stress reduction
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Students will:

  • Confidently confront challenges and establish personal goals, and demonstrate integrity and resilience in pursuing those goals
  • Take calculated risks that promote personal growth or contribute to solving a problem
  • Practice self-awareness and self-motivation while demonstrating leadership in personal life and community
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Innovation & Critical Thinking

Students will:

  • Identify opportunities to express curiosity and develop creative solutions
  • Brainstorm, elaborate, refine, analyze, and evaluate ideas to maximize creative efforts
  • View failure as a learning opportunity and reflect on learning experiences
  • Envision the world differently from how it currently exists, and see alternative or original solutions to existing problems
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Students will:

  • Work effectively and respectfully in diverse teams to identify and accomplish common goals
  • Exercise flexibility and willingness to make compromises
  • Assume shared responsibility and leadership for collaborative work to draw out and value individual contributions made by each team member

Take a look at what some of our graduates are up to now.