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.
28.6%White or Non-Hispanic
12.3%Multi-Cultural or Other
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.
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.
GCE students are engaged in a variety of extra-curriculars outside the classroom. Teachers are eager to support and sponsor clubs initiated by students.
Portrait of a
At GCE, students develop skills in the following areas:
Innovation & Critical Thinking
- 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
- 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
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
- 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
Innovation & Critical Thinking
- 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
- 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