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.
White or Non-Hispanic
Multi-Cultural or Other
The GCE Lab School community is truly reflective of the community in which we live. With 80% of our students receiving tuition assistance, we unite students and communities all across Chicago.
Why Students Choose GCE
As one of the most diverse independent schools in Chicago, our students represent the diversity of Chicago. Each student is recognized for their unique history, perspective, and identity. Our aim is to cultivate young leaders and change agents. Small, diverse classrooms wherein students feel comfortable developing their voices, taking intellectual risks, and challenging their own previously held opinions occasion the practice of respect, empathy, and cultural awareness, and prepare our students to contribute effectively in heterogeneous environments, local and global.
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.
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 accepted to college.
earn merit-based scholarships for college.
Portrait of a GCE Graduate
At GCE, students develop skills and competencies to become:
GCE graduates grasp the opportunities that exist in our world through their study of integrated, thematic courses that are grounded in the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. Through weekly field experiences, they challenge their assumptions about the world around them and develop their ability to apply academic skills in real-world settings.
GCE graduates are proficient in the core competencies demanded by our changing workforce – the ability to think critically, communicate clearly, work collaboratively, and solve complex problems. In addition to the traditional measures of academic success, they are fluent in financial, digital, and interpersonal literacy.
GCE graduates demonstrate ethical judgement and integrity when interacting with others from across a diverse range of backgrounds, beliefs, and perspectives. They exercise empathy and awareness as they adapt and respond to changing environments and cultures.
GCE graduates engage in a personalized curriculum that encourages them to explore their varied interests and develop a sense of purpose and direction for their continued learning. They understand how to set goals, take risks, and motivate themselves to achieve mastery.
GCE graduates are leaders, entrepreneurs, technologists, civic activists, artists, and humanists who are compelled to make a difference. Through their project-based learning experience, they translate problems into opportunities and employ design thinking to create solutions that improve the world around them.
GCE graduates have an understanding and awareness of the wider world and how it works, a sense of their own role as a world citizen, and are willing to act to make the world a more equitable and sustainable place.