GEMS World Academy - Chicago

350 E. South Water Street
Chicago, IL 60601

Discounts for Northwestern Families

  • GEMS World Academy-Chicago offers a 20% tuition discount to current Northwestern University benefits-eligible faculty and staff. 
  • This education discount is applicable for tuition for GEMS's preschool through 8th grade programs.
  • Eligibility will be determined by the completion of a Northwestern employee designation form pdf.

School Programs

  • GEMS World Academy-Chicago is a premier independent school serving students from preschool to 8th grade in 2016-2017.
  • GEMS's International Baccalaureate curriculum and master educators help students develop an global perspective through inquiry-based learning, transdisciplinary instruction and integrated technology.
  • One of the world's most advanced learning environments, the GEMS school helps students understand the world through frequent connections to other GEMS students around the globe.
  • Teachers lead students on structured field studies, allowing students to interact and understand Chicago's culture, people, and institutions.
  • To help students make deeper connections to other cultures, GEMS offers four world languages (Arabic, French, Mandarin, Spanish).
  • Extracurricular offerings include fine and performing arts, world languages, and athletics.
  • The school will expand in the 2017-2018 school year to include an upper school.
  • GEMS World Academy-Chicago is part of the international GEMS Education network which includes schools on four continents educating 150,000 students each year. 


GEMS admissions team is available to provide a thorough overview of our curriculum, programs, faculty, and facilities. Meetings and tours may be arranged through or by contacting 312-809-8910 or Please mention your affiliation with Northwestern when contacting GEMS.

Applications for the 2016-2017 school year will be accepted until December 31, 2015. If space permits, applications will be considered after this date. 

The Northwestern University Office of Work/Life & Family Resources does not endorse or recommend any particular school or child care center and encourages all parents to carefully evaluate any provider they are considering to care for their child.