Welcome to Chicago

Welcome to Chicago! I am thrilled you are going to be part of our vibrant and beautiful city. I know moving to a new city (or country) is hard (I’ve done it many times all over the world). To help you feel at home, I’ve put together some helpful recommendations I’ve gathered over the years. Chicago is an international city full of rich resources, stories, people and opportunities. I hope you enjoy our cosmopolitan urban destination with the sought-after Midwestern charm.


German International School Chicago
1447 W Montrose Ave, Chicago IL 60613
(773) 880-8812

German International School Chicago (GISC) is an independent, not-for-profit, dual language school. GISC is a Provisional Member of the Independent Schools Association of the Centre States (ISACS), is recognized as a DSD-School by the German ZfA (Central Agency for Schools Abroad), and is an official PASCH Partner School.

GISC’s curriculum is taught mainly in German with multi-cultural approach. GISC welcomes students of all backgrounds and nationalities. Students learn in a supportive, intimate, individualized environment that nurtures curiosity and creativity and fosters global awareness. GISC students – fluent in German and English – will become well-rounded, responsible global citizens.

Programs: Preschool: ages 3-4, Kindergarten, Elementary School: Grades 1 – 5; Before/After School Care.

Lycee Francais de Chicago
613 W Bittersweet Pl.
Chicago, IL 60613
(773) 665-0066

Instruction is provided in French and English from preschool through high school. Our students can prepare for the French Baccalaureate, an option in academic excellence giving our graduates a clear advantage in their choice of university, as well as later in life. The International Baccalaureate Diploma Program is offered in English in grades 9 -12.

Through the rigorous curriculum and international exposure, Lycee Francais students become equipped to meet the challenges of an increasingly global world, whether they are pursuing college admission, competitive careers, or their life endeavors.

Global Citizenship Experience Lab School
1535 N Dayton St
Chicago, IL 60642
(312) 643-0991

Global Citizenship Experience (GCE) Lab School provides an education that breaks down walls between school and the world. The inquiry and project-based curriculum takes students out of the classroom and into the real-world. GCE Lab School students are at the center of this collaborative learning environment. Throughout their high school career, GCE students participate in more than 200 field experiences, guest workshops, and case studies.

100% of graduates have gained admission to top tier universities across the country with 80% of those students earning merit-based scholarships.

GCE Lab School is an exceptional independent private high school (grades 9-12) where 50% of the students receive scholarship funding, resulting in a student body that’s truly reflective of the richly diverse city of Chicago. The school has recently relocated into a ground-breaking facility in Lincoln Park filled with student projects, conversations, art, experiments, and creativity.

Lincoln Park/Abraham Lincoln Elementary School
615 W Kemper Pl.
Chicago, IL, 60614
(773) 534-5720

Established in 1871, Abraham Lincoln Elementary School, a Chicago Public School, has been in existence for over 135 years. The original school building, completed in 1871, once served as temporary refuge for the homeless of the Great Chicago Fire. Lincoln School grew rapidly along with the largely German Lincoln Park neighborhood.

As a neighborhood school, Lincoln Elementary School has proudly served the community of Lincoln Park. The students have excelled at the citywide Young Authors Program and the State Science Fair. Lincoln students have received awards of excellence in national competitions such as National History Day and the Scripps-Howard Spelling Bee.

In 1981, Lincoln was designated as a International Gifted School, one of the most prestigious academic programs in the world. Lincoln is affiliated with the Lincoln Park Magnet Cluster Program and is home to the Ecole Franco-Américaine de Chicago (Ecole Franco-Américaine de Chicago), a tuition-supported program with a curriculum certified by the French government for K-8 native speakers of French.

Lincoln Park/Alcott College Prep. Chicago
2625 N Orchard St.
Chicago, IL 60614
(773) 534-5460

The vision of Alcott is to create an intimate educationally, socially, and emotionally rich community of lifelong learners in a seamless, integrated pre-kindergarten to 12th grade environment where students become accountable and responsible for their own education, reaching their full potential and graduating with the tools and experiences to both succeed in their own lives and to make a positive contribution to society.

Alcott’s mission is to educate students to become innovative lead- ers, engaged citizens and lifelong learners. The students will be wise, creative, critical thinkers and will take responsibility for their own learning at every age.

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