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Hidden Gems High School Fair

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Knowing how to cast your net wide and increase your options is KEY to a successful Chicago high school search. Join Chicago School GPS as we bring together over 35 participating schools, each with unique qualities that you may not have known about prior to coming to our Hidden Gems Fair.  PLUS, you can meet helpful resource vendors and partake in informative breakout sessions that will give you clarity on the high school process.  Join us for an afternoon designed to make your high school journey a successful one!

Check out our list of exhibitors
HERE. Or an alphabetized list of schools and tips for the fair HERE
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Our virtual platform opens at 12:30pm and the Hidden Gems High School Fair Program begins at 1pm with high schools showcasing what makes them unique. Breakout sessions begin at 2:00pm and exhibitors will be available for live chats from 1:30-4pm. Fair ends at 4:30pm.

Our invaluable breakout sessions offer insights for Middle School Parents and Students on topics such as:
  • 2pm: Private school scholarship opportunities & resources
  • 2:30pm: Executive Functioning Strategies for Middle Schoolers
  • 3pm: International Baccalaureate Programs Demystified
  • 3:30pm: High School Entrance Exam Insights (includes SEHS, HSPT & ISEE)
  • 4pm: Navigating the private & public high school admissions process

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· Stage
Welcome & Introduction of schools
Tracey Wood Paul Borens Tami Doig Martin Moran Kayla Slusher Charlie Howard Ginger Hecht Carolyn  Aberman Grace Sawin
· Expo
Exhibitor Booths
Exhibitor booths featuring public, charter, private, parochial, independent and boarding schools and vendors
· Sessions
Scholarship Opportunities & Academic Resources
Hear about the JKCF scholarship and other opportunities that could lead to scholarships, with some applications open as early as 7th grade!
Tammie Stewart
· Sessions
Executive Functioning For Middle Schoolers
Geared to middle schoolers to help them identify areas of focus to get them ready for high school.
Christine Betterman
· Sessions
International Baccalaureate Demystified
Learn about what is an International Baccalaureate (IB) program and why it can benefit your student.
Mary Beck
· Sessions
High School Entrance Exams
Learn about various High School Entrance Exams including SEHS, HSPT and ISEE
Charlie Howard
· Sessions
Navigating High School Admissions
Brief overview of the public and private high school addmissions processes from Chicago School GPS.
Grace Sawin


Tracey Wood

GEMS World Academy

Mary Beck

International Baccalaureate (IB) Speaker

Paul Borens

SJNA Admissions

Adriana Mourgelas

GEMS World Admissions Director

Martin Moran

Bennett Day Director of Upper School

Tami Doig

Daystar Academy Head of School

Claire Saura

International Baccalaureate (IB) Speaker

Kayla Slusher

Wayland Academy Admissions

Carolyn Aberman

School Search Expert

Ginger Hecht

School Search Expert

Christine Betterman

Executive Functioning Advice

Tammie Stewart

Scholarship Advice

Charlie Howard

Test Prep Guru

Grace Sawin

School Search Expert

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Bennett Day School

Empowering curious students in a complex world through project-based learning

Daystar Academy

An IB World School

Test Prep Chicago

The Best "Prep" Secret in Chicago!

GEMS World Academy

Learning Locally, Thinking Globally

Wayland Academy

Wayland Academy is a 9-12 boarding and day school in Beaver Dam, WI. Students arrive from over 20 different countries and all over the US to grow independently and learn skills necessary for college and the world!

St. John's Northwestern Academies

Military and Leadership Boarding School in Delafield, WI

The Chicago High School for the Arts, ChiArts

ChiArts: Home of the Scholar-Artist

Senn High School

Nicholas Senn High School is a diverse community that develops motivated, creative, and critical thinkers who are actively responsible globally minded citizens.

Beacon Academy

Montessori Mindset, IB Backbone

Stephen T. Mather High School

You Belong Here!

Global Citizenship Experience Lab School

A high school that makes a world of difference.

The French International School of Chicago - Lycée Français de Chicago

The LFC is an international, multilingual school that fosters educational excellence and empowers its students to become well-rounded, active global citizens.

Von Steuben MSC

Together, we are Von strong.

Chicago Waldorf School

It's how we teach that changes everything.

North Shore Country Day

What Matters Most - Since our founding we have committed to answering a fundamental question: What matters most when educating a child?

Culver Academies

Culver Academies is a private boarding school educating boys and girls for leadership and responsible citizenship in society.

La Lumiere School

At La Lumiere School, we form character, cultivate scholarship, and explore faith in order to grow into more complete versions of ourselves.

Roosevelt High School

To create and sustain systems and structures that foster a culture of continuous learning and practices that support ALL students academically and social-emotionally for post-secondary success.

Saint Bede Academy

St. Bede Academy is a college-prep boarding and day school in Peru, IL - 100 miles SW of Chicago

The Chicago Academy for the Arts

The Chicago Academy for the Arts is a nationally recognized independent high school for the performing and visual arts where high school artists master the skills necessary for academic success, critical thought, and creative expression.

British International School of Chicago, South Loop

You Want The Best For Your Child. So Do We.

Greenfields Academy

Greenfields Academy helps K-12th grade students discover and grow their unique strengths – because the world needs them.

Western Reserve Academy

Every one of our students has a success story to tell. We can't wait to tell yours.

Noble Network of Charter Schools

Noble is a network of 18 tuition-free, open enrollment public charter schools.

Marine Leadership Academy

7th - 12th Grade Selective Enrollment College Preparatory Military Academy that prepares leaders in mind, body, and character for success in college, career, and a life of service within the global community

Woodlands Academy of the Sacred Heart

"Empowered Girls Change the World"

Intrinsic Schools

Reimagining School

Rickover Naval Academy

Learning to lead in order to serve.

Wolcott School

No Tutors Needed! Assignments. Deadlines. Learning. Nothing falls through the cracks!

Disney ll

Create You @ Disney II!

Roycemore School

At Roycemore, students love coming to school!

Maharishi School

Know Yourself, Think Deeply, Unleash Your Creativity, Succeed

Farragut Career Academy IB World School

Learners Today...Leaders Tomorrow

DeVry University Advantage Academy

Earn your Associate Degree and CPS High School Diploma at the Same Time!!

DePaul College Prep

Faith, Respect, Excellence, Service, Health & Wellness

Mother McAuley High School

Mother McAuley Liberal Arts High School is a Catholic educational community committed to providing a quality college-preparatory education for young women.

The Ogden International School of Chicago

A neighborhood school with a worldly spirit

Chicago Military Academy - Bronzeville

An Early College STEM Leadership HS

ACE Amandla Charter High School

ACE Amandla Charter High School strives to be an inclusive community that prepares students for rewarding careers in architecture, construction, and engineering

Kelvyn Park Jr & Sr High School

We are the Heart of Hermosa- Community | Relationships | Empowerment

Jack Kent Cooke Scholarship/Center for Talent Development at Northwestern

Academic Programs, Opportunities and Resources for age 3- grade 12

Holy Trinity High School

You Belong HERE!

JROTC, CPS Department

MISSION: To motivate young people to be better citizens and scholars. To provide a quality citizenship, character, service, and leadership development program. To foster partnerships with schools, communities, and stakeholders.

Neighborhood Parents Network

Connecting Chicago Parents

Better Education Consulting

Virtual Tutoring and Executive Functioning Services

Huntington Learning Center

To Give Every Student The Best Education Possible.