From: Alderman Reilly Reports .........July 9, 2012
Upcoming Community Presentation for GEMS School at 350 E. South Water Street
I am writing to invite you to join me at a public presentation for the GEMS School development proposal, located at 350 E. South Water Street. Per my direction, representatives of GEMS Chicago, Inc. will present their plans and answer any questions you may have about this proposal. My office will be present at this meeting to monitor the discussion, take notes and record your feedback.
The applicant has submitted a proposal for the development of Sub-Area E of Residential Business Planned Development #70 to allow for two private school buildings. Phase I of the project is proposed as a 153 foot tall, 9-story building containing 82,000 square feet for grades Kindergarten through 4th Grade. Phase II of the project is proposed as a 240 foot tall, 13-story structure containing 320,000 square feet for grades 5-12 and 105 parking stalls.
WHAT: 350 E. South Water Street, GEMS School Project
WHO: Hosted by the New Eastside Association of Residents
(NEAR) and Alderman Reilly
WHEN: Wednesday, July 25th at 5:30 P.M.
WHERE: Radisson Blu Aqua Chicago Hotel
221 N. Columbus Drive
As you know, I work hard to provide an open and transparent community review of all local development proposals. I hope you can join NEAR and me to engage in a direct dialogue with the development team to gain a better understanding of this proposal and receive answers to any questions you may have.
In the meantime, if I can be of assistance to you please do not hesitate to contact my office at 312-642-4242 or visit my Virtual Office website at www.ward42chicago.com. For more information on this project, you may also click on the following links to view the Lakefront Application and Figures.
Alderman, 42nd Ward
GEMS Education is a division of the Varkey Group, a privately owned company based in Dubai with interests mainly in education but also in healthcare and construction. GEMS stands for Global Education Management System, it is not the plural of GEM schools. Note that the Dubai Gem School is not part of the GEMS school network, despite the name (as far as we know - it's not in the list of schools on the GEMS school website). Some (or all?) GEMS Schools operate under the name Premier Schools International LLC (incorporated in 2006 in Dubai)?
GEMS World Academy in Al Barsha, Dubai, opened in September 2008. The school, on a 41 000 m² site, offers the International Baccalaureate Programme for 1200 pupils aged 3 to 16.
The new school is the latest in the GEMS network. GEMS is a Dubai-based company with a network of 85 schools in 9 countries, providing high quality 21st century education to about 100 000 pupils. GEMS World Academy was built at a cost of USD 1 791 per square metre.
We are humbled and honored to have former U.S. President Bill Clinton as the honorary Chair of the Varkey GEMS Foundation.
List of GEMS schools in the Middle East, Europe, and rest of the world
GEMS schools in Africa
See also GEMS schools in South Africa
Kenya - GEMS International School in Nairobi, Kenya planned by GEMS Education in association with MenaLink Holdings. It will offer a K-12 British/IB curriculum with capacity up to 2,000 students. Opening date not supplied (28 March 2011 press release).
Project cost about $40-$50 million. Opening date might be September 2012? Possibly up to another 10 schools in Kenya and other locations in Africa under consideration. Dino Varkey quoted by Arabian Business 29 March 2011 as saying "Africa, specifically East Africa, is of critical importance. ... We’ve always had huge ambition for South Africa so there are a number of initiatives that we are pursuing in South Africa, Uganda."
GEMS schools in China
GEMS World Academy (GWA) in Tianjin, China (GEMS World Academy Tianjin Eco City) - announced 19 October 2010, opening date scheduled for 2011, investment of $18m in a joint venture with Sino-Singapore Tianjin Eco-City Investment and Development Co. Ltd (SSTEC). Capacity 2,000 students from preschool to high school, International Baccalaureate (IB) program to be offered (IBPYP, IBMYP, IB Diploma?). School operator of GWA-Tianjin will be a subsidiary of GEMS Education Holdings (PREACH) Pte Ltd in Singapore (press release 19 October 2010).
GEMS schools in Jordan
Aqaba International School - Aqaba
GEMS schools in Kuwait
GEMS Kuwait International English School (KIES) - founded 1991, taken over by GEMS for September 2007
GEMS schools in Libya
International School, Tripoli (Tripoli International School) - Tripoli
GEMS schools in Qatar
Al Khor International School (British Stream) - Doha
Al Khor International School (Indian Stream) - Doha
Doha Modern Indian School - Doha
The Cambridge International School for Girls - Doha
The Cambridge School - Doha
GEMS schools in Great Britain / United Kingdom (UK)
Abbotsford Preparatory School - Manchester
Bolitho School - Cornwall
Brabyns Preparatory School - Stockport
Bury Lawn School - Milton Keynes
Clevelands Preparatory School - Bolton
Firwood Manor Preparatory School - Oldham
GEMS Hampshire School (London)
Kingswood College - Ormskirk
Lady Lane Park School - Bingley
Ladymede School - Aylesbury
Moor Allerton Preparatory School - Manchester
Sherborne House School - Chandlers Ford
Sherfield School - Sherfield-on-Loddon
St. Colette's Preparatory School - Cambridge
The Hampshire School - London
GEMS school expansion in UK - 02 February 2012
The Guardian (a UK based newspaper) reported that GEMS Education was planning to open 6 new private day schools in England for 3-18 year old children. Opening dates between 2012 and 2014. Locations not finalised. Fees expected to be from £8,000 - £12,000 (AED 46,000-70,000) per year.
GEMS schools in India
Bawa Lalvani Public School - Punjab
Cambridge International School - Batala
Cambridge International School - Dasuya
Cambridge International School - Hoshiarpur
Colonel Public School - Tohana
GEMS Global Academy - South City, Gurgaon
GEMS International School - Palam Vihar, Gurgaon
GEMS NPS International School - Guwahati, Assam
Genesis International School - Ahmedabad
Greater Valley School - Greater Noida
Gurukul International School - Nawalgarh
Kothari International School - Noida
Pailan World School - Kolkata
Parasrampuria GEMS International School - Jaipur
Starex International School - Greater Delhi
The Cambridge International School for Girls - Jalandhar
World Heritage School (Junior) - Tohana
GEMS schools in Saudi Arabia
The World Academy (TWA) in King Abdullah Economic City (KAEC), American/IB curriculum, grade K-8 in phase I (open September 2009?), to grade 12 in phase II (open 2012). Head of school Andrew Westerman (unconfirmed).
The Kingdom School in Riyadh (Kingdom Schools) - partnership announced 20 September 2010 for GEMS to manage the school.
GEMS schools in South Africa
GEMS are planning to open schools in South Africa according to a report in The National 23 July 2008
GEMS schools in USA/North America
Pemberton Valley (proposed, rumoured) / Ravens Crest - possible interest expressed by GEMS back in 2007 to establish a school there. Zoning approvals apparently delaying progress. Update 14 July 2011 in the publication Whistler Question said there was progress on zoning approval but not clear if GEMS Education or another school operator would build something on the site - the Pemberton mayor, Jordan Sturdy, reportedly said "It may be GEMS, but it may be others. ... There are a number of different organizations that have expressed interest in the site."
Last update Tuesday 12-Jun-2012