Midwest Academy for Gifted Education is a 501.c.3 not-for-profit. We created MAGE because we detected an important need in the Greater Chicagoland area for an independent school focused on the unique socio-emotional and cognitive needs of gifted learners. We believe learning should develop collaboration skills, creativity and critical thinking in young people. We celebrate and promote the innate talent and interests of each individual student while challenging them to construct their unique understanding of the world. MAGE prepares students for success at competitive schools and beyond.

We believe a MAGE education will engage students to undertake a personal journey to define their interests, prepare them to meet and overcome challenges and open their minds to a world of adventures. When gifted students are provided a space to engage in academic pursuits, while defining their own intellectual and personal interests, they develop a deeper understanding of how they learn and are better able to make connections across different academic subjects and define areas of interest they would like to continue to explore. We want to motivate all students to take risks and try new experiences as we recognize that cognitive disequilibrium creates a space for personal learning.

Being a MAGE student leads to a life committed to learning.

  • A rigorous, internationally-enriched, project based curriculum serving to engage our students in a lifelong pursuit of learning.

  • Experienced, well-trained educators developing and delivering the academic program.

  • A nurturing and caring school climate defined by high expectations for academic performance and social behavior.

  • Relevant and meaningful learning experiences promoting curiosity, critical thinking, collaboration, self-management, and effective communication.

  • A holistic view of learning that fosters each student’s talents, skills, and interests so they can develop a passion for learning about themselves and their world.

  • Monitoring and documenting of student progress to fully understand each student's learning style and to develop individual strengths.

  • Parents receive regular and ongoing communication from the school in the form of narrative and iMAGE based reports on their children's activities.


MAGE, a not-for-profit private co-educational service organization, utilizing research based pedagogical practices to provide a challenging and personalized academic experience with exposure to the arts, character development and global citizenship.  

At MAGE, a child's social and emotional well-being will be nurtured while we continuously strive to stimulate and grow their cognitive capacity. Each student's developmental rhythm is respected and forms the basis for creating an environment where a child's individual characteristics and cognitive abilities are identified, made visible, discussed and serve to shape the learning experience.

MAGE was created for families who are committed to developing their child's full potential through an enriching, personalized, academic program where students are inspired to challenge themselves, reflect on their learning and, as they ask questions, solve problems and prototype solutions, recognize the impact they can have on the greater community.


We are dedicated to disrupting local gifted education by creating a school where the academic program integrates classroom activities and real world learning experiences. We strive to create a school culture defined by exemplary teaching practices designed to enrich the learning of talented youth, and continuous collaboration to build a community dedicated to recognizing and meeting the intellectual and social needs of gifted learners.

We seek to know our students and challenge them to extend their learning, pursue passions and productively participate in a learning community. By pursuing their individual interests through project and inquiry based learning, MAGE students develop resilience, stimulate their inner drive, assume high levels of self-reliance, and co-create with our educators an academic trajectory leading to personal fulfillment.

Core Values:

MAGE Is an educational institution dedicated to excellence is committed to the following items:

MAGE students will develop fundamental core academic skills in the area of critical reading comprehension, number fluency for complex mathematical understanding and application, communication principles to select the most effective means to transmit and share information, and creative pursuits to design a personal aesthetic to shape their exploration of life.

MAGE is dedicated to exposing students to a global learning context, preparing students for an expanded cultural understanding and instilling in young people a motivation to search for excellence in personal development, whether that is playing the piano, being a defensive minded sweeper on the soccer pitch, writing a one act play, creating a non-profit social organization or designing a new product. We also recognize the importance of forming positive and productive community members, future citizens who will promote new ideas, champion new ways to bring people together and new commitments to make the world a safer, more sustainable and happier place for future generations.



Nondiscrimination Notice: The Midwest Academy for Gifted Education (MAGE) admits students of any race, color, national, and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national, and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other school-administered programs.