Baker Demonstration School

Baker Demonstration School nurtures each child to become a creative, confident and reflective learner, strong in mind, body and heart.
Baker students think independently, engage collaboratively, make connections across disciplines, realize their talents and apply their learning beyond school.
Baker's inclusive community celebrates individual, family and cultural differences. Baker serves an ever-changing world through research-based curriculum that promotes academic excellence through active inquiry, exploration and continual innovation by our entire learning community.

School Overview

School Membership(s)School Assoc. National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)
Independent Schools Association of the Central States
Lake Michigan Association of Independent Schools
Grades Offered Grades Prekindergarten-8
ADD/ADHD Support Yes
Learning Difference Programs Yes
Learning Programs Supported Mild Learning Differences
Year Founded 1918

Student Body

Total Students 316 students
Student Body Type Co-ed
% Students of Color
State avg.: 31%
Students by Grade Baker Demonstration School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers 40 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio 8:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
Average Class Size 16 students
Classroom Dress Code Casual

Finances and Admission

Admission Deadline Jan. 31 / Mar. 20 / rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost $17,500
Tuition Notes Full day Kindergarten tuition listed Full tuition schedule:
% on Financial Aid
Average Financial Aid Grant $6,500
Acceptance Rate
National avg.: 85%
Admissions Director Hilary Holder


Total Sports Offered 6 sports
Sports Basketball, Cross Country, Flag Football, Soccer, Track and Field, VolleyballBasketballCross Country,
Flag FootballSoccer,
Track and FieldVolleyball,


Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric. 16 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric. Actors Gym, Chess Wizards, CircEsteem, Einstein by Design, LLC, Elementary Etiquette Society, Kids Table, Mad Science, Mandarin, Mudlark Theatre, Music, Play-Well Tek Engineering/Architecture, Science Olympiad, Swimming, Tae Kwon do, The Northwest Passage & Polar Expeditions, Zumba Actors Gym, Chess Wizards, CircEsteem, Kids Table, Mad Science, Mandarin, Music, Swimming, Tae Kwon do, Zumba, Einstein by Design, LLC,
Elementary Etiquette Society,
Mudlark Theatre,
Play-Well Tek Engineering/Architecture,
Science Olympiad,
The Northwest Passage & Polar Expeditions,

School Notes

  • Baker Demonstration School is an independent coeducational school, serving toddler through eighth grade children, dedicated to creating well-rounded students through the principles of progressive education.  Less formally, Baker is a school where children learn by doing. 
  • It is sometimes easy to overlook the fact that, from the Toddler Program through eighth grade, a student`s academic career at Baker can span as many as 12 years. Throughout the arc of those many years, the school`s commitment to a broad curriculum grounded in progressive education, and the goal of creating citizens fully prepared to contribute to society, never wavers. The emphasis on experiential, real-life learning over pre-packaged curricula forms the cornerstone of Baker`s educational philosophy.  With smaller classrooms It is what makes every Baker day engaging and every Baker student eager for more.  
  • Founded in 1918 by Clara Belle Baker, a leader in progressive education, the curriculum today still reflects the philosophy she shared with the likes of Francis Parker, John Dewey, and Jean Piaget. In broad strokes, the school emphasizes hands-on learning over lectures and memorization of facts. Furthermore, as the North Shore`s only demonstration school, Baker is a place where students from leading college- and graduate-level education programs come to learn from our master instructors as teachers-in-training. Consequently, the majority of the classrooms have both a teacher and an associate teacher. It is the unique combination of demonstration school and progressive curriculum that makes Baker uniquely suited to teach children tolove to learn, cherish the journey and serve the world.
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