Beacon

44 Commerce Road,
Stamford, CT, 06902
Tel: (203)409-0066
Grades: 3 - 12 | 29 students
Striving to cultivate intellectual curiosity and a lifelong love of learning in all of our students, while preparing them to meet the challenges that lie ahead.

What defines the Beacon experience? Initiative, independence, insight, creativity, and intellectual curiosity are all central to our school culture; these values shape our upper school academic approach.
But more than anything, what sets Beacon apart is how we enable our students to be the agents of their education and chart their own paths for meaningful personal and academic success at the highest level.
At Beacon, the experience is all about balance: we seek to prepare our scholars to gain acceptance to and thrive at highly competitive universities, while at the same time ensuring they enjoy their time here, stretch their imaginations, and develop a sense of direction that will serve them throughout their lives.

Through one-on-one and small-group instruction in a community of inspired learners, Beacon students achieve academic excellence while following their own unique passions.
 Students are actively engaged in every lesson, contributing to class discussions, responding to interactive lectures, and solving problems collaboratively.
Advanced art and music instruction, comprehensive gifted education, self-directed learning, passionate teachers, research-based strategies for different learning styles, with no limitations on course selection and design — these are only a few of Beacon’s hallmarks.
At Beacon, our students are our focus, and our dedicated team of experienced educators is able to facilitate success through customized academic programs.
Our ultimate goal is to equip every student with the tools they need to grow as individuals.
We challenge our students to discover their distinct interests, abilities, and ambitions, and we are committed to unlocking and enhancing learning potential.
To this end, we engage our students in the learning process, emphasizing advanced study and self-directed education.
It is our belief that by involving students in the academic process, we can foster a lifelong love of learning.
Paramount to the Beacon experience is the expectation that every student will excel academically, thrive socially, and achieve personal success.

In the lower and middle schools, classes are offered at the standard and advanced levels and exceed national standards.
Because Beacon implements a gifted education model, there are no curricular ceilings; all students are pushed to achieve up to their ability.
The challenge level of each course can be modified to meet the needs of our most advanced scholars while still supporting students in areas of relative weakness.
 Our scholars are also able to take accelerated classes and do not have to wait until high school or college to be challenged.
For example, our advanced math program enables students to take Algebra 1 when it is appropriate for them instead of waiting until 7th or 8th grade.
In addition, scholars in advanced courses are grouped with students close to their own age instead of being placed with much older students; this approach allows us to meet their developmental needs as well as their intellectual needs.
Eighth grade students also have the opportunity to take upper school courses by departmental recommendation.

In the upper school, classes are offered at the standard, honors, and advanced levels and exceed national standards.
 We instruct students in all AP-level courses and prepare our students to receive superior scores on their AP exams.
However, at Beacon, AP is only the beginning--we offer a comprehensive array of advanced coursework so that students can delve into undergraduate-level studies before they even set off for college.
Our advanced courses are ones that would never be offered at a typical high school, from multivariate calculus and architecture to Buddhist philosophy and chemical engineering.
And our world language classes are unparalleled, with Spanish, French, Italian, German, Latin, Ancient Greek, Mandarin, and Japanese featuring as standard course offerings.
In addition, Beacon has partnered with the UConn Early College Experience program to offer students the opportunity to earn college credit while taking courses at Beacon, with Beacon teachers.
Students who enroll in these courses graduate from high school with a UConn transcript as well as a Beacon diploma.

Our facilities near the Old Greenwich border in Stamford provide an atmosphere unparalleled by any school.
We have two student lounges in which students have the freedom to work independently, collaborate in groups, play music, and socialize.
Classes take place in comfortable classrooms designed to facilitate discussion and interaction.
Highlights include our open art studio, professional dance studio, new science lab, cafe-style dining hall and dueling baby grand pianos in one of the student lounges.

 Our athletic facilities are housed at the newly-built, state-of-the-art, Chelsea Piers CT.
Here, trained athletic instructors offer students expert instruction and guidance.
The facility has 400,000 square feet of sports facilities and a vast array of sports classes, and programs such as turf sports, gymnastics, pool access, climbing walls, trampoline room, batting cages, and athletic equipment. 

School Overview

School Membership(s)School Assoc. Middle States Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools
Religious Affiliation Nonsectarian
Grades Offered Grades 3 - 12
Offers Post-Graduate Year Yes
Learning Difference Programs Yes
Learning Programs Supported Gifted Education, Executive Function Coaching, Mild Learning Differences
Year Founded 2009

Student Body

Total Students 29 students
Student Body Type Co-ed
Students by Grade Beacon Students by Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers 15 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio 2:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree 75%
Average Class Size 3 students
Number of AP Courses 32 courses
Advanced Courses Art History, Biology, Calculus AB, Calculus BC, Chemistry, Chinese Language and Culture, Comp Government & Politics, Computer Science A, English Language, English Literature, Environmental Science, European History, French Language, German Language, Human Geography, Japanese Language & Culture, Latin: Vergil, Macroeconomics, Microeconomics, Music Theory, Physics B, Physics C, Psychology, Spanish Language, Spanish Literature, Statistics, Studio Art (2D and 3D), U.S. Government & Politics, U.S. History, World History, 
Average SAT score 650
Classroom Dress Code Casual

Finances and Admission

Admission Deadline None / Rolling
Tuition Notes Tuition ranges from $37,500 in the Lower School to $46,500 in Grade 12.
% on Financial Aid 10%
Admissions Director Dede LeComte

School Notes:

    Profile last updated: 02/07/2014

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The nearest elementary school is Sacred Heart School (0.8 miles away)
The nearest preschool is Waterside School (1 miles away)
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