Beacon Academy

Tel: (224)999-1177
Grades: 9-12 | 83 students
Beacon Academy merges Montessori principles with independent school best practices to create an interdisciplinary curriculum that emphasizes self-directed learning, strong writing skills, and an international mindset.
Beacon’s curriculum embodies the principle of “learning by doing” by affording students abundant opportunities for hands-on investigation, student-centered discussions, experimentation, critical thinking and fieldwork. Moving beyond the traditional conception of a classroom, students at Beacon Academy engage in fieldwork and apprenticeships with experts with whom they can problem-solve, collaborate, and contribute to ongoing projects of far-reaching significance.
Beacon is a community school in the strongest sense of the word with Evanston and greater Chicago serving as our extended campus.   

School Overview

School Membership(s)School Assoc. Independent Schools Association of the Central States
Lake Michigan Association of Independent Schools
Religious Affiliation Non-sectarian
Grades Offered Grades 9-12
Year Founded 2013

Student Body

Total Students 83 students
Student Body Type Co-ed
% Students of Color
State avg.: 32%
Students by Grade Beacon Academy Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers 9 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio 10:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
Average Class Size 13 students
List of Courses Offered Link to List of Courses
Advanced Courses Beacon Academy is an International Baccalaureate Programme Candidate School
Matriculation DataMatric. Data Link to Matriculation Data
Classroom Dress Code Casual

Finances and Admission

Admission Deadline Dec. 18
Yearly Tuition Cost $20,900
% on Financial Aid
Admissions Director Kate Anderson
Admissions Associate Katie Petzer


Total Sports Offered 11 sports
Sports Basketball, Cross Country, Fencing, Sailing, Soccer, Squash, Swimming, Tennis, Track and Field, Ultimate Frisbee, VolleyballBasketballCross Country,
Track and FieldUltimate Frisbee,


Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric. 6 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric. Film Club, GSA, Model UN, Rock Band, Service Learning, Sign Language Club Film Club, GSA, Model UN, Rock Band, Service Learning,
Sign Language Club,

School Notes:

  • Mission
  • Beacon Academy offers an innovative and challenging education based on Montessori principles that places a priority on experiential learning, entrepreneurial thinking, and in-depth interdisciplinary studies. Beacon students will master the skills, knowledge, and habits of mind necessary to meaningfully contribute to a complex and diverse world with compassion and confidence. 
  • Beyond the Classroom: Institutional Partnerships
  • Piven Theatre (, a nationally recognized theatre workshop, will partner with Beacon in delivering its drama program.
  • Evanston Art Center (, one of the finest art schools in Chicago, will help to provide instruction and curriculum in Beacon’s visual arts program.
  • The Musical Offering (, a top-notch music school in Evanston, will support our music curriculum and programming.
  • Northwestern’s Office of STEM Education Partnerships ( will augment Beacon’s math, science, and technology program.
  • The Center for Talent Development ( will provide students with access to dozens of challenging and specialized courses so they can actively pursue studies of personal interest at advanced levels.
  • Beacon is within walking distance of the Evanston Public Library (, one of the best libraries in Chicagoland. Our students will have access to their significant database collection, almost 500,000 books, and first-rate staff.

Profile last updated: 09/28/2015

Nearby Schools:

The nearest high school is Roycemore School (0.4 miles away)
The nearest elementary school is Chiaravalle Montessori School (0.4 miles away)
The nearest preschool is Chiaravalle Montessori School (0.4 miles away)
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    Grades: PK-8 | 291 students
    1 miles
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    Evanston, IL 60202
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    Grades: NS-PK
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    Evanston, IL 60202

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