Baker Demonstration School

201 Sheridan Road
Wilmette, IL 60091-0602
Tel: (847)425-5800
Grades: NS-8 | 353 students
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 Nursery/Preschool-8
Learning Programs Supported Mild Learning Differences
Year Founded 1918

Student Body

Total Students 353 students
Student Body Type Co-ed
% Students of Color
State avg.: 32%
Students by Grade Baker Demonstration School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers 40 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio 9:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
Average Class Size 18 students
List of Courses Offered Link to List of Courses
Matriculation DataMatric. Data Link to Matriculation Data
Classroom Dress Code Casual

Finances and Admission

Admission Deadline Jan. 31 / Mar. 20 / rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost $13,393
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 5 sports
Sports Basketball, Cross Country, Flag Football, Soccer, Track and FieldBasketballCross Country,
Flag FootballSoccer,
Track and Field


Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric. 12 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric. Actors Gym, Chess Wizards, Fairytale Ballet, Mad Science, Magic, Mandarin, Music, Play-Well Tek Engineering/Architecture, Swimming, Tae Kwon do, Theater Games, Zumba Actors Gym, Chess Wizards, Mad Science, Magic, Mandarin, Music, Swimming, Tae Kwon do, Theater Games, Zumba, Fairytale Ballet,
Play-Well Tek Engineering/Architecture,

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.

Profile last updated: 09/02/2014

Nearby Private Schools:

The nearest high school is Beacon Academy (1.7 miles away)
The nearest elementary school is St. Athanasius Elementary School (0.8 miles away)
The nearest preschool is St. Athanasius Elementary School (0.8 miles away)
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