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.

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School Overview

School TypeAlternative School
School Membership(s)School Assoc.National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)
Independent Schools Association of the Central States (ISACS)
Lake Michigan Association of Independent Schools (LMAIS)
Religious AffiliationNonsectarian
Grades OfferedGrades Prekindergarten-8
ADD/ADHD SupportYes
Learning Difference ProgramsYes
Learning Programs SupportedMild Learning Differences
Year Founded1918
Summer School OfferedYes

Student Body

Total Students269 students
Student Body TypeCo-ed
% Students of Color
State avg.: 31%
Students by Grade Baker Demonstration School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers28 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio10:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
Average Class Size16 students
Classroom Dress CodeCasual

Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineDec. 14 / rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost$20,565
Tuition NotesFull day Kindergarten tuition listed Full tuition schedule:
% on Financial Aid
Average Financial Aid Grant$6,000
Acceptance Rate
National avg.: 85%


Total Sports Offered6 sports
SportsBasketball, Cross Country, Flag Football, Soccer, Track and Field, VolleyballBasketballCross Country,
Flag FootballSoccer,
Track and FieldVolleyball,


Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.16 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric.Club or Organization:
Chess Wizards, CircEsteem, Einstein by Design, Kids Table, LLC, Mad Science, Mandarin, Mudlark Theatre, Play-Well Tek Engineering/Architecture, Science Olympiad, Tae Kwon do

Arts and Music Programs:
Actors Gym, Music

Recreational Athletic Programs:
Swimming, Water Polo, Zumba

School Notes

  • Baker Demonstration School is an independent coeducational school, serving preschool 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. 
  • Nationally recognized for educational excellence, Baker balances academic rigor with whole child development, giving students the sklls, stamina, and ethical framework to succed in life. From preschool through eighth grade, students thrive in Baker's innovative, experiential environment.
  • 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. 
  • The emphasis on experiential, real-life learning over pre-packaged curricula forms the cornerstone of Baker`s educational philosophy.  For those who prefer an education that's anything but textbook, it's time to experience Baker. 
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  • School Location Miles Grades Students
  • Arlington Heights
    Grades: PK-5 | 111 students
    14.8 miles
    125 N Dryden Ave
    Arlington Heights, IL 60004
    (847) 577-7600
    14.8 PK-5
  • Arlington Heights
    Grades: PK-1 | 30 students
    15.1 miles
    2025 S.Goebbert Rd.
    Arlington Heights, IL 60005
    (847) 222-4267
    15.1 PK-1
  • Barrington
    Grades: NS-5 | 76 students
    27 miles
    22102 N Pepper Rd
    Barrington, IL 60010
    (847) 382-7350
    27 NS-5
  • Bellwood
    Grades: PK-8 | 141 students
    16.3 miles
    425 Bohland Ave
    Bellwood, IL 60104
    (708) 547-9980
    16.3 PK-8
  • Buffalo Grove
     Saint Mary School
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    (Roman Catholic)
    Grades: PK-8 | 277 students
    15.4 miles
    50 N Buffalo Grove Road
    Buffalo Grove, IL 60089
    (847) 459-6270
    15.4 PK-8

School Reviews

  5.00 out of 5  (5 reviews)
I know Baker Demonstration School in Evanston is working for my children when I see how happy they are to go to school in the morning and how they approach their studies with focus, interest and excitement. It's the kind of education experience I wish I had at their ages (8 and 12), and I highly recommend Baker for families who want their children to be taught not WHAT to think but HOW to think critically and creatively about the world, issues and people around them. Baker is unique not just for its academic excellence as an independent school but for its project-based learning philosophy, which builds on what we know about how children learn the best. I see the school's teachers constantly honing and refining their lessons to fit children's interests and needs, giving them dynamic learning opportunities to fully engage with material instead of simply preparing for tests. I see how Baker's faculty differentiates in the classroom and goes the extra mile for children who are learning at a level beyond their grade and for those who need extra support. And I see how Baker's teachers deeply know and understand my children and communicate with me and other parents all year long.As for the children, I witness classrooms and community areas full of excited and kind students who are supportive of each other, eager to achieve, and able to reach out to teachers when they need some help or extra attention. I know that my children will be able to advocate for themselves and navigate high school and college as confident and curious individuals because I have seen how they have grown and blossomed at Baker. One daughter loves math and Latin, another adore art. They are each encouraged to follow their passions without compromising who they are as individuals. As a parent, I am grateful that the school additionally provides an array of exceptional programs, including art, music, drama, dance, and P.E. (including swimming) as well as aftercare when needed. I am grateful, too, for the diverse community of friends - across the school and across grades - that our family has gained here. And I appreciate that Baker opens its doors to parents and community members so that I never feel as if I am being shut of my children's educational process. Baker Demonstration School is an extraordinary place where everyone does their best so that our children can develop growth mindsets and become their true selves, in their own unique ways.
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We moved across the country to Chicago when our daughter was starting the 5th grade. She loved the school she attended, and we hoped that she would find a school where she would love learning, have teachers who inspired and challenged her, and where she would find connections amongst a kind and open group of students in her new home. Baker's way of welcoming our daughter spoke volumes about its values. Now, in her sixth-grade year, it feels as though she has been at Baker her whole life. Her friendships with a diverse group of students are strong. Her teachers inspire her deep (and prior hidden) love of math. She continues to find her own voice: in the Middle School Math Expo, she explored the intersections of math and diversity in the US Wage Gap. She's found a home during an important time in her life.
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We choose Baker because of the focus on experiential learning and its philosophy that puts the child at the center where each student can take ownership and help direct his/her learning. This was crucial for my son, who entered Baker in 4th grade, because I knew he learned best when he was "doing" and also needed to build confidence in speaking and learning the skills of self-advocacy. We have been gratified with our Baker experience within weeks of entering school, he was thrust into "Baker Business School", where the 4th and 5th graders pitched product ideas, formed companies, applied for jobs, negotiated loans, developed marketing plans and websites and had "manufacturing week" where they built their products. The 8-week unit culminated in a product fair where parents, students and teachers could purchase the wonderfully creative items. Our son came home each night animated about his job as CFO and talking about things that I might have thought were out of his grasp but really weren`t. Thank you Baker!
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Baker has been an outstanding education and social experience for our entire family. The environment is kind, progressive, thoughtful, and intelligent, and the new leadership has set the school on a continued path to success. My daughters are known well by their teachers, for whom they have great affection, and I see how they are allowed to BE THEMSELVES as valued members of the community. They are excited to go to school and have learned more than I ever imagined through hands-on, experiential learning that is tied to a strong and coordinated curriculum. Learning is differentiated in small classrooms with additional associate teachers on hand, allowing for extra attention and guidance when needed. In fact, Baker has some of the hardest working teachers I've ever known, continually adjusting and modifying their curriculum to meet student interests and enhance learning. It is a dynamic and profound experience to see in action.Teachers and administrators are communicative, welcoming, and accessible at all times, and parent involvement is encouraged. Values such as integrity, respect, tolerance, and compassion are part of the fabric of the school.When I meet Baker graduates, I constantly notice how compassionate, intelligent, articulate, curious, and civic-minded they are, able to advocate for themselves and stand up for others. It is a joy to be part of a place where children are put front and center in a safe, caring, and truly exciting learning environment.
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We absolutely love Baker. We intended to leave after preschool and put our children in the public schools (Evanston) but now have been there almost 8 years. Our two girls are excited every morning to go to school, and we love who they are becoming at Baker. The school is educating them as citizens of the world--the girls are curious learners and thoughtful community members. The teachers care deeply for the students, and help them both academics as well as socio-emotional learning, which are deeply connected. The girls are becoming advocates for themselves, and developing flexibility and openness for a changing world. We are both professors at Northwestern and see a lot of college students missing important traits and skills (many lack independence and are full of anxiety, fear of risk taking, and rigidity/performing to the test, etc.), and think a place like Baker is an important antidote to such problems that characterize many of today's college students. We couldn't be happier. We love Baker and want to share it with others.
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