Beacon Academy offers an innovative and challenging education based on Montessori principles that places a priority on experiental learning, entrepreneurial thinking, and in-depth interdisciplinary studies.
Students learn to think for themselves, collaborate and work in teams, and interact with the outside world by working on authentic problems.
In 11th and 12th grade, Beacon students may choose to pursue the highly regarded International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme or a blend of coursework that meets their goals and interests.
Beacon Academy is a community school in the strongest sense of the word with Evanston and greater Chicago serving as our extended campus.

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School Overview

Religious Affiliation
Grades Offered
Grades 9-12
Year Founded
 Blue Ribbon School - Selected in n/a

Student Body

Total Students
217 students
Student Body Type
% Students of Color
State avg.: 34%
Students by Grade
Beacon Academy Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers
45 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
Average Class Size
14 students
List of Courses Offered
Advanced Courses
Beacon Academy is an International Baccalaureate Programme Candidate School
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Tuition and Acceptance Rate

Admission Deadline
Dec. 15
Yearly Tuition Cost
% on Financial Aid
Admissions Director
Hilary Holder
Admissions Associate
Beth Sosler



Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.
15 extracurriculars
Club or Organization:
Dungeons and Dragons Club, Engineering Club, Inclusion Council, Interact Club, Interfaith Club, LGBTQ Alliance, Literary Magazine, Math Club, Model UN, Rock Band, Scholastic Bowl, Science Olympiad, Service Learning, Yearbook

Arts and Music Programs:

School Notes

  • Beacon Academy is home to 217 students from across the Chicagoland area who possess a passion for independent learning and a deep commitment to engaging in the real world. Our students come from more than 50 zip codes and 75 feeder schools, represent every major religion and close to 20 different home languagess, and reflect a community that is both ethnically and socio-economically diverse. With an el and Metra stop located just two blocks away, more than 80% of our students commute by public transportation. 

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