Beacon Academy

  • 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. .

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School Overview

School TypeMontessori School
School Membership(s)School Assoc.Independent Schools Association of the Central States
Lake Michigan Association of Independent Schools
Religious AffiliationNonsectarian
Grades OfferedGrades 9-12
Year Founded2013

Student Body

Total Students131 students
Student Body Typen/a
Students by GradeBeacon Academy Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers17 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio8:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
80%
Average Class Size14 students
List of Courses OfferedLink to List of Courses
Advanced CoursesBeacon Academy is an International Baccalaureate Programme Candidate School
Matriculation DataMatric. DataLink to Matriculation Data
Classroom Dress CodeCasual

Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineDec. 18
Yearly Tuition Cost$25,000
% on Financial Aid
33%
Admissions DirectorKate Anderson
Admissions AssociateKatie Petzer

Sports

Total Sports Offered11 sports
SportsBasketball, Cross Country, Fencing, Sailing, Soccer, Squash, Swimming, Tennis, Track and Field, Ultimate Frisbee, VolleyballBasketballCross Country,
FencingSailing,
SoccerSquash,
SwimmingTennis,
Track and FieldUltimate Frisbee,
Volleyball

Extracurriculars

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

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 (piventheatre.org), a nationally recognized theatre workshop, will partner with Beacon in delivering its drama program.
  • Evanston Art Center (evanstonartcenter.org), one of the finest art schools in Chicago, will help to provide instruction and curriculum in Beacon`s visual arts program.
  • The Musical Offering (themusicaloffering.org), a top-notch music school in Evanston, will support our music curriculum and programming.
  • Northwestern`s Office of STEM Education Partnerships (osep.northwestern.edu) will augment Beacon`s math, science, and technology program.
  • The Center for Talent Development (ctd.northwestern.edu) 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 (epl.org), 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.
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  • School Location Miles Grades Students
  • Evanston
    Grades: PK-12 | 225 students
    0.4 miles
    1200 Davis Street
    Evanston, IL 60201
    (847)866-6055
    0.4 PK-12
    225
  • Chicago
    Grades: PK-12 | 907 students
    8.8 miles
    330 W Webster Ave
    Chicago, IL 60614
    (773)797-5501
    8.8 PK-12
    907
  • Dallas
    Grades: PK-12 | 1085 students
    805.4 miles
    11600 Welch Road
    Dallas, TX 75229
    (214)363-6311
    805.4 PK-12
    1085

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