Beacon Academy

  • 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

School TypeMontessori School
School Membership(s)School Assoc.Independent Schools Association of the Central States (ISACS)
Lake Michigan Association of Independent Schools (LMAIS)
Religious AffiliationNonsectarian
Grades OfferedGrades 9-12
Year Founded2014
Awards Blue Ribbon School - Selected in n/a

Student Body

Total Students213 students
Student Body TypeCo-ed
Students by Grade Beacon Academy Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers34 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio6:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
Average Class Size15 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. 19
Yearly Tuition Cost$27,900
% on Financial Aid
Admissions DirectorHilary Holder
Admissions AssociateBeth Sosler


Total Sports Offered12 sports
SportsBaseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Fencing, Sailing, Soccer, Squash, Swimming, Tennis, Track and Field, Ultimate Frisbee, VolleyballBaseballBasketball,
Cross CountryFencing,
TennisTrack and Field,
Ultimate FrisbeeVolleyball,


Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.13 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric.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, Yearbook

School Notes

  • Beacon Academy is home to 213 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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  • School Location Miles Grades Students
  • Evanston
    Grades: PK-12 | 225 students
    0.4 miles
    1200 Davis Street
    Evanston, IL 60201
    0.4 PK-12
  • Chicago
    Grades: PK-12 | 907 students
    8.8 miles
    330 W Webster Ave
    Chicago, IL 60614
    8.8 PK-12
  • Dallas
    Grades: PK-12 | 1085 students
    805.4 miles
    11600 Welch Road
    Dallas, TX 75229
    805.4 PK-12

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