Why Choose Beacon?

High schools haven’t changed much in the past century, and yet the skills that students need to contribute to an ever-changing world have evolved radically. At Beacon, high school education is re-imagined with an innovative curriculum that is challenging, rigorous, engaging, and creative. Students learn how to think for themselves, collaborate and work in teams, and interact with the outside world by working on authentic problems.

Studies show that many adolescents today are afraid to fail. At Beacon, students experience perseverance and learn from failure in a safe and supportive community. With small class sizes and an inclusive community of learners, our students feel known, valued, and respected for who they are as individuals.

At many high schools today, students have little time to excite their passions for sports, arts, or service because they are overwhelmed by homework or hyper-focused on their GPA. At Beacon, we help to facilitate balance and encourage students to strive for a good and meaningful life.

Montessori philosophy informs our programming and our school culture. We place equal emphasis on academic achievement and social-emotional learning. Our daily schedule is rooted in adolescent brain research, and we place a high value on creating an optimal learning environment for our students, from the design of our space to the physical layout of our classrooms to our utilization of the city of Evanston as a part of our campus. Students are at the center of all that we do.



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We strive to help our students to develop the aptitude and passion to learn actively throughout their lives so that they can adjust in an ever-changing future. Our location in the heart of downtown Evanston provides our students with unique proximity and access to an incredible array of cultural and educational institutions. Our students will master the skills, knowledge, and habits of mind necessary to meaningfully contribute to a complex and diverse world with compassion and confidence.