Beacon’s location in the heart of downtown Evanston provides our students with unique proximity and access to an incredible array of cultural and educational institutions, restaurants, and public transportation. The Evanston Public Library is 1 block north, the McGaw YMCA is 1 block west, and there are 30 restaurants within a .3 mile radius. Beacon has an open campus, so students are able to visit these and many other locations during the course of the school day.
Our newly renovated space (click here for a virtual tour) is encased in glass walls creating an open floor plan that supports our interdisciplinary academic program. Our furniture is ergonomically designed and much of it is on wheels, helping us to create a range of different configurations depending on the classroom activity. Students and teachers can regularly be found collaborating in the same space, both in and out of the classroom. Each classroom has one entire wall devoted to a whiteboard which creates a dynamic learning environment where students can express their creativity. Our innovative layout serves as an important tool for learning and thinking.
|EMPOWER THE WHOLE STUDENT||REFLECT THE REAL WORLD||UNLEASH ENTREPRENEURIAL IMPACT||LOOK OUTWARD. CONNECT TO THE WORLD|
|Guide students through their own self-discovery and personal passions, allowing for reflection and social emotional health.||Promote diversity of experiences and interactions, integrate subjects meaningfully, practice life skills, and work on real challenges.||Empower students as change makers that have ownership over service learning experiences, entrepreneurial activities, student-led clubs, and advocacy.||Look outward. Connect to the world through transportation, tools, technology, and creative local and global partnerships of all sizes.|