Beacon’s location is in the heart of vibrant downtown Evanston, providing our students with unique proximity and access to an incredible array of cultural and educational institutions, natural resources, 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. We are situated within walking distance of both the CTA and Metra trains.
Beacon Academy is an intentionally designed facility that fosters student/faculty interaction, student collaboration, friendships, and learning. Our school (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. And rather than segregate in student or staff-dedicated spaces, everyone—students and faculty alike—is invited and encouraged to gather around our communal “Kitchen Table” during independent study or planning time.
|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.|