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Beacon Academy is a Montessori high school that brings together independent school best practices and challenging IB (International Baccalaureate) curriculum with independence, freedom, and a student-centered approach. Our students experience a learning community that inspires self-motivation and personal challenge and celebrates intellectual, cultural, and socioeconomic diversity. Based in Evanston, but using the entirety of Chicago as a classroom, Beacon Academy will begin our 5th academic year with nearly 200 students in grades 9-12. By graduation, meaningful internships and community engagement ensure that these young adults have mastered the skills, knowledge, and habits of mind necessary to offer the world their intelligence, confidence, and compassion.

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. The Beacon Academy faculty members bring decades of teaching and leadership experience from a variety of highly regarded independent, Montessori, and International Baccalaureate schools. The Board of Trustees of Beacon Academy is uniquely experienced and qualified group invested in supporting the success of the school and its leadership. Want to learn more about Beacon Academy? Check out our “Frequently Asked Questions” page that addresses many facets of school life.