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Quick Facts


Beacon Academy is an independent school serving grades 9-12 with a curriculum based in Montessori principles and culminating in the IB Diploma Programme. The school is located in Evanston, Illinois, just north of Chicago, and students hail from a wide geographic range of suburbs and the city.

  • Student Body: 200
    48% of students live in Chicago
    52% of students live in the surrounding suburbs
  • Students of Color: 27%
  • Faculty of Color: 30%
  • Students Receiving Tuition Assistance: 24% 
  • Beacon students come from 74 different schools:
  • 32% of students come from independent schools
  • 36% of students come from Montessori schools
  • 25% of students come from public schools
  • 7% of students come from parochial, boarding, or home schools.
  • Faculty with Advanced Degrees: 90%
  • Class size averages 14 students.

National Association of Independent Schools; Independent Schools Association of the Central States (ISACS), Provisional Member School; Lake Michigan Area Independent Schools; International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO), IB World School