Beyond the Classroom
The social and emotional development of students is a hallmark of the Montessori philosophy of education. Research shows that social and emotional intelligence, as well as related non-cognitive skills such as perseverance and growth mindsets, are more predictive of long-term success than achievement test scores. Student activities, athletics and guidance counseling provide the necessary outlets to address this growth in adolescence. It is also integrated into the fabric of students’ academic pursuits on a daily basis.
Moving beyond the traditional concept of a “classroom,” students at Beacon Academy engage in service learning, fieldwork, and apprenticeships with experts with whom they can problem-solve, collaborate and contribute to ongoing projects of far-reaching significance. Beacon is a community school in the strongest sense of the word with local organizations, Evanston, and greater Chicago serving as our extended campus.