Baker Demonstration School
Wilmette, Ill. 60091
Baker Demonstration School is an independent coeducational school, serving toddler through eighth grade children, dedicated to creating well-rounded students through the principles of progressive education. Less formally, Baker is a school where children learn by doing.
Founded in 1918 by Clara Belle Baker, a leader in progressive education, the curriculum today still reflects the philosophy she shared with the likes of Francis Parker, John Dewey, and Jean Piaget. In broad strokes, the school emphasizes hands-on learning over lectures and memorization of facts. Furthermore, as the North Shore's only demonstration school, Baker is a place where students from leading college- and graduate-level education programs come to learn from our master instructors as teachers-in-training. Consequently, the majority of the classrooms have both a teacher and an associate teacher. It is the unique combination of demonstration school and progressive curriculum which makes Baker uniquely suited to teach children to love to learn, cherish the journey and serve the world.
It is sometimes easy to overlook the fact that, from the Toddler Program through eighth grade, a student's academic career at Baker can span as many as 12 years. Throughout the arc of those many years, the school's commitment to a broad curriculum grounded in progressive education, and the goal of creating citizens fully prepared to contribute to society, never wavers. The emphasis on experiential, real-life learning over pre-packaged curricula forms the cornerstone of Baker's educational philosophy. It is what makes every Baker day engaging and every Baker student eager for more.