In September 2014, Beacon Academy will open its doors to its first 9th and 10th grade classes, offering a bold new model of secondary education. The program merges Montessori principles with independent school best practices and culminates with the IB Diploma Program, an interdisciplinary curriculum that emphasizes self-directed learning, strong writing skills, and an international mindset.
By 2017, Beacon Academy will be a full four-year secondary school with projected enrollment of 250-300 students. The school is located in downtown Evanston near Northwestern University and public transportation, positioned to draw students from a wide radius and within easy access to partner institutions throughout the Evanston and Chicago area.
Beacon's curriculum embodies the principle of "learning by doing" by affording students abundant opportunities for hands-on investigation, student-centered discussions, experimentation, critical thinking and fieldwork. Moving beyond the traditional conception of a "classroom," students at Beacon Academy will engage in 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 Evanston and greater Chicago serving as our extended campus. Our school is enmeshed in the city and our students have authentic and real-world learning experiences in the neighborhoods surrounding our campus. Ultimately, Beacon students will master the skills, knowledge, and habits of mind necessary to meaningfully contribute to a complex and diverse world.