1574 Sherman Avenue Evanston IL 60201

School Type: Day

Student Body: coed

Head of School: Marja Brandon

Admissions Director: Willow Walker

Grade 9 - Grade 12


Beacon Academy is an independent Montessori and IB high school. Our rigorous and engaging curriculum provides students with the opportunity to think for themselves, collaborate and work in teams, and interact with the outside world by working on authentic problems. Located in downtown Evanston in close proximity to public transportation, Beacon attracts a diverse community of learners from all over the Chicagoland area. Shared space and a relational approach to learning foster strong connections between students and faculty, both in and out of the classroom.


Extracurricular offerings include athletics and arts opportunities, student-led clubs, a robust service learning programming, and unique opportunities for domestic and international travel. Upon graduation, students matriculate to a wide variety of selective schools throughout the United States and abroad, both large and small, public and private.