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You Belong Here:
A school for the innovative, the curious and the challenge-seeking.

When your child is invited to explore whatever they imagine, guided by academic goals, given the tools to innovate, taught how to solve problems through collaboration, shown empathy and patience, and valued for who they are, they develop a love of learning that enables them to thrive, no matter what the future brings.

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Baker is a private, independent school located in Wilmette on the border of Evanston, just a few miles north of Chicago.

Select an age range below to customize your experience and learn more about us:

Early Childhood

Curiosity Launches Here
Teacher and student learn through experimental play

How We Learn

  • Play-based Activities
  • Inquiry-driven Exploration
  • Individualized Attention
  • Indoor and Outdoor Play


Creativity Lives Here
primary students work together in the art studio

How We Learn

  • Child-centered Curricula
  • Student-led Inquiry
  • Hands-on Activities
  • Personalized Learning


Confidence Grows Here
Teacher providing individual instruction to student

How We Learn

  • Integrative Themes
  • Collaborative Problem Solving
  • Student-led Projects
  • Empathetic Thinking

Middle School

Independence Blooms Here
Middle school student engaged in learning

How We Learn

  • Creative Problem Solving
  • Socially-conscious Projects
  • Community Partnerships
  • Advocacy for Self and Others
Independence Blooms Here
Carly Andrews


Welcome from Our Head of School

Welcome to Baker Demonstration School, where experiential learning has been at the heart of our approach for over 100 years. Here, preschool through 8th-graders hailing from Chicago, the North Shore and around the globe become passionate learners and capable leaders.

Baker alumni are successful in high school, college and beyond. Their achievements reaffirm our commitment to providing a progressive approach to education, one that harnesses the spark of your child’s imagination to power a lifetime of exploration, empathy and innovation. 

Our approach is designed not to prepare your child for just one path that leads into an uncertain future. Baker is an independent school where we are preparing children to lead with confidence, able to adapt to whatever life brings.

Carly Andrews

Fast Facts


Average Class Size


of Faculty Hold
Advanced Degrees




Zip Codes Represented


of Baker Students
Have Recess Daily


of Middle School Students Report Being “Known by Faculty”


Days of Physical Education
for All Grades


of Students Are


of Pre-K and K students
offered full-day option

A Glimpse Inside Baker