At Baker, our unique approach to education is built on a foundation of engagement that fosters a love of learning, knowing and growing. It is this approach that inspires our work with children each day, helping them to make courageous choices and own their learning. A Baker education is not a destination, it’s a journey in which imagination and wonder in our learners are nurtured for life.

We invite you to imagine a school where wondering is a habit of mind, where questions lead to inquiry, where the Progressive learning environment prompts explorations and investigations, where small and big ideas can evolve into reality. Are you ready to join us in shaping an education for your child? We hope you are.

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Tuition 2018-2019

Tuition may be paid yearly, semi-annually, or monthly. The monthly plan requires an additional $10 per invoice for administrative charges. Please indicate which payment option you prefer on your enrollment contract. Accounts with outstanding balances will be charged a late fee.Application fees are non-refundable and necessary to continue the admissions process. Enrollment deposits are non-refundable and due with the signed and dated contract.

Families with children entering Baker Demonstration School any time before October 10, 2018, will be charged for the entire year. From that time on tuition will be prorated on a weekly basis. Classroom and activity fees are included in tuition.

Grade Level  Tuition  Arrival Time Dismissal Time
Pre-K 3-day (Half Day) $6,350  8:30AM 11:15AM
Pre-K 3-day (Full Day) $10,130  8:30AM 3:00PM
Pre-K 5-day (Half Day) $10,415  8:30AM 11:15AM
Pre-K 5-day (Full Day) $16,695  8:30AM 3:00PM
Kindergarten $20,565  8:30AM 3:00PM
First & Second Grade $20,565  8:30AM 3:15PM
Third-Fifth Grade $22,215  8:30AM 3:15PM
Sixth-Eighth Grade $24,200  8:30AM 3:15PM

Tuition Assistance

Baker Demonstration School is committed to maintaining a socioeconomically diverse student body. We encourage any family who feels they may need assistance to proceed with the admission process and follow the steps in applying for qualified tuition assistance.

Baker offers tuition assistance to admitted students with demonstrated need. The tuition assistance process is independent of the admissions process. Baker's admission process is uniform, regardless of a family's need or interest in tuition assistance.

Parents apply for tuition assistance after they submit the admissions application, and then annually for the following school year. Baker will consider tuition assistance applications only after a tuition deposit and enrollment agreement are submitted. A completed tuition assistance application does not guarantee receipt of tuition assistance.

Applying for Tuition Assistance

New families wishing to apply for tuition assistance for grades Pre-Kindergarten Full Day – 8th grade may apply online through FACTS. Baker’s school code is 20716.

Please contact FACTS Customer Care at (866) 441-4637 if you have technical problems with their website. Or contact our Director of Finance and Operations, Arona Puttrich, at (847) 425-5817 with any other questions about Baker’s tuition assistance program.

New Enrollment
Applications for new families are due January 31, 2018 for first round consideration; admission notifications are sent by March. Following the first round of consideration, additional applications will be accepted throughout the spring and summer for available spots on a rolling admissions basis. Spaces which reopen may be offered to children in the wait pool. Mid-year transfer applications are accepted should there be an open spot during the school year. Parents may submit their online application along with a non-refundable application fee no sooner than October 15 of the year prior to enrollment. A copy of the birth certificate, school records (if applicable) and other supporting documents, as documented on the website, must accompany the application.

In accordance with Illinois policy, Baker uses a September 1 birthday guideline when considering a student for admission. In some special circumstances, the Director of Admissions may waive the birthday guideline allowing a child to be considered for enrollment to a grade level for which the applicant is a year younger or older than the suggested ages listed below:

  • Pre-Kindergarten: 3 or 4 years old by September 1
  • Kindergarten: 5 years old by September 1

Admission to Baker Demonstration School is based upon observation of the child in regard to developmental and social-emotional readiness, academic ability, and review of previous school records. All applicants are met by school personnel and an internal evaluation may be administered to assess applicants. In addition to past school records and any outside evaluations or testing, we require the appropriate Lake Michigan Association of Independent School Common Recommendation Forms for applicants Pre-Kindergarten-8th Grade (unless a Pre-Kindergarten applicant has not yet attended a program). Contents of the admissions file are confidential and will not be shared with prospective parents or outside parties.

Baker will accept a child meeting the above admissions requirements, with openings available, without regard to race, color, gender, creed, disability, religion, or national origin. If an applicant is declined admission to Baker, his/her application will be kept on file for a period of one year; if he/she chooses to re-apply the following year, updated letters or recommendation and school reports must be submitted.

Baker believes that academic progress is best achieved through a continuing academic relationship with the family. Therefore Baker's enrollment is to provide for a continuing academic relationship until the student graduates from Baker or the agreement is terminated whichever comes first.

Leaves of Absence
In the event that a child withdraws from Baker in good standing, the child may be reconsidered for admission in the future contingent upon availability of space and success during the time away from Baker. Updated letters of recommendation and school reports will be required, and the applicant may be re-evaluated by the Admissions Office to ensure that the school’s admission criteria are still met. A child on leave who successfully meets Baker’s readmission criteria will receive priority consideration over new, non-affiliated applicants to the school.

Admission Steps for Prospective Families

Applications for the 2018-19 school year are currently being accepted.

The following is a checklist (PDF) to help you with the application process:

1. Submit an Inquiry and Campus Tour Request  This is an opportunity for families to ask questions of our Enrollment Management Team and see our classrooms in action.

2  Submit the following materials:

a. Application for admission
b. Copy of your child’s birth certificate
c. Photo of your child
d. $75 application fee, to be paid online
e. Signed Academic Record Release (for applicants currently in Kindergarten – 8th Grade)
f. Outside evaluations, testing, or reports (if applicable)

3. Request that your child’s current teacher submit the following directly to Baker:

a. Grade-appropriate LMAIS Common Recommendation Forms (submit all that apply):

b. MAP, Terra Nova, or other State standardized test scores for entry to grades 4-8
c. Any additional school evaluations, testing results or IEP/504 Plans (if applicable)

School records and recommendation forms will be reviewed by the Admission Committee. Outside evaluations may be shared with the Head of School, Assistant Head of School, Division Coordinators, and Student Services. Occasionally, Baker staff may request permission to speak with a child's former or current teacher or other professionals who have worked with the applicant. 

4. Schedule a student visit for your child. All incoming students, including those not attending a school program and new incoming siblings of Baker students, must be met by Baker faculty.

a. Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten applicants will be scheduled for a play visit in Early Childhood as part of the admission process. The visit is done in an Early Childhood classroom as a one-hour play visit party with their current peer group on Saturday, February 10, 2018. Please contact the Admissions Office at 847-425-5813 or admissions@bakerdemschool for more information.
b. 1st grade applicants will visit for a half day (including lunch time) with peers in a Kindergarten class.
c. 2nd through 8th Grade applicants will be invited to visit the school on specially designated days (8:30 a.m.-3 p.m.) in a class with their current cohort. Students should bring the following materials:

1. Book (that applicant is currently reading)
2. Snack (nut-free)
3. Lunch
4. Gym and/or swimwear
5. Appropriate clothing for outdoor play

In accordance with Illinois policy, Baker uses a September 1 birthday guideline when considering a student for admission.

  • Pre-Kindergarten: 3 or 4 years old by September 1
  • Kindergarten: 5 years old by September 1

Baker Demonstration School admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin or gender identity to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin or gender identity in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other school-administered programs.