Tuition & Fees
The Value of a Baker Education
Our students are our greatest legacy. We are committed to partnering with families who believe that Baker’s mission and values will provide an education for a lifetime for their child. Our students and their families represent over 25 zipcodes in the Chicagoland area – all with a strong commitment to being part of an exemplary school community.
Tuition dollars go toward supporting the mission of Baker Demonstration School and to provide all of our students with the best education, PK-8 that will prepare them to thrive in high school and beyond.
This mission is built on our values
- Treating children as whole people: We commit to providing for their complex social, emotional and intellectual needs.
- Encouraging a lifelong love of learning: We commit to providing creative, student-led learning experiences.
- Teaching adaptability: We commit to preparing children to advocate for themselves, work together, adapt and thrive in whatever path they choose.
- Honoring diversity: We commit to welcoming into our community a diversity of perspectives, experiences and cultural identities.
- Establish comparatively affordable and accessible education to families. Keep the cost of tuition in a realistic range, while retaining top talent among our faculty and staff.
- Make tuition as comprehensive as possible and keep additional fees to a minimum.
- Providing equitable and accessible tuition assistance for families who qualify.
- Diligently seek funding to keep our scholarship funds robust.
Tuition and Fees for the 2020-21 academic year ranges from $7,580 for half-day preschool to $27,345 for eighth grade. View our comprehensive tuition structure below. *Our tuition rates for the 2021-22 school year will be posted in January 2021
|Grade Level||Tuition||Arrival Time||Dismissal Time|
|Pre-K 3-day (Half Day)||$7,580||8:30AM||12:30PM|
|Pre-K 3-day (Full Day)||$11,175||8:30AM||3:00PM|
|Pre-K 5-day (Half Day)||$12,730||8:30AM||12:30PM|
|Pre-K 5-day (Full Day)||$18,870||8:30AM||3:00PM|
|First & Second Grade||$23,815||8:30AM||3:15PM|
*Early Care begins at 7:30 a.m. and After-school care continues until 6 p.m.
Included in Tuition
- Early morning care from 7:30-8:30 a.m.
- Field trips and field experiences
- Computers and Technology
- Student Clubs
- Band Instruments
- General class supplies
Tuition assistance awards are based on the parents’/guardians’ income, assets and resources. Our Tuition Assistance Committee reviews each family’s application thoroughly to determine possible tuition assistance.
The following examples illustrate the variety of families who apply for Tuition Assistance at Baker and are designed to provide families with a general idea of qualification levels for tuition assistance. Please note that morning care is available to all families at no extra charge.
Family 1: Low Income
An applicant for 6th grade lives with her single parent. The family income is $39,000. The family does not own a home and currently has no savings.
Likely Tuition Assistance Amount: $23,320
Expected family contribution: $1,850
Family 2: Middle Income
An applicant for Kindergarten lives with his 2 year old sibling and parents. Both parents work full-time. The family income is $64,000. The family has $18,000 in savings and does not own a home.
Likely Tuition Assistance Amount: $15,750
Expected family contribution: $5,120
Family 3: High Income, Low Financial Net Worth
An applicant for Kindergarten lives with her parents and preschool age sister who attend preschool. Both parents are employed, but one parent works part-time to be home on the days the PK student is not in school. The preschooler attends PK three days a week. Their annual income is $201,000. While they have investments and savings of $35,000 they also have student loan debt of $65,000. They own their home and have no other assets.
Likely Tuition Assistance Amount: $7,395
Expected family contribution: $23,880
Family 4: High Income, Medium Financial Net Worth
A family of four with a 5th grade child and high school student has a combined income of $190,000. The high school child attends a tuition-charging high school. The family owns their home and has been able to invest more than $450,000 into their retirement savings.
Likely Tuition Assistance Amount: $8,395
Expected family contribution: $14,665
Family 5: High Income, High Financial Net Worth
Applicants for 4th and 6th grade live with their parents and two other siblings – one toddler and one in a tuition charging high school. The family income is $310,000. The family owns a home and has assets including savings and investments totaling to $575,000. This family also has student loans.
Student applicant 4th Grade
Student applicant 6th Grade
Likely Tuition Assistance Amount: $13,885
Expected family contribution: $34,345
Apply for Tuition Assistance
This is a two-step process:
- Complete the online admission application for 2020-21. Click on the “Create an Account” button – Baker’s code is 20716 and our full name is Baker Demonstration School – and set up your online account. (You can use one application for multiple children.)
- Submit your application for need-based assistance through FACTS. The link for FACTS online application is: online.factsmgt.com/aid.
Baker is able to make an award only when a child’s admission file is complete. Applications filed on or before December 1st will be prioritized. All information submitted is confidential.
Tuition Assistance FAQs
Q. May I submit my tuition assistance application first (before applying for admission) to find out if I qualify for tuition assistance?
A. We ask all families seeking tuition assistance to complete and submit the admission application and required application materials to Baker first. Once you have established an applicant file, you may apply for tuition assistance.
Q. What does a tuition assistance grant cover?
A. Grants may be applied towards a comprehensive tuition plan which includes: early morning care from 7:30-8:30 a.m, yearbook, athletics, field trips and field experiences, computers and technology, student clubs, PE clothing, and band instruments. Grants do not cover: extended care after school, hot lunch program or after school enrichment activities.
Q. When will we find out if we qualify for a tuition assistance grant?
A. If you apply for admission and tuition assistance by the December 1st priority deadline will receive notification of the decision by January 31. If you qualify but apply after December 1st, grants will be determined based on the availability of funds.
Q. When will we know tuition rates for the upcoming school year?
A. Tuition for the upcoming school year will be communicated to new and current families in January of the preceding academic year.
Q. How can I find out if my current income and financial situation would qualify my family for tuition assistance?
A. Tuition assistance grants are based on income, assets and resources. Since each family’s situation is unique, the Committee gives careful attention to each family’s application individually. Refer to the decision examples above for a general idea of qualification levels for tuition assistance.
Q. Are there other options for tuition assistance outside of Baker?
A. The organizations listed below may provide options for tuition assistance. Please note that these organizations and services operate independently of Baker Demonstration School:
- Sallie Mae, Inc. Family Education Loan, grades K–12
- Light Stream, grades K-12
- Illinois Tax Credit Scholarships Program/ “Invest in Kids“ (More information under Tax Credit Scholarship below)
Q. If we have additional questions about the tuition assistance application, who should we contact?
A. For additional questions or more information about tuition or tuition assistance, please contact
Arona Puttrich, Director of Finance and Operations by email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tax Credit Scholarship
You will need to apply for an Illinois tax credit scholarship through a scholarship granting organization (SGO). Baker has chosen Empower Illinois as our preferred SGO. We recommend applying early. Visit their website to find out when the application process opens (typically late February/early March).
- Determine whether you’re likely to qualify. Eligibility to receive a scholarship is based on your family’s household income. Find out more at the Empower Illinois website.
- Gather what you need to apply. The SGOs should be publishing a list of all of the necessary documents families will need. Families typically will need the following documents:
- Most recent tax return
- Proof of residency (i.e. driver’s license or state ID)
- Birth certificate or passport for student