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Independence Blooms Here

A school for the innovative, the curious and the challenge-seeking.

“We had to consider how our children would be accepted in their school based on our family structure. “Our children have thrived at Baker because they had teachers who saw them for exactly who they are, embraced them, and created an environment where all differences are celebrated.”

Mercedes Santos & Theresa Volpe

Mercedes and Theresa’s daughter, Ava Santos-Volpe, has worked to promote change in marginalized communities, an effort spring boarded by a fifth grade Baker project. Ava found her social justice voice to raise money and awareness to support homeless LGBTQ teens. Today, she’s a senior at Evanston Township High School, a transition she was well prepared to make after her Baker foundation.

You can read more about the Santos-Volpe family’s experience at Baker here.

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We invite children to enjoy the freedom of exploration and introduce them to the idea of learning by doing. Baker students begin swimming in preschool and also enjoy dance, physical education, music, Spanish and library classes. Preschool options include full and half day options and before and after school care.

Grades 1-3

At Baker, we invite primary-age children in elementary school to help lead the way toward learning goals. That means first identifying their interests, including them in the process of creating learning experiences, and then helping them discover how it all connects to key academic concepts.

Grades 4-5

Students at this developmental stage are ready to take on bigger questions. They begin to see more of the world, its diverse perspectives, cause and effect over time, historical and contemporary systems of oppression. Baker’s intermediate students participate in Baker Business School, begin outdoor education and travel to Springfield.

Grades 6-8

In an experiential learning environment that invites creative design thinking and innovation, middle school students develop prerequisite mastery of the subject areas they will study in high school. In addition to rigorous math and humanities courses, Baker students are part of an advisory group, choose their own arts core classes, and take both Latin and Spanish.