Frequently Asked Questions

See our frequently asked questions about Baker’s history, the length of our school day, our diverse and inclusive school community, care for children with severe allergies and more. If your question is not answered in our FAQ section, please contact us for further information.

A. Baker was established in 1918 and has been located at its current campus on Chicago’s North Shore since 1929. Formerly in partnership with National Louis University, Baker became an independent school in 2005.
A. As the North Shore’s only demonstration school, Baker is a place where students from leading college- and graduate-level education programs come to learn from our master instructors as teachers-in-training. Consequently, the majority of the classrooms have both a teacher and an associate teacher.
A. Baker Demonstration School is a member of the Lake Michigan Association of Independent Schools (LMAIS), National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS), and Progressive Education Network (PEN). Baker also has Full Recognition status from the Illinois State Board of Education. As of July 2012, the school is a fully accredited member of the Independent Schools Association of the Central States (ISACS). Beyond these accreditations, Baker Demonstration School has strong academic affiliations with colleges and universities such as National-Louis University’s, Chicago Professional School of Psychology, Columbia College, Northeastern Illinois University, and Northwestern University.
A. Baker has a Student Services team to support students with a variety of learning differences. Support is generally offered through “push-in” services, or in-class assistance. The school does not have the resources to support children with significant learning disabilities or special needs.
A. The school day begins at 8:30 am and ends at 3pm for full day Preschool and Kindergarten. Students in Grades 1– 8 dismiss at 3:15 pm. Extended Care options beginning at 7:30 am and running until 6:00 pm are available for all Preschool through Grade 8 students.
A. Baker partners with a local lunch provider to provide nutritious hot lunches for our students; you may purchase your child’s lunch every day or choose the days that work best for your family.
A. Baker has an on-site registered nurse every day throughout the school year and summer. Both the nurse and classroom teachers are well-equipped to become educated about your child’s specific allergies and medical needs and ensure your child’s safety at school.
A. Baker offers soccer, flag football, basketball, and track and field sports team experiences to students beginning in Grade 4. The school’s no-cut policy ensures that every child has the opportunity to play and benefit from sports activities.
A: Baker is diverse and inclusive school community. We value equity, diversity and inclusion as an inherent part of our identity as a Progressive school community. Through shared learning experiences, community service and partnerships, we work together as a an inclusive community.
A. Baker students matriculate to excellent high schools. Our students earn admission into competitive private high schools, Chicago’s selective enrollment high schools and other local public high schools. In addition, Baker students perform very well on high school course entrance exams (e.g., ERB, Explore, and MAP) and work closely with both Baker and high school counselors to ensure appropriate course placement.
A: Our graduates have been accepted at some of the nation’s top colleges and universities, including MIT, University of Michigan, Washington University in St. Louis, Northwestern University, Boston College, and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
A. We are happy to answer any questions. Please contact us at (847) 425-5800 or admissions@bakerdemschool.org.