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Welcome from Baker’s Head of School

Welcome to Baker Demonstration School! For the last 100 years we’ve been educating Preschool – 8th grade children hailing from Chicago, the North Shore, and around the globe. Our diverse, multilingual community is committed to ensuring that children – as they transition over the course of their 11 years at Baker – become passionate learners, deep and expansive thinkers, self-aware and self-assured leaders, and ambitious change makers who are ready to reinvent the world.

At the heart of Baker’s approach is the progressive philosophy that children learn through experience. Whether it is a group of eighth graders engaged in physics, engineering and geometric thinking while building boats for the annual regatta or a pair of preschoolers exploring the physics and geometry of light and shadow while building in the ‘shadow room’, a Baker curriculum is active and invokes deep connection, curiosity and love of learning.

The students’ experience speaks volumes. We survey our students regularly in order to understand their experience. In a recent survey:

  • 100% of 7th graders respond positively to this statement: How much has your experience at Baker contributed to thinking critically, reasoning, asking why
  • 96% of 7th graders respond positively to the statement: How much has your experience at Baker contributed to developing creative ideas and solutions
  • 96% of 7th graders respond positively to the statement: How much has your experience at Baker contributed to treating people with respect
  • 95% feel well-known by one adult or one teacher

The value of a Baker education is nowhere more evident than in the accomplishments of our graduates. Their success in high school, college, and beyond and their achievements in academia, the arts, business, law, medicine, entrepreneurship, education, and service reaffirms our commitment to providing our students with a Progressive approach to education that is both student-centered and intellectually rigorous. Lessons learned at Baker ensure that our graduates aren’t just ready for high school. They’re ready for everything.

I invite you to explore our website and visit in person in order to learn more about our distinct approach to teaching and learning.

Warmly,
Carly Andrews
Head of School