Affording Baker

I am very grateful for my time at Baker!  My learning experience there gave me a foundation of  curiosity which has made life so interesting over the years.

Captain Peter Kerkhof, Class of 2000

Whether you are applying to Baker because of our high academic standards, small classes and individualized attention, excellent teachers, or our commitment to diversity and inclusivity, investing in a whole-child education will pay dividends for a lifetime.

We understand that a Baker education is both an extraordinary opportunity and a significant investment for your family.  We are committed to making a Baker education affordable and accessible to all families who seek to enroll their child at our school.

Baker’s comprehensive tuition plan includes all of the following with no additional fees:

  • Early morning care from 7:30-8:30 a.m.
  • Yearbook
  • Athletics
  • Field trips and field experiences
  • Computers and Technology
  • Student Clubs
  • PE Clothing
  • Band Instruments
  • General class supplies

Applications for first-round considerations for 2018-19 were due on January 31. On February 1, we begin rolling admission. All applications will be considered based on space available. We are maintaining a wait list for some grade levels, so contact us today!

Contact Admissions

Denise Boswell, Assistant Head of School for Enrollment Management/Academic Innovation
Phone – 847-425-5813

Contact Tuition Assistance

Arona Puttrich, Director of Operations and Finance
Phone – 847-425-5817

Tuition and Fees

Below please find details of our all-inclusive tuition structure.  With specific questions or to learn more, please contact our Admissions Office at 847-425-5800.

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

*Early Care begins at 7:30 a.m. and After-school care continues until 6 p.m.

Tuition Assistance

Baker families reflect a breadth of socio-economic diversity that continue to make our school the top choice for PreK-8 Progressive education on Chicago’s North Shore.  We welcome all students with intellectual curiosity and a broad range of talents and experiences to join our community of learners.

Baker offers need-based tuition assistance to qualified, full-day students each year, in addition to various payment options to help manage tuition costs. Qualifications are determined by a third party, FACTS, and reported back to the school.

To be considered, families must first complete the online admission application for 2018-19, then submit the application for need-based assistance through FACTS.  Baker is able to make an award only when a child’s admission file is complete. Applications filed on or before January 31st will be prioritized. All information submitted is confidential.

The link for FACTS online application is:  Follow these instructions to start your the financial aid process:

  • a.  Click on the “Create an Account” button.  Baker’s code is 20716 and our full name is Baker Demonstration School.
  • b.    Set up your online account using your email address and a password.  There is only one application to complete,  even if you are applying for more than one child.

Questions?  Call our Admissions Office at 847.425.5800 for a confidential discussion about Financial Aid packages at Baker.

Additional Resources

The organizations listed below may provide options for tuition assistance. Please note that these organizations and services operate independently of Baker Demonstration School .

In August 2017, with bipartisan support, the House and Senate passed a comprehensive education funding bill that was signed into law by the governor of Illinois. The law includes a provision for tax credit scholarships, which provide strong incentives for donors to support non-public school scholarships for low-income students in the state. Illinois students from low-income families may use these new scholarships to attend a non-public school of their choice.

Applying for an Illinois Tax Credit Scholarship

Application process: You will need to apply for tax credit scholarships through a scholarship granting organization (SGO), which will manage this process, instead of the school directly. There will likely be several SGOs. Families are free to apply for scholarships through multiple SGOs.  Baker has chosen Empower Illinois as our our preferred SGO. Empower Illinois has announced February 27th as the date to begin the application process.

The application process with Empower Illinois will be completed online at  School families are free to apply for scholarships through multiple SGOs, and given how funds will be distributed, it is beneficial to apply through multiple SGOs. The Empower Illinois application process opens in February 2018.

What you need to apply: The SGOs should be publishing a list of all of the necessary documents families will need to apply for a tax credit scholarship on their websites. In the meantime, based on what we know today, we believe families will need the following documents in order to apply for a tax credit scholarship:

  • 2016 tax return
  • Proof of residency (i.e. driver’s license or state ID)
  • Birth certificate or passport for student

Application deadline: The Empower Illinois application system opens on February 27, 2018.  Scholarships will be awarded on a first come, first served basis as determined by Empower Illinois. It is very important that when the application process opens, you apply early.

How to qualify: Eligibility to receive a scholarship is based on your family’s household income. For example, a student could receive a scholarship if his/her family income is less than $73,800 a year for a family of four. Find out more at

Scholarships may no exceed $12,973, the 2018/19 statewide average public school cost for K-8 students.