Baker Demonstration School

201 Sheridan Road
Wilmette, IL 60091

Baker Demonstration School offers benefits-eligible Northwestern faculty and staff a 5% tuition discount. Baker offers tuition assistance to admitted Junior Kindergarten-8th grade students with demonstrated need. The financial aid process is completed independently of the admissions process. Financial Aid awards are generally determined in late March.

Northwestern families can choose between tuition assistance or an Northwestern discount for school age programs. Contact the Director of Admissions at for details.

School Programs

Baker serves bright, creative Chicago and North Shore students from Toddler through 8th grade who are ready to engage in a challenging, hands-on education and who are prepared to thrive in our diverse community of learners and families.

Baker's approach to education is rooted in the following beliefs:

  • A progressive approach to education that is hands-on, student-centered, collaborative and intellectually challenging.
  • An integrated curriculum that incorporates fine arts, physical education, outdoor education and service learning.
  • A pledge to hire, retain and support experienced, passionate teachers and maintain a low student-to-teacher ratio, ensuring that students' individual strengths and challenges are well understood.
  • A sense of community within every classroom and throughout the school, fostered by actively teaching social concepts and skills.


To determine eligibility for the 5% tuition discount offered to Northwestern benefits-eligible employees, please complete and return a designation form pdf.

For application information, please contact the Director of Admissions at Applications are accepted from October 1 and are due by January 31. Beginning February 1, applications are received on a rolling admissions basis for any programs in which space remains.

School tours run weekly from mid-October to April. Baker also hosts four Open Houses per year. Visit for more information.


Baker is located near the Evanston Northwestern campus at 201 Sheridan Road in Wilmette, IL 60091, on the northern edge of Evanston. Use MapQuest to locate Baker. (Google maps places them incorrectly.)

The Northwestern University Office of Work/Life & Family Resources does not endorse or recommend any particular school or child care center and encourages all parents to carefully evaluate any provider they are considering to care for their child.