Beacon Academy is featured in this NPR story about Chicago-area micro-schools, small and intimate learning environments started by educators and parents looking to create curriculum on their own terms. “As millennials become parents, they are not accepting of the status quo as previous generations have been,” said Jeff Bell, Head of School and Theory of Knowledge instructor at Beacon. “They want a different experience and they’re willing to pay for it, start it or demand it.” Read more.
Students in Beacon Academy’s Interact Club, a Rotary-affiliated group that works with students on global humanitarian projects, lead a mile-long walk to raise funds to build a new water well in Haiti. Katie Petzer, Beacon’s Director of Operations and Student Activities and head faculty organizer of the event, said that she was “overwhelmed” by the group’s unprecedented fundraising efforts. Read more.
Kate Anderson, Beacon’s Director of Admission and Financial Aid, reveals why Beacon stands out among its competition: “Tapping into the intrinsic motivation of each student, Beacon teachers create an optimal learning environment, providing space for exploration and discovery. ” Read more.
Beacon students find common ground with teenage Syrian refugees over a shared meal. “We decided that the best thing to do was to make friends,” said Beacon student Michaela Abrams, “…and the best way to make friends is over food.” Read more.