I know Baker Demonstration School in Evanston is working for my children when I see how happy they are to go to school in the morning and how they approach their studies with focus, interest and excitement. It’s the kind of education experience I wish I had at their ages (8 and 12), and I highly recommend Baker for families who want their children to be taught not WHAT to think but HOW to think critically and creatively about the world, issues and people around them.Baker is unique not just for its academic excellence as an independent school but for its project-based learning philosophy, which builds on what we know about how children learn the best.As a parent, I am grateful that the school additionally provides an array of exceptional programs, including art, music, drama, dance, and P.E. (including swimming) as well as aftercare when needed. I am grateful, too, for the diverse community of friends — across the school, and across grades — that our family has gained here. And I appreciate that Baker opens its doors to parents and community members so that I never feel as if I am being shut of my children’s educational process.Baker Demonstration School is an extraordinary place where everyone does their best so that our children can develop growth mindsets and become their true selves, in their own unique ways.