"Balanced Education, Academic Challenge, Community, Diversity, Arts & Athletics"
Students enrolled 224
Hours 7:55 AM - 3:00 PM
School leader Mr. Ethan Williamson
Transportation options None
Before school Yes
After school Yes

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240 West Colorado Boulevard
Arcadia, CA 91007

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(626) 566-2300
(626) 574-3316
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4 stars
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November 16, 2014
While Barnhart may serve the needs of some, it is NOT for everyone. If your child has any learning issues ( or ADHD), you may want to consider another school. My gifted son attended for one year (transferring from a highly-regarded private school that we chose to leave because of the upcoming enormous homework load in middle school) and Barnhart was, for him, a very poor fit. Although he was, and is, very social, he had trouble "fitting in" with the cliquey students in his class- he ate lunch alone for many months. Barnhart felt that the development of "grit" was more important than nurture. The school's philosophy did not fit with ours. I can happily report that our son is now THRIVING (was the top student out of 124) in a public school with greater class size, supportive teachers, and without any academic accommodations. Barnhart might be the right school for your child, but ask questions that address the specific needs of your child. We forgot to ask if the school had a learning specialist and a therapist--something the previous private school offered but, last year, Barnhart did not. Good luck in your search for the right fit for you and your child.

- submitted by a parent
May 19, 2014
So there is this one parent that is not been at Barnhart for over 2 years and continues to republish the same review over and over. As a parent who has had children at Barnhart for over 5 years I can tell you that they have flourished in this amazing small school. The balance between academics and building the whole child is the best I have seen. Everyday math and writers' workshop are impressive comprehensive programs that balance academics with creating a thinking child. Its a great place to build kids.

- submitted by a parent
April 25, 2014
Barnhart is the perfect balance of academics, social learning, and creativity. My children are thriving and happy at this school. The teachers are well trained and patient. The administration is open and very responsive.The parent community is involved and dedicated to the overall success of the school.

- submitted by a parent
January 02, 2014
Barnhart is a great school, with a wonderful, caring community. My son is in first grade and has learned so much in the last two years. I love how integrated all of the learning is, and that creativity and critical thinking is involved every day. Writer's Workshopmis amazing - he has written so many amazing stories already. The teachers ar wonderful and the staff is caring and supportive.

- submitted by a parent
November 21, 2013
Barnhart is a special school, in that it is small and can really focus on each child....classroom sizes are small---around 18-20 kids a class! my kids of really flourished there...they are confident and academically solid. most of all they are just happy amazing kids.

- submitted by a parent
October 13, 2013
We enrolled our son at Barnhart years ago as a Kindergartner, then our daughter 2 years later. We loved the school; the families, the students, the teachers and the staff... until after the 2011-2012 school year. The wonderful Head of School, Joe Harper, was fired, along with many other incredible administrative staff like Carol Reiter, the librarian Mrs. Yao and many others who made Barnhart what it was. In their place, enter Ethan Williamson, a man brought in to "transform" the school... and "transform" he did... he co-authored a 5-year "strategic plan" to market Barnhart and enforced a "communications policy" which prohibited any speech of which he didn't approve. Violation carries the punishment of "separation from the community." And Barnhart Board thinks this will help improve enrollment?! No thanks. We spoke up against Williamson's attempts to enforce a draconian policy for caring for our diabetic daughter who had been a member of the Barnhart community for years. The result? Immediate expulsion! No, I am not kidding. Williamson didn't like our "tone, tenor or word choice" and threw our innocent kids out of the school. Needless to say, we do not recommend Barnhart School.

- submitted by a parent
September 06, 2013
My daughter has attended Barnhart for 4 years now. I live the curriculum. Barnhart is a family oriented school that focuses in the whole child and not just math and reading. The environment is very nurturing. The staff is friendly and caring. I love the values program they teach in chapel. My daughter is very happy at Barnhart and I am do proud I made the right choice for her.

- submitted by a parent
August 25, 2013
Barnhart used to be a great school. Amazing families, teachers, staff and administration. The families are still amazing, but unfortunately after the 2011-2012 school year the board purged the school of nearly ever member of the faculty and staff who made the school what it was. They brought in a new Head of School, Ethan Williamson, who thinks he is the new sheriff in town. He imposed a new "communications policy" which prohibits virtually any dissent and demands that parents not communicate about the school unless he approves. The whole thing is Orwellian. The result is a place in no way reflective of the values or togetherness that made us choose it for our kids years ago. Williamson has fostered a PR machine that is dedicated to bolstering enrollment and, once you are there, expect to be milked for every dollar they can extract. We are no longer at Barnhart, and we would recommend you not be either. Most of the positive reviews you see were posted at the behest of the school to improve their public perception. Don't buy it. Check out many of the amazing schools a stone's throw away from Barnhart and you will be pleasantly surprised.

- submitted by a parent
August 22, 2013
Barnhart has been such a positive experience for my son. Transferring in from public school at the elementary level could have been very difficult, but my son's teacher made the transition a very smooth one. We came here for the academics, but have come away with so much more. Between the dedicated art room, a veteran music and drama teacher who is a stellar educator, to the excellent Virtues program, we are extremely pleased with our choice of Barnhart. This private school is much less expensive than other area schools, and offers a very well rounded program.

- submitted by a parent
January 08, 2013
This is my daughter's 2nd year at Barnhart. We transferred to the school after moving across the country and finding the public school down the street wasn't the right fit. High points for this school: Barnhart's parent involvement, sense of community, value-based learning, and academic focus. Teachers are talented, committed and caring. Smaller classes allow for consistent contact with her teacher and has allowed me to help with homework struggles to provide consistency between home and school. There is P.E. every day; a huge help in allowing kids to be focused and ready in the classroom. The school uses Everyday Math curriculum, which has been an interesting and beneficial change for my daughter. Writer's workshop is fantastic! The homework level is significant in content, but not overwhelming in quantity. Teachers are flexible, so that if a child has questions or wants to explore a different angle, there is time to do so. Children get loads of presentation time in front of peers beginning in Kindergarten, so by the time they leave 8th grade they are confident presenters and comfortably curious learners. This school is an amazing value at a reasonable tuition rate.

- submitted by a parent
December 04, 2012
We are the parents of two children currently attending Barnhart, both of which are in their formulative years. Barnhart is a wonderful school with a new, insightful Head of School, a warm, caring Administration, and EXCELLENT Teachers. The school offers a Values program that is based on it's core values of Intelligence, Integrity and Involvement...qualities that instill confidence, discipline and leadership to the children. Barnhart has a remarkable support base in the families that attend the school, and we are so grateful to be a part of this warm, caring community. Our children often attend the aftercare Bobcats program which is well supervised by a caring Staff. It is very comforting to know they are in such good hands all day!!! Overall, we are so pleased we made the choice to place our children at Barnhart.

- submitted by a parent
December 03, 2012
Our son is a third grader at Barnhart School. We initially chose Barnhart for a variety of reasons, including the value offered, since Barnhart's programs are clearly as good as if not better than many other independent and parochial schools in the area, and because the community was so warm and down-to-earth. But the choice has turned out even better than we expected!! We are so proud and pleased with all the positive experiences we've had, and we are excited about the direction Barnhart is headed. He has made lifelong friends from among the diverse students in his class, and many parents have become our friends. Our son's teaches have been excellent, the class sizes are small (16 per teacher), the academic programs dive deeply into the subject matter and stimulate critical thinking, and the values program teaches and honors children for developing a good moral character. We believe our son is benefiting tremendously from his education and we are so happy to be a part of the community.

- submitted by a parent
December 03, 2012
A Great Community School with the bonus of a Fantastic Academic Program As we searched for schools years back, Barnhart stood out amongst the rest because of the tightknit community. We were immediately embraced as part of the Barnhart family made up of fantastic teachers, faculty and parents. Of all the schools, Barnhart felt the most balanced of all programs where academics are stressed but the personal character of each child is also focused on. We re now at our 4th year at Barnhart and continue to be impressed. Our Writer s Workshop and Everyday Math programs are key strengths of our academics. Also, the Music and Arts programs are outstanding. We also have one of the best afterschool care programs that offers additional activities such as Chess Club, Mandarin and Robotics. We will continue to be a part of the community for years to come as we have another daughter starting Kindergarten in another few years, and we couldn t be happier.

- submitted by a parent
February 03, 2012
This is our 9th year at Barnhart and we continue to be pleased with the school. Our 2 boys have completely different learning styles and both have thrived at Barnhart. The one that has learning challenges has been treated with respect and has been supported through his difficult years. He now loves school and his teachers, and is doing well. Our other student is given more challenging work when needed and encouraged to work ahead. The community of families is amazing and supports the staff and teachers whole heartedly. The teachers are absolutely amazing!

- submitted by a parent
January 26, 2012
Barnhart is a lovely school and a great value for the money. Best of all, my kid is happy, challenged and thriving at Barnhart. My child was new at Barnhart this year and the other students were incredibly kind and welcoming. It's been such a positive experience thus far. The teachers are involved and care about the children. The only drawback is a lack of a gym (there is a field and basketball courts). Overall, we are really happy with Barnhart and we'd choose it again! Lastly, the school just hired a new Headmaster and we look forward to his arrival in the Fall.

- submitted by a parent
October 10, 2011
I have 2 children at Barnhart, 5 years apart. In the past 8 years, I have experienced a school that was willing to thoughtfully grow, learn and take the sometimes challenging road of implementing best practices and updated curriculum to support our childrens learning goals. Teachers implemented new curriculum with enthusiam and confidence...and the children are showing academic gains because of this. The academic staff is truly invested in each child academic achievement; approaching each child with multimodal learning opportunities, adding supports when needed, and maintaining communication with engaged parents. They do this while also encouraging, demonstrating and guiding the children to be good people who know how to work well together. I am even more certain today that we made the right decision 9 years ago to send our children to Barnhart. I would certainly choose this school all over again!

- submitted by a parent
July 24, 2011
Barnhart is a phenomenal school. Our daughter just graduated from this school and is going to her top choice of high schools next year. She has succeeded at Barnhart because of the exemplary teachers, staff and administrators. I know that we could have paid double for a similar private school in the area and she would have gotten the same education and she would be going to the same high school next year. I feel like I got a great value for the money I spent and my daughter was supported emotionally and academically throughout the years. Cant say enough good stuff about Barnhart. We look forward to seeing the school succeed with its new leadership next year.

- submitted by a parent
June 22, 2011
Barnhart is simply fantastic. The new head of school is wonderful, completely involved and knows the kids. The teachers are good at educating the all of the kids, not just the highly academic ones. They have breakouts for math and reading starting at 4th grade. Plus they have a phenomenal sports program. Best of all the kids get into some of the best high schools in the area. I love this school, and with a new administration it is even better.

- submitted by a parent
April 17, 2011
Barnhart is a wonderful school! The education is exemplary and I can say this with certainty now. As my family is having to relocate out of state, my son was required to take a placement test at his new potential school. He scored way above average (national and local) in math, reading, comprehension and writing. It is truly a testament to the great work they do at Barnhart that he has been able to take what he's learned and apply it out there with ease. We greatly value not only the education but the community that they surround their families with.

- submitted by a parent
March 18, 2011
As a long time parent at Barnhart I have seen the old and the new leadership and I must say that the academics and extracurricular activities have improved greatly over the years. Barnhart has fantastic academics focusing on Writers Workshop and a new phenominal math program. Barnhart offers Art, Computers,Music, Spainish and Physical Education. It is a reasonably priced independent school.

- submitted by a parent
February 10, 2011
Full of cliques, no extracurricular activity, average academics, bad teacher quality, incredibly small campus... you should rather send your kid to a public school than THIS. The Director runs the show...............

- submitted by a parent
October 22, 2010
Barnhart is an amazing school where each child is treated as an individual, and much attention is paid to ensure they reach their own unique potential. Barnhart even employs specialists to assist students as necessary .it is a true learning community. This school maintains high academic standards, but teaches to them in a creative manner with an emphasis on thinking over wrote memory. This results in a lifelong love of learning rather than a child being burnt out at the 8th grade. However, even with its strong academic standards, the true heart of The Barnhart School is the philosophy that the beauty is in the balance . Besides academics, there is a strong emphasis on character education and values, and a well rounded sports and arts program. The result is that Barnhart 8th graders go on to succeed both academically and emotionally in the most selective local high schools. A bonus is that all this is provided in a beautiful environment, with a caring community and yet tuition remains low compared to many other schools.

- submitted by a parent
October 22, 2010
Barnhart School is a wonderful, nurturing school with a great academic program. Its teachers are caring, but they also have high expectations for their students' success. I'm impressed with the way in which they balance a kind, caring and friendly community with their interest in student achievement. Another great thing about Barnhart is the parent community. The parents here are involved in many ways to support the school, teachers and students. From our traditional events like the Carnival and Holiday Lunch, to helping in the classrooms, parents can be seen supporting and helping the school. This is a great place to send your child!

- submitted by a parent
October 21, 2010
Thankfully, our family had numerous choices for an independent school. We chose Barnhart and are so glad we did! The Head of School has brought clear direction, been responsive to the challenging economic times, and brought the academic program to a higher level, preparing my son for the 21st century. Barnhart has all the characteristics of a great school - excellent teachers, strong leadership and challenging academic programs. I recommend Barnhart to all of my friends and any family looking for a caring, nurturing environment with a balanced education and a community that cares.

- submitted by a parent
October 06, 2010
This is not a great school and great schools will probably not publish many negative comments. This school has fallen to a shell of its former kind nuturing caring self. Most of the excellent teachers have been discarded and the extras that made the school have all been eliminated. The administration and teachers will demand that your children fit their utopian model and if your child has any issues at all they will refuse to work with you. Do not look for caring compassionate support from the teachers and the admin will back teachers up regardless of any unacceptable behavior. The administrator is half way out the door and the student enrollment is at maybe 75% and the tuition continues to skyrocket for mediocre teachers and programs and pathetic facilities. Save your money for a real education and one that is protected and is not hidden the by the ecclesiastical curtain.

- submitted by a parent
September 18, 2010
Very happy to have transitioned my 4th and 5th grader to Barnhart. The administration is wonderful, as are the teachers, parents and students. Very welcoming & lots of opportunity for parental involvement. My daughter - who is extremely shy - even received cards from her teacher and a classmate over the summer to help her feel comfortable with the transition. I'm so pleased.

- submitted by a parent
May 11, 2010
While Barnhart may thrive educationally, it does little to help children grow and develop positively. Many teachers and administrators do little to assist in ensuring a comfortable and safe environment for all students, so beware of cruel children and indifferent teachers.

- submitted by a community member
April 23, 2010
Barnhart school has created a wonderful learning environment for my two children. It is a safe, nurturing place where they thrive as enthusiastic learners. The virtues program has assisted them in gaining valuable life tools and an understanding of the meaning of being part of a larger community. The school really works at focusing on not just academics but the whole child. Both children have been enriched by the music, spanish and computer classes that begin in kindergarten , the school's intramural sports program which allows them to compete with other schools beginning in 6th grade along with the afterschool Bobcat Adventures program which is fun and has great activities. My children are growing up to be intelligent, involved kids with a sense of purpose. They are always eager to get to school in the morning. We picked the right partner in Barnhart and I wouldn't change the experience at all.

- submitted by a parent
March 17, 2010
One child through the middle school and doing great in high school. On currently in middle school and doing well. They really get kids ready to do well at the high school level.

- submitted by a parent
March 17, 2010
I think Barnhart is fantastic! My 1st grade daughter has learned to love reading and is becoming a confident young lady. The teachers actually post State standards and connect them to my daughter s learning. The work I see coming home is thoughtful and inspiring. She loves learning. I am very impressed with the writing and the science program in 1st grade. My daughter clearly understands the scientific process and has begged to participate in the science fair because she wants to test her hypothesis . Her writing has improved greatly since the beginning of school because of the Writer s Workshop program Barnhart uses. She writes multi-sentence paragraphs (by herself) that are interesting and connected to her personal experiences. But what I love most about Barnhart is the community and the caring teachers. Parents are nice. My daughter feels safe and is building her confidence as a learner. This is because her teachers push her to try new things but they don t stress her out. I am very happy with Barnhart.

- submitted by a parent
March 17, 2010
I have three children and they have all attended Barnhart since kindergarten. I love our school. It has a strong academic base and a warmth not found on many campuses of today.

- submitted by a parent
March 11, 2010
The largest benefit of this school is the people. Your child will interact with kids who are polite and nice. Parent involvement is high. The downside is a leadership who is arrogant & isn't clear on direction. The curriculum is ambiguous and inconsistent. There isn't a specific method of instruction or syllabus but rather it's left to the individual teachers - you'll get some great ones, and others who are not. Consequently, strong foundations for learning aren't established. All the 'advertising' of students moving on to good high schools upon graduation were taught under the past system, not the current. What's in place now is unproven. The tuition has been increasing naturally, however, the administration manages funds poorly - investing greatly on advertising (poorly executed) rather than investing in recourses for instruction. Filed trips are few and lots of time wasted in rehearsing for plays that are amateurish.

- submitted by a parent
February 05, 2010
I believe Barnhart has provided a great education for both my children, and continues to do so. Our middle schooler has blossomed into a smart, capable and independent child ready for college pre high school. My other child is just headed in the same direction, smart and independent. I like the school in general, what I find annoying is the animosity and unfriendliness of the unhappy parents who are the minority. At our school, you always have the opportunity to address the problem directly and find solutions, some choose to only complain. This is non productive and hurtful to the morale of the school. Yes, the cost continues to increase, but this is happening everywhere else to continue to make improvements in the programs and provide higher salaries for the teachers. Our family, has made the decision to support our children's education and continue to ignore the negative behaviors of others.

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no rating August 05, 2009
We too have left Barnhart after several years. Tuition continued to rise, the new Head of School was making way too many changes too fast, there was a nonstop push for monetary donations, and the beloved veteran teachers and staff (many who had been there 20+ years) all left. We will miss the old Barnhart!

- submitted by a parent
no rating February 07, 2009
My children are thriving at Barnhart since entering in K, 3 and 7 years ago. We see this in their academic performance - due to great teachers and a great curriculum - and in other aspects of their lives - how respectful they are in interactions with other children and adults. Mind, body, spirit isn't a motto at Barnhart, it's the culture. Now as we visit high schools and meet parents and students from other K-8 schools in the area, we see how well-prepared our middle schooler is, both in academics and in maturity. Barnhart is a special school, growing and continuously improving, and there's no better proof of that than the bright and mature children there.

- submitted by a parent
January 28, 2009
It's our first year at Barnhart. My son entered at 4th grade. What a profoundly positive difference Barnhart has made for him! He is being taught based on his learning style. He works independently now and is excited about what he is learning. His writing, which was always good, is even better. The most gratifying part for me, as a parent, is the way he is challenged and not overwhelmed; treated with regard and kindness rather than demanding pressure; and lifted by positive expectation rather than ground down by unreasonable demands. The new head is creating an atmosphere of gracious rigor. Go Bobcats!

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no rating September 11, 2008
I am a teacher and parent at Barnhart. It is a special school where teachers and administrators know each child and his or her particular needs. Learning is personalized and every attempt is made for each child to experience success. I left Barnhart for a year to teach at another school and am so glad to be back. The new principal is a leader and visionary. This school is a gem.

- submitted by a parent
no rating June 30, 2008
My children have attended Barnhart for the past 5 years. It has been a positive learning environment. There has much negative talk of the changes that have taken place starting with the new head of school and the increased tuition. A school is only as strong as its teachers and the parent involvement. Participate in your child's education rather than judge change. No one likes change, but it is in the interest of our children not in the interest of the adults.

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no rating January 21, 2008
It's just not cutting the cake for us, even with the newhead of school and the great people you interact with. If change is to happen, i probably wont see if until two years from now and tuition continues to increase. Academically, i can find more bang for my buck somewhere else. Sorry,.

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January 13, 2008
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- submitted by a student
November 10, 2007
Under new leadership that is focused on maintaining the school's community culture and warmth, while bringing new dynamic energy and enthusiasm with special emphasis on academic excellence, faculty development and recognition, and much valued parent partnering, we have no doubt that Barnhart is positioning itself to be THE school to attend in the San Gabriel Valley. Children graduate from Barnhart with an excellent academic foundation for high school and college, logical and curious minds, passionate appreciation for the arts, strong and fit bodies, caring and compassionate souls, robust sense of community responsibility and citizenship, and excellent leadership skills. What else could anyone ask for their children?

- submitted by a parent
November 07, 2007
My son and daughter have had a wonderful experience at Barnhart, and are now thriving in high school at Flintridge Prep. Barnhart provided a strong academic foundation, while also developing their full potential as young adults through community service, strong extracurricular activities, and a meaningful values program. The faculty is truly dedicated to the success of their students, and are always available for extra tutoring for students or consultation with parents. Barnhart has recently hired a new Head of School who brings an infectious enthusiasm, extensive educational experience, and great leadership skills. I'm confident this school is headed for even greater things, and I recommend it to all my friends.

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October 17, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
March 21, 2006
The parents and children are great at this school, and the teachers are kind. The availability of enriching activities was good. However, the academic standards are not very high--probably similar to a good public school.

- submitted by a parent
March 13, 2006
This is a great school that looks at the whole person. It has been a safe and positive environment for my child and I appreciate the hard work of the staff.

- submitted by a parent
February 21, 2006
Excellent class size, good standards taught

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October 26, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
August 29, 2005
We look fondly at our beginning academic years at Barnhart. Over time we began to realize that the school says one thing and does another. The direction of this school has been only adequate, and the costs rise but not the quality. Parent involvement is high but wanes in upper grades because the school asks too much of the parents, while not treating them respectfully. Actions speak louder than the words as we found out. The Principals know they have fresh recruits with new families in lower grades. Every school has issues, this one suffers administration direction. Dissillusioned at the way things were heading, we found better schooling elsewhere. The upper campus has a new director and hope the inferior teaching staff will be upgraded, and the lunch/recess staff adequately trained.

- submitted by a parent
May 25, 2005
Nice facilities ... especially the newer middle school building. New director of the middle school is personable and seems to have set a good tone for students. The middle school also features an excellent life skills program which is unique. Students do wear uniforms and attend chapel daily. Barnhart Parent Organization actively raises money with events, like Halloween Carnival, that call for parent involvement. There is a strong vocal and instrumental music program. P.E. is offered to all grades as well as swimming lessons in the summer school program. Many of the teachers have been with the school for over 20 years. Academically, the school prepares students very well for acceptance in nearby private high schools like LaSalle.

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- submitted by a parent
January 26, 2005
Barnhart is an excellent school which focuses on experiential learning as well as academic performance. The music, art and sports programs are terrific. We are very happy we made this educational decision for both of our daughters.

- submitted by a parent
January 26, 2005
I am pleased to say that I find that the Barnhart School delivers on its mission to provide a balanced educational experience for my daughter. The school's philosophy is based on high ideals, standards of excellence (academic and co-curricular), and a dedication to the total development of each student. The nuturing community environment provides a safe place for academic achievement, personal growth and social development. Our child has enjoyed her exposure and involvement in visual art and general music classes. She is also thrilled to have made it into the school chorus. The academic curriculum is integrated with cooperative work, technology, service learning and fun enrichment opportunities (field trips, public speaking, etc.). My wife and I are happy to serve the school working on class/school projects, funraising as well as sharing our talents and resources which directly benefit the students and the greater school community.

- submitted by a parent
October 13, 2004
Barnhart is a great school! The education is excellent and age appropriate. The amount of homework is significantly less than I've seen at other schools, yet my children are learning as much (if not more) and have excellent SRA scores. The teachers are very involved with the students and keep in very close contact with the parents. You can get a good education and good teachers at a lot of private schools, but what separates Barnhart from other private schools is the families. Barnhart families are as involved in their child's education as they want to be. Most families in the school are the kind of families you would like to be friends with. I highly recommend this school to anyone who wants a well rounded education, in a caring atmosphere, for their child.

- submitted by a parent
June 09, 2004
I like that this school is what a public school should be. A great academic program, sports, drama, band and chorus are also available. There is art too. They have lots of special days that make going to school and the hard work that is required more bearable for the students. My children know how to behave in public, address adults and speak out, that is attributed to the schools teachings. The biggest thing for me, was as I learned my daughter was struggling with reading she wasn't told to go elsewhere. They have worked hard to make accomodations even though they are not a public school and there is no 504 saying they have to. Barnhart has been a great school. While no school is perfect, the school has really tried to listen to our concerns when they arose. I have been a very involved and vocal parent. Children are loved here.

- submitted by a parent
May 06, 2004
There are some good teachers, very good, but there are some who need to be reinvigorated and perhaps re-examine their teaching methods. The principal asks for more and more money but yet declines to show complete and open accountability on how the money is spent. Parents are told it is for teachers salaries and to hire more qualified teachers, yet the old and tired remain. The parents work very hard to accomodate the needs of the school and the cost is becoming very prohibitive. It is hard to accept the request for more money and yet the school refuses donations of equipment or service resources from parents except to fund raise for more money. The school has a great philosphy, but like any school it is evolving. It has a very good education for most students. It is now accredited which should keep it heading in the right direction.

- submitted by a parent
February 23, 2004
Barnhart is a great school, except for the fact of the lack of informations supplied to parent, they are not wanted in classrooms nor is a lot of information regarding progress discussed with parents. With a 20 to 1 ratio it wouldn't hurt to take advantage of the parents willing to help out!

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Barnhart School
240 West Colorado Boulevard, Arcadia, CA  91007
(626) 566-2300
Last modified Barnhart School is a Private school that serves grades K-8
Barnhart School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 64 reviews. Top