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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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...............
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.
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!
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.
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