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San Diego, CA
Students enrolled: 300
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2930 Barnard St.
San Diego, CA 92110

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(619) 224-3306
(619) 224-8721
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April 13, 2014
My two kids go to Barnard. The school has been providing them to have more chances to enjoy Asian culture, not just language.

- submitted by a parent
April 12, 2014
My daughter just started at Barnard in Kindergarten. She has learned so much, in Chinese and in English. The teachers and other staff there are talented, creative, skilled and dedicated, I'm very impressed with everyone there. I asked my daughter what she liked about her teacher, and she said 'she loves me very much.' So she's not just getting a great education, she is part of a community that cares about the kids and their success.

- submitted by a parent
January 20, 2014
My daughter is in the first immersion class at Barnard (now 4th-grade) and last spring break we traveled to Singapore and she was very comfortable conversing in Chinese. She could read store signs and restaurant menus for me. I was extremely impressed! In this new world and here on the west coast an adult entering the work force with a second language of Chinese would immediately excel (and a third language of Spanish would really be helpful). them in their job. Outside of the Chinese emersion my child has excelled in math and reading (evident in her state scores) due to the excellent programs at Barnard for the students and their parents. The Kinder reading strategy class provided for the parents was just wonderful in setting a foundation for reading that could be applied at home. There are parent classes in Mandarin and in Korean (for the new Korean language emersion now offered for children at Barnard) to help the parents to converse with their children. The school was just moved to a bigger campus in Pacific Beach (near the 5 freeway) and the School Board is talking about new buildings in the near future for the eventual expansion into Japanese and then Tagalog.

- submitted by a parent
December 09, 2013
What percentage of the day are children learning Mandarin? 90% kindergarten? 50% 1st grade? Thanks!

- submitted by a community member
September 26, 2013
My son started kindergarten at Barnard a month ago. He loves school, he loves his teacher, and he loves learning Chinese. Last night he said "Hello my name is XX and I am 5 years old." Impressive for a little boy who knew nothing 4 weeks ago. The teachers are excellent and the new facilities in Mission Bay are lovely. Every classroom has a smart board, computer, projector, and more. And his classroom also has 6 computers for the students to use. The principal is exceptionally energetic and enthusiastic. He is also very resourceful. Instead of succumbing to the many budget cuts of late, he has found ways to bring more staff to the school. I can't say enough about how much I love the school already.

- submitted by a parent
September 23, 2013
We drive 40 minutes each morning to take our two grade school children to Barnard. The mandarin language problem offered is obviously the main attraction. This school has a great core group of teachers, as well as a very involved parent base, which is absolutely vital for school development. Our kids participate in the after-school program, which is very well run at this school. Overall, an excellent program. If we had to do it all over again, we wouldn't change a thing!

- submitted by a parent
September 10, 2013
My daughter has entered Kindergarten at Barnard Asian Pacific Language Academy . We are thrilled to have an opportunity for my daughter to learn a third language. This school has it all! An amazing, energetic principal who is the friendlies principal I have ever met. It has great teachers, a great PTA and an eager community of parents willing to help out the school to become the best. The school recently raised it's API Score to 902!!! This is impressive for a Mandarin immersion school. My daughter has only been at this school for a week and she is already is sharing the words she has learned in Mandarin. The first day of school was so smooth and I don't think I saw one kid crying. They have a great system where all the kids meet for assembly and go over announcements, pledge of allegiance and then they all walk to their respective classrooms. The teachers are amazing with the kids. We commute from out of district 15 miles each day and sit through traffic but is very much worth it. This school is a hidden jewel of the San Diego Unified School District. I would recommend this school to every parent in San Diego County.

- submitted by a parent
September 02, 2013
We LOVE Barnard! My daughter currently attends Barnard and it has been wonderful experience. Mr Park's passion to lead the school is contagious- they really do want to change education for the better. The teachers are also fabulous! They are dedicated and really want to see the students excel. My daughter is speaking, reading and writting Chinese and loves it! She is also learning Chess, Kung-Fu and Science in her after school enrichment programs. I would highly recommend this school!!!

- submitted by a parent
August 29, 2013
5 star! The chinese immersion program and teacher & parents commitment to exellence is second to none!

- submitted by a parent
February 08, 2013
I highly recommend this school as our child has flourished under their guidance. Both his Chinese and English skills are growing everyday and he LOVES going to school. We also greatly appreciate the home resources to assist in learning Chinese, such as the free access to the BetterChinese site that allows them to get extra practice despite not having anyone at home who speaks the language. Don t worry about them not having enough instruction in English, my child was only able to barely sound out words like P-A-T when starting kindergarten and by November of first grade is easily reading Arthur books aloud to us and even chapter books such as The Magic Tree House. It s amazing how some of our English learners have excelled in Chinese too, many even better than the native English speakers! A bilingual and trilingual generation is being created here, come join us! Can t wait for the school to expand next year in their new Pacific Beach cluster location. (Ignore old reviews from this site as they were written before the school became a magnet and the administration has changed for the better since then)

- submitted by a parent
February 08, 2013
Our son is a 1st-grader at Barnard. He loves his teachers & they do a great job of integrating Chinese culture in a way that is age-appropriate & engaging (song & dance, role playing, etc.). It is great to see how much Chinese he already able to speak, write, & comprehend. When kids came from Taiwan & China during the summer program, I was amazed at how much he was already able to communicate! Also, our son is an above-level English reader, & Barnard s teachers were proactive to place him in a group so he could be challenged & encouraged to keep learning at a pace appropriate for his abilities. Barnard s teachers are extremely forward-thinking & our school benefits from student teachers & interns that are additional resources for our students in the face of budget cuts. It's no wonder why we just won a $1 million grant, the administration is superb! The after-school programs also are really good, currently he takes chess & Korean, & really is thriving & loving it! The parents are very engaged & are good at fund-raising & are very innovative about finding ways to improve our school. I feel there is real future in our kids at Barnard & am excited to be a part of it!

- submitted by a parent
February 06, 2013
My son comes home with some amazing Mandarin skills after being in the immersion program for only 5 months. Neither parent speaks Mandarin, so it's all down to the school. When we test him on an iPad at home, he does great. Wish the current school had some grass, but there will be plenty when the school moves to their new location during the summer break.

- submitted by a parent
February 04, 2013
My nephew is thriving in this school. He's been in the immersion program since kinde. In the face of budget cuts in the district, this school community has found ways to support excellent teaching. There are interns who help in the classroom from Taiwan and China. The cross cultural programs are fantastic. My nephew is excelling in both Mandarin and basic subjects. There is a rich variety of activities and after school programs. The teachers are engaging and the parents are involved. My nephew gets a lot of personal attention.

- submitted by a community member
February 01, 2013
This is the best school in San Diego. If you want your child to have great teachers,principal and best academic. Then you should consider this school. I live 25 mins from school,but I have to scarify to drive for the best education for my son.

- submitted by a parent
February 01, 2013
Our daughter is the youngest child in her class (late November birthday) and has flourished at Barnard. We were concerned that her age and maturity combined with the added stress of learning a new language would delay her academic abilities. This did not occur, and instead she is getting top marks in all of her subjects. The principal is incredibly dedicated and enthusiastic, the teaching staff is exceptional, and their little brains absorb a shocking amount of mandarin. We also love the community at Barnard between the teachers and parents. It is a great place. We are so excited to send our son in a few years!

- submitted by a parent
January 31, 2013
Barnard is a great community. My daughter has enjoyed her fellow students, her teachers, and administration. She has excelled in Mandarin as well as English, math and social studies. I have enjoyed the parent community and involvement of parents and staff. Everyone there is ready, bright, smiling, and productive. Learning occurs in a positive and engaging environment.

- submitted by a parent
January 29, 2013
My son is currently in kindergarten at Barnard, and he loves it. It is amazing how much Mandarin he has learned in such a short amount of time, in addition to his English reading and writing skills. The teachers are wonderful and so attentive to each child's individual needs. It's a far cry from what I've heard from some of my friends' kids' schools. This school was definitely the best choice for us.

- submitted by a parent
January 08, 2013
I LOVE this school! My kids are thriving in math, science, english, and mandarin. This school has a rigorous academic curriculum, and my kids' english learning has not fallen behind. In fact, both my kids are reading above grade level in english, as are most of the kids in their classes. That is a testament to the dedication of the principal, teachers, staff, and parents, who go above and beyond to make this school a success. My kids did not speak mandarin before attending this school, nor do we speak mandarin at home. Most kids attending the school are NOT native mandarin speakers, and parents don't need to know mandarin to help with school work. Check out the latest CST scores, and particularly the GAINS in the CST scores since the mandarin immersion model has been adopted. Learning a new language develops neurological activity in the brain that will help our kids not only in language development, but in overall brain development. Barnard is dedicated to producing smart, balanced, culture-sensitive kids, who will be ready to tackle the 21st century world. I LOVE this school!

- submitted by a parent
December 18, 2012
I love this school! My 1st grader attends Barnard and I have been thrilled with the community feeling of the school. I believe that learning another language at such a young age will give my daughter lifelong benefits. If you are considering Barnard, please sign up for a tour. To clear up two myths: 1) You don't have to live nearby to enroll (we are 10 miles away). 2) Most parents of Barnard kids don't speak Chinese and you don't need to speak Chinese to help your child with her homework. Barnard has incredibly talented teachers with unique skills, offers online tools to help your child learn, and is a high-profile school that some people drive to daily from over 35 miles away. I absolutely recommend it!

- submitted by a parent
June 07, 2012
This school is a testament to how so much can be done with limited resources if you have motivation, dedicated teachers and staff, and amazing children who are ready for any challenge. Not only is Barnard a model for Mandarin Immersion but a shining example of the capability of young minds to thrive academically while achieving fluency in another language. As a parent I sincerely thank Principal Park, the teachers and staff, and the PTA for their continuous efforts in promoting and supporting a forward-thinking and successful program.

- submitted by a parent
June 01, 2012
My Child loves her school! The teachers are so engaging with their students, encouraging and they make the children want to learn more! This immersion program is very challenging; it s amazing how the kids learn Mandarin so quickly. There is lots of parent involvement in the classrooms, at events and outside of school. Barnard provides tools for parents to help teach and support their child with their English Class. Principal Park is always greeting parents in the morning during daily assembly and after school. I love this school, I love that its diverse, classes are less than 25, amazing parent participation and that all the students are so happy!

- submitted by a parent
April 09, 2012
My son is a kinder and he attends Barnard. We "choiced" into this school from Willow Grove, our neighborhood school in the PUSD. The classroom sizes are manageable for kinder children (23 kids in one class). My son is already speaking Mandarin. The administrative staff is very attentive to the kids. The Principal is very engaged with the teachers, Board, kids, and parents. He never stops working for the education of these kids. This is a school for parents and kids who put education and language as a priority.

- submitted by a parent
March 18, 2012
Barnard Mandarin Chinese Elementary School is a wonderful school. It's Mandarin Chinese program is an outstanding program. All the teachers work together and work smart to improve the effectiveness with the students. The teachers stay after school to give extra help to the students. Barnard Mandarin school encourages parents to partner with teachers and other parents. We are a family that works together for the betterment of our children.

- submitted by a parent
March 15, 2012
After transferring from another public school in area we are amazed every day at how AWESOME Barnard is. Principal Parks has done incredible things with this school and he creates a true community feel. He is a forward thinker which is imperative with the state of California schools today. The teachers are top notch helping the children excel on all levels. Our son is flourishing at Barnard. We are so thankful.

- submitted by a parent
March 14, 2012
Barnard is a great school! My Son and Daughter have attended since Kindergarten and they love learning Mandarin. They have learned so much and can now have conversation in Mandarin between themselves. The Teachers, Principle and staff are amazing!

- submitted by a parent
March 13, 2012
Barnard's doing a great job of combining SDUSD's curriculum with immersion in mandarin. The upper grades are not immersion, but get a period a day of mandarin instruction taught by native speakers. Our child is keeping up with her peers at other schools, and also learning to communicate in a second language. We dont speak a second language at home, so its a real gift to be able to have her learn a second language at no extra cost. The parents and staff are very committed to the success of the school, as can be seen by the number of parents on campus helping with classrooms, events, etc. The staff has also been very responsive to suggestions on program improvements, considering each carefully and replying with the reasoning behind any decision. We look forward to the rest of 'our' time at Barnard.

- submitted by a parent
March 13, 2012
Barnard has an amazing PTA, super involved parents who are volunteering continuously in the classrooms, highly knowledgeable staff, great leadership, and a great group of kids. This is a fantastic school to work at and I cannot think of any other school I'd rather be at. The moral amongst all is quite high across the board.

- submitted by a teacher
March 12, 2012
I love this school. We had spent many winters in San Diego and started researching schools when our children became of school age. Though the facilities were much more run down than our very new schools in the Mid-West, we were so impressed with the curriculum, the teachers, the principal and staff, we decided to move our kids here during the school year to get an A+ education. I have a 2nd grader and a kindergartner here and they are both thriving!! Both in English and in Mandarin. My kinder is very naturally speaking Mandarin after 1 semester. I am now able to communicate with her in Chinese. The great thing is that the siblings (I have 3 total) that actually are teaching each other. I have become super involved in the school to make sure we are all on the right track. We could always use more parent involvement but that is every school. The principal really has a vision for the program and the school and he is very impressive! The parents are also very giving and have a very open mind. They want the best for their kids and are willing to work for it!!!

- submitted by a parent
January 24, 2012
This school is the most diverse child-centered parent friendly school ever. It is like the United Nations for Children. The Chinese teachers in the immersion program are highly trained and fun to watch as they teach Chinese to the children. The English teacher for the immersion children is amazing. My child loves going to her class. Mr. Park who is the Principal is always available to parents. He has a morning assembly everyday and parents and students participate. It makes for a very welcoming feeling. I am happy my child is in this very open, caring, forward-thinking, global school.

- submitted by a parent
January 17, 2012
I have worked at this school for two years and I love it. The best children, staff and the parents in the entire district. I feel so proud as if the child was mine to hear the children speak Chinese. I have worked for the district for 17 years at a variety of schools and this is the one that I plan on retiring from.

- submitted by a teacher
June 16, 2011
The House of China, Balboa Park, is a Partner in Education to Barnard. We have seen Barnard leverage resources to raise test scores and to expand the Mandarin enrichment programs in all grades to now have immersion Mandarin in the lower grades while maintaining the enrichment program for the upper grades. Barnard is a pacesetter in education locally and nationally. it has a strong and deserved reputation in China, Taiwan and the local Chinese American community. The HOC fully endorsed Barnard.

- submitted by a community member
June 16, 2011
My daughter just finished Kindegarten at Barnard and I could not be happier with the experience. The faculty and staff really go the extra mile. The Mandarin immersion program is fantastic. I never thought we would be able to provide our daughter with this type of an educational experience through a public school. The staff is constantly searching for ways to expand and develpe this program. Thank you Barnard we look forward to both of our children attending this school over the next 10 years.

- submitted by a parent
June 15, 2011
They are very strict here and cross the lines sometimes!!! The only advantage is the Mandarin. I hear the Immersion program is good however not sure if it's worth it. My child only had an hour a day.

- submitted by a parent
February 26, 2011
My child loves this school. There are great teachers, the best administration, peaceful kids, and supportive parents. The number of students is increasing for sure, but it s still a small school, we welcome more new students. It s cool to see kids teaching their parents basic Chinese words and getting a lot of media attention. I couldn t believe the last CST score, they did a terrific job.

- submitted by a parent
January 28, 2011
We "choiced" into Barnard Elementary to take advantage of the Chinese Immersion program. What we didn't realize is how dedicated the faculty and staff would be to helping each child succeed. They are really committed to learning at this school and do not accept trouble making students. Are are very happy with our choice.

- submitted by a parent
December 14, 2010
My daughter is attending kindergarten at Barnard. Although we live blocks away from another highly rated elementary school, we applied to Barnard in order to take advantage of the Mandarin Chinese immersion program and we willingly drive 20 minutes twice a day in order for her to attend. Our daughter has two teachers she sees daily: her classroom teacher who provides instruction in Mandarin and an English language arts teacher who provides instruction 1 hour per day. Both teachers are excellent and my daughter is learning so much Mandarin while also progressing in her English reading and writing skills. The rest of the staff is also wonderful. The principal is enthusiastic, committed, energetic, and available. He forges numerous relationships with different organizations in order to gain additional support and funding for everything from classroom furniture to continuing education. The project resource teacher offers monthly classes to parents on reading strategies to use to support English literacy in the home and these classes are packed full of important and applicable information. What an amazing balance of immersion and English language support.

- submitted by a parent
September 16, 2010
We're entering our second year as Barnard parents, and we're very happy with the school. The principal is enthusiastic, friendly, involved, and effective, as evidenced by the ever-increasing API scores (650 '06 , 750 '07, 807 '08, 874 '09), and the school being designated a California Distinguished School this year. The parents are also very involved, supporting the school by volunteering, attending events, and contributing. When the school announced the plan to take the kindergarten classes to immersion for 2010-11, the parents requested that it be extended to the first graders. The terrific staff worked to make this happen, and so for its first year of immersion program, there are 4 classes diving in - 2 kinder and 2 first graders. I am in awe of the first grade teachers especially. We are very glad we bring our kids here, despite 3 very acceptable local schools.

- submitted by a parent
February 15, 2010
I am new to this area. Yes, I did some research - the previous principal wasn't good (no wonder there were many bad reviews in a couple years ago), and the current principal is one of the best in this area. We applied to this school and my child was accepted. Wow, great school! I wish this school will become a 100% magnet school, though. I think some local parents don t agree with the value of this magnet program (many of them do). If parents are not interested in Chinese language, how they can enjoy this school ?

- submitted by a parent
January 31, 2010
This school is fantastic! The staff truly cares about the children and their successes! There are lots of parents that are enthusiastic about the program and support its goals. LOVE LOVE LOVE this school!

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September 16, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
March 03, 2009
We LOVE Barnard! The low student-teacher ratio really helped our shy child come out of his shell. The teachers are dedicated and highly-qualified. The new principal is energetic & involved --probably knows each & every student by name! And, the Mandarin program is lead by exceptional teachers who make learning fun. ...I'm amazed at how quickly my child is picking up the new language. Our family doesn't speak any other language besides English so it's a real testament to the program that my child is learning Mandarin so effortlessly. Leaving our large, established, neighborhood school just down the street to commute 20 miles each way for Barnard's new magnet program was not an easy decision to make but, it was definitely the right one! Barnard is a great school with a fantastic program, rigorous academic curriculum, gifted teachers, active parent involvement, and a caring staff. Small schools are priceless! www.barnardelementary.com

- submitted by a parent
February 13, 2009
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- submitted by a community member
December 08, 2008
We started our 1st grade daughter at Barnard b/c of the new Chinese magnet program in Sep '08. We couldn't be happier with our decision! Even though we commute 30 minutes each way to get her there, it is well worth it. I do not have any experience with this school in the past, but this year Barnard has a new principal who is very passionate & energetic about the school. I see him involved with the children & parents on a daily basis. Class sizes in the lower grades have a cap at 15 students per teacher - excellent ratio! We are very happy with our daughter's teacher. She saw that my daughter was reading above grade level & made arrangements for her to have reading time w/a 2nd grade class every day. Chinese teachers are so good and teach language in a fun, engaging way.

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November 19, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
August 25, 2008
I have 3 children ages 9-17 all of whom have attended Barnard. When my eldest was about to start kindergarten many friends and neighbors told me terrible things about Barnard and encouraged me to enroll my daughter elsewhere. Luckily I did not listen to them. I have seen many changes at this school over the last 10 years or so, in the beginning I had many doubts and reservations. I'm happy to say that there are fantastic caring teachers there. The school is very small and everyone knows everyone else. Parent involvement is lacking and I did not have a problem with the principle(who has retired) but others did. The principle was from a different era (1950-1960s) and was very strict in many ways but genuinely cared about her students. Office staff can be a bit curt (but not as bad as Dana Middle school).All in all a good school.

- submitted by a parent
February 27, 2008
The administration at this school is terrible! Thank goodness the teachers are as good as they are, because without them those poor children would be miserable. Definitely the worst principal I've seen in my time!

- submitted by a community member
December 05, 2007
Barnard is a great school. The teachers and the office staff are friendly and helpful. It's a small school, and the kids all know each other. This year, Barnard has become a Mandarin Chinese Magnet School, and all the kids are so excited to learn about Chinese language and culture.

- submitted by a parent
September 03, 2007
Barnard is a nice little school with a lot of potential and so many enthusiasic teachers who want to do great things for their kids but are prohibited because the admin. is in the dark ages. There needs to be more parent involvement with a stronger voice and more on-site participitation! The office staff makes parents feel like they or their kids are always 'in trouble', therefore there is a bit of negativity on campus. Even if many of the families are not affluent, people still want to support their children's school in any way they can--it seems as though the encouragement is not there.

- submitted by a parent
November 13, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
June 06, 2006
Barnard is a small school with a lot of good teachers. The parents need to be more involved with school activities, and the PTO needs to be reestablished. The children are great and the staff is wonderful! This school needs to have more extracurricular activities/after school events, such as fairs, boy/girl scouts, maybe even mentoring programs. This will happen if the parents become more active. This past year the same group of 4-5 parents seemed to be the only volunteers. Remember children with parents involved with their school tend to perform better.

- submitted by a parent
October 27, 2005
Barnard is a great school if you want your child to know the names of everyone. It's small and quaint. The staff work together very closely. Banard is a bad school if you want good leadership.

- submitted by a teacher
October 05, 2005
This school is great and I highly recommend it to everyone. The teachers are dedicated. Every child gets a very great education and loves being at Barnard.

- submitted by a former student
no rating August 19, 2005
small school with smallstudent ratio

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July 01, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
no rating February 19, 2005
My son's father transferred him to this school w/out my knowledge. I am curious to know how other parents whose child/children feel about this school?

- submitted by a parent
January 04, 2005
This is a school supported by its wonderful teachers - However, do not count on the administration or the parents for involvement.

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November 03, 2004
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Barnard Elementary School Mandarin Chinese Magnet Program enriches students through daily instruction in Mandarin Chinese, the most spoken language in the world. Through integration with the Mandarin Chinese culture, including the arts, music, and literature, students will develop the ability to successfully use their knowledge of diverse cultures to think and act globally and become thoughtful, responsible and successful global citizens.

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Barnard Elementary School
2930 Barnard St., San Diego, CA  92110
(619) 224-3306
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Barnard Elementary School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 57 reviews. Top