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322 W Michigan Ave
DeLand, FL 32720

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(386) 734-3005
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May 20, 2015
I have a good experiences with my daughters, they been there since pre-k till this day .. I highly recommend this school and no regrets, it's a really good school ! You will be surprise when you see you're kids education rising up .. and the teacher and the staff treat them like family.

- submitted by a parent

November 17, 2014
You are correct in stating we are not on the National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence list for this year. The process of becoming a NBRS is something that must be reapplied for every year and a process that is very time consuming. As a school, we have shifted our focus and time from NBRS recognition to dedicating that extra time to the education of our students. However, our students' testing and scores far exceed the requirements of a NBRS school. Our 8th graders test 5 years above their grade level, our students consistently score in the top 4% of the nation, and we have even had 5 alumni in the last 4 years become Valedictorians of their respective schools! I'd say that is pretty impressive and a feat that no other private school in Central Florida can claim! Also, we HAVE recently been accepted into the National Association of Independent Schools. This is something that no other K-8 school in Volusia County or the 5 surrounding counties can say. Statistically speaking, St. Barnabas is, by far, the best private school education (K-8) in the Volusia County area.

- submitted by a teacher

November 17, 2014
It was very concerning to hear that a family had felt as though they were being discriminated against due to their financial class. I have never seen or heard any of our administrators, teachers, and staff participating in favoritism based on social class or wealth. There have been hundreds of compliments, this year alone, about how all our faculty, staff, and administrators genuinely care about ALL students that attend this school. I was actually a student here K-8 grade, I would not say my parents were ever a "wealthy" family and I was treated like every other kid at the school. Also, every private school has some sort of fundraising initiative worked into its plan. I don't know of any FCIS schools that don't have an Annual Fund. Considering we would prefer to keep our tuition lower, we ask for the support of our community. Without this support we would not be able to provide scholarships or new curriculum to our students. This is also a blessing to the school because it allows those that have been blessed financially to give so that others less fortunate can still attend. We are extremely thankful for EVERY student and family that attends St. B!

- submitted by a teacher

November 11, 2014
Just saw the 2014 list of national blue ribbon schools, and guess who is Not on it. That's right St. Barnabas is Not a blue ribbon school....

- submitted by a community member

September 19, 2014
St. Barnabas has what I would call "big fish in a small pond syndrome". Both my children went here for several years, my wife had them switched to another private school after it became obvious that favoritism (as spoken in other reviews) is shown here. If you have the means to donate heavily to the school (yes they ask for grandparents/relatives names and addresses to mail them donation forms, applying pressure to elderly parents is not right) or have what they believe is higher status or pull in the community, you will absolutely love it here. If not, don't be surprised when they have no idea who you or your children are (even though they have been in the school for years). If you are looking for just a quality Christian education (regardless of social class, community status, or bank account size) I would suggest other schools in the area. BTW, this is in a very small town, I grew up in in an affluent area and knew very wealthy people growing up. Even they did not display such arrogance as I experienced here.

- submitted by a parent

May 02, 2014
We came to St. Barnabas after a couple of years in the public school system. We were actually very pleased with our public school expereince, however, we thought that we wanted something more for our children. We have not been let down. St. Barnabas has been an amazing place to have our children and they have excelled beyond our imagination since being here. The faith, virtue, and excellence that St. Barnabas speaks about has truly inspired our children and blessed our home.

- submitted by a parent

April 29, 2014
I agree with the teachers comments to the parent who's child needs tutoring. St. Barnabas is a school well suited for children that excel academically. And families that are willing to spend their evenings at the dinner table doing homework . If your child can't handle the rigorous workload here then yes you should find a place better suited for him/her. My child is doing very well here and we are happy with the school.

- submitted by a parent

April 28, 2014
This is our first time at a private school and contrary to what I 've been told about private schools, St. Barnabas has proven to be an excellent choice for us. My child loves coming to school and is excited about being involved in plays, projects, and sports. We really enjoy that they give a religious study class and they participate in chapel. The school is small in numbers so their students have a close relationship with one another. Nothing is perfect but St. Barnabas is pretty close.

- submitted by a parent

April 28, 2014
To the parent who says they aren't getting their monies worth. If anything I can gather from your thoughts is your child is needing some kind of special help for a (developed) learning disability. I have seen teachers and other children tutoring their peers. For a school the size of St B a special ed teacher is out of the reach for the salary they will need to be paid for the cost of your tuition. What were you expecting? You talk to the administration about a teacher but how is the teacher to know your concerns if they don't talk to their teacher. It seems team work is well at work here. Accept that your child has gotten the best of education your money has bought and would your child be as far as they are now had they been in public school all this time? Yes it is about the money. Giving a child the best education at the next to lowest price (to public school) a parent can afford. And again this year a St Barnabas graduate student achieved another award at Deland High with the Medallion of Excellence for academic achievement. Some times things aren't meant to be. Things change. Things don't go the way you want. Lift your child up and find what works best for him/her.

- submitted by a teacher

April 27, 2014
St. Barnabas is an excellent school. There's no comparison around - and believe, me, we've looked. The teachers are well-educated and very dedicated. They communicate constantly with parents. The classrooms are well-appointed with smartboards, carpeting, and new-looking desks. The extra-curricular classes like Music, Art, P.E. and Spanish are really great. The Music teacher puts on very nice shows and plays, and the kids take these very seriously. The older kids travel off-campus once a week for P.E. for six-week concentrations, including swimming and tennis. The school also has bus transportation to and from New Smyrna and Father Lopez/Daytona-Ormond. The schools' test scores are in the upper 4% nationally!!! Needless to say, the students are very challenged--but in creative ways, so we really appreciate that! Sixth Grade dedicates part of the last quarter to the Shakespeare experience, where they work with Orlando Shakespeare Theatre and produce a play, memorizing the actual lines. If you're looking for a beautiful campus with excellent teachers and bright, motivated kids, St. Barnabas might just be the place!

- submitted by a parent

April 27, 2014
Under new leadership, both at the school and the church, the school is continuing its outstanding educational program. The closeness of this educational family, not only in the nurturing of the young minds from the teachers, staff, and parents, but in the compassion of how everyone's lives are cared about in this school family is just truly exemplary of its Christian values. These are the children who will be leaders one day. Sometimes it is not all rosy, as the devil tries to lead some astray, but compassion and forgiveness, teaching and patience, wisdom and guidance prevail from the leadership of Mr. Garcia and Father Brian. I see a bright new future for this school.

- submitted by a teacher

April 17, 2014
As a parent, I like the small, nurturing environment. My kids have had mostly positive interactions with their teachers and the leadership. I would recommend this school to my family and friends.

- submitted by a parent

April 17, 2014
I love this school. There is great school safety. The teachers are fantastic and go above and beyond to help your child achieve. They are pricey but if you can afford the cost I highly recommend this school.

- submitted by a parent

April 14, 2014
This is our 2nd year at St. Barnabas and it was best decision we ever made. Fabulous staff and excellent learning opportunities. Sooooo glad we enrolled our son here. Highly recommend this school!!!!

- submitted by a parent

August 26, 2013
My son has attended St. Bs for the last 3 years and we LOVE IT I've read a couple or reviews that are way off base. First the comment of cliques and having money and if you dont your ignored. Well we are definately not one of those families we are more the blue collar family that struggles and sacrafices to make it. As to the admid taking on bullying my son had a boy pick on him within 1 day it was handled VERY WELL and to the chilld with ADD not being supported thats ridiculous my son has it and was having a very hard time right away the admid and teachers got together and gave him support they have been AMAZING I have delt with public and special needs and bullying with my son who and daughter no where near the care as St Bs as to the academics WOW i dont know where these other parents are coming from but my son and several of his friends are in the 87% compared to the other 5th graders if you ever attended their awards most of the kids are on honor roll and funny if they are so behind academically then why is my son studying 8th grade science and pre algebra in 6th grade oh and his reading comp is in the 99th so i have NOOO Idea where some of the comments are coming from!!

- submitted by a parent

August 08, 2013
Every negative the other PARENTS have stated in their reviews are absolutely true. This is not the equal opportunity, exceptional Christian school that it claims to be. There is much favoritism here. If a student is related to an employee of the school, of Stetson University or a local physician, they are catered to regardless of their ability; whereas many of the truly academic and Christian students are passed over. From the class room to the special groups to sports, it is the same thing. Although there are several great teachers, there are more that are not. The administration has exuded her positions throughout and this is what you have (as I and others have stated) Parents are involved and make up a large portion of the school's energy. Thousands of volunteer hours are donated each year by the schoo'ls families; however, the cliques are even evident there. We along with many others have been very disappointed in our experience with St Barnabas.

- submitted by a parent

June 20, 2013
The most caring and compassionate teachers and an excellent education all in one great place. Thanks SBES!

- submitted by a parent

May 13, 2013
St. Barnabas Episcopal School in DeLand has been a toxic place for my children and our whole family. Academic opportunities are there, but in an environment of bullying, cliques, and behavior that is far from representative of Episcopal missions it's hard for many kids to focus on their education. The Head of School is more interested in furthering her personal brand than in abating the cliques, bullying, and unkindness that runs rampant in the Middle School. She exercises horrible retribution for any parent who might disagree with her; she was rude and dismissive with me when I asked questions about bullying treatment my son received. As an Episcopalian at another parish, I am sadly removing my children from this school. I plan to ask my priest to alert the Rector at St. Barnabas and the Bishop, so they can step in and check attitudes and accountability--the school needs ministering. The teachers do try to focus on the children, but they appear afraid of retribution if they cross the Head of School, even in an attempt to help kids.

- submitted by a parent

April 05, 2013
I loved this school in the beginning. However as time goes by I find myself becoming less enchanted with it. Everyone I know that has left and started public school are all behind academically. They do cater to certain families. As long as you stay quiet and go along everything is good, but the minute you have a problem and complain You become the enemy. It is a dictatorship for sure. Bullying does go on much as they like to say it don't. The family atmosphere is gone and the class sizes are way too big! They have a if you don't like it leave attitude and that is SAD. There is at least one teacher there that should not be teaching. She is very nasty. I just think when paying this kind of money to send you kids to school you should not have to be so afraid to speak up with any concerns you have.

- submitted by a parent

November 26, 2012
St. Barnabas Episcopal School lives up to its national ranking of a National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence. They teach to the whole child and all three of our grandchildren have been very prepared for high school and beyond. There are not enough words of praise to thank the teachers, administration and staff for their loving guidance and the academic preparation that students receive each day.

- submitted by a community member

November 20, 2012
We have been at St. Barnabas for 5 years and have been nothing short of impressed. They are both challenged academically, while instructed by excellent and caring teachers. St. B not only educates my children academically, but also spiritually and provides life-lessons to prepare them for the world they face. Thank you for going above and beyond in every way.

- submitted by a parent

November 19, 2012
St. Barnabas has been an excellent school for my two children for the past 5 years. I love how they have a challenging academic program along with Christian values. The Faculty and staff are always friendly and welcoming, and willing to help in any way possible. The students are great and always respectful.

- submitted by a parent

November 19, 2012
St. Barnabas has been the best choice I have ever made for my children! They have both been there since preschool and we wouldn't have it any other way. The Faculty and staff have always been extremely supportive and helpful in every aspect, and my children have become very capable and successful students because of them. They still have close friends that they met first at St. Barnabas. I feel this school is a great environment for academics and encouraging well-rounded students.

- submitted by a parent

July 11, 2012
On paper St. Barnabas sounds like the perfect school. Unfortunately what is written in their brochures and on their website is not a reality. Those with influence are catered to and the rest receive a mediocre education at best. The administration and faculty have an elitist attitude and show no sense of accountability for their actions or the impact of these actions on the children in their care. St. Barnabas was unfortunately a huge disappointment to our family and a time in our children s lives that they would like very much to forget.

- submitted by a parent

May 15, 2012
My experience this whole year has been excellent. The communication between the teacher and myself has been amazing and honest. I love that!

- submitted by a parent

May 07, 2012
St Barnabas Episcopal School does not know how to handle bullying. They also do not know how to handle children with any simple needs such as ADD. I am not the first parent with the same prolblem. I have spoken to 3 other families b(who also quit going to this school) who had the same complaint about St Barnbas.

- submitted by a parent

May 03, 2012
Administration is clueless. Parents are snobs. Teachers are unhappy. Academics are worse than public school. Save your money. Don't throw it away here.

- submitted by a parent

March 10, 2012
We think that the overall academics are excellent and the staff is very good at their jobs. Our kids are very happy in 4th and 5th grade respectively. I will note that there has been an influx of 3 new families into our school from another local parochial school. They complained that their "gifted" children did not get the academic attention they needed at the other institution. Apparently being gifted to some means blaming their child's mediocrity on the institution because "how could my child be anything other than gifted?". LOL Have fun with that.

- submitted by a parent

February 29, 2012
My children love this school. All I can say is that it has been nothing but a positive experience for them.

- submitted by a parent

February 27, 2012
I have had two children attend St. Barnabas pre-school through middle school and I can't think of a better preparation for high school. St. Barnabas is a loving community with highly involved parents, teachers and administration. There is not another school like it in all of Central Florida! It deserves a 5 star rating.

- submitted by a parent

February 14, 2012
Beware of this school. The experience in younger grades was good for us with good teachers. Later years were more like a nightmare with inept and unkind teachers. Administration backs teachers without regard for facts and refuses to listen. Initially there was good dialog with teachers and a collaborative spirit, until the administration refused to let us meet with teachers. Their excuse was that the teachers were too busy to meet with parents regularly. Athletics are a joke. Your child can be a starter and receive preferential coaching on any team if you are related to the administration or donate plenty of money. As for character development, there are nice signs and lots of pretty brochures, but we found bullying, lying and deceit to be prevalent on part of students as well as teachers. Conversations with other parents revealed similar experiences. We would put younger children in the school again, but move them before getting to middle school.

- submitted by a parent

November 03, 2011
We have had a wonderful experience at St. Barnabas. The teachers are wonderful and as our kids are younger, I have to say that the teachers in the early grades are exceptional. Coach Shaw has done an amazing job with integrating athletics into the entire experience and Coach Tucker is an excellent addition to the staff as well. Give the school the highest recommendation.

- submitted by a parent
no rating
October 14, 2009
Nice teachers they really help feel safe and more!

- submitted by a student

September 04, 2009
Excellent expereince so far. This is my childs first year at St. Barnabas. She is in first grade and has come home everyday LOVING it. Everyone we have come in contact with has been great, caring and welcoming to us. It has only been a couple of weeks, but I can not think of a negative thing to say.

- submitted by a parent
no rating
August 27, 2009
This School lacks in the emotional caring and well being of your children. I am totaly dissatisfied with this school. They don't veiw your child as an individulal they expect the children to be robot like. save your money and find a school how really has your childs best intrest at heart!

- submitted by a parent

January 21, 2009
This is a great school with a wonderful staff of caring people. I am very happy we came here 3 years ago. My only problem is that there is alot of catering to certain families because of money donations and volunteer hours. I would like to see the clicks dissapear there are some very rude uppity parents who treat the working moms like second class people. I guess that happens no matter what school you attend.The administration is great and they should be commended for the work they do. They really care about the kids. It is expensive but well worth the money.I wish they would not ask for so many donations most of us struggle with the tutition and cant afford the many fund raising programs. The teachers we have delt with have been great. The fourth grade teacher Mrs Ross is the best. This is a great school.

- submitted by a parent
no rating
December 29, 2008
St. Barnabas is a wonderful school. Many students in 7th grade qualified for Duke TIP, and we're learning 10th grade chemistry IN 7TH GRADE! The staff is excellent. I am an extremely gifted student, and though I do find it easy, St. B is great! This years 7th grade accelerated math class is in Algebra 1. Many of my friends and I have qualifying scores on Duke TIP, and St. B has helped me prepare for the ACT.

- submitted by a student

December 05, 2008
The school is trying to hang its hat as being a blue ribbon school but that was 4 years ago. Once Dr. Smith left, the stability and fairness in the administration left too. There is too much favoritism for certain families. The teachers don't have the resources they should. Our children will not be attending next year.

- submitted by a parent

November 02, 2008
St. B has been a God send my Son has been attending their since K he is in the first grade now. We could not be happier. You have to keep in mind that you can not make everyone happy. I suggest if you are considering this school for your child that you remember there are two sides to every story. Administration works very hard and the teachers are second to none. They have a new technology department that is outstanding. My child is not what other parents are calling average and he is being challenged and supported just fine. I do not fear that he is falling behind! Everyone genuianly cares about these children or they would not be there. Public school teachers make more money but yet the teachers at St. B's are loyal and most are there till way after 3:30. The staff truly cares!

- submitted by a parent

May 13, 2008
My son attended St. Barnabus for four years, and it was a very positive experience for him. I felt the curriculum was strong and the teachers, for the most part, very dedicated and competent. There is quite a mix of student abilities in a typical classroom, but I thought the teachers did a good job of challenging stronger students and helping weaker students, and after school tutoring was available. Only two negatives, from my perspective (1) Too many projects, and (2) too many overbearing parents making unreasonable demands (explaining some of the negative comments here!).

- submitted by a parent

April 08, 2008
We transferred our son from Trinity Christian Academy to St. Barnabas Episcopal School and it has been a like a breath of fresh air! The students at St. Barnabas are way ahead in their studies than Trinity and the teachers and principals are awesome! I am glad that we found St. Barnabas for our son. You definately get what you pay for. Good education and better quality people.

- submitted by a parent

March 25, 2008
My child attended St Barnabas from PreK3 through 2nd grade. We made the decision to send him to public school for 3rd grade. The 2nd grade year was a nightmare. There was a lot of bullying that was tolerated. 2 children were pulled out of my son's class in 2nd grade because of the horrible behavior of some of the students. My son did well in his studies at St Barnabas but when he started 3rd grade at public school, he had some ground to make up. The type of behavior that we encountered at St Barnabas is simply not tolerated at his public school. His teacher in 2nd grade seemed to be in a fog as to what was going on in her class. For the amount of money it costs to send your child there, I was surprised at the lack of resources and competent teaching staff.

- submitted by a parent

November 07, 2007
there is to much pressure but on the kids to do school activity's. such as the end of the year trip. the staff is average.

- submitted by a student

November 05, 2007
For a blue ribbon school, I am very disappointed as to the level of reading comprehension children are taught below the fourth grade. The school is below average on reading comp on standardized test and the public school system. I realize now this school gives the sense of false security of higher academics. Our children will not be continuing at St. B.

- submitted by a parent

August 02, 2007
I transferred my child here from another nearby private school and I have not regretted my decision. The curriculum is more challenging than her previous school which is a definite plus. Grades are not given they must be earned. I only regret that the school does not extend thru grade 12. Middle school teachers are good.

- submitted by a parent

May 23, 2007
All four of my children have or are attending St.B. They have a wide range of abilities and interests. My husband and I have found a safe wholesome environment in which our children may learn. Having our eldest in the public school system became increasingly nightmarish on a number of levels. At St. B she was prepared for the rigors of what is arguably one of the best prep schools in the south. She did well there and at Southern Methodist University from where she recently graduated. Our other children have also found a place where they can be challenged academically in a caring disciplined environment. When our last child leaves in three years we will have a total of 30 years of tuition paid to St. B. It is the best investment we have ever made and the best gift we could give our children. Thank heaven for St. Barnabas!

- submitted by a parent

May 12, 2007
I have had 3 children at St. Barnabas and I could not have found a better school for them. The education has been challenging for all my children and has been well rounded and very much in depth. I have volunteered in many different areas of the school since my first child entered fifth grade (this child is now succeeding beautifully in college). Administration has always been accessible and responsive to my very few concerns. I have seen a range in the quality of the parents, from those who work very hard to help their child and the school succeed to those who are very self-centered and think that the school should cater to their child's special needs regardless of the parents' responsibility and involvement. St. Barnabas has always strived, in my observation, to make sure every child received the best education possible. I am very proud of this school.

- submitted by a parent

April 01, 2007
I have two children at St. Barnabas and I couldn't be more pleased. The teachers are dedicated and they always smile even though you know they work very hard! There are many opportunities for involvement but not every parent takes advantage of this. I love the websites; it's easy to keep up with homework and class activities, so you feel involved even if you can't be on campus. The administrators are totally accessible and make time for you; if you have a problem or question you can go discuss it. No place is perfect, no person is perfect, but St. Barnabas is Christ-centered.

- submitted by a parent

March 12, 2007
I have two children at St. B's. I am thrilled. It is a strong school with strong academics and a positive Christian environment. My children have learned so much thus far and continue to learn more than I could expect. I highly recommend St. Barnabas over public school because my children are getting the attention and direction that they need to excel.

- submitted by a parent

March 12, 2007
Not impressed. The discipline at St. Barnabas is virtually nonexistant, communication is terrible and lots of parents are plain fed up with the school's direction. There are just to many holes for the administration to plug up. Morale has hit rock bottom. The faith and trust in the administration has disappeared.

- submitted by a parent

March 08, 2007
I have been affiliated with St. Barnabas since 1998. I have lived in many different states and been involved with many schools as an educational consultant.St.Barnabas is the best school providing the very best practices in education. The administration and leadership is by far the best. The faculty is outstanding and most professional. St. Barnabas affords a student an excellent education for an extremely reasonable cost. When one examines the costs for St. Barnabas and the per student allotment within the public schools and the excellent education and faculty that the student receive it is a wonder that anyone would go anywhere else. All students are extremely qualified to go to any high school of their choice including very rigorous private schools.

- submitted by a teacher

March 08, 2007
We ahave been thrilled....our son moved from a Montessori school to this school in the 3rd grade and transitioned well. He is now in middle school and doing great! We love St Barnabas.

- submitted by a parent

March 05, 2007
Having been affiliated with St. Barnabas as a parent for 7 years, I believe I have good insight into the school. Academic quality is excellent, small classes and challenging curriculum. Students can involve themselves in extracurricular activities and most parents take an active role in furthering the education experience. The administration and faculty are motivated and sincerely care about each child's progress. St. Barnabas is an excellent choice for parents seeking a challenging environment as an alternative to public schools.

- submitted by a parent

December 21, 2006
My name is Jeff Shaw. This is my first year at SBES as a PE Teacher. I would like to respond to some of the comments about our sport teams. As many may not know, this year we started for the first time girls volleyball, basketball, & coed flag-football. In the Spring, we will add tennis & golf. Plus, we will begin Lacrosse in 2008. As a first year program, our student athletes are competing against other programs that have been playing volleyball & basketball for over 10 years. I would be more than happy to sit down with any parent & go into much detail in greater lengths about our sports programs. I am extremely proud of the sacrifices our student athletes have made to start a winning athletic tradition at SBES. We have great teachers here.

- submitted by a teacher

December 21, 2006
St. Barnabas is only a place to send your child if you want them to fail. Having gone to both St. B's and public high school, I am much more impressed with the variety and higher standards at public schools. When I began public high school from St. B's eighth grade, I was so far behind in math I had to take an extra tutoring session each day to get back up to an 'average' mathematical standing. There are only a few good teachers at St. B's, and hopefully your child has them so that they will actually learn something.

- submitted by a student

November 22, 2006
I had my daughter at St. Barnabas for 6 years. She was a straight A student. We moved her to Southwestern Middle for 6th grade and she seemed very happy. St. Barnabas let her down around 5th grade beause they were behind her knowledge compared to the other kids. St. Barnabas s a school good only for average kids. Kids who are smart and ahead belong in public school. Plus St. barnabas had sport programs but had poor coaching for the kids. Both their clubs and sports programs were terrible and had kids upset that they were losing when they shouldn't be. This shows poor quality in keeping and hiring teachers.

- submitted by a parent

November 22, 2006
St. Barnabas has poor quality of teaching students above 1st grade. Kids above first grade have a tendency to struggle and kids who are very smart and should make straight A's tend to give up. St.B's sports teams are not for kids who hate losing. Even though they have a lot of sports, doesn't mean they're for all kids. The only good things they have as far as clubs are the chess club and music.

- submitted by a parent

November 21, 2006
St. Barnabas has let many kids down academically and mentally. It is a school good only for average kids. St. Barnabas does a very poor job at teaching discipline and to study hard. They only cover for this by giving the children lots of projects and tests.

- submitted by a parent

November 06, 2006
I am a parent of two children. Academically, St. Barnabas Episcopal School is rated as a National 'Blue Ribbon' School with an A+ grade. In raising children in today's society, the principles of education & integrity are important for success. SBES promotes integrity by its Christian atmosphere & by teaching the virtues of love, honesty, respect, & care. The classes are small, & the teachers are grounded in individual attention to their students. The Administration is geared for guidance & safety issues. With this kind of setting, a child has an excellent opportunity to gain an education & to grow up with integrity. We look upon 'our school' as a ministry for Jesus Christ.

- submitted by a parent

October 31, 2006
As a grandparent six of my grandhcildren have attended St. Barnabas and everyone in our family has been exceptionally pleased with the school, the education they received and are receiving, the teachers, and the administration. The school not only excells academically, but the curriculum incorporates the teaching of values. There is an atmosphere of 'family' at St. Barnabas that makes every child feel like he or she belongs. The parents play a very active role in supporting the school which is another mark of excellence. Thank goodness for a school like St. Barnabas in DeLand.

- submitted by a parent

October 30, 2006
I have been associated with St. Barnabas for three years as a school board member. The staff is always striving for excellence and the parents are very involved and supportive of the school and staff. We have achieved high scholastic achievement and several awards. We are now in an expansion phase to improve the facility and this has caused some inconvenience for the parents and students. we will have a better school when this work is completed. The staff works hard to not let the expansion affect the academic performance of the students. I highly recommend the school to anyone in central Florida.

- submitted by a teacher

October 24, 2006
We pulled our children out of St Barnabas after a total of 10 years. High teacher turnover; mediocre curricula ; constant pressure to donate to the building fund; had us and our children fed up.

- submitted by a parent

October 15, 2006
There is a huge commitment to the student's safety and academic advancement. My children have been at this school for over 6 years. It is an incredible academic environment. A few rotten apples do spoil the bunch. If you don't like it then leave!

- submitted by a parent

October 10, 2006
After reading each of the parent reviews and relating them to our own experiences and observations at St. Barnabas, it is extremely evident that there are serious problems dealing with the manner in which the school is being administered. The parents are clearly divided on these and other issues. Perhaps, if the school stepped back and looked at the big picture, maybe that sense of belonging could return. When people are treated poorly, its difficult to get them to volunteer time or open their pocketbooks for the benefit of everyone. It seems too much has happened in such a short period of time. What the school really needs is some sort of impartial mediator with an ounce of authority to get things back on track. Are they listening?

- submitted by a parent

October 10, 2006
My children attend St. Barnabas and are exceptionally happy and well educated. We have been at StB for 6 years. The administration works hard to provide the best academic environment. All the parents I know are involved in the school and very happy. This is easily one of the Best FL schools. Annual ITBS standardized testing has consistently been in the top 10% of the country - for the past three years they have been in the top 4%! Anyone interested can request the annual 'Measures of Excellence' report. It lists many superlatives where the students compete in local, state &national events. EX: last year 47% of all 7th grade students qualified for the Duke National Talent Search; 18 7th-8th graders received gold seals in the DAR essay contest; 13 middle school students won 1st-3rd in Volusia County Social Studies Fair; 11 5th-6th graders earned national honors in math league..the list goes on!

- submitted by a parent

October 06, 2006
St. Barnabas has had a wonderful reputation for its nurturing environment and academic achievement since the 1970s. However, ever since the school earned its status as a blue ribbon school, things have taken a immediate about face. Instead of focusing on the childs' well-being, contributing money for the churches' new building is of the utmost importance these days. It's very sad to see the school's reputation deteriorate like this.

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October 04, 2006
I love St. Barnabas - my son has attended since Pre-K 3. The teachers are attentive and supportive. I will continue to send my son to St. Barnabas until it is time for high school. I felt in the beginning the administration was demanding until I attended PAC (Parent Advisory Council) meeting and became informed. In today's world, we cannot allow any opportunities for our children to be harmed. Reducing the amount of foot traffic and asking the parents to wear appropriate ID is a necessary precaution. If you listen to the news, bad things are happening in our schools - in all schools - all over the US. We must protect our children at all costs.

- submitted by a parent

October 03, 2006
Due to current construction on the premises the school administration implemented changes to drop off/pick up procedures. This was implemented in the best interest of the childrens safety. It appears many parents either did not read the summer notice provided or failed to recognize the degree of change required. As parents, my wife and I preferred the former policy which allowed us to walk our children to the classroom, say hello to the staff and parents and generally feel involved in the school. However, as parents who are concerned about the safety of the children, we recognize the need for greater control in pedestrian traffic at this time and support the administrations effort in protecting the children.

- submitted by a parent

October 03, 2006
I am stunned at some of the remarks made by others. St. Barnabas is a fabulous school, academically, socially, and emotionally. My students, are and are continuing to get a top notch prep school education. This is the reason I have send them top St. Barnabas. In these days and times I applaud the administration and the faculty in there foresight and vision for the students. I applaud there commitment to not only providing my children with a class A education, but doing so in an efficient and extremely safe environment. The administration and leadership in this s school; is second to none. I have had experience with several other schools public and private, and nowhere else, in ,my experience , is there such love, nurturing, caring, protection and world class education provided in one place.

- submitted by a parent

October 03, 2006
Our children have been at this school since 1996. We have been very please with the education and support from both the administration and faculty. Any concerns or problems we had about our children's education were always handled in a very positive and professional manner. This school out ranks the public and private schools. Our tuition is very low because the principal is committed to making sure that as much funding as possible stays in the classroom instead of administrative overhead. Our children have been successful because we stay invovled and continue to trust and support the individuals that have a direct influence in our children's lives. We need to let the teachers teach and administration lead.

- submitted by a parent

September 22, 2006
Our children attend St. Barnabas. They both love school and are happy at school. As a parent I support them and I am glad they are happy however, as a parent I am very disappointed in the school administration. The school is run like a dictatorship. We have lost our sense of community in the school this year. The atmosphere on campus has become 'show me the money' the level of your satisfaction is the size of your donation.

- submitted by a parent

September 20, 2006
The education given is excellent but there are a lot of unhappy parents.

- submitted by a parent

September 11, 2006
In short, what used to be an excellent parent friendly school has very quickly become a PREP school. The education side is second to none, but the administration needs a good shake up. They need to know that it is the parents school, not their own private little prep school.

- submitted by a parent

May 17, 2006
Prek-2nd grade is amazing at St. Barnabas. After the second grade I would pull my child out of the school. The teacher satisfaction is very low and turn over in the higher grades is high. The school has a lot of potential because of the high parental involvment, but leadership is rather dictatorish. They are more focused on money than the child.

- submitted by a parent

April 28, 2006
My grandson has attended St. Barnabas for kindergarten and prek4. The school is outstanding in all respects. It smacks of first class and one feels it immediately. The teachers have been of the highest possible rating - incredibly wonderful. It's very difficult to find fault with this school.

- submitted by a parent

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Saint Barnabas Episcopal School
322 W Michigan Ave, DeLand, FL  32720
(386) 734-3005
Last modified Saint Barnabas Episcopal School is a Private school that serves grades PK-8
Saint Barnabas Episcopal School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 79 reviews. Top