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PK-8
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Barnesville, MD
Students enrolled: 168
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21830 Peach Tree Rd
Barnesville, MD 20838

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(301) 972-0341
(301) 972-4076
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April 16, 2014
It's funny because I never knew much about Independent Schools before enrolling my son at Barnesville School. My son was sold the second he found out that when there is snow the kids can bring their sleds(!) to the hill on the playground, For my husband and me, there was more to it. We valued the critical thinking which is taught in all subjects, public speaking, ethics, mutual respect and encouragement. We love the openness and communication with teachers and the fun and family oriented community. It's great the way teachers have the flexibility to take their lessons and expand on them because the students have curiosity about the subject. There is also so much hands on learning - as you can see by the muddy boots each child has in their second grade cubby. So, If you're looking for something more than a standard one-size-fits-all school experience please come and take a look at the Barnesville School. It has been five years since we first enrolled our son and we've never looked back.

- submitted by a parent
April 10, 2014
The Barnesville School is a very family-friendly school which deeply cares about the students education, character and growth. We LOVE it !

- submitted by a parent
April 10, 2014
In an age where parents often worry almost as much about school safety and student-on student bullying as academic progress, Barnesville is the oasis in the desert. Schools talk a lot about zero tolerance, but few institutions truly TEACH acceptance, compassion, mutual support and active partnering as integral to the curriculum at every level. The school is equally concerned with turning out caring human beings who choose to actively contribute to their communities as it is with turning out bright scholars who will go on to prestigious high schools and colleges in the future. Kids are engaged not only in hands-on academics but in hands-on community service, peace building, and intercultural perspective building in every grade.

- submitted by a parent
April 10, 2014
The Barnesville School is in a beautiful rural setting on the northern tip of Montgomery county. Barnesville students are treated every day to a joyful, supportive and excellent academic education. The 'whole child' approach is considered important to foster the best in each of our students. Small class sizes and attention to varied learning styles also help our students thrive, A tight knit community of educators and families want the very best for their children. Learn at a school where the childhood experience is still idyllic, yet is balanced with 21st century technology and the arts and sciences are blended together to foster creativity and problem solving.

- submitted by a teacher
April 09, 2014
The warm and cozy feeling we used to get isn't there anymore. We are current parents. Our child has been attending Barnesville for 4 years. We were happy the first 2 years because we could see that Barnesville was a community-oriented school. Our child was immediately welcomed into this tight-nitched community of people . We formed lots of bonds with all kinds of people in this community, and we certainly fell in love with many of the teachers. Alot of the teachers are passionate and patient with the children. Some are innovative in their approach to teaching. However, something's going on with the leadership there. There has been high staff turnover in the past couple of years; teachers are being let go or voluntarily leaving (I doubt this is the case). Communication is just bad all around. No matter how hard they try to fix the communication issue, it just isn't working. The headmaster and others in power don't seem to know what they're doing. Families are leaving for many valid reasons. Besides it being a small enviroment, it's not worth the $20,000 tuition. You can get the same education (or better) for less $. Our child won't return next school year.

- submitted by a parent
April 09, 2014
I am a Barnesville grandparent and continually impressed by this wonderful school. I live with my grandchild, so I get to see the projects she works on, the artwork she creates, and the extracurricular activities that round out her experience. The enthusiasm she has for school has remained strong through the middle school years. I wish my other grandchild could find a school that suits them as well as Barnesville suits her.

- submitted by a community member
April 09, 2014
Barnesville School is beautiful ,not only the grounds and the flowers but the people are beautiful .Children who come to this school are placed in the hands of kind,caring educated people who give them encouragement and love .I have never seen a place that is nondenominational that has so much Christian character ,there is real love ,patience and joy within the people who work here ,it is a place where I have learned so many important lessons and witnessed so much care between parents children and staff .I remember when my children started school ,I cried because the went into the hands of people I did not know ,they were so tiny and unable to take up for themselves and I hated sending them off on a school bus to be away from me all day ,I wondered if they would be cared for and if they were going to be able to speak up for themselves ,and if anyone would really care about what they had to say or here their concerns . Well all that anxiety and worry need not be present if a parent sends their children to Barnesville School because every one who works here genuinely loves children and would want to here there opinions concerns and ideas and make sure they had a wonderful year .

- submitted by a teacher
April 09, 2014
There are many reasons that I love The Barnesville School, here are four: 1) Tremendous faculty | the teachers are fine educators and truly care about the well-being of my children 2) Small class sizes | this allows my child the attention she needs to excel 3) Fairytale-like community | the families are incredibly generous, kind and helpful. We are fortunate to have these people in our lives. 4) Safety | I never have to worry about my child's safety at school in the agriculture reserve or on a "play date" with a Barnesville family. That is peace of mind.

- submitted by a parent
April 09, 2014
Barnesville is a school that walks the talk. If you ever have a concern or want to add or change something, you can comfortably meet with the Head of School to have your feelings heard. We feel as if the cost of tuition has enabled our entire family to share in the benefits that the school has to offer. Volunteer options are abundant. If you are a parent of a Middle Schooler and you are not quite ready to totally let go (which was our experience in public Middle school where we were told "we should not expect to be involved in our childrens' activities" ) then the Barnesville School is the place for you! However, your children will learn to grow to be independent. If you're a working parent, you still feel included and in the loop. They have a great user friendly web site and current media communication tools at this school! that make your lie easy. The words I would use to describe the Barnesville School would be nurturing, happy, creative, state of the art, caring and personal.

- submitted by a parent
April 03, 2014
I can not image my children without the influence of the Barnesville school. They have both attended since pre-k and now my sweet shy son is a middle schooler running for student goverment and my flamboyant 4th grade daughter is perfecting her musical routine to perform in the school variety show. Barnesville has helped them both thrive and become the best they can be. In addition to a strong basic education, they brim with self confidence and joy. What I love is that two so different children have been completely embraced for just who they are and both thrive and grow daily.

- submitted by a parent
January 04, 2014
Barnesville has proved to be our dream school. The academic instruction is terrific, and the teachers are especially wonderful, really going the extra mile to discover how each child learns best. The administration is flexible and responsive to every need that comes up. The kids are marvelously happy, and the parents very involved. Teachers and parents alike know what is going on with the students, so supportive social behavior is fostered and you feel like your child is constantly being watched over by people you know and trust. The arts opportunities are great (love the semi-annual shows the kids put on). The setting is lovely and the kids spend a lot time outside, including a lot of outdoor PE classes and sledding on the playground in the wintertime. It's everything we hoped to find in a school.

- submitted by a parent
July 25, 2013
Our son has been at Barnesville for the past 4 years. He started in the Early Childhood Program for 3 year olds and has thrived! Barnesville's supportive learning environment is unmatched. The teachers love the school and that is evident in the classroom atmosphere. Barnesville has a strong sense of community and parents are encouraged to be involved. The class size is very small and allows for individual attention. We love the school!

- submitted by a parent
June 02, 2013
This year's graduating class (most of whom have been here since Kindergarten) had a 100% acceptance rate at private schools, including places like Stone Ridge, Georgetown Visitation, Georgetown Prep, and Good Counsel. The kids choosing to go on to public high schools placed into honors programs, advanced math, foreign language, etc. Barnesville also has a great track record for prepping kids for the Poolesville Magnet programs -- more than half of our applicants are accepted, compared to an average rate of just 12%. Graduates who come back to visit say Barnesville gave them the foundation they needed to do well in high school. Amazing teachers have the time and flexibility to really engage kids in hands-on learning. My daughter has thrived. She continues to love to learn and explore new ideas. She has two more years at Barnesville and then a world of opportunity ahead.

- submitted by a parent
November 06, 2012
Our daughter was diagnosed with ADHD combined with excellent verbal skills, reading skills and math comprehension. Before the beginning of the 2012 school year, the school set up a 90 minute conference with all of her teachers, the lower school administrator as well as the psychiatrist and parents to go over the doctor s evaluation and suggested courses of action for the school year. The school as a whole was very interested in providing our daughter the best environment to thrive and she has done so. While my wife and I were impressed with the school, the psychiatrist was more so as he had never been proactively invited to provide his findings and suggested courses of action to any school in the 10+ years of working in the county.

- submitted by a parent
September 09, 2012
I have two children at Barnesville. We've been there for seven GREAT years! It is a truly joyful place. I cannot say enough good things about the faculty who share their love of learning with their students. My children are flourishing both academically and socially at Barnesville. I have been especially pleased with the open lines of communication at the school.

- submitted by a parent
August 28, 2012
I was very suprised to see some of the recent reviews for The Barnesville School. My children have been at Barnesville for 5 years and have received a wonderful education. The teachers are spectacular and the curriculum is incredible starting even in the Pre-K years. The Spanish program is great and includes all grades. The most special thing about Barnesville IS the small class size that allows for individual instruction in a safe and supportive environment. I think declines in the enrollment in the past few years are now improving and were economy driven, not related to the quality of the education which is wonderful. There are so many special things about Barnesville-if you are looking for an independent school in Upper Montgomery County you should really come for a visit!

- submitted by a parent
June 17, 2012
Losing many families. This years graduating 8th grade class had a small amount of students. Not enough to run two classes of 15 and the grades coming up are no bigger. Schools has had many issues recently, staff turnover and the Principal has no repore with students. While Barnesville touts all it's graduating seniors got into the Highs of their first choice I would look at those high schools. If you are striving for a limited mediocore education for your child this is the place. College choices for Barnesville graduates recently have not been anywhere near where they should be when paying that much much in tuition and small class size.

- submitted by a parent
April 29, 2012
Class sizes are too small denoting loss of families/students especially in upper grades. Long term students do not end up at great colleges later. Many students struggle in high school.

- submitted by a parent
January 14, 2012
its horrible, i went there for 3 years i am in 8th grade now, education in montgomery county pub schools is way better than this junk

- submitted by a community member
April 27, 2010
Used to be an awesome place of high quality academics and staff. The new head of school is slowly letting a fall apart. He lacks the professionalism of a good educator. Not mention he does not follow through on anything. I loved this school for my first child and my second did go here and completed 8th grade but it was surely a disapointment and I would no long recommend the school.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 07, 2010
I am the mother of 3 Barnesville students am continually impressed with all the school has to offer. The art and music programs are my favorite. In lower school art, the children are introduced to everything from Monet to African art to the Aztec calendar. In addition, to the usual Holiday music performance they put on a unique May Day show complete with a Maypole. Barnesville is located in the fields of Montgomery County's Agricultural Reserve. In today's world, it is unusual to find a small country school with such a strong curriculum.

- submitted by a parent
March 27, 2010
It is not just the small class sizes that help kids thrive at Barnesville, it is the extraordinary efforts the teachers make to encourage each child to achieve their best. For example, in third grade, the kids write a letter to their teacher each week discussing the books they have been reading at home. The teacher writes back, asking probing questions specific to the books that child is reading, challenging them on an individual basis to think more critically about setting, characters, plot and writing style. I live in Loudoun County, Virginia and cross the river each day to take my child to Barnesville (it s just 20 minutes). We can t imagine being anywhere else.

- submitted by a parent
no rating March 27, 2010
My two children have been absolutely thriving at Barnesville since 2005. The atmosphere of joy and support at Barnesville is evident everyday -- no matter what class room or hallway you happen to pass through! My children feel safe and connected to each other and to the caring faculty and staff. I love that parents are always around and involved -- it definitely adds to the sense of community. I cannot imagine a better place for my children to learn and grow into self-confident students and responsible young adults.

- submitted by a parent
February 16, 2010
The Barnesville School provides an excellent education starting from the early pre-kindergarten years in a warm, safe environment. The class sizes are small and all of the faculty know our children. We have been thrilled with faculty, staff and curriculum. We have three children currently enrolled and would recommend that anyone in Montgomery or Frederick County looking for a great school in a beautiful setting should check it out!

- submitted by a parent
November 10, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
June 06, 2009
All 3 of our kids have gone through Barnesville and have found it to be a great experience. The small class size allows for great interaction between teachers and students. The faculty focuses on the whole child and its amazing how they integrate the curriculum throughout the school. When Social Studies classes are studying the religions of the world, the Art and Music program integrate with that theme, then top it off with a field trip to various houses of worship, for example. Great experiences all around.

- submitted by a parent
December 12, 2008
The Barnesville School is a fantastic independent country day school, where my four children have absolutely thrived. Specifically we enjoy small classes (almost always less than 15 kids in a class), a real focus on the individual children, not on cranking out test scores, and a super-safe, supportive environment where the children can feel free and supported in their efforts to stretch and grow. I would recommend The Barnesville School to anyone in Montgomery or Frederick County maryland who wants a superior (and supportive) educational experience for their child, up through 8th grade.

- submitted by a parent
July 14, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
no rating May 28, 2008
Barnesville is a great school! It is only my first year and I've learnes so much and have made so many friends. This school is great and i think it is the best!

- submitted by a student
November 01, 2007
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- submitted by a former student
June 08, 2006
Barnesville is amazing! My children have learned a lot from the teachers and we really have confidence that the teachers are teaching what they need to. Barnesville also provides children with a sufficient social life. When my child came to this school, he had no social life at all, but now he's always hanging out with his friends when not doing school work. Mrs. Hough, the principal is spetacular! She has dedicated so much time and effort just to make sure that the children at her school gets what they come for. She has dedicated 22 years of her life for the children that go to her school, she was first a teacher and then took responsibility as the principal. I know parents whose children go to this school now, the parents actually had Mrs. Hough for a teacher. I want to say, thank you so much for everything Barnesville!

- submitted by a student
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The Barnesville School
21830 Peach Tree Rd, Barnesville, MD  20838
(301) 972-0341
Last modified The Barnesville School is a Private school that serves grades PK-8
The Barnesville School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 31 reviews. Top