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The Barnesville School

Private | PK-8 | 168 students

We are best known as an independent private school of arts & sciences.
 
 

 
 

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Situated in a suburban neighborhood. The median home value is $669,000. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $1,550.

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Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted April 9, 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


Posted April 9, 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.


Posted April 9, 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


Posted April 9, 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


Posted April 9, 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


Posted April 3, 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


Posted January 4, 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


Posted 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


Posted June 2, 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


Posted November 6, 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


Posted September 9, 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 91% 45%
Black 4% 40%
Hispanic 3% 10%
Two or more races 2% N/A
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 1% N/A
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Asian 0% N/A
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander N/A 5%
Source: NCES, 2009-2010

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Art teacher(s)
Computer specialist(s)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
PE instructor(s)
Reading specialist(s)
Speech and language therapist(s)
Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by school staff French
German
Spanish
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Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Extra learning resources offered
  • Differentiated learning programs
Staff resources available to students
  • Speech and language therapist(s)

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Technology
Staff resources available to students
  • Computer specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Access to farm or natural area
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Outdoor learning lab
  • Science lab

Arts & music

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Arts (all)
  • Music
  • Performing arts
  • Visual arts
Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Sculpture
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
  • Vocal lessons / coaching
Performing and written arts
  • Drama
Clubs
  • Art club
  • Drama club
  • Student newspaper
  • Yearbook

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
Staff resources available to students
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • French
  • German
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Access to farm or natural area
  • Access to sports fields
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
Clubs
  • Yoga club
School leaders can update this information here.

School basics

School start time
  • 7:55 am
School end time
  • 3:00 pm
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • Before school: starts at 7:00 a.m.
  • After school: ends at 6:00 p.m.
School Leader's name
  • John Huber
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Phone
Age at which early childhood or Pre-K program begins
  • 3 years old
Gender
  • Coed
Boarding options
  • Day school
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Affiliation
  • Nonsectarian
Fax number
  • (301) 972-4076

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Core knowledge
  • Direct instruction
  • Outdoor / Farm-based
  • Project-based
  • STEM
  • Teacher-run
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

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  • Arts (all)
  • Global
  • Humanities
  • Mathematics
  • Music
  • Performing arts
  • Science
  • Technology
  • Visual arts
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

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  • No
Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • None

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Reading specialist(s)
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
  • Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • French
  • German
  • Spanish
Extra learning resources offered
  • Differentiated learning programs
  • Tutoring
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Access to farm or natural area
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Library
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
  • Music room
  • Outdoor learning lab
  • Performance stage
  • Playground
  • Science lab
Partnerships with local resources and organizations
School leaders can update this information here.

Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Sculpture
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
  • Vocal lessons / coaching
Performing arts
  • Drama
Media arts
  • None

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Art club
  • Drama club
  • Homework help/study buddy club
  • Student council/government
  • Student newspaper
  • Yearbook
  • Yoga club
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School culture

Dress Code
  • Dress code
Bullying policy
  • This school has a bullying and/or cyber bullying policy in place.
Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Coach sports teams or extracurricular activities
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Organize cultural events
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Present special topics during curricular units
  • Serve on school improvement team or governance council
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Volunteer time after school
School leaders can update this information here.

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What does it cost?

Tuition range for the 2014-2015 school year
$8000 - $19000
Vouchers accepted
No
Financial aid offered
Yes.
School-based aid

Planning ahead

Students typically attend these schools after graduating
Poolesville Magnet High School
Good Counsel
Georgetown Prep
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21830 Peach Tree Rd
Barnesville, MD 20838
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Phone: (301) 972-0341

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