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Silver Spring, MD
Students enrolled: 330
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13500 Layhill Road
Silver Spring, MD 20906

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(301) 576-2800
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July 25, 2014
The Barrie school is a very competitive school to gain admissions. Having said that, I still firmly believe that the school takes students based off of a level of success they seem to display upon "the visit". If you have a child that doesn't "shine" they won't take her/him. They seem to only want kids that have the highest potential and that's NOT at all what Montessori is about. Sadly they do rely on and try to maintain a reputation. I just think they should be honest with parents and caregivers about what they are looking for and why instead of having parents and kids go through an admissions process that's really a dead end street.

- submitted by a parent
June 03, 2014
We enrolled our toddler in the new pre-K (18 mo-2 yrs) program this year and we have been thrilled with our experience. A typical day has involved classroom work time squeezing fresh orange juice, exploring the creek, making milkweed mud balls to plant food for Monarch butterflies, and feeding the ponies. He just turned 2 and has developed language and gross motor skills through the roof and the ability to verbalize his feelings in surprisingly complex and delightful ways. He has weekly class time with Spanish, music, and phys ed specialists, as well as extraordinary full-time early child development educators. He was pottying and dressing himself at school by the time he was 2. We also love that they have a full-time nurse because he has asthma and food allergies and she has always been very vigilant. The older students come to occasionally work with the little kids, which is mutually beneficial, and students of all ages know our child by name. By the time Spring Carnival rolled around, we realized that our toddler had a social life that far extended beyond his little class of 6 kids. We love Barrie School and are blessed to have it in our neighborhood.

- submitted by a parent
May 30, 2014
Barrie School provides a supportive, innovative, and peaceful learning environment. Once you step onto the campus, it is evident that the students enjoy learning. It has a wonderful 45 acre campus which serves as a classroom for the students. Faculty and staff at Barrie are very supportive and clearly enjoy teaching and learning.

- submitted by a parent
March 01, 2014
Our experience has been the exact opposite. Faculty and staff are mostly concerned about reputation and self preservation. Meanwhile the student culture has gone way down hill.

- submitted by a parent
February 20, 2014
Sensational facility! I have never seen a more compassionate group of teachers and I can honestly say that I think I looked at almost every private preschool in Montgomery county. This school blew my socks off and continues to daily. The campus is every kids dream. They have nature trails, stables, a pond, and all of it is incorporated into their daily teachings. Barrie has been the perfect match for our family!

- submitted by a parent
May 26, 2013
BARRIE SCHOOL is a great school! The teachers are highly skilled, nurturing, and very involved. AFter 8 years at Barrie we are consistently impressed wtih the high quality of the teachers. The education is balanced with academics and the arts allowing the children to tap into their creativity. We highly recommend it.

- submitted by a parent
May 02, 2013
Do not waste money by sending your kid to this school. This is one of the worst experience I have ever had. The kids enrolled at other Montessori schools are equally or more smarter. Teachers think they are smart and do not take care of the kids and their education. This school is interested in only making money from fundraising. Teachers never take any responsibilities but would want gifts and encouragements. I would never recommend this school for any class since it is a waste of money. I would prefer my kid to go to a place where the true world is projected. Millionaires might disagree with my comment but I would not recommend this school for a typical middle class family. I would recommend to put their hard earned money in good Montessori schools elsewhere.

- submitted by a parent
March 02, 2013
Upper School Review: Barrie provides an utter lack of academic rigor and a paltry electives component - especially in the arts and athletics department. Disciplinary actions are inconsistent and lack follow-through. For a school that emphasizes the harmonious development of the "whole child," I find it bizarre that teachers will often curse at the students and gossip about them with other parents. 6 weeks before an international study trip, there is no curriculum or schedule in place. Over-priced tuition, declining enrollment, high staff turnover, poor curriculum = a bad deal. Invest elsewhere. If you have a well-behaved, self-directed teen who doesn't like sports, art, music, theatre, or challenging assignments, this would be the place for her.

- submitted by a parent
February 25, 2013
My only regret about Barrie is that I did not send my son there sooner. He came in 8th grade after a terrible experience in public middle school in one of the "best" school districts in the nation. At Barrie, he got the individual attention he needed. His ADHD was understood and taken into account -- not like public school where they stuck him in a room by himself and told him to "learn." At Barrie, the experiential learning and hands-on classwork was perfect for him. Barrie allows for exploration and learning. That said, the courses are rigorous and challenging. Many Barrie graduates say their course work at Barrie was more difficult than their freshman year courses in college. Barrie will work with your student. There is no bullying at Barrie because the school is so small it cannot be hidden. Administrators are often in the classroom and teachers also coach and handle extracurriculars. There are always people looking out for you at Barrie. The most amazing thing is that the STUDENTS look out for one another. Barrie is a caring place. Students both with-- and without --learning differences do very well here. Oh, and the diversity is AMAZING.

- submitted by a parent
February 21, 2013
My daughter started Barrie this year in the mddle school and we are very happy. Barrie is a perfect fit for her. She is thriving both academically and socially. We have found the teachers to be exceptional and very accessible. The teaching staff sets the kids up for success which is so important. My daugther describes Barrie as a place she can really be herself. She really like the kids and loves going to school.

- submitted by a parent
February 14, 2013
Barrie School should be concerned with its poor academics and lack of discipline rather than bragging about their green buildings.There are much better schools out there that cost less.

- submitted by a parent
March 21, 2012
Commenting on two schools based on a visit? My kids have attended both Barrie and SSFS. You can t compare the two schools. SSFS is by far superior to Barrie on every issue that the previous reviewer raised. You can t compare a school that has ~15 students/grade (Barrie) to a school that has 45-55/grade (SSFS). . I ve had kids enrolled in multiple schools and there was more bullying at Barrie than any other school. The teachers just don t address the issue.

- submitted by a community member
February 29, 2012
Barrie School is an excellent school for all children of many different backgrounds and all ages. My son has been there since he was 2 years old, my experience has been nothing but wonderful. He is in first grade now and he enjoys the wonderful campus, the horses in school, the teacher and his friends and his education. We are determined to keep him there til college. The new headmaster is a masterful leader and a great communicator who makes the school even better than it has been. The teachers have been there for a long time and have incredible experience. I rate Barrie school one of the top. I got into the school by a child counselor friends advice where she said, If you want cream of the crop you send your son to Barrie. I agree, I agree.

- submitted by a parent
February 20, 2012
My son has been at the Barrie School for the past 4 years and loves it. He thrives in the small supportive environment. The Middle School program set him up for success in High School. We have been impressed with the dedication and professionalism of the teachers. The new Head of School is moving Barrie in the right direction. The academic program is challenging and engaging. The Extended School Week program is fantastic.

- submitted by a parent
October 13, 2011
I have two children at Barrie - one is starting high school and one is in Pre-K. Both levels offer tremendous hands-on experiences. The teachers really attend to the needs of each, individual child. They have loved and nurtured my children, and my high-schooler, who started as a Pre-K as truly thrived at Barrie.

- submitted by a parent
September 09, 2011
Both my daughters attended Barrie from elementary school through high school graduation, and they have thrived in college as a result of the education they received there. When faced with a choice between the public g/t program and Barrie, we chose Barrie because we wanted them to be challenged and engaged, not overwhelmed and overworked. We never regretted the choice. The teachers at Barrie are amazing, and their hands-on philosophy of teaching ensures that kids stay interested and invested in what they re learning. When Barrie 4th graders learn about how mountains are formed, they hike up a mountain. When middle schoolers study buoyancy, they race cardboard boats across the swimming pool. When 9th Graders study cells, they make edible cells, where each part is represented by a food product. Beautiful campus. Great student-teacher relationships.

- submitted by a parent
September 09, 2011
I have 2 sons who attend Barrie and the school has been an excellent place for both of them. They both started school as Montessori students at 3 years old. One son is a 4th grader and is a serious student in class. He is also athletic, kind, active and fun loving. At Barrie all of these traits are valued. He loves math and is able to excel at a perfect rate for him. My older son is an 8th grader. Barrie's Montessori program officially ends in the Middle School (6th grade). Barrie's Middle School was the perfect place for him to transition from the Montessori program. In middle school he has become more independent and responsible. Barrie has helped him discover new interests like mythology and drumming. He is a conscientious student that finds the perfect blend of enjoying life and getting his work done. Barrie has great teachers that love teaching and are excited about teaching kids from 2 years old to 12th grade. Barrie has a great Head of School always willing to listen to parents and work on ways to improve the whole Barrie experience. Barrie is an excellent academic institution that is diverse, safe, healthy, encouraging and enriching.

- submitted by a parent
September 08, 2011
Barrie was the best choice for all three of my children. The school s philosophical approach to educating its children of all learning styles. Unlike some of the other comments I ve seen about the school, you don t have to be a ceratin type of child to flourish here and small class sizes prevent students from getting lost in the shuffle. If anything, the older students feel like they can t hide from their teachers. The students, themselves, have to learn to get along with one another because they have to be in such a close-knit community. Kids who need more time to attain a skill have the time to do so, and students who are ready to advance are supported to the highest levels of achievement. This is not your typical private school. If you want challenging education and a highly supportive community, Barrie is great! More than just teaching to the test (or prep for college), Barrie supports children in all aspects of their life.

- submitted by a parent
September 08, 2011
My daughter has been at Barrie School for 3 years and I love the program! The Montessori program is such a wonderful enviornment for children to become self motivated, curious and caring. It not only encourages the child to learn but also become respectful and kind to their classmates as well as adults. These traits are often lacking in todays society. These traits continue up through Barrie's high school students. The campus is beautiful and Barrie has a wonderul equestrian program and riding team. Barrie even uses the horses and ponies for classroom lessons which really engages the students.

- submitted by a parent
August 23, 2011
This school is only good for children who are self-directed learners. The class sizes in the primary and elementary are huge which allows the children to not receive consistent instruction. The children are allowed a lot of choice in deciding what they will work on, particularly in the primary, which means that they may have a math lesson every now and then. Please do not send your child to this school if they have any learning disabilities or challenges because the administration/counselors are not helpful, encouraging, or receptive to different learning styles.

- submitted by a parent
July 14, 2011
I went to Barrie for five years and even though I chose to go elsewhere for Highschool, I couldn't imagine going elswhere for middle and lower school. If you are not familiar with the Montessori program, you should learn more about it. It teaches life skills to children at a very young age without cramming loads of factual information into their heads as public schools do. If you visit, the kids are very knowledgeable and excited to show you how they learn. The middle school has challenging teachers, a nurturing environment, and opportunities to be involved with service, leadership and the arts. Don't pass up on this great opportunity. You won't regret it.

- submitted by a community member
June 14, 2011
My son's growth, confidence and imtellegence has amazed me for the past few years and moving my son from the public school system to Barrie is one of the best life choices I have made.

- submitted by a parent
June 09, 2011
My experiences as a parent of an elementary student at Barrie have been very positive. More importantly, they have been positive for my son. He was unhappy at his former private school-- things just weren't clicking for him in the more traditional learning environment but in the Montessori setting he is thriving. The teachers are terrific with many years of experience (and my son loves his teachers!) and I have had very good interactions with administration members. The school has a relaxed setting (campus is gorgeous!), the new head of school is a strong leader with new ideas, the staff is enthusiastic, and the Barrie families have been warm and welcoming. My son said to me recently that he felt he had learned more in this past year at Barrie than he did in his previous years at another private school in the DC Metro area. I am very happy!

- submitted by a parent
April 10, 2011
The middle and upper school is terrible! There is only one administrator, the headmistress, and she manages both of them. Children can do whatever they want. Students are excessively rude and abusive to others verbally (even teachers!) and sometimes even violent. There is no disciplinary system, other than an email home to the parents or expulsion (which is rare and based on favoritism). The education isn't even a high quality. Last year the Athletic director also 'taught' high school math (was he even qualified??) and there are VERY few class options (sometimes only one art or elective option for a period), and very little opportunity or encouragement for students to push themselves and take an Advanced Placement class. I'm disappointed that I ever sent my kid here.

- submitted by a parent
July 10, 2010
We transferred our sixth-grade daughter to Barrie after a very difficult first couple of months in a public middle school, and have been absolutely THRILLED with the experience she has had. She has become someone who loves school, who is outgoing and willing to take risks, who trusts that the people around her care about her, and who is learning an immense amount. I cannot recommend Barrie highly enough.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 12, 2010
The students are encouraged to think and express themselves. The school supports the individual and develops a love of learning in all.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 13, 2010
This school is REALLY the hidden gem! The Montessori program in the lower school is excellent! I guess housing the Advanced Montessori Studies Program for Teachers at the facility would lend the school the very best teachers. My 2-year old child has learned so much this year in the 2/3 program. After researching brochures from other schools, she is definitely advanced and is on the PK-3/4 level. The children have weekly music, art, Spanish, and pony rides, in addition to the standard curriculum (language, science, math, social studies). The picturesque campus is amazing! My daughter looks forward to going to school everyday and doing her class 'work' (as she calls it)! Wonderful school, and the teachers send home weekly pictures of the children participating in various classroom activities.

- submitted by a parent
no rating March 21, 2010
The Barrie school Middle school is a great educational and social environment where children of all disciplines, races, and religion are celebrated. It is the 'Hidden Gem' in central montgomery county. and offers all chidren the opportunity to excel. The arts program is outstanding. We have learned that the Montessouri early education has prepared our daughter and son to excel in Middle School and has the right foundation to achieve great things in Upper School and Colllege. As parents, we have one request. Build this independant school's enrollment to 500+ kids and move this school to the next level by creating a solid athletics program to compliment the truly best educational and arts institution in Montgomery County. We have a great leader in our new headmaster and it must be backed by the Barrie families and the board. We have the foundation it is just time to move the school forward.

- submitted by a community member
December 01, 2009
This is our second year at Barrie. This is the best middle school setting for our son who is thriving. The individualized attention, the humanities, mythology, science, math, music, art, drama, and PE teachers are amazing. I like the new leadership. The true test of a good school is if your child leaves and comes home happy. And time is spent on quality instruction and learning, not MSA's!

- submitted by a parent
November 09, 2009
My son is in his third year at Barrie, in the 8th grade. He was in Montgomery County schools before that (local and GT schools). We have been very happy with Barrie's focus on students as individuals, emphasis on critical thinking, and close attention to maintaining an environment in which everyone is treated respectfully. Before we came to Barrie, I wondered whether it was too small, and whether it would be academically challenging. My perception is that they present challenging material in small group settings that help students get the most out of it. A lot of schools say that they are student-centered. I really believe it is true at Barrie.

- submitted by a parent
October 25, 2009
My son is what is called a Barried lifer. We have seen the good and the bad at this school and are most impressed with the way the bad has been handled. They are in a constant state of assessment and improvements are palpable. I am surprised to see the complaint of academic offerings as Barrie offers extensive art, performance and music courses as well as innovative electives. Humanties is very strong and many of my friends have commented on the depth and quality of literature my son has studied. Many AP courses are offered inclusive of AP lit, BC calculus, AP biology, physics and Chemistry. Creative courses such as the History of the World through Food, Asian Religions and Woodbridge. The school's experiential learning curriculum is superior and has helped my shy son develop social and leadership skills. The school is environmentally conscious & well worth the money.

- submitted by a parent
October 06, 2009
My child was at Barrie middle school. In general it is an excellent school -- teaching children to think critically and to advocate for themselves -- important skills. The teachers are caring and the smaller class sizes allow for more individualized attention. Our experience between the school and the local public with both Barrie and the public schools is that Barrie does some things as well, some such as leadership, critical thinking, and writing better than the public schools, and some worse. This is probably normal for most schools to fall in this range. We don't regret for a minute sending our child to the school even though that child chose to attend public high school.

- submitted by a parent
September 16, 2009
My child was at Barrie for many years (which was a mistake). I can't say that I was pleased with the administration. I would characterize it as non-responsive and ineffectual. The teachers were hit or miss in terms of quality. Prospective parents should research this school very carefully before sending their children here. Dollar for dollar the middle and high upper schools are not a good buy -- at all.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 10, 2009
Outstanding school from K-12. The Middle and Upper School provides a sound education. The school is ready to expand students in both the Middle and Upper school. If you are looking for school with outstanding academics, arts, and athletics in a small school environment, look no father than Barrie.

- submitted by a parent
August 23, 2009
Barrie MS and US provides a great experience for all children It works with each child individually. Here are the Barrie FACTS: 1. Teaching children for more than 75 years 2. Low student-ratio. 3. 100% of all graduating seniors attend colleges include MIT and Brown. 4. Strong High School including two National Merit Scholars recently. 5. Celebrate and Respect Diversity 6. Strong Arts Programs (Outstanding theater productions Best in the county) 7. Strong Athletics Program (3-Year Equatrian ISL Champs, Boys PVACC HS Champs, Great indoor facilties) 8. Respects every learning style with a Rigorous education program from K-12th. The MS lost an outstanding leader recently who was promoted to her first Headmaster position (great lost for the school) and school lost the Headmaster due to health issues. Barrie has a strong tradition and great future! It is the Hidden Gem of Montgomery County.

- submitted by a parent
August 16, 2009
Barrie was a huge disappointment . The academic program is mediocre, and the middle school can't keep good faculty (or headmasters). Some parents rave about this school, but they are part of the booster clique the administration caters to.

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August 14, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
no rating July 14, 2009
My kids attended Barrie from middle school to high school. Unfortunately, I have to agree with many of the reviews that say that that grades 1-6 are great. But the Upper School (Junior High and High School) were different. There is very little offered in the way of academic courses or after school programs. Perhaps more troublesome is the behavior of administrators who set the tone of Payton Place. They seem to be more worried about who is dating who then providing a quality education. Some parents seem to thrive on this gossip driven culture and are quite at home. I think you should get more for your money.

- submitted by a parent
June 29, 2009
this school has lousy education, a HORRIBLE arts program, and the only sport they are good at is horse back riding.

- submitted by a parent
June 07, 2009
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- submitted by a community member
June 05, 2009
My daughter is four years old and has completed her first year at this school. I am impressed with everything about what the school has to offer my child. Her teachers are superb and the program is quite enriched. The administration are great as well.

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June 05, 2009
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- submitted by a student
May 21, 2009
We have now been at Barrie for 2 years - starting in 5th grade. What has set this school appart is their committment to each student - helping them discover what they do well and helping them where they struggle. My husband and I have felt that they understand our child. Her confidence level has soured and this has allowed her to do so much better in school, both academically AND socially. Look at this school if you value an exceptional education, experiential learning, honest assessment of your child and a nurturing, supportive environment. If you want the flash of new buildings, a big name, stress for your child to perform at all costs and an ultra competitive athletic program, this is NOT the school for you.

- submitted by a parent
March 18, 2009
We have spent two years at the Barrie School and will not be back next year. Initially I believe that they attempted to put their best foot forward with the illusion of above average curriculum, willingness to inspire a love of learning etc. Plainly put, it is a misrepensation .They are non-profit, but clearly more focused on money than on bettering children. I believe many of the teachers are doing their best, whereas others simply are frustrated and had given-up. But can you blame them, their teacher child ratio is too high for the tuition. There is favortism in children and parents, and frankly they are unable to deal with behavioral concerns in the classroom. Due the mixed age set-up you have a 3 year old with a 5/6 year old. The gap is just too much.Luckily I continue to work with my child at home; they need an investigation.

- submitted by a parent
February 22, 2009
The Barrie School is the 'Hidden Gem' in Montgomery County. If you are looking for school with the following characteristics, would you send your chidren to that school? 1. Teaching children for more than 75 years (As long as the redskins have been playing football!) 2. Low student-ratio. 3. 100% of all graduating seniors attend colleges include MIT and Brown. 4. Strong High School including two National Merit Scholars 5. Celebrate and Respect Diversity 6. Strong Arts Programs (Outstanding theater productions Best in the county 5th grade and up) 7. Strong Athletics Program (3-Year Equatrian ISL Champs, Boys PVACC HS Champs, Great indoor facilties) 8. Respects every learning style with a Rigorous education program from K2-12th. That school is the Barrie School!. The time is now for the Barrie Community to celebrate our past and move our school into the future. Barrie has a proud tradition and an outstanding future!

- submitted by a parent
November 21, 2008
I love Barrie. I've been here since seventh grade and now I'm a senior. Sadly, some of the best teachers I've ever had left last year. What I love most about the high school is that the people who stay are the one who really love Barrie and most everyone likes each other. The school is too small to form cliques.

- submitted by a student
October 27, 2008
My daughter attends the Barrie School after attending a good public elementary school. I couldn't be happier with the nuturing, personal attention she receives from teachers and staff. They cater to her learning style and are able to motivate her to work hard and learn while in a caring, stimulating environment. Barrie was a GREAT decision for our family.

- submitted by a parent
October 16, 2008
Take it from a student. I'm a junior this year, I've been here since the 4th grade, and I have to say that Barrie's small environment and stellar teachers make it a great place for aiding and creating independent kids. I definitely get to participate and take charge of a lot more than I'd be able to at a large public school. Granted, it is not for everyone- but if it strikes your fancy, Barrie is a fabulous place to grow up.

- submitted by a student
August 13, 2008
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- submitted by a student
no rating August 11, 2008
My child attended Barrie MS. I can't say that it was a good experience. The school fails to set high academic and behaviorial expectations for its students. Students get to do whatever they want at this school. Classes are frequently disrupted by students and no one does anything about it. This school needs new leadership.

- submitted by a parent
June 08, 2008
Not a very good school. No punishements are given and teachers have no control over their students. However the academics are better than a public school. Overall the school needs some work.

- submitted by a community member
March 06, 2008
Our child is in middle school and we find the small class size and variety of teaching methods to be excellent. The school works with parents with children with ADHD and other issues to develop a strategy that enables their child to thrive. However, it is not for every child.

- submitted by a parent
no rating February 29, 2008
I have two sons in the school we like a lot the school . Wonderful place to be and strong academic.

- submitted by a parent
January 30, 2008
Maybe a good school if your child doesn't have any academic,developmental or behavior issues. So your child has to be perfect.

- submitted by a parent
November 14, 2007
Our two sons recently graduated from the Barrie School. Both are thriving in demanding courses at the University of Maryland that they were academically well prepared for, including having good study skills and the ability to think for themselves. The curriculum at Barrie was challenging but they also learned a lot and the teachers were very engaging. The learning environment was nurturing with small class sizes and teachers willing to provide extra help. Students are encouraged to stretch themselves, whether playing on sports teams or acting in the school plays. The school is great for experiential learners, with extended study week providing kids with an opportunity to do something new. One year our sons chose studying history in Greece and Turkey and in another year, the business of sports. As for the kinds of kids who go there, I d say they are typically happy, smart, and well-adjusted.

- submitted by a parent
November 06, 2007
Beginning at age 2/3 our child is in the 4th grade as a Barrie student. We have found the lower school curriculum and faculty to be a perfect fit for our child. The caring, nurturing nature of the faculty has made our child confident, independent and capable of doing things autonomously. Now in the fourth different class, we have directly experienced a total of 8 faculty members who bring a true love of children and education. These traits start with the head of the school and flow down through all areas of the school. The follow the child nature of the school environment has allowed our child to excel in areas of strength and receive assistance where help is needed. The Barrie school offers a challenging curriculum for all students ages 2/3 through 12th grade. We expect our child to remain at Barrie through 12th grade. We highly recommend Barrie

- submitted by a parent
October 31, 2007
What a gem of a place this is in the Washington/Maryland area. The expectation of academic performance is very strong at Barrie School while it remains a kind and positive environment. My son is valued as a thespian, intellect, kind person, and wrestler. The school encourages parental participation and gets the involvement.

- submitted by a parent
October 30, 2007
My daughter has attended Barrie School since she was 2 years old. She is now in 11th grade. She has always loved going to school because she finds it to be a safe, welcoming, challenging and fun environment. The academic environment is designed to provide challenges tailored to individual strengths and to foster independence. Talented, dedicated teachers devote considerable time and effort to help each student develop his or her potential. The result is a learning environment that is enjoyable, but also a place in which students feel comfortable seeking help or advice from teachers. Barrie students are very comfortable with adults. Alumni comment that this is an advantage in college compared with their peers. In addition to academic assets, my daughter has developed skills in several sports and has participated in musical and dramatic theater productions. Such opportunities would be limited to a select few in large student populations.

- submitted by a parent
October 28, 2007
My son is in 3rd grade and has attended Barrie since Pre-K. My daughter is in 8th grade and has attended since Kindergarden. The Montessouri Lower School program allows my son to stay with his emotional peers while completing 4th grade work. Likewise, the Lower School prepared my daughter to take pre-algebra in sixth grade- something that I realize now is critical for her to take advanced math courses in high school and, in 5 years, college. Barrie is very environmentally and socially aware. The 8th grade Humanities program includes deep discussions and exposure to human rights issues. Barrie also has an excellent horseback riding program with an award winning team. Although my daughter stopped riding after 3rd grade, it was a wonderful experience that she remembers fondly. My son continues to ride weekly. The campus also includes a blackbox theatre, offering learning opportunities in all aspects of theatre.

- submitted by a parent
October 26, 2007
Our daughter is in her seventh year at Barrie, and we are extremely happy with our experience. The Montessori program in the lower school is both nurturing and challenging, and allowed her to work to her strenghts while developing her growth areas in a supportive, happy environment. We cannot say enough good things about the excellent, dedicated teachers. Now in the Middle school, she is excelling beyond our expectations academincally, with the solid base that Barrie helped her build over the years. Plus, the program appeals to her many interests with the excellent drama program and sports teams that encourage her to do her best. And the culture is preparing her to be a responsible global citizen. The wooded campus and the quality people there are really a special place. We are very happy.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 01, 2007
My daughter has attended Barrie since 6th grade (now a Junior). We chose Barrie because it was a good fit for her - community oriented, academically sound, and strong experiential learning. The lower school (through 5th) is Montessori; the middle & upper schools are 'traditional' but have a community focus. Montessori classrooms can look chaotic with each student working on different lessons. This method of teaching is VERY different from traditional ones and may not be for your child. Personally, I regret not knowing about Barrie earlier. My daughter's first year (6th grade) was wonderful with dedicated, caring teachers, and monthly community service and field trip days. A new head of school during 2002-2004, was a BAD match for Barrie and had a tremendously negative impact on the teaching and whole school environment. In 2004, the administration changed; the new head of school (a jewel) has had a huge positive impact.

- submitted by a parent
August 06, 2007
My child was 1 of 6 in the grade but 1 of 32 children (3 grades to a room) in the class. Crowded noisy classrooms. My child was willing to go to another school and leave good friends behind to get away from Barrie. Leaving Barrie was the best decision we made for our child. This has been proven by my child's success in the new school.

- submitted by a parent
March 17, 2007
Barrie has had several rocky years administratively but the school seems more stable now than a few years ago. Currently there are upcoming plans to combine the middle school and upper school , and prospective students and families should probably ask about this. Although teachers will give individual attention if students ask and arrange it, students are expected to take responsibility for their own academic successes, which may not be the most effective way to prep or motivate the more immature student, as this can translate into a sink or swim attitude for some. For this reason and others, I think academics can be uneven for the tuition price. On the plus side it is a strong and caring community , and the kids really do respect each other and enjoy school life. For a small school the sports, drama, and extra -curricular offerings are extraordinary .

- submitted by a parent
December 07, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
October 06, 2005
We left Barrie Lower School after six years. I think the trustees; PTA; Barrie staff; and Barrie faculty are all rude to parents and worse, rude to certain kids. It is the Barrie spirit. It s a poorly run school that suffers from declining enrollment. The tuition is too high given what is offered. We selected to switch to a well run, thriving private school.

- submitted by a parent
August 22, 2005
We left Barrie Lower School after six years for another Pre-K through 12th grade private school and couldn t be happier. We left for multiple reasons (including the problems identified in the previous comments). Most importantly, what we discovered after switching schools is that our children were behind academically. Specifically, they were behind in writing (punctuation, capitalization, spelling, cursive, sentence structure and paragraph structure) and math (telling time, estimation, rounding, money, and measurement). Also, the fact that the Barrie Lower School assigns about hour of homework per week does not prepare a child for other schools or any middle school. Barrie is a gem if your child has academic, developmental or behavior issues. However, if your child is bright, well behaved, wants to learn, is hard working, and does not want to be physically hurt or bullied daily, you will find that it s not a good fit.

- submitted by a parent
July 25, 2005
Barrie Lower School provides children with an excellent well rounded education. It is a great learning environment for children. The teachers are excellent however, several of the lower school teachers do not convey a warm and welcoming environment for parents. Although this is clearly not the Barrie spirit, parents should expect that all teachers provide a welcoming environment to all parents not just a selected few. This Lower school is the hidden treasure in Montgomery County. The Middle and High School must improve in academics if it wants many of the lower school children to remain at Barrie. This is the case with other MD schools such as G'Town Prep, Sandy Spring, Holy Cross Academy, etc. The administration should move towards a similar standard for Barrie. It is a great place.

- submitted by a former student
February 03, 2005
I attended Barrie from pre-K to 8th grade. I agree with many of the reviews that say that that grades 1-6 are great. But the Upper School (Junior High and High School) were different; morale was rock-bottom and there was an anti-academic, anti-achievement culture. Between 6th and 8th grades, one by one, the handful of talented, conscientious students fled-- The worst problem is academics. They had one young lady teaching English/Spanish/Humanities--and another guy teaching Geology/Humanities. I don't think it is possible to leave with a solid foundation in math, science, or anything else. I switched to a public school in 9th grade. It wasn't perfect, but heaven compared to the dysfunctional, frightening academic wasteland that was Barrie Jr. High.

- submitted by a former student
June 30, 2004
My niece and nephew attend the Barrie School, having attended other private schools before this. There is no comparison! Both children (who are very different kinds of people) are comfortable in this caring, nurturing environment, encouraged as individuals by their teachers, and developing the strengthened self-esteem all parents yearn for their children to have. As an educator myself, I am so impressed by how specific issues are addressed by staff, who welcome working closely with parents. Thank you, Barrie School!

- submitted by a parent
June 02, 2004
My two daughters have attended Barrie since preschool. One has just completed her first year of high school and it was a very positive experience, from her point of view and ours. The head of the high school is fantastic; the kids, parents and teachers all like her. Although I had no children in middle school this year, the school placed very well in national exams in Math, Spanish, Latin and Mythology. The elementary school has been an amazing growth experience for my youngest daughter. Each year the children are given more work and responsibility, with plenty of guidance to assist them. The teachers are knowledgeable, nurturing and frankly, a lot of fun. The small class size means every child gets the attention he/she needs and the opportunity to learn to his/her ability.

- submitted by a parent
May 12, 2004
This school is a gem! It has done wonders for both of my middle school aged kids. Their confidence has been trememdously bolstered. The teachers are wonderful, nurturing, dedicated professionals. The low student-teacher ratio allows for individual learning styles to flourish. The campus is a natural science lab. There is much opportunity for teacher-parent dialogue.

- submitted by a parent
May 12, 2004
My daughter has been at Barrie for 5 years, starting in Kindergarden. My son started attending Barrie last year in the Pre-kindergarden program. Although my children have different personalities and energy levels, both have done very well at Barrie and both love going to school everyday. The teachers and staff are very responsive to the needs of the children and are attuned to changes that need attention. The diverse student body supports one of the fundamental teachings of respecting and valuing people of all backrounds.

- submitted by a parent
May 11, 2004
My two daughters have attended Barrie for the past six years, and I couldn't be happier with the education they have received. The program is academically rigorous, yet nurturing, and the faculty -- in all three divisions of the school -- is beyond compare. The drama program, open to students in grades 6 - 12, is particularly impressive.

- submitted by a parent
March 14, 2004
My daughter has gone to school at Barrie since pre-K, and she is now in 3rd grade. Barrie is a treasure - the teachers are great, the campus is in a secluded natural setting and the environment is very nuturing.

- submitted by a parent
September 09, 2003
My two daughters have attended this school since age 2. They are now in the high school. The school is very nuturing in the lower grades.The entire school fosters experiential learning. Other good things are the low teacher student ratio, and the constant effort to individualize their effort for each child. Right now they have a very dynamic leader of the upper school. I have been satisfied overall and I feel that many of the staff have invested heavily in the success of my children.

- submitted by a community member
August 31, 2003
Upper school enrollment has slipped from better than 120 to just over 80. Fewer and fewer classes are being offered and the moral is at an all time low. All three heads of the school resigned last year, along with many of the terrific teachers. This used to be a great school, but now it's just one in great trouble.

- submitted by a parent
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Barrie School
13500 Layhill Road, Silver Spring, MD  20906
(301) 576-2800
Last modified Barrie School is a Private school that serves grades PK-12
Barrie School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 76 reviews. Top