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5-12
Private
Oakland, NJ
Students enrolled: 110
Before care: No
After care: No

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8 Wright Way
Oakland, NJ 07436

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(201) 651-0200
(201) 337-9797
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September 16, 2014
Barnstable Academy has been great for our daughter. She is very happy there and the small class rooms and warm, nurturing environment has been great for her. She is more motivated and confident in every way, which we value very much. A small school is not for everyone, but has been great for our daughter.

- submitted by a parent
May 30, 2014
Yes, this is the haven to send your underachieving little darling in the desperate hopes that if they attended a high school straight out of a TV-sitcom (no real schoolwork to do , goofball teachers, lots of partying and the occasional flashmob dance number) , they'll finally start producing what all those years of psychotherapy adderal and klonopin failed to: A well adjusted, university bound young adult. You, the upper-middle class parent, know this deep down. However, you're desperate to get this underacheiver out of your hair for at least a year or two while you say to yourself "S/he's in good hands, now! Just look at that report card! And so many friends now!" It's all an illusion. however its an illusion you're more than happy to pay 30K a year for. Just until they straighten up , right? ....Right?

- submitted by a community member
March 26, 2014
Barnstable Academy is a great school for people who can not excel in a public school environment. It is small and the scheduling is simple. The extracurricular activities give you an opportunity to find out what you like and open your eyes to talents you wouldn't have known about otherwise. however, Barnstable isn't a school for academically gifted students or students who excel in extracurricculars. Since most of the students who attend BA are students who need to be in a smaller environment in order to succeed, students who are great at academics are not as challenged as they could be. They try their hardest, but there is much room for improvement. There are no AP classes, and independent study is very rare. This also goes for the electives. Many of the electives are made for people to just find their interests. If a child is already talented in the arts or in sports, they will not be challenged by attending this school. It's great for a child who might not get an opportunity to participate in other schools, but not for students who would like to play the sport in college. Overall, Barnstable is a land of opportunity for people that need it.

- submitted by a community member
December 07, 2013
My daughter has attended Barnstable Academy for four years and is in her last year. Coming from a large school where gifted students and special needs students receive the most attention, I felt my daughter was "falling through the cracks." After attending BA for only a short time, she blossomed, regained her confidence and succeeded far beyond any expectation. I can honestly say this is due to the amazing teaching staff who become mentors and truly care about each and every student. They work to help students achieve their top potential and are available 24/7 for help of any kind. The school offers wonderful physical education, art, drama and journalism electives and students become like a family. The environment is one of respect, nurturing, and growth and I feel extremely grateful that we had such an amazing alternative to public school!

- submitted by a parent
November 04, 2013
My daughter attended Barnstable Academy from middle school throughout her high school years. Their unique teaching style enabled her to attain her high school diploma and she has gone on to studying direct health care at one of our schools. She will be interning at a local hospital in January as well as at a school for handicapped children. I cannot recomment Barnstable Academy highly enough for children whose learning style is someone different. The Administration and the Teaching staff are caring, professional and always responsive to parental input and concern.

- submitted by a parent
October 23, 2013
My son is in his second year at Barnstable, it has been a great experience for him academically. He really enjoys his teachers, who are attentive, caring and always available to help. The small class size and extra help have been a great support for him.

- submitted by a parent
September 29, 2013
Our daughter is in her second year at Barnstable. Not only does she love the school ~ she is thriving academically and socially. The benefits include small classes, extra help, but most importantly, the teachers are inspiration and passionate about about their work.

- submitted by a parent
June 27, 2013
Our daughter just completed her 2nd year at Barnstable: she will be a senior next year. We have been exceptionally happy with the care and attention she has received at Barnstable. The teachers and administration have been exceptionally caring and helpful throughout the two years. On the eve of our daughter's first big Spanish exam, we got a phone call at home from the Spanish teaching asking if our daughter was feeling OK about the exam and he offered any help he could give so that she would study effectively. The Barnstable staff go above and beyond in their efforts to make school productive, supportive, and successful. Along with my wife and daughter, I have felt welcomed at Barnstable and I am very grateful that we found this exceptional school.

- submitted by a parent
October 17, 2012
My child entered Barnstable in high school after performing poorly in our public school. He may never be an A student but he has his self-esteem back an is happy to go to school.

- submitted by a parent
October 17, 2012
My 7th grader loves going to school every day. My husband and I are thrilled!

- submitted by a parent
October 16, 2012
The administration should write more and actually tell more of their great stories. Barnstable Academy was the school where my son thrived. For five years, he became invested in his learning. He grew from a little boy to a fine young man with skills to navigate in college. He is doing remarkably well in his first year of college. Thank you, Barnstable!

- submitted by a parent
May 21, 2012
Don't believe reviews. Probably posted by administrators. State should investigate the school. I hope it does soon. Interview parents of students who left and why.

- submitted by a parent
May 17, 2012
My child is extremely happy at Barnstable! He loves his teachers and feels like he is getting the attention he needs from the small classroom setting. We are so pleased he has a found a safe, nurturing environment where he can thrive academically and socially!

- submitted by a parent
May 16, 2012
Three cheers for Barnstable. Wonderful classes, soccer and performing arts. My child truly shines there!

- submitted by a parent
November 01, 2011
Barnstable has made all the difference for my college bound boys. They have been at Barnstable since seventh grade and one is now a senior applying to Colby and Bates. The public school was focused on their either being a behavior problem or emotionally disturbed. Barnstable focused on them having a different learning style, understood them, and taught them well. They never had any behavior problems from them. The teachers are very professional and care about your child learning.

- submitted by a parent
January 27, 2011
Being a part of the Barnstable Academy family for the past 6 years has been the best! Like I said FAMILY! I pulled my son out of the public school mid year of 7th grade and enrolled him in BA - he is now a graduating senior with acceptances to 8 colleges! My son has grown emotional and academically. He was giving the opportunity to be a confident student athlete at Barnstable. Without the support of such amazing professionals he would never have achieved his goals to date. Thank you Barnstable Academy for letting me and my family be a part of such a wonderful institution.

- submitted by a parent
August 23, 2010
Best decision my family ever made for both of our children who had very different needs and somehow found exactly what they needed in one place, Barnstable Academy! My son was anxious and needed to feel safe and loved and my daughter's IEP was not being followed in her public school. Both of my children are heading to good colleges and are confident and thriving since they were taught in the manner in which they needed to learn.

- submitted by a parent
May 21, 2010
This school saved my daughters life......literally!!! She had low self esteem, wasn't working up to her ability, and really had no clue how to navigate the social scene of her large public high school. From her first day at Barnstable Academy she felt like she was home. They treated her well both staff and students and now I truly feel like I have the child/student she was always meant to be. She is confident, getting good grades, has a nice group of friends from Barnstable (although she did stay friends with one or two kids from her old school) I can't thank Barnstable Academy enough for what they did for my daughter and my family......because we all know an unhappy child can upset the entire family dynamic!

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 22, 2010
not what it is cracked up to be sending my child there was the worse decision of my life

- submitted by a parent
no rating February 11, 2010
Two of our children attended Barnstable Academy, one entering in March of her junior year and the other starting in 6th grade. The lasting gift Barnstable gave to our children was to help them feel good about themselves again. Both of our children entered Barnstable at low points in their young lives and both graduated well aware of their special talents and confident in their ability to face the world. Our daughter graduated college at the top of her class and is very successful in her chosen career. Our son was just offered a significant scholarship midway through his freshman year in college, acknowledging him as 'the most outstanding freshman' in his area of concentration. I attribute his success to the education and support he got from the teachers and staff at Barnstable Academy.

- submitted by a parent
December 17, 2009
Barnstable has changed my child's life. He now enjoys going to school and looks forward to each day.

- submitted by a parent
December 11, 2009
Our 2 kids love Barnstable for so many reasons! Our daughter is in 5th grade and our son is in 7th. Our son started as 5th grader and when we saw the difference in him, we couldn't wait to enroll our daughter. The teachers truly care for the kids! The small teacher to student ratio has worked wonders for our son who has ADHD and suffered in the public school system. Now because he is always accountable and gets attention in a small setting he does extremely well. Our daughter loves the performing arts in the school. Our baby girl will be there in 6 years too!

- submitted by a parent
December 10, 2009
My 7th grader is flourishing like never before! I love Barnstable Academy for so many things; small class size, personalized approach to learning/teaching, caring teachers. I wish I got my daughter in 5th grade. She is a happier more adjusted child because of Barnstable!

- submitted by a parent
December 10, 2009
Barnstable Academy was the best thing to happen to my daughter! Came there as a shy freshman and is leaving as an outgoing, social educated yound adult! Thank you Barnstable's for giving my daughter the ability to go forward in life.

- submitted by a parent
December 06, 2009
Barnstable Academy has changed my son's life for the better! The teachers have provided him with a caring and safe educational environment, as a result, he is flourishing for the first time in his life. I can't say enough for how the school's small class sizes and curriculum has benefited my son. If your child isn't learning well in a traditional setting like mine, your child will thrive at Barnstable. I love it!!!!!

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 30, 2009
Barnstable Acadeny is able to provide my daughter with an outstanding education, as well as, making her feel comfortable, valuable and happy. Her experience in the public school system denied her the feeling of acceptance and the academics were not to her ability. Barnstable embraces my daughter allowing her to achieve her dream... as well as mine.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 16, 2009
My son Zachary entered Barnstable Academy at the end of 8th grade and is currently a Sophomore. As a parent and a teacher, I cannot fully esxpress how grateful I am to have found this school for my son. I have seen a boy whose confidence plummeted to an all time low, skyrocket to where he accepts nothing less for himself than a place on the honor roll every semester.Students are treated with kindness and respect as individuals by every teacher & encouraged to persue their interests. Success oriented, Barnstable Academy prepares kids not only for college level academics but for becoming responsible and caring adults.

- submitted by a parent
March 02, 2009
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December 18, 2008
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- submitted by a community member
October 14, 2008
My daughter entered Barnstable in September and I cannot say enough good things about everyone. The staff, the teachers and even the students care about one another. She entered afraid of going to school, now she cannot wait to get to school. The academics are challenging, but there is always help available. The students are expected to learn the same materials as in public schools. Critical thinking is a main focus--not teaching to a standardized test. Barnstable was the best decision we made the best decision for our daughter!

- submitted by a parent
no rating August 08, 2008
My daughter will be starting at Barnstable in September. While our home district refused to test her, the folks at Barnstable couldn't believe she didn't have an ed plan and asked me if they could do an evaluation! The future is looking brighter already.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 03, 2008
Because of Barnstable's personal attention and nurturing environment, my son has thrived. He was not excelling academically or socially, so we transfered him from the public school system during 8th grade. He is now a senior and doing extremely well. Not only has he competed on some of Barnstable's athletic teams, but he is involved in many social activities. He has applied to six colleges and has been accepted to all. We have many options for his future and we are grateful for all that Barnstable has done for our son!!

- submitted by a parent
March 28, 2008
This school was highly recommended to me for my daughter; all sources stated a wonderful environment in which she could concentrate and be challenged with her academics. Now I find that she is bored with the school and her highschool social studies textbook is the same she was taught with in the fourth grade. Most if not all of the students are far behind their age group in level of IQ and many have distracting disorders which prevent her from focusing on her schoolwork. The food served at lunches is unhealthy and the price asked to attend the school is ridiculous because it doesn't include fees for lunches or bussing (the fee for which is extremely high.)

- submitted by a parent
March 14, 2007
I cannot speak highly enough about Barnstable. I belive that this environment has truly saved my son. He is able to excel in all academic aspects in a small, nurturing environment.

- submitted by a parent
November 07, 2004
Some of the teachers were good and some where bad. There was one amazing teacher named Mrs. Deigan. She was definatly the best teacher i have ever seen.

- submitted by a parent
November 05, 2003
My son benefits from the supportive, nurturing environment at Barnstable Academy where his accommodations are provided with understanding and respect for his learning differences.

- submitted by a parent
September 11, 2003
My daughter entered school with a minor learning disability and thanks to the interest and caring of the teachers, she improved her self-esteem and even went on to college. Since then, she earned her masters degree and is currently teaching in a middle school.

- submitted by a parent
September 11, 2003
I am a former student from Barnstable Academy. Barnstable provided me with the opportunity and the right environment for me to succeed academically, athletically, and socially. I am now pursuing a masters degree in Education and hope to be teaching students with similar needs.

- submitted by a community member
August 10, 2003
I really enjoyed my years at Barnstable Academy. The teachers were great, although I did feel some of them could have been better. It's really a nice place to go.

- submitted by a former student
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Barnstable Academy
8 Wright Way, Oakland, NJ  07436
(201) 651-0200
Last modified Barnstable Academy is a Private school that serves grades 5-12
Barnstable Academy Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 39 reviews. Top