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.
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?
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
My 7th grader loves going to school every day. My husband and I are thrilled!
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!
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.
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!
Three cheers for Barnstable. Wonderful classes, soccer and performing arts. My child truly shines there!
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.
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.
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.
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!
not what it is cracked up to be sending my child there was the worse decision of my life
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.
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