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Washington, DC
Students enrolled: 569
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430 Decatur Street Northwest
Washington, DC 20011

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(202) 576-1100
(202) 541-6010
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September 15, 2015
Staff is okay. This is my child's neighborhood school, and not our primary choice. We really dislike the lack of communication with the teacher, especially during pickup at 4pm. We cannot chat with the teacher or TA to see what things our son did in school. There is also a very weak sick policy put in place, allowing parents to bring their children to school very ill, infecting other children with thier illness. Administration say they will address this issue, but have yet to make any changes. Okay school for the most part, we're pulling our son back in the school lottery again, if he's not picked were going to have to pay for a private school education. Barnard is an okay school with very poor policies.

- submitted by a parent

September 01, 2015
Great school ,the staff is excellent and always care about the children's progress my daughter attended the school from kindergarten to 5th grade will recommend it to anybody

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February 12, 2015
My children attended Barnard from pre-k - 2 grade, & I could not be happier that they are gone. Though they do have some quality educators, the school's progress is stifled by the rude and overbearing Principal, Dr. Reid. The children that attend this school have limited opportunities to learn outside of the classroom (0-1 field trip per year), NO opportunity to learn instruments and limited opportunity to learn a language (only available for prek & k). Meanwhile, they dissuade parental involvement (my husband, who is an IT professional, offered to build a website for FREE 4 years ago- we were told no, but note that the school still has no website) and can't seem to streamline communication. MOST IMPORTANTLY, I do not believe that they truly put children first. My daughter, who has a learning disability, struggled while at Barnard. I was told repeatedly by their special education team that she was fine, or at worst only slightly behind. Within two weeks at a different school, her academic deficiencies were noted by her teacher & the special Ed team. I see marked improvement already, and thank my lucky stars everyday that we were able to leave this school.

- submitted by a parent

May 22, 2014
Wow I must say after reading the reviews I must be missing something. My daughter came from a Ross Elementary and Basis Charter School and we transferred to Barnard because of my job status change. I was excited about the year ahead but have mixed feelings. I do not feel my daughter has been taught to the standards I am use to seeing for her. Expections would be her English teacher and Social Studies teacher.- As a single Parent I cannot not be all the parent night meetings but do email regularly and have had her English teacher be the only one to respond to my concerns where my daughter is concerned. There is a disconnect with the other teachers- I find certian style of teachings lacking the passion the enthusiam my daughter is use to from her previous schools and therefore a lost of interest. Now regardless of who the teacher is this momma bear is much harder on her then anyone else can be and homework gets done regardless- I went from Upper Middle Class to Low income family because of my job status. And have noticed the difference in how a family is treated in not just the school aspect and that attitude has got to change. Quality Education should be for everyone

- submitted by a parent

April 30, 2014
My school has a very nurturing, loving academic environment which strives to meet each child at his/her academic level to achieve mastery.

- submitted by a teacher

April 30, 2014
Barnard ES is a very nurturing school where children love to come. I like the fact that my child's needs are always considered and the teachers are never too busy to discuss my concerns about my child. I would like to see more language supports for ESL parents. There is a class, but more parents need to take advantage of it. I have been here for six years now and I am so glad I found this school. Some of my friends transferred to this school when they visited with me.Parents are really like partners not bystanders. Our input is received and children are given what they need to grow academically. Hey, they even had Saturday school, extended day and other programs to support high flyers and struggling students.

- submitted by a parent

April 30, 2014
Barnard Elementary School is a phenomenal school with many things to offer. Principal Reid and her staff work very hard to ensure that every child learns at their level and their pace in spite of all of the testing that students and teachers face! Be on the lookout! This school's data will blow your socks off in the next years to come!

- submitted by a community member

December 30, 2012
As a revious student I, Myself can say that Barnard Elementary school has prepared me for my current success as a 10th grade student. They Offer wonderful electives and have ground breaking teachers, Mrs.Sharon F. McCrea to name just one. As a student of many schools and teachers I can say that this school has a staff that actually cares about its students not only education but overall well being and happiness.

- submitted by a community member

August 23, 2012
We appreciate the concern for each student's TOTAL well-being. The staff is very concerned about the student's social development as well as academic achievement.

- submitted by a parent

November 29, 2011
Barnard is great school. I am very impressed by the teachers and the Principal, as they are pushing the kids to learn in the most fun way possible. My son loves going to school and comes home singing a new song at least twice a week. Barnard is doing a great job.

- submitted by a parent

October 11, 2011
i am very happy to have my daughter in this school .so far it is agreat school.

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June 19, 2011
Barnard is a great school. I have 1 child currently enrolled and one who graduated a year ago. Principal is Superb, Staff is very professional and my children love the school. I do not volunteer as often as I wanted to, but I was aware of the various activities that the PTA sponsored for all the students and staff at the school. It was a great Year. The PTA even got my retired mom to volunteer and she felt welcomed at the school. Barnard school encourages past students and parents and people in the neighborhood to be involved in this great school.

- submitted by a parent

December 17, 2010
I gave Barnard a 4 Star rating because it is "Above Average" for a DCPS school, but I think it is more of a 3.5 star School. I have a child that is currently attending Barnard. On the + side Barnard's current Principal, Dr Reid, is very dedicated to the success of the school & the teachers seem to be dedicated to giving the children a quality education. If those are the main things you seek from a school then you should be more than happy to send your child to Barnard. HOWEVER, if you seek more for your child, you may want to look elsewhere. Barnard does not have adequate administrative support. With 435 students there is no Asst Principal (due to a hiring freeze there won t be an Asst Principal position this year) As for resources, Barnard lacks clubs or activities for your child to participate in. Part of this is because of the ineffectiveness of the PTA at Barnard. Although it is "active" it has a lot of organizing (and re-organizing) to do before it MIGHT become an effective organization. Although the PTA is unsatisfactory, there is an Early Childhood Education group that just started and is making a little bit of progress. Again, overall, Barnard is a 3.5 school.

- submitted by a parent

August 11, 2010
We have been very impressed with Barnard's early childhood program for the last 2 years. The teachers are very dedicated and the school is very well-run. Faculty, staff, and children seem genuinely happy to be part of the Barnard family.

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July 16, 2010
My son has been a student at Barnard for 3 years. It's really hard to find a SPED program in DC that has results. This one actually works! He has consistantly made improvement. His teachers are highly committed and involved. Great community and a Great school!

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August 12, 2009
I think Barnard is a great school, I myself attended the old Barnard an loved it! Both of my children attend now an they love the enviroment as well as the teachers. As all schools it does have its downfalls but the positives out way the negatives

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March 16, 2009
I think Barnard is a wonderful school, I myslef attended the old Barnard and I must admit that was a very enjoyable time in my life. My grand-daughter is currently a student and she loves it, she enjoys school and thinks the world of her teacher, Ms. Christian I have observed her in the classroom and under the circumstances, I think she's done a remarkable job. Ms. Christian possess what a good teacher should and that is take pride in her job as a educator. However, there is a negitive side, I have watched the behavior of several students in my judgement shouldn't be in the class with their disruptive behavior, I feel that thay are take advantange of the students that are there to learn. The staff should provide the needed support.

- submitted by a community member

March 29, 2007
Barnard Elementary School prepares children for real life situations. This starts from PreK to 5th grade. The Principal is highly involved with instruction, inservices for the teachers and knows each child and their capabilities.

- submitted by a parent

February 17, 2005
Barnard Elementary provides a wonderful environment for a child to learn in. This newly built school is state of the art. Each and every classroom has at least four computers in it. The teachers go above and beyond the call of duty. Many of Barnard's teachers are like parents to a great deal of the kids. The males on the staff provide positive role models. For many of the students the males on the staff at Barnard are the only positive males they see or come in contact with. This is becuase more than half of the students at Barnard come from single parent households, run by women. The sports teams and afterschool programs provide the youth with an alternative to the streets. Instead of doing wrong the kids can direct their energies into something positive and worth while. Barnard aides me in bringing my son up in the right way.

- submitted by a parent
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Barnard Elementary School
430 Decatur Street Northwest, Washington, DC  20011
(202) 576-1100
Last modified Barnard Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades PK-5. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 4 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Barnard Elementary School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 33 reviews. Top