Welcome to The Barnesville School! Here you will find an outstanding school that holds true to its mission of joy, support, and excellence.
What sets Barnesville apart? Our students derive joy from their authentic learning experiences, feeling the thrill of excitement that comes from meaningful educational opportunities. Our dedicated faculty supports these students by providing individual attention as children strive to reach their true potential. Our excellence comes from an academic experience that shines for all its students, from our prekindergarteners learning their letters to our eighth graders preparing for entrance into select secondary schools. The key to our mission is an emphasis on community and responsibility. This sense of interconnectedness and caring comprise what we call the "Barnesville Way".
Who will you find at Barnesville? Here students of solid academic ability learn in small classroom settings. Flexible groupings between homerooms allow our faculty to meet the needs of each student, accelerating those who need additional challenge and supporting those who benefit from extra attention. Our teachers possess a wealth of experience and knowledge, taking part in professional development opportunities that result in an enriched classroom environment. Our faculty and staff greet students in car line each morning, and we take delight in knowing everyone by name.
What will I see when I visit? You will find a beautiful 50-acre campus and buildings permeated with natural light. We are idyllically located in the rolling hills of country fields, only 15 minutes from Germantown and Frederick. It is a point of pride for us that Barnesville is the only accredited independent school in Montgomery County’s beautiful Agricultural Reserve. We are also a Maryland Green School as designated by the Maryland Association for Environmental and Outdoor Education. We seek to maintain our roots in this rural tradition by involving our students both in our local community and the great outdoors. As Richard Louv writes in his book Last Child in the Woods, "through nature is the rebirth of wonder, and even joy."
Please explore our website, but better yet, come and visit The Barnesville School to see for yourself the benefits of a Barnesville education for your child. We look forward to your visit!
Head of School
John Huber was appointed as Barnesville’s fourth head of school in 2006. He began his career in education as a Latin teacher in 1992, and he has been an independent school teacher and administrator for 20 years. He received his M.A. in Educational Leadership from Villanova University and his B.A. in Classics from Cornell University. He is the parent of one Barnesville student and two Barnesville graduates. His LinkedIn public profile is available here.