Barnesville at a Glance

"I'm not afraid of storms, for I'm learning to sail my ship." – Louisa May Alcott

Founded: 1969 by Bazy Tankersley

Affiliation: Independent, non-sectarian day school

Mission: We are dedicated to providing a joyful and supportive learning environment for the development of excellence in each of us. JOY. SUPPORT. EXCELLENCE.

Approach: CROSS-CURRICULAR teaching encourages students to EXPLORE how subjects relate to one another, helping them to make CONNECTIONS that spark INQUIRY and deepen understanding.

Accreditation: Association of Independent Maryland Schools (AIMS); earned 10-year re-accreditation in 2015

Green School: Maryland Association for Environmental & Outdoor Education Certified Green School since 2011

Memberships: National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS), Independent Education (IE), Gaithersburg/Germantown Chamber of Commerce (GGCC), Clarksburg Chamber of Commerce (CCC) and Poolesville Area Chamber of Commerce (PACC)

Student Body: Barnesville students are JOYFUL learners who IMAGINE, EXPLORE, GROW, & ACHIEVE

115 Students in Preschool-8th Grade

  • Preschool - Early Childhood 3's & Pre-K
  • Lower School - Kindergarten - 4th Grade
  • Middle Schol - 5th Grade - 8th Grade

Average Class Size:

  • Lower School 10
  • Middle School 15
  • 7:1 Student-Teacher Ratio

Teaching Faculty: 21 teachers (1/3 hold Master's Degrees); average years of teaching experience: 17

Campus: 30 acres in the heart of the Montgomery County Agricultural Reserve, Maryland; Certified as a Maryland Green School by the Maryland Association for Environmental and Outdoor Education (MAEOE)

Diversity: 32% of our students identify as belonging to a minority group

Financial Aid: 23% of our families receive need-based variable tuition

Geographic Representation: Barnesville has drawn families from the following communities:

  • Montgomery County: Barnesville, Boyds, Brookville, Clarksburg, Damascus, Darnestown, Dickerson, Gaithersburg, Germantown, Laytonsville, Montgomery Village, North Potomac, Poolesville, Potomac, Rockville
  • Frederick County: Adamstown, Frederick, Ijamsville, Monrovia, Point of Rocks, Urbana, Walkersville
  • Carroll County: Mt. Airy
  • Loudoun County: Leesburg, Lovettsville

Bus Transportation: Bus service is available from the following communities:

  • Kentlands
  • Clarksburg
  • Urbana
  • Frederick

Athletic Teams: 7 Competitive Sports Teams (Grades 5-8): Girls Soccer, Boys Soccer, Girls Basketball, Boys Basketball, Girls Lacrosse, Boys Lacrosse, and Cross Country

School Year: Each school year typically begins the Wednesday following Labor Day and ends during the second week in June.

Before & After School Care: Early Birds runs from 7 until 7:45 a.m. and Kids Club operates from the end of the school day until 6 p.m.

An independent private school in
Montgomery County, Maryland
offering innovative preschool
through 8th grade programs.

Barnesville School

21830 Peach Tree Road
PO Box 404
Barnesville, MD 20838

p: 301.972.0341
f: 301.972.4076


We offer a vigorous academic program for students as well as engaging, hands-on learning experiences.


Our positive, supportive learning environment promotes imagination, exploration, personal growth, and achievement.

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