Students don’t just study science, they EXPERIENCE and EXPLORE it through hands-on experiments and field studies including partnerships with local scientific and environmental organizations.

The Barnesville School is ideally situated to provide our students with outstanding opportunities to expand their scientific and environmental knowledge.

Barnesville provides dedicated science instruction beginning in Lower School, and utilizes a full science laboratory and classroom, complete with a SMART board and weather station. In addition, the science space includes: lab stations with sinks, trout in the classroom tank, microscopes, many collections of rock and mineral samples, two large whale bone fossils discovered at Calvert Cliffs, two life-size skeleton models, and a Van de Graaff generator.
Our robust science curriculum is enhanced through partnerships with local science, environmental and educational institutions as well as a guest speaker series featuring parents working in scientific fields.

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  • Next Generation Science Standards

    At the Barnesville School, we use an inquiry approach to science instruction. In this approach, teachers guide students through hands-on discovery activities. Students are encouraged to ask questions and are given the opportunity to explore the answers to these questions. This approach allows students to develop a deeper understanding of the concepts being presented. These developmentally appropriate activities help students to develop the skills necessary to succeed in challenging science classes and foster a lifelong love of science. Our curriculum meets and exceeds the Next Generation Science Standards.
  • Mathematics

    Barnesville's math instruction is focused on helping each child reach their full potential. In our preschool mathematics program, we believe young children learn best by exploring. Children develop number concepts through counting skills, numerical recognition, and one-to-one correspondence. They learn to sort and classify and to identify, create, and extend patterns. Lower School uses the Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Go Math Curriculum, which focuses equally on understanding, procedural skills, and mathematical fluency. Small group instruction allows teachers to accommodate each student’s individual learning styles.

    The Middle School mathematics curriculum is designed to continue students’ development of mathematical fluency, problem-solving skills, mathematical reasoning, and ability to communicate mathematically. The goal is for students to leave the eighth grade with a strong algebraic foundation.
  • Technology

    Barnesville students become proficient using technology in meaningful ways. Middle School is a 1:1 iPad environment, and Apple TV is integrated into every learning space. Digital literacy classes teach students practical, responsible, and safe use of technology. Technology is an essential component of our students’ education, and we are careful to balance screen time with green time (opportunities for students to be directly engaged with the outdoors) and face time (opportunities for students to collaborate and work together). We recognize the need for each student to find the best tool to meet his or her learning style, whether that means using an iPad or a paper notebook.

    Barnesville’s educators introduce technology to our students throughout all grades, beginning with our youngest students. Students use technology to supplement their classroom instruction, gain individual practice and reinforcement on a lesson, and research new topics. Students create movies, slideshows, speeches, and multimedia presentations.

    Barnesville School of Arts & Sciences is pleased to partner with KID Museum to promote the expansion of our maker-based learning & STEAM programs. Lower School students participate in KID Museum’s “What Makes a Robot program”, and Middle School students participate in the “Invention Studio” program. Barnesville teachers attend professional development at KID Museum in the areas of STEAM with a focus on understanding best practices in creating activities, securing equipment, connecting maker learning to our curriculum, and building educator capacity to implement high-impact maker-based learning schoolwide.

Barnesville School

21830 Peach Tree Road
PO Box 404
Barnesville, MD 20838
p: 301.972.0341