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Middle School

"The things that make me different are the things that make me." – A. A. Milne

Preparation for Success

Grades 5-8

Middle School provides a challenging curriculum that strengthens critical thinking as students develop an understanding of their roles in the world around them.

Our mission is to take students from the supportive, yet challenging, environment of the Lower School and help them gain greater independence in their academic and overall school life as they prepare for the challenge of high school. Each student is recognized as an individual and is encouraged to realize his or her potential. Here they begin to make choices, take on more responsibilities, and learn to advocate for themselves in a supportive environment that encourages intellectual risk-taking.


The Middle School provides a challenging, integrative, and exploratory curriculum with varied teaching and learning approaches. Teachers provide students a balance of nurturing, support, and direction to enable them to cope with the complex emotional, physical, social, and academic changes specific to their developmental needs. Critical thinking, research, organizational skills, writing, and speaking are taught across disciplines. The courses in language arts, social studies, science, math, technology, Spanish, physical education, art, and music are carefully designed to promote a challenging, yet developmentally appropriate academic curriculum. Students are also given opportunities to participate in a variety of extracurricular activities such as the Middle School Chorus, weekly clubs, drama, and interscholastic sports. In addition, community service and service learning projects enable students to gain a broader understanding of local, national, and international communities.

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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