At Barnesville, we work diligently to ensure each of our students is well prepared for the next step of their education, wherever that might be. The dramatic change of weather this past week from deep snow to sunny skies has appropriately set the tone for the change and exciting new opportunities for growth our eighth graders are experiencing. They, and we as a school community, have much to celebrate this spring, as we congratulate our eighth graders for their impressive list of secondary school acceptances.
As impressive as this list is, more impressive to me is the thoughtful consideration these young men and women have put into deciding which schools they wished to pursue. For some, it is the focused pursuit of an intensive STEM program. Others want the opportunity to be scholar-athletes. Some seek schools whose missions include social justice or religious tenets. Others desire a neighborhood school where they can be active in their local community. Our secondary school placement team works closely with each family, but the process is driven by each child’s needs and interests.
For us, the process actually begins the moment the child enters Barnesville. Many in this particular graduating class greeted me as kindergarteners on my first day of school here. Over the years, I have seen them grow and flourish in joyful classrooms that engaged their imaginations and challenged their intellects. They have explored who they are, who they want to be, how they learn, what inspires them and (just as importantly) what frustrates them. Middle School is, after all, a gloriously frustrating time for kids and parents alike. In this critical time of growth, Barnesville intentionally allows and even encourages the risk of failure. In the safety of our close-knit community, students learn how to get back up when they fall. They have the opportunity to learn from mistakes. All of this collectively shapes the individual paths each of our extraordinary scholars will take next.
It is with great pride that we share with you the list of schools that have offered acceptances to the Barnesville Class of 2015.
Competitive Public Magnet Programs:
- Poolesville High School
- o Global Ecology
- o Humanities
- o Science, Math, and Computer Studies
- Academy of the Holy Cross
- Bullis School
- Episcopal High School
- Flint Hill School
- Georgetown Day School
- Georgetown Preparatory School
- Georgetown Visitation Preparatory School
- Gonzaga College High School
- Holton-Arms School
- The Madeira School
- Maret School
- Mercersburg Academy
- Our Lady of Good Counsel High School
- St. Anselm's Abbey School
- Saint Andrew’s Episcopal School
- Sandy Spring Friends School
- St. John’s Catholic Preparatory School
- St. Maria Goretti High School
- Stone Ridge School of the Sacred Heart
Additionally, many of our eighth graders are selected to take part in honors programs in their local public high schools. Over the years, we have seen excellent students thrive at such institution as Damascus, Northwest, Quince Orchard, Urbana, and Wooton.
At Graduation, we will announce where each student ultimately chooses to enroll for high school. Many of them are still in the process of revisiting schools to make their final selections. In the meantime, let us celebrate their accomplishments and the bright futures they will forge for themselves based on the solid foundation of a Barnesville education.
Head of School