"Two roads diverged in a wood, and I – I took the one less traveled by, And that has made all the difference." – Robert Frost
A Barnesville education extends well beyond the walls of our actual school facility. Field Studies bring to life the concepts and stories shared in the classroom setting; these experiences expose our students to the real world connections between the arts and the sciences. This year, we have more than 80 field trips planned, ranging from a tour of our local power plant to overnight adventures in the Shenandoah Valley and along Maryland's Eastern Shore.
Barnesville’s classrooms extend from the C & O Canal to the many D.C. monuments and museums; the Potomac River, Butler’s Orchard, and Seneca Schoolhouse are less than 15 minutes away; the Appalachian Trail or Mount Vernon can be explored just as easily as Mayne’s Farm and the Frederick Fairgrounds. Science and math concepts come alive while collecting data about zoo animals or raising and then releasing trout in Antietam Creek. First Graders even learn how to count coins after raising money by doing chores, and then go shopping after making hard decisions on how to spend the money for families in need.
While many schools are limiting the scope of their academic programs, Barnesville teachers are highly encouraged to organize opportunities for their students to dabble, to explore, and to connect with the many exciting resources available—not only in the greater D.C. region, but also through our exchange program in Peru, spring break trips overseas, and middle school overnight trips to Gettysburg, the Shenandoah Mountains, the Chesapeake Bay, and New York City.
Ongoing collaborations with Black Hill Regional Park, BlackRock Center for the Arts, Calleva Outdoor School, and regular service work in support of the Frederick Rescue Mission and The Dwelling Place in Gaithersburg further extend the breadth of our meaningful, “real world” curriculum. Additionally, our campus in the Agricultural Reserve provides ample opportunity to explore nature in our own "backyard" as well as on neighbors' farms.
Examples of our Field Studies include:
- Early Childhood - Green Meadows Petting Farm to learn about animals and their habits
- Pre-K - Visits to local businesses and introductory and theater shows at Imagination Stage
- Kindergarten - National Gallery of Art and Hirshorn Museum culminating a year-long study of great artists
- First Grade - National Zoo to study animal habitats
- Second Grade - Maryland Science Center to study weather and work with farmers at Red Wiggler Community Farm
- Third Grade - Frederick Fairgrounds to learn how agriculture plays a large part in consumers’ lives and National Aquarium to observe marine habitats
- Fourth Grade - Immersive history experience at Seneca Schoolhouse and trip to Montgomery Recycling Center to learn how recycling benefits the environment
- Fifth Grade - Visits to Civil War battlefields at Antietam and Gettysburg
- Sixth Grade - Fossil dig at Dinosaur Park
- Seventh Grade - Environmental Science and team building at Echo Hill Outdoor School and trip to Little Bennett Creek releasing trout raised in classroom tanks
- Eighth Grade - Frederick's historic district to practice photography composition and concepts