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Student Life

"Go as far as you can see; when you get there, you'll be able to see further." – Thomas Carlyle

COMMUNITY is The Barnesville Way.

Being a student at Barnesville means being part of our unique and close-knit community. The School's mission of joy, support, and excellence cultivates an atmosphere of mutual respect where students encourage and inspire each other and gain confidence in the value of their own unique voice.

Small classes enable teachers to focus not only on the academic development of our students, but on their social-emotional development as well. We also create meaningful learning experiences beyond the classroom curriculum. Our Morning Meeting, daily hand-shakes, Buddy Program, Advisory, Character Education, Arts & Sciences Rotations, Collaborative Days, and other activities provide structured and unstructured opportunities for students to try new things, take risks in a safe environment, and grow as individuals.

These programs, and others such as community service, are designed to help children become aware of the world around them at an early age. They learn how to be part of a community and to begin appreciating differences and what others have to offer. These concepts are more than programs; they are part of the everyday student life at Barnesville.

The Benefits of the Preschool Through 8th Grade Model

Many independent private schools follow the preschool-8th grade model, and those that do go through twelfth grade often have a separate and distinct campus for high school. While most public schools separate elementary and middle school students, some are moving to a K-8th grade structure because research shows students benefit, especially in 6th and 7th grades. This age is a notoriously difficult time for adolescents. Recent research published in the American Educational Research Journal, titled “Do Top Dogs Rule in Middle School? Evidence on Bullying, Safety, and Belonging,” discusses the social and academic benefits of middle school-aged students being the “big kids” on campus.

Learn more about the benefits of a preschool-8th grade model on our Head's Blog: "Why Loving Your School Means You Eventually Need to Find a Different One," by Susanne Johnson, Head of School.

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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