Dr Gertrude A Barber National Institute

136 East Ave,
Erie, PA, 16507-0165
Tel: (814)453-7661
Since our founding in 1952 by the late Dr.
Gertrude A.
Barber, we have grown from a one-room classroom to a dynamic, multi-faceted facility that provides education, services and support to individuals, families and professionals.
The Barber National Institute offers a complete range of services that includes early intervention for infants and toddlers, an inclusive preschool, PreK Counts program for at-risk preschoolers, an Autism Center of Excellence, an approved private school, job training and placement, residential options including community group homes, Lifesharing and supported living programs, in-home services,  behavioral therapy, a creative arts program and a retirement center.

School Overview

School Type Special Education School
School Membership(s)School Assoc. Council for Exceptional Children
Middle States Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools
National Association of Private Special Education Centers
Religious Affiliation Nonsectarians
Grades Offered Prekindergarten
Learning Difference Programs Yes
Learning Programs Supported as part of broader developmental disabilities diagnoses
Year Founded 1952

Student Body

Total Students 237 students
Student Body Type Co-ed
% Students of Color 22%
State avg.: 20%

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers 23 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio 11:1
National avg.: 13:1
Average Class Size 9 students
Classroom Dress Code Casual
(No dress code)

Finances and Admission

Admission Deadline None / Rolling

School Notes:

  • Since our founding in 1952 by the late Dr. Gertrude A. Barber, we have grown from a one-room classroom to a dynamic, multi-faceted facility that provides education, services and support to individuals, families and professionals. The Barber National Institute offers a complete range of services that includes early intervention for infants and toddlers, an inclusive preschool, an Autism Center of Excellence, an approved private school, job training and placement, residential options including community group homes, Lifesharing and supported living programs, in-home services, specialized therapies and behavioral therapy, a creative arts program and a retirement center.

Nearby Schools:

The nearest high school is Abraxas Learning Center (1.4 miles away)
The nearest elementary school is Elizabeth Black School (0 miles away)
The nearest preschool is Elizabeth Black School (0 miles away)
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  • Erie Elizabeth Black School
    Special Education School (Nonsectarians)
    136 East Ave
    Erie , PA , 16507
    (814)453-7661
    Special Education School (Nonsectarians)
    0  mi  |  215  students  |  Gr.  PK
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    1153 E 9th St
    Erie , PA , 16503
    (814)452-4720
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    625 Holland Street
    Erie , PA , 16501
    (814)453-5260
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    1.1  mi  |  118  students  |  Gr.  NS-PK
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    704 State Street
    Erie , PA , 16501
    (814)456-4576
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    1.3  mi  |  13  students  |  Gr.  NS-PK
  • Erie
    Abraxas Learning Center
    (Nonsectarians)
    915 State St
    Erie , PA , 16501
    (814)456-7225
    (Nonsectarians)
    1.4  mi  |  40  students  |  Gr.  9-12

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