Barnesville School of Arts & Sciences

Barnesville School of Arts & Sciences Photo #1 - Barnesville School of Arts & Sciences is an independent private school located in Montgomery County, Maryland. We offer families an innovative preschool through 8th grade academic program grounded in a culture of joy, support, and excellence.
Barnesville School of Arts & Sciences Photo #2 - Students don’t just study science, they experience and explore it through hands-on experiments and field studies including partnerships with local scientific and environmental organizations.
Barnesville School of Arts & Sciences Photo #3 - Our interdisciplinary program is designed to strengthen critical thinking and understanding of real-world concepts.
Barnesville School of Arts & Sciences Photo #4 - Student-Teacher Ratio 7:1 Small classes enable skilled teachers to engage each child in an academically challenging environment. Our typical elementary class size is 10 compared to 28+ in public schools. The typical middle school classes average 15.
Barnesville School of Arts & Sciences Photo #5 - Our campus in the Montgomery County Agricultural Reserve enables students to learn inside and outside the classroom.
Barnesville School of Arts & Sciences Photo #6 - We value each unique voice and cultivate an environment where students encourage and inspire each other.
Barnesville School of Arts & Sciences Photo #7 - Spanish language and customs are introduced to children beginning in preschool. From first grade to fourth grade, students have twice weekly Spanish instruction. Students in 5th through 8th grade learn Spanish through immersion experiences to strengthen speaking proficiency
Barnesville School of Arts & Sciences Photo #8 - Students gain confidence in public speaking starting in the earliest grades and culminating in their graduation speeches.
Barnesville School of Arts & Sciences Photo #9 - Our buddy program pairs younger grades with older grades so students develop meaningful relationships throughout the year with students in other age groups. Older students have genuine opportunities to be role models while younger children know they have special friends looking out for them.
Barnesville School of Arts & Sciences Photo #10 - We use a hands-on approach in preschool to encompass the five developmental domains of children: social, physical, intellectual, creative and emotional.
The Barnesville School of Arts & Sciences offers an innovative preschool through 8th grade education that integrates the humanities, art, math, and science.
Our teaching encourages students to explore how subjects relate to one another, helping them to make connections that spark inquiry and deepen understanding.
Barnesville students are JOYful Learners who IMAGINE, EXPLORE, GROW & ACHIEVE.

School Overview

School Membership(s)School Assoc.National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)
Association of Independent Maryland And DC Schools (JAIMS)
Religious AffiliationNonsectarian
Grades OfferedGrades Nursery/Preschool-8
Year Founded1969

Student Body

Total Students130 students
Student Body TypeCo-ed
% Students of Color
State avg.: 32%
Students by Grade Barnesville School of Arts & Sciences Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers20 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio7:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
Average Class Size12 students
List of Courses OfferedLink to List of Courses
Matriculation DataMatric. DataLink to Matriculation Data
Classroom Dress CodeCasual
(Friday Spirit Days!)

Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineJan. 15 / Mar. 1 / rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost$23,075
Tuition NotesEarly Childhood 3s, $6,425 (T/W/Th); $10,675 (M-F) PK, $10,675 Kindergarten, $18,050 Lower School, $21,525 Middle School, $23,075
% on Financial Aid
Admissions DirectorDebbie Don


Total Sports Offered6 sports
SportsBasketball, Cross Country, Lacrosse, Soccer, Track and Field, VolleyballBasketballCross Country,
Track and FieldVolleyball,


Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.5 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric.Club or Organization:
Birding & Biodiversity Program

Arts and Music Programs:
Chorus, Drama, Drawing/Painting, Painting

School Notes

  • Barnesville School of Arts & Sciences is an independent private school that offers families an innovative preschool through 8th grade academic program grounded in a culture of joy, support, and excellence.
  • Our students benefit from an academic program that produces critical thinkers who thrive in the classroom and beyond; a rich curriculum that balances arts, sciences, technology, and outdoor education; small class sizes that create a safe forum for taking risks; highly skilled and creative teachers who tailor instruction to each student; hands-on learning on our beautiful 30-acre campus that encourages imagination, exploration, and respect for the environment; and a caring community that fosters independent thinking and expression.
  • We believe childhood should be a time for students to explore the world around them, try different things, and imagine the possibilities.That is why Barnesville offers opportunities -- not choices. Barnesville students don`t have to choose art or science, theater or sports, technology or nature, achievement or joy. It`s the "&" that makes Barnesville School of Arts & Sciences far from standard. Visit to learn what the "&" could mean to your child.

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School Reviews

  5.00 out of 5  (8 reviews)
About five years ago, our granddaughter was attending her second preschool. It was time to look at other schools. One day we were talking to a neighbor about our problem. He said "I know the perfect school, two of my children attended it from preschool to graduation at the 8th grade level, they and we loved it!" So we tried it. Our granddaughter has been going to the Barnesville School for five years. She loves it as does we and her mom and dad.
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I cannot say enough wonderful things about this school and the amazing education students are getting there. The school is all about acceptance and kindness. All of the teachers are not only very qualified-- they have the most heartwarming love for each of their students. None of this is at the expense of appropriate challenge and rigor. My daughter has learned so much more at Barnesville than I know she would have learned anywhere else.
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My daughter has thrived at Barnesville in ways I don't think she would have in larger classroom settings. Wonderful teachers have helped her recognize and develop her individual talents while also encouraging her to step outside of her comfort zone into leadership roles. She is developing critical thinking and social skills that will serve her well for years to come -- in and outside of school.
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We were drawn to the Barnesville School really through the intial 'gut feeling' as soon as you walk onto campus.... the School's Joy, Support and Excellence for each child is different and our son has experienced exactly that for the last 4 years. Our experience is that our son thrives from the programmatic investments made by combining areas that are his passion as well as something new....arts & humanities, math & science, nature & technology. The teachers encourage the kids daily to take risks...get out of their comfort zone, try something new in a protected environment, challenge yourself.
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We found our dream school, and Barnesville is it. The academic standards are high (we especially love the way reading comprehension and math are taught); the teachers are outstanding and go out of their way to understand how each child learns best; the classes are small; the administration is flexible and responsive. The setting is extremely nice --beautiful outdoor space behind the school and the kids often get to have PE outside or even go sledding during winter recess. The kids there are extremely happy and nice to one another; the teachers know what is going on between the kids and make sure everyone is treated well. Wonderful opportunities in the arts as well, including semi-annual shows involving the whole school. Many parents volunteer and the whole place has a family feel to it, as though your child is looked after by many people you know and trust, both teachers and parents. We''re new there this year and we have the enthusiasm of those parents who, coming from another school, really appreciate everything that Barnesville offers.
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We have two children at Barnesville. We never thought we''d choose an independent school over Montgomery County public schools but it has been one of the best decisions we''ve ever made. Our children love school - they really do love learning! They are taught by highly qualified teachers who are passionate about what they do and it shows. We love the cross-curricular work like art classes that focus on the students social studies unit and the spanish language classes that begin in lower school. Great place!
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The faculty and staff know each student and support and encourage the strengths that students bring to the school. The Barnesville School provides a strong sense of community and acceptance to its students while challenging them to excel and be their best.
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Barnesville has high academic standards without the high pressure. My older children have gone on to selective high schools and public magnet programs very well prepared. They know themselves, know how to learn, and are confident in their own abilities. I can lay this all at the feet of the fabulous teachers they have had at Barnesville. My youngest is thriving there currently. He has small classes, with teachers who take the time to know each child in their class. Also, as a parent, I love the fact that the school has several acres that allow both room to play, and to learn about nature.
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