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Barton Open School

Clara Barton Open School is a student-centered, public K-8 magnet school fostering a community of active, socially conscious, life-long learners. 

Our values are rooted in Progressive Education

  • Instilling a love of learning.
  • Valuing each child for his or her perspectives.
  • Interdisciplinary curriculum and culturally responsive instruction.
  • Developing a community of mutual respect and equity.
  • Creative, courageous and collaborative inquiry for all.
  • Child-centered decision-making & self-directed learning.
  • Educating for a democratic society.


Winter Session After School Classes
Thursday, December 08, 2016 8:20 AM

Winter Session After School Classes:

The Winter Session of Community Education After School Classes begin Monday, January 9th.  We have twenty new classes being offered to Barton students!  New classes include Cheerleading, STEP, Abstract Art, Zumba, Video Game Coding and more.

 Online registration (preferred) is currently available at  Search After School Classes for Youth and then Barton.  Paper registrations are being placed in classroom mailboxes on Wednesday, December 7th.  Limited scholarships are available by calling the Community Ed. office at 612.668.3585.

Barton Theatre
Registration for Barton Theatre - NOW OPEN
Tuesday, December 06, 2016 6:55 AM

Students in grades 2-8, registration for Barton Theatre is now open! Register online at:

Registration will be on a first come first serve basis. Parents who would like their children to participate should attend the informational meeting on Thursday, Dec. 8 from 6:00-7:00 p.m. Please contact Dawn at 612.668.3585 for more information.

Wild Rumpus
Results and Thanks for a Special Wild Rumpus Book Fair!
Thursday, December 01, 2016 9:30 AM

Thank you, Barton!!

The numbers are in, and it was a wild rumpus indeed! The teachers’ and specialists’ baskets were shopped, the animals chased, the choir sang, the bus shuttled, and the cookies disappeared faster than they could be refilled. This year was unusual in that the book fair took place the day after our country’s election day. So this event, which is wonderful every year, took on an added, special significance as a place for our community to gather and celebrate each other.


Council Agenda ~ 11/17/16

Click here to read the agenda for this week's meeting on Thursday, November 17, 2016 from 4:30-6:30 in the Barton Media Center.  All parents are welcome to attend! Also, please review the leadership profile. Michael Thomas (MPS chief of schools) would like us to update this (or approve it as it); we will have 15 minutes to discuss as a group, and/or you can send thoughts to Becky ( by next Tuesday.