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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.


Barton Fund Upate
Barton Fund Upate

We’ve raised over $10,000 toward our $50,000 goal. We’re hopeful for an increase in donations before the end of the year. Sarah Kuzel Leslie shared the following about why her family contributes to the Barton Fund:


Parent Meeting Notes from Dec. 6
Parent Meeting Notes from Dec. 6

Please find notes about Barton's Parent Meeting on Dec. 6th below, as well as handouts attached.


Barton Mitten Library
Barton Mitten Library

Room 110 has decided to initiate a service project called the Barton Mitten Library. We will have "pockets" inside door 4 with waterproof mittens that students can grab on their way out to recess and put back as they re-enter. We are asking families to donate waterproof mittens. Please let your students know that, if they forgot to bring mittens and would like to borrow some, they should check the Barton Mitten Library inside door four. If they need mittens to keep, they can contact Trish through the school office or through their teacher. The mittens in the mitten library should be put back after each use.