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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.


FREE Youth Football Camp
FREE Youth Football Camp: Ages 7-14

Harrison Smith, Minnesota Vikings All Pro Defensive Player, is running a FREE youth football camp for ages 7-14 on July 20th at Augsburg University. Please pass the attached information to interested students and have them sign up at This camp is limited to the first 200 registered students so please sign up early!

Barton On Top of the World!
Barton Students Soar to New Heights! Literally!

Sydney DeVictoria-Michel, Barton Open class of 2001, pays respect to her alma mater on her first trip as lead climber up to the peak of Mt. Rainier in Washington State. She earned her Masters in Education degree at Western and is now a school counselor in Bellingham, WA! Thanks for carrying our Barton 100-year anniversary T-shirt all the way up top with you, Syd--it makes a great flag!

Summer Reading Programs
Summer Reading Programs

Below is a link to a list of different summer reading programs for kids. A lot of them have some sort of incentive attached for reading over the summer like, earning free books, book bucks to buy their own books, and tokens to Chuck E. Cheese’s.