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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.


Parent Information and Curriculum Night - Thursday, Sept. 28 from 5:30-7:00 p.m.

Good Afternoon Barton Family’s

Parent Information and Curriculum Night are a few short days away.  We will be together from 5:30-7:00pm on September 28th.  Please join us in learning more about your child’s learning and progressive education.  We look forward to seeing you all here at Barton!

In Partnership,  Diane and Maria

Uppers Mentors

7th and 8th grade mentors in Tracey's room hosted their 1st and 2nd grade buddies from Peter's room for a science experiment last week. Mentors coached their buddies through the procedure and data collection to explore how many drops of water fit on a penny. After a lot of careful dropping and counting, we all agreed that the best part was working together.

Picture Day Volunteers Needed
Volunteers Needed - Picture Day

We are looking for 6 volunteers to help with our Picture Day on Monday, Oct. 2. Volunteers will help direct students, as well as check in students as they arrive. If you’re interested in volunteering, please contact Becky Patton,! There are just a few shifts to choose from: 7:25-9:30 a.m., 9:25-11:30 a.m., and 11:25 a.m.-1:30 p.m.