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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.


Volunteers Needed
Volunteers Needed!

Parent volunteers are needed on Wednesday, November 29 to help with vision screening.  Screening will take place from approximately 8:00 to 1:30. Volunteers will be assisting screeners to keep the process running smoothly and efficiently.  This may include escorting students to and from classrooms, distributing forms to each student, and helping to supervise students while they wait to be screened.  If you are able to help, please leave a message for Karen Ward, School Nurse, at 612-668-3588, or

Vision Screening
Vision Screening Scheduled

Dear Parents/Guardians,

Your child will have their vision screened at school in the upcoming weeks.  While this screening is designed to identify issues with your child’s vision, it is not considered a full eye exam.  Parents/guardians will be notified if a child does not pass the screening test – at that time, your child should be seen by an eye care professional to further evaluate their vision.


Give to the Max Day - Donate to Barton Fund!
Give to the Max Day - Donate to the Barton Fund!

Tomorrow is Give to the Max Day! We encourage members of the Barton Community to celebrate Give to the Max Day by making online donations on Your generosity on this day will help us reach our $50,000 goal for the Barton Fall Fund Drive, and support the many activities at Barton that are not funded by the District, including field trips and school-wide events, staff development (e.g., responsive classroom), fine arts performances (e.g., Sinfonia) and social events. There will be more details on the Barton Fall Fund Drive sent home with your student this week.