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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.


Wild Rumpus Book Fair - Nov. 6 Noon-8pm
The Top Five Reasons We Love the Wild Rumpus Book Fair….from our own Barton students:
Wednesday, October 16, 2019 8:25 AM

The Top Five Reasons We Love the Wild Rumpus Book Fair….from our own Barton students:


Kinder Family Dinner - Oct. 24th
Kindergarten Family Dinner - Oct. 24 from 6-7:30 p.m.
Tuesday, October 15, 2019 1:15 PM

All Kindergarten families are invited to a special event welcoming our newest Barton members. This is a time honored Barton tradition with a warm-fuzzy surprise finale. You will have the chance to meet other kindergarten families, see old friends, and revel in your kindergartener.

Mark your calendar for Thursday, Oct. 24 from 6:00-7:30 p.m., in Barton's Commons & Gym. Pizza & Lemonade provided by the Barton Community! Please see the invite below...

No School - Oct. 16-18
NO SCHOOL - Oct. 16-18
Tuesday, October 15, 2019 9:15 AM

NO SCHOOL - Wed.-Fri., Oct. 16-18. There will be parent-teacher conferences scheduled on Wednesday, Oct. 16th. Please make sure you have a scheduled conference that day, as teachers will NOT be available for any walk-in conferences.

Flu Shot Clinic Wednesday Oct 16
Flu Shot Clinic - Wed., Oct. 16th from 10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
Monday, October 14, 2019 2:15 PM

Let's Shoo the Flu! There will be a Flu Shot Clinic in Barton’s room 111 on Wednesday, October 16th, from 10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. Students, staff, and family members are welcome. If you have an insurance card, please bring it and insurance will be billed. The cash price of the shot is $39 and Flu Mist is $43, but, thanks to a grant, children with no insurance can receive free immunization. *NOTE: there is NO Egg-free option.

For faster registration, please print the attached form, complete and bring along with your insurance card. Paper copies of the form will also be available at the clinic. Shots will be administered by nurses with the Minnesota Visiting Nurses Association.

October Parent Involvement Opportunities
Parent Involvement Opportunities - Oct./Nov.
Monday, October 14, 2019 10:00 AM

We have 3 big events and programs coming up at our great school that we need as much parent participation as possible!  

Barton runs on about 7,000 hours/year of volunteerism.  Sign up today!