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About Our School

Clara Barton Open School is a student-centered, public K-8 magnet school fostering a community of active, socially conscious, life-long learners. We believe in:

Instilling a love of learning – We strive for a school that fosters a love of learning through passionate engagement, fun and creative experiences in a community of life-long learners.

Valuing each child for his or her perspectives - We strive to create a safe, caring and reflective environment that fosters personal responsibility and values each child for his or her perspectives and experiences

Interdisciplinary curriculum and culturally responsive instruction - We strive for an enriched curriculum that encourages choice, critical thinking, arts expression, social skills and intellectual engagement through various disciplines and collaboration while validating the cultural knowledge, prior experiences, and learning styles of all children.

Developing a community of mutual respect and equity - We strive for a diverse learning community based on mutual respect among children, teachers and parents and an awareness of the virtuosities and vulnerabilities of all learners.

Creative, courageous and collaborative inquiry for all - We strive to develop learners who think independently, who thrive in a diverse, global society, and have the will, skill, knowledge, and capacity for courageous and collaborative leadership.

Child-centered decision making & self-directed learning - We strive to live out the notion that children possess unlimited potential for making personal meanings of the world and that their voice is an essential part of the educational process.

Educating for a democratic society - We strive to value personal voice as well as the collective capacity of the human spirit to appreciate other perspectives through learning activities that strengthen community and one’s sense of citizenship.