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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.


Picture Retake Day November 14
Picture Retake Day - Thursday, Nov. 14
Monday, November 11, 2019 1:40 PM

Picture Retake Day is coming up on Thursday, Nov. 14th! Please be sure to send your child(ren) to school with their picture proofs that day, if you’re interested in getting retakes. It’s easier for Lifetouch to associate the students to the correct pictures and allows teachers to know which students should be sent down. There are paper order forms available in the main office or you can order online!


Parent Involvement Reminders
Parent Invovlement Reminders
Monday, November 11, 2019 9:10 AM
  1. The Barton Spirit Wear Online Store will be closing Thursday (11/15) evening at midnight!  Don't forget to order Barton Swag! 

All spirit wear will be available for pick up before December 20.  Pick up days will be organized and announced after the store closes...Parent pick up dates make giving spirit wear as a gift easier!

  1. Is your family listed in the online family directory? Don't forget to take advantage of this amazing community building tool!  You can look up contact information for your child's friends and classmates, that is only accessible to registered users within the Barton community.   

Click here to sign up for the online directory:

Holiday Resources from Hennepin County
Holiday Resources Through Hennepin County
Tuesday, November 5, 2019 8:35 AM

Please see the attached information on Holiday Resources provided by Hennepin County.

Parent Involvement Checklist
Parent Invovlement Opportunities - Nov.
Monday, November 4, 2019 9:30 AM

1.There are any volunteer positions this year at Barton which are turning over.  Parents with older Barton students who have held these positions for many years are moving on with their children.  This is the case for School Choice Tour Guides.  We need 2-3 more Tour Guides to fill some roles beginning in January.  We can't offer tours for prospective parents without passionate parents!  Please contact if you would like to share how Barton has made a difference in your family through open education and a strong community.  Jerri provides extensive training!


Dental Care is Coming to Barton
Dental Care is Coming to Barton!
Monday, November 4, 2019 7:50 AM

Clara Barton Open School will soon be partnering with Children’s Dental Services (CDS) to provide dental care to Barton students at school. Services provided include: dental exams, x-rays, cleanings, fluoride treatment, sealants, fillings, crowns, extractions and other treatments as needed during regular school hours.