About This School
In 2010, Barnhart School had 12 students for every full-time equivalent teacher. The California average is 24 students per full-time equivalent teacher.
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Barnhart School Reviews
Fantastic small school with a diverse community
Barnhart is a great school with a wonderful and caring community. I love how integrated the learning is, and that critical thinking and creativity are incorporated very day. Writer's Workshop is amazing - as a first grader my son has already written and illustrated many amazing stories. Music, PE, art, and Spanish round out his education.
What's wrong with Barnhart?!?
We enrolled our son at Barnhart years ago as a Kindergardener, then our daughter 2 years later. We loved the school; the families, the students, the teachers and the staff. We were thrilled to be part of the community; that was until after the 2011-2012 school year. The wonderful Head of School, Joe Harper, was fired, along with many other incredible administrative staff like Carol Reiter, the librarian Mrs. Yao and many others who made Barnhart what it was. In their place, enter Ethan Williamson, a man brought in to "transform" the school... and "transform" he did... Williamson co-authored a 5-year "strategic plan" intended to market Barnhart and enforced a strict "communications policy" which prohibits virtually any speech he doesn't approve of. Violation of this carries the punishment of "separation from the community." I guess the Barnhart Board thinks this will help improve enrollment?! No thanks. We spoke up against Williamson's attempts to enforce a draconian policy for caring for our diabetic daughter who had been a member of the Barnhart community for years. The result? Immediate expulsion! No, I am not kidding. Williamson didn't like our "tone, tenor or word choice" and threw our innocent kids out of the school. Needless to say, we do not recommend Barnhart School.
This school is undergoing a huge transformation. When the head retired three yers ago, they brought in a public school administrator, who got rid of most of the staff and senior administration. They have since fired this head, but enrollment is down from over 350 to 232. The office staff is unacredited other than the interim head. Finances are a major concern. The damage has been done. It will be years before this once excellent school gets back on its feet.
Barnhart is a wonderful school! The education is exemplary and I can say this with certainty now. As my family is having to relocate out of state, my son was required to take a placement test at his new potential school. He scored way above average (national and local) in math, reading, comprehension and writing. It is truly a testament to the great work they do at Barnhart that he has been able to take what he's learned and apply it out there with ease. We greatly value not only the education but the community that they surround their families with.