Silver Spring, MD 20906
About This School
In 2010, Barrie School had 5 students for every full-time equivalent teacher. The Maryland average is 15 students per full-time equivalent teacher.
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Barrie School Reviews
Barre: A Facade of Progressive Education
Barre is not deserving of a single star. My daughter attended the upper school and found the teachers uninspiring and the administration clumsy and ineffectual. The head of the school is lacking in vision and seems to make up rules on the spot. He is universally disliked by the student body. The head of the school and other administrators try to convey an image of hipness and progressiveness, but don't be fooled. The instruction is mediocre at best and the educational programming is stale and as traditional as public school. Barre is a rip off and certainly not worthy of the high tuition cost. My daughter is so much better off in our local public school.
Upper School Review: Barrie provides an utter lack of academic rigor and a paltry electives component - especially in the arts and athletics department. If your child is outspoken and questions the administration, they will be labeled as poisonous. [content removed by School Finder Review Team]. Disciplinary actions are inconsistent and lack follow-through. For a school that emphasizes the harmonious development of the "whole child," I find it bizarre that teachers will often curse at the students and gossip about them with other parents. [content removed by School Finder Review Team]. 6 weeks before an international study trip, there is no curriculum or schedule in place. Over-priced tuition, declining enrollment, high staff turnover, poor curriculum = a bad deal. Invest elsewhere. If you have a well-behaved, self-directed teen who doesn't like sports, art, music, theatre, or challenging assignments, this would be the place for her.
The school has lost its long time equestrian director, the only sport it consistently excelled in. They have also lost two drama department heads in two years, the last one quitting mid-term. A board member dis-enrolled his own child and sent her to another school. And the headmaster doesn't even send his own children to Barrie. Draw your own conclusions but before you spend $25,000 per year ask questions and look below the surface.
The new head of school is a career bureaucrat who is detached, uninspiring and lacks vision and leadership. The two strongest programs, equestrian and drama have lost their leadership under his watch. Quality teachers and longterm families continue to depart. Morale and attendance are both at an all time low. Many of the outstanding staff are looking for new jobs. Hopefully the trustees will acknowledge their mistake and begin the search for a new headmaster before this one simply runs the school into the ground.
I have 2 sons who attend Barrie and the school has been an excellent place for both of them. They both started school as Montessori students at 3 years old. One son is a 4th grader and is a serious student in class. He is also athletic, kind, active and fun loving. At Barrie all of these traits are valued. He loves math and is able to excel at a perfect rate for him. My older son is an 8th grader. Barrie's Montessori program officially ends in the Middle School (6th grade). Barrie's Middle School was the perfect place for him to transition from the Montessori program. In middle school he has become more independent and responsible. Barrie has helped him discover new interests like mythology and drumming. He is a conscientious student that finds the perfect blend of enjoying life and getting his work done. Barrie has great teachers that love teaching and are excited about teaching kids from 2 years old to 12th grade. Barrie has a great Head of School always willing to listen to parents and work on ways to improve the whole Barrie experience. Barrie is an excellent academic institution that is diverse, safe, healthy, encouraging and enriching.
I think the school has very poor leadership in terms of administration. My son attended this year in the lower school and I found myself doing most of the teaching, the teachers were there solely to inform you of what your child could not do, though, they did very little to "teach" themselves. Very disappointed in the school, teachers, and overall administration.
This school doesn't even deserve one star. My daughter was a student in the lower school for about half a year. In that time, her teachers managed to knock her confidence in herself so low she was failing subjects she's always excelled at (the teachers actually told her she didn't know how to add even though the for three years before that she had been in advanced math classes). She was consistently ignored by her teachers, bullied on a daily basis by other students, called fat frequently enough that my normally engaging child would come home in tears and stopped taking care of herself (even though she is by no stretch of the imagination overweight). Received notes calling her a b*tch, which were given to the teachers who did nothing about them. This escalated to the point that she was cutting herself. She was at the school for 4th grade! All attempts at engaging the teachers and directors were pointless. The teachers would constantly say they never noticed anything happening at school and told me that I was "overreacting". I had to withdraw my daughter and hire a lawyer half way through the year and send my daughter to counseling to counteract the damage she incurred while in the care of Barrie's staff. I would NEVER recommend this school to anyone.