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Henry Barnard School At Ri College

Private School | Grades PK,K-5
600 Mount Pleasant Ave
Providence, RI 02908
(401) 456-8801

About This School

Henry Barnard School At Ri College is located in Providence, RI. It is a private school that serves 257 students in grades PK,K-5. Henry Barnard School At Ri College is coed (school has male and female students) and is nonsectarian in orientation. The school belongs to the National Association of Laboratory Schools.

In 2010, Henry Barnard School At Ri College had 12 students for every full-time equivalent teacher. The Rhode Island average is 13 students per full-time equivalent teacher.

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Henry Barnard School At Ri College Reviews

By a Parent on

My daughter attended Henry Barnard school several years ago from grades K-2. I had actually intended to have her attend through 5th grade, but I had to take her out because she wasn't learning anything. This school was a total waste of time - with no structured learning - they let everyone "figure it out for themselves." The "innovative educational practices" referenced in the comments below translate into "total chaos." I am certain that there are some students who can learn in an unstructured environment, but most cannot. The place was total chaos - no-one took attendance; there was no directed teaching; the students wandered around and did whatever they wanted. No formal rules or procedures were ever disseminated to the parents, and there was very little discipline or follow through. My daughter was seriously injured three times at Henry Barnard; and in all instances it was by other students with out-of-control behavior. None of the students (or their parents) were ever reprimanded or held accountable. For the entire first half of her year in 1st grade, the class spent most of their time building a spaceship out of cardboard boxes and planting a seedling and drawing a picture of it. There was no formal teaching, no phonetics, no worksheets and no related homework. The students just wandered around all day to different "stations" and did whatever they felt like When my daughter was in second grade, she was absent for an entire week due to a serious illness; and her teacher didn't even know she was missing (and I had called the school twice.) The place was rampant with head lice and every other disease - far worse than the public schools. I can only assume that all of these "innovative" educational practices translate to the touchy-feely "do your own thing" enablement philosophy that accomplishes nothing. In any event, when my daughter could not read or add by the end of second grade, I pulled her out and sent her to Bay View in East Providence (where she went on to excel). If you are looking for a great education, Bay View is the best place for a girl. If you want to throw good money into the toilet, then send your kids to Henry Barnard. Actually, it's a shame because Barnard used to be a very fine school in the 1950s and 60s when teaching was more structured

By a Current Student on

Very Helpful, at my old school was very boring I didn't learn a single thing since I got to HBS

By , a Parent on

The Henry Barnard School, located on the campus of Rhode Island College, is fantastic! The school's primary focus is to provide an excellent educational experience for all types of learners and it shows. My son loves learning and can't wait to go back to school each and every day.

One of the unique features of the Henry Barnard School is that they encourage innovative educational practices and an opportunity for college students to be part of a classroom, work with students and create lesson plans.

The Henry Barnard School experience has had such a positive effect on my son, I can't wait for my daugther to start kindergarten there in two years!

3-cheers for all the faculty and Staff at the Henry Barnard School--great job!

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