Our Misson Statement
"Barron Park is an inclusive school providing a safe, thoughtful, growth-oriented learning environment where all students are supported in their social development and academic growth. Our culture of respect and empathy honors all students for their gifts and encourages them to become caring, mindful contributors in our diverse, global society."
The outstanding faculty and staff at Barron Park School are committed to exceptional learning for all of our students. Barron Park engages, challenges, and supports all students so that they thrive and reach their academic potential. We achieve this through child-centered instruction, academic excellence, respect, involvement, and recognition of each student's efforts and place in our school's community.
Project Cornerstone's vision is simple -- to build a web of support around every young person in our community. Project Cornerstone uses 41 Developmental Assets as a guiding framework and a common language to enable individuals and organizations to work together toward our common goal of supporting the healthy development of all children and youth. Developmental Assets are the positive relationships, opportunities, values, and skills that young people need to grow up caring and responsible. Barron Park School is committed to fostering these Developmental Assets in our school community.
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"You can't say you can't play" is a familiar refrain on our campus. While we didn't make up this phrase -- we learned it from noted author and gifted teacher Vivian Paley -- we've made it "ours." Our expectations for playground behavior are similar to our class norms and are built on our school-wide core values. We want every member of our community to feel included and accepted at school. That means that any child who wants to participate in a particular game must be included. If you walk around our playground at recess you'll note that nearly every group of children is mixed by age, gender, and/or ethnicity. First graders and fifth graders greet each other by name. Soccer and Capture the Flag include boys and girls from several different classes. The children playing handball together speak several different languages at home.
At home you can support our emphasis on inclusion in several ways. We ask that children share food either with the whole class or not at all -- sharing with just a couple of friends leaves other children out. Please send birthday invitations (or other similar communications) outside of school. Unless you are inviting the whole class, some children will be excluded if invitations are distributed at school. Finally, reach out to new children and help your child make playdates with children he or she may know at school but have not played with outside of school.