montessori

So much of what we do at Barrie begins with our Montessori program. Serving students from age 18 months through grade 5, Barrie Montessori engages children in thoughtful pursuits and develops skills at each student's developmental level. We challenge students by establishing high standards for thoughtful work.

Barrie Montessori is also home to the Institute for Advanced Montessori Studies, a training and certification center for aspiring educators.

Together, these programs make Barrie a leader in Montessori education

prep

Whether you've been a Barrie student since early childhood or are joining us from another school, you'll soon realize that Barrie Prep's programs are focused on you as an individual, a thinker, a learner, a leader, and an integral member of our community.

You'll find that we expect a lot of you -- and we believe you'll take great pride in discovering how much you can expect of yourself. Our rigorous academic program provides endless oppureunities that challenge your skills, engage your intellect, and inspire your creativity.

camp

Barrie Camp, a Washington, D.C. area institution since the 1950s, serves campers from ages 4 to 14. Our 45 acre campus offers a safe, self-contained environment perfect for campers to freely explore and enjoy their favorite activites with friends, new and old. Barrie Camp provides a range of traditional activities (both indoor and out), as well as new programs added to make each summer unique

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In our first year with a junior varsity team, we are in the championship finals! Please plan to support the boys, in person, this Wednesday at Lab School (against Kingsbury). NOW is the time to be a real Mustang fan and make some noise to support our teams.

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Coming Up On Campus

Varsity Basketball Senior Night This Thursday

This Thursday is the final regular season basketball game for our senior players. We will be holding a brief ceremony at half-time during each of the girls’ and boys’ varsity games to celebrate their successes and thank their parents for their support. Please come to show your support!

Montessori Silent Journey
Re-scheduled for Feb. 25

This event has been rescheduled for February 25, our next scheduled Parent Education Night. Paige Trevor, originally scheduled for that evening, has agreed to move her Parenting session forward to March. I will keep you posted as dates draw near.

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The Lower Elementary Teachers and Director of Technology and Innovation have partnered to introduce a new technology device that will support Montessori curriculum. It's called a ProScope, a digital microscope that connects to students' iPads.

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November 5th was the kickoff of our partnership with West Thornton Primary Academy. As you entered the room, you could hear, see, and feel the excitement and anticipation of the students in Upper Elementary at Barrie as we awaited the Skype call from our new partners.

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Since mid-August, the Barrie campus has seen a new level of athletic activity, both competitive and for the simple love of sport. The newest and most obvious sign is the new turf playing field. Opened in time for the beginning of the camp season in June, the field was put into immediate use by our many campers.

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After Barrie: Alumni Stories

Back in the early 1990s, it was not unusual to encounter someone walking around with long hair on the top of his head, with the back and sides shaved. At Barrie, that someone was Aryaman (Ary) Shalizi (Class of 1993). While his hairstyle is long gone, Ary's Barrie education continues to pay dividends, both personally and professionally.

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Sam Arora spent 14 years at Barrie, from pre-k all the way through 12th grade. Since then, he has embodied the results of a Barrie education and put it to tremendous and varied use.

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People sometimes pursue a specialized field, then end up using their training to succeed in a vastly different field. It may seem counter-intuitive, but Frances Merenda '90 is one such person. At the age of three, she enrolled in Barrie when her sister's beloved pre-school teacher accepted a position here. Barrie was evidently a good fit for her – she stayed for 15 years, graduating as a "lifer" in 1990.

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Student Work: Answering Essential Questions

What's the Best Way for a Solar Car to Catch a Few Rays?

Say you're out for a spin in your solar car, but you're driving east and the sun's heading west. Do you have to wait until sunrise to hit the road again? Barrie Prep junior James tackled this real-world question in his Engineering for Renewable Energy Technologies elective, building a functional model of a solar-powered car. He worked through three prototypes until he had a model that satisfied his curiosity. His process examined rolling resistance, gear ratios, and the optimal angles for the solar panels, with the last variable being critical. Determining that the angles varied with time of day and position of the car, he designed a pivot that would allow the solar panels to swivel such that they always faced the sun. Barrie Prep students and teachers explore real-world questions in hands-on ways.

What Is Montessori Math?

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That's the algebraic expression of the trinomial cube, a foundational Montessori material. Guided by their teachers, Barrie Montessori students receive their first hands-on experience with the trinomial cube in the Primary division, when they're between 3 and 6 years old. As a sensorial exercise, they take the cube apart, handle the different-sized pieces, arrange them in the proper order, and reconstruct the cube. This seemingly simple exercise builds an intuitive understanding of advanced mathematical concepts and lays the foundation for more involved exploration and complex thinking as students advance.

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