Mission, Values & Diversity

Mission
Empower individuals to expand their intellectual abilities, develop their creative talents, and discover their passions to make a positive impact in a rapidly changing world.

Values

--Academic and personal excellence
--Social, emotional, and physical well-being
--Respect for self, others, and the environment
--Collaboration and teamwork
--Diversity of thought and culture
--Community outreach

Defining Characteristics
Challenges students to develop communication, critical thinking, leadership, and problem-solving skills to prepare them for college and active citizenship.
Accepts, supports, and celebrates each student’s character, interests, learning style, and potential for limitless growth.
Teaches respect for self, others, and the environment through hands-on experiences, collaboration, and diversity of thought and culture.
Provides a safe and natural setting on forty-five acres of woods, fields, streams, and stables where students are encouraged to be themselves and to explore and try new things, accept challenges, and find joy in learning.

Philosophy
At Barrie, we believe that all individuals possess an innate curiosity about the world and that the best education transforms that curiosity into passionate and sustained intellectual pursuit. We also believe that our society is best served by confident, creative, and independent learners who demonstrate a commitment to community through respect for self, others, and the environment.

Barrie provides a nurturing and accepting atmosphere and a curriculum that challenges students to reach beyond their current grasp. We recognize that education is a journey that should respond to the needs of students as they develop from concrete, multi-sensory learners into abstract thinkers with increasing capacities for critical analysis, collaboration and effective communication. Barrie believes that education should strike a balance between theoretical and practical learning. We strive to instill in our students a continuing desire for personal excellence in a complex and ever-changing world.

Celebrating Diversity
Diversity is one of Barrie's fundamental core values. We honor and celebrate the uniqueness of each individual and embrace each person’s beliefs, experiences, values, and perspectives in support of our inclusive and welcoming community. Barrie does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national or ethnic origin, gender, sexual orientation, or a person's status as a qualified candidate with a disability in administration of its educational program, admission policies, financial aid program, staff hiring and other school-administered programs.

Learn how Barrie celebrates diversity, equity, and inclusion on a daily basis.

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