Admission FAQ

FAQ

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What are the grade levels at Barrie?

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Barrie Montessori is ages 18 months–Grade 5
Barrie Prep is Grades 6–12

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Are all grades on one campus?

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Yes, we have a wooded, 45-acre campus that includes all divisions, in addition to Barrie Camp and the Institute for Advanced Montessori Studies. Each area of campus has a unique identity and feel, while maintaining an overall sense of an integrated whole.

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Can I visit the school?

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School tours for parents are offered weekly by appointment. Please call the Admission Office to schedule your tour. Open Houses are scheduled throughout the academic school year. Please check the website or contact admission@barrie.org for the next Open House. We also host drop-in events that do not require an RSVP. In case of inclement weather, please call our school number (301.576.2800) to see if school has been closed or delayed.

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Are there application deadlines?

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Applications are accepted during the fall of the year prior to entry. Our deadline for 2015-2016 school year is January 16, 2015 for first-round admission decisions. Admission files must be complete by February 16, 2015 for first-round consideration.

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What if I missed the January deadline?

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After this date, we will consider applications for admission as space is available.

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Is there an application fee?

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Yes, a non-refundable fee of $50 must accompany each application.

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What do I need to do other than submit an application?

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1. Submit requests for transcripts to your child’s current school. The request forms are available as printable PDF forms from our website.

2. Submit teacher recommendation forms to your child's current teachers. These forms are available as printable PDF forms from our website. These should be completed and returned directly to Barrie by the teacher.

3. Arrange for testing per the schedule below. (Please note that testing is not mandatory, but may be required on a case by case basis).

GRADE: APPROPRIATE TEST:
18 months to 2 year olds no testing required
3 year olds WPPSI-III
4 & 5 year olds WPPSI-III or WISC-IV
Grades 1 – 5 WISC-IV
Grades 6 – 12 SSAT or ISEE

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Where are these tests offered?

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The WPPSI-III and WISC-IV must be administered by a registered psychologist and the results sent directly to the Office of Admission and Financial Aid. Psychologists are listed in the Yellow Pages or the Office of Admission and Financial can help you locate one. The SSAT(Secondary School Admission Test) or the ISEE (independent School Entrance Exam) schedule national test dates beginning in October through June. Results must be sent directly to the Office of Admission and Financial Aid. The Barrie School Code for SSAT is 1495 and for ISEE it is 210957.

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Are there any other evaluations?

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Barrie Montessori: Ages 18 months–5 are invited for a 45-minute group classroom visit, Grades 1–5 are invited for a half-day visit. At this time, we conduct an informal evaluation and host an information session for parents and/or guardians.

Barrie Prep: Applicants will have an interview with a member of the Admission Committee and will visit for a half or full day. A Student Ambassador will serve as a host.

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Are there minimum age requirements?

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Barrie follows the State of Maryland, Department of Education’s age eligibility requirements:

AGE BY SEPTEMBER 1 TO ENTER THIS AGE/GRADE LEVEL

18 months to 2 -- Toddler Program
3 -- 3 year old class
4 -- 4 year old class
5 -- 5 year old class/Kindergarten
6 -- Grade 1

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How will I know if my application file is complete?

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The Office of Admission and Financial Aid will notify you when your application file has been completed.

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When can I expect to hear if my child is accepted?

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Admission decision letters will be mailed first week of March. As space allows, applications will be considered as they are completed.

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Does Barrie offer financial aid?

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Yes, there is a limited funding available and it is awarded on a need basis.

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Does Barrie accept international students?

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Yes, accepted students may enroll and obtain an I-20 form. Barrie is not a boarding school and we do not offer an English as a Second Language Program. Barrie does require appropriate scores on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) and the SSAT. Interviews may be conducted by Skype for international applicants.

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Is Barrie affiliated with a certain religion?

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No, Barrie is a non-denominational, independent school.

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Are uniforms worn at Barrie?

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No, we expect our students to adhere to Barrie’s dress code guidelines.

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Is transportation available?

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Barrie offers transportation at a reasonable yearly fee to families in the Silver Spring, Rockville, and Northwest DC areas. Additionally, Barrie provides a free shuttle service to and from the Glenmont Metro Station and Poplar Run community (age restrictions may apply).

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Is before and after school care available?

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Yes, it is available for students Age 2 through Grade 8 for an additional fee. Morning supervision begins at 7:00 am and afternoon supervision ends at 6:00 pm. Students may attend either or both supervisions. Drop-in supervision is also available as needed with advance notice and an additional fee.

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Does Barrie have an equestrian program?

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Our school maintains a stable of horses on our campus. Beginning at age 4, individual and group lessons are available for a fee. Grades 6–12 may also join our award winning Equestrian Team.

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Does Barrie have a summer camp?

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Yes, the fully accredited Barrie Day Camp runs from June through August with a staff of more than 200 counselors and specialists. Children from 4 years old through Grade 8 can attend. Please contact the Camp Director for additional information at 301.576.2815.

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What is IAMS?

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The Institute for Advanced Montessori Studies is located on our campus. Through an affiliation with Trinity College’s Master of Arts in Teaching Program, IAMS offers intensive summer courses in advanced Montessori education. It is a member of the International Association of Montessori Education and is approved by the Maryland Higher Education Commission. Please call the Director of IAMS for additional information at 301.576.2866.

Additional Questions?

Please call the Office of Admission and Financial Aid at 301-576-2800.

Thank you for inquiring about Barrie School. We look forward to hearing from you soon.