Our School

Barrie is an independent school located on a beautiful 45-acre wooded campus in Silver Spring, Maryland, only minutes away from the nation’s capital.

Barrie is ideal for students from age 12 months through Grade 12 seeking individual attention with a low student-to-faculty ratio. Barrie’s rigorous academic program encourages students to develop their own individual interests and talents through hands-on learning. Students search beyond the obvious for answers, explore topics and issues from many perspectives, and share their own ideas with peers and teachers in a diverse and engaging community.

For our youngest students through Grade 5, Barrie offers a Montessori curriculum with a multi-sensory approach to learning, enabling students to reach beyond their grasp, put theory into practice, and ask pertinent questions. Barrie Prep (Grades 6-8 and 9-12) provides a challenging and supportive environment, preparing students to become successful college graduates, active citizens, and leaders in the global community.

Faculty and staff at Barrie are highly educated and talented professionals who maintain their standards of academic excellence through continuous staff development. The Lower School faculty are credentialed Montessori educators with extensive experience. Barrie’s teachers are also scientists, artists, playwrights, and athletes in their own right.

Parents are invited to explore the many academic and extra-curricular opportunities that Barrie has to offer by arranging an admission tour. We encourage families applying to Barrie Montessori to attend this initial tour. Prospective Barrie Prep families are also encouraged to attend this tour along with the applicant. The tour offers visitors the opportunity to experience Barrie in action, visit our equestrian center and see the natural beauty of our campus. We also welcome families to visit at any time of year to learn more about Barrie Camp, our summer day-camp experience for children ages 4-14.