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A progressive education for 12 months - grade 12


Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

diverse students on playground

Greetings, Barrie School Families,

I hope that your summer so far has been restful and restorative, or energizing and engaging, in all the right ways. This year begins a new chapter: for me, for Barrie School, for all of us. After about a decade of teaching in the traditional classroom, I now begin my new role as Barrie School’s Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. It is an exciting moment in the school’s history, as Barrie School recently celebrated 90 years of progressive education.

I am excited to learn from our parents and students what you love most about Barrie School-- what draws you here, what makes it special, what makes it a home away from home. Above all else, I want to hear the ways you constantly work to make Barrie School better, and the ideas you have for the future, especially as we approach the next milestone, Barrie School’s centennial. The path to leadership is through service, and I am humbled to help serve the school community on its mission to be the most inclusive school in the region, to be a standard-bearer for progressive education, as it has done for almost a century. 

I look forward to having many conversations with you all, to learning more about how Barrie School “honors and celebrates the uniqueness of each other.” More importantly, I look forward to all the ways we will write the next chapter of our school’s history together.

Denny Gonzalez
Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Diversity Statement

Diversity is one of Barrie School'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 School 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.

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Denny Gonzalez

Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Barrie’s student body reflects the cultural and economic diversity of our region. Many students live in Silver Spring and surrounding communities, while others commute from Washington DC to the south and various neighborhoods throughout the greater DC area.

Barrie Named "Best Private School!"

Washington Blade Magazine awarded Barrie "Best Private School" in the publication's 2021 Best of LGBTQ DC contest. The Washington Blade, an award-winning news source with a large following in print and online, has been covering the LGBT community since 1969.