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A Progressive Education for 3 Months to Grade 12


Experiential Learning

Engaging, experiential,
cross-disciplinary and
project-based learning

At Barrie School, we offer off-campus field trips that allow students to explore Washington DC, the Northeast, and the world, depending on whether it's a local day trip, an overnight trip to the greater DC area, or globally as part of our Fall Expeditions and Extended Study Week (ESW).   

Locally, we take advantage of our proximity to Washington DC, by engaging the greater DC area as a classroom,  a learning laboratory in which students and faculty learn together. The Smithsonian museums; Brookside Gardens, a fifty-acre public display garden; the Supreme Court and Congress; and various other organizations are just a few of the places our students have frequented.  

For our students to dive even more deeply into our core curriculum, our students in grades 6-12 have the opportunity to engage in exciting initiatives that take them above and beyond, Fall Expeditions in October, and ESW in the spring.

The Belize: Marine Science project gave us a real-world perspective on the topics we studied. Instead of just learning about ecosystems, marine life, and Belizean culture in the classroom, we traveled to Belize and learned directly from the people who live there. Student



Students are encouraged to take trips to explore Washington DC, the Northeast, and the world!  Since 2013 students have traveled to 10 different countries during ESW including Canada, Belize, Costa Rica,  Ireland, Oman, and Ghana.

off campus learning