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A progressive education for 12 months - grade 12


Off-Campus 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 Extended Student Week (ESW) program.   

Off-Campus Field Trips

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. 

Extended Study Week (ESW)

The Extended Study Week (ESW) program is a collection of co-curricular projects that include a week of specialized instruction, providing both individual and community experiences that extend learning beyond the classroom for our Middle and Upper School students.

This immersive learning experience offers unique, cross-disciplinary experiences in the classroom as well as off-campus field trips and opportunities for overnight travel. Each year, students are offered a choice of developmentally appropriate projects tied to curriculum and grade themes. To support a cohesive program, these offerings cycle every two to three years. This approach maximizes choice and exposure to diverse activities.

Projects range from exploring the affects of human actions on the coral reef in Belize to studying the role of traditional culture in shaping modern literary identities in Ireland; exploring ethics in journalism in Washington DC to civil rights in the Deep South. These projects foster collaboration and provide venues for students to create, innovate, and problem solve. 

Spring 2022 Programs

Robotics (7-8)

What are the engineering and coding requirements of building a robot?

Investigating Safe Passages (9-12)

How well do historical sites acknowledge the events of African American passages? How can historical sites better represent these events for students? How can we bring lost history to the forefront?

Homegrown (6)

What are the consequences of being unconcerned with nature’s balance and harmony


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

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. ESW inspires us to go above and beyond.



Past Programs

Due to COVID, Barrie School suspended all ESW programs in the Middle and Upper School starting in spring 2020.  Below are examples of what was offered in 2020 before the program was cancelled and in previous years.

Canada: Quebec

What is Canada's identity? What events have shaped Canada's identity? Does being Canadian have the same meaning to all Canadians?