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A Progressive Education for 3 Months to Grade 12


Striving to ensure that Barrie School is an inclusive environment for all learners.

Barrie School’s Student Support Team (SST) partners with teachers and parents to provide the learning and social-emotional supports needed for students to achieve success.

In every classroom, students are asked to push beyond absorbing information and ask questions: “What if? What next? What about?” And the teachers along with the SST are all part of the team encouraging every student to go further in their learning. The team provides direct support to students as well as consultative support to parents, faculty, and staff.

For students who qualify, Accommodation and Care Plans are developed and implemented, so all our students can meet their highest aspirations, regardless of personal learning style. 

The SST also coordinates and consults with outside professionals who work with Barrie School students, including tutors, mental health professionals, pediatricians, occupational and speech therapists, and other service providers.

Conversations That Count

Barrie’s Middle & Upper School hosts an annual “Conversations that Count” event for families and sometimes students.

On Tuesday February 27, 2024, we welcomed clinical psychologist Dr. Linda McGhee to campus. Dr. McGhee spoke to parents and guardians about the mental & emotional challenges faced by Black youth, as well as the ways in which self-care and community can help promote wellness. [this is the session that Joy videotaped]

On February 28, families attended a Zoom session featuring speaker Sarah Clarke, a Clinical Mental Health Counselor who has worked with families for 15 years. She shared insights and practical strategies for helping families navigate trauma and integrate nurturing, holistic wellness practices into their daily lives.

Genius is 10% inspiration, 90% perspiration.

Thomas Edison

Meet Our Team

Kirstie Abernathy

Director of Health Services

Madison Donnem

Lower School Counselor

Meagan Hairston

Middle & Upper School Counselor, Service Learning & Internship Coordinator

Rachel Tate

Gr. 4-12 Learning Specialist

Beverley DiTusa

Learning Specialist Toddler - Grade 3

Arietni Douglas

Learning Specialist Grades 4-8

Student Support Services

Students walking past the Research Learning Lab