International Student Admission

Barrie School has welcomed students from a wide array of countries, including: Angola, Austria, Cambodia, China, Germany, Hong Kong, Kyrgyzstan, Mali, Moldova, Palestine, Tajikistan, Thailand, Turkey, Ukraine, and Vietnam.

Program Overview

  • Barrie School currently offers a robust distance learning program during COVID-19. This includes recorded classes to respect student time differences, as well as weekly check-ins with their teachers and advisors.
  • In addition to the required coursework, students take an English as a Foreign Language (EFL) class each year. There, they read and learn about American culture as an extension of the core Humanities classes.
  • Barrie's International Student Program Coordinator plans events throughout the year that include pumpkin carving during Halloween, a Chinese New Year celebration, a trip to Hershey Park, and two overnight destinations.
  • Each year, an International student is chosen to be the International Representative to the Student Government Association (SGA).

Tuition & Fees for 2021-22


  • Grades 6, 7, and 8: $31,430
  • Grades 9 through 12: $34,210

Tuition includes all books.

Additional Fees

  • International Student Fee - $4,000
  • I-20 processing fee - $250

Why Barrie is a Destination

  • Located six miles from Washington, DC, Barrie successfully integrates International students through Project-Based Learning, advisories and electives, which offers them a full American Independent School experience.

  • International students compete on varsity athletic teams, act and sing in plays and musicals, and develop close relationships with teachers and students.

  • Vast opportunities at Barrie give international students an advantage in the college admissions process as they demonstrate academic excellence and social and emotional competency as a result of our program.
  • Nearby colleges include: University of Maryland at College Park, Georgetown University, American University, and George Washington University, and others.

Michelle Layton
Dean of International Admissions and Programming
English as a Foreign Language (EFL) Teacher


Meet our International Students

Ruoxi "Rosie" Wang
Grade 12

Rosie is Head of the Student Activities Committee.

"Barrie is a place that caters to your individual interests."

Shengren Ji
Grade 11

Shengren likes to share his culture with others.

"When I first got here, I received a very warm welcome."

Phoi Phung
Grade 12

Phoi appreciates Barrie's close-knit community.

"All of the important holidays to Asian students are never missed."

Clara Haeusner
Grade 10

Clara enjoys soccer, basketball, photography, and band.

"I like the feeling of being one community and supporting each other."

Lingyun "Iris" Yang
Grade 12

Iris enjoys learning about the business world.

"The teachers encourage me to step outside of my comfort zone."

Jianxing "David" Dai
Grade 11

David is passionate about psychology and math.

"The close-knit athletic teams have helped me improve my English proficiency."

Olena Nikityuk
Grade 10

Olena enjoys volunteering at Barrie events.

"I like the diversity at Barrie because I get to meet people from all walks of life."

Alumni Profile

Jishen Wang

Jishen Wang '16 currently attends Emory University as a Business major and is excelling in his coursework, and is active in student government.

While at Barrie, Jishen:

  • Completed AP Calculus AB, and AP Statistics, followed by Multivariable Calculus (a class usually taken by Sophomores in college).
  • Achieved very high scores on the TOEFL as a result of our interdisciplinary Humanities Program which combines the study of English, history, and other social science disciplines.
  • Participated for four years on the Varsity Basketball team and was Captain during his Senior year.
  • Was a member of the cast in several school plays and musicals, and held a lead role in "Hairspray."

Successful College Placement

The Director of College Counseling works with International students on college admissions and supports them in:

  • Identifying standardized test preparation programs
  • Developing a list of colleges and universities
  • Applying for summer programs
  • Completing the Common Application and/or Coalition Application
  • Writing personal and supplemental essays
  • Registering for the TOEFL examination, and
  • Submitting Declaration of Finance forms to prospective colleges and universities.

International students from Barrie attend Barnard College, Colorado College, Drexel University, Elon University, Emerson College, Emory University, Georgetown University, Georgia State University, Howard University, Indiana University-Bloomington, Lynn University, New York University, Syracuse University, Towson University, University of California-Davis, University of California-Irvine, and University of Pennsylvania.

How to Apply


The application deadline for first round consideration for Fall 2021-2022, is January 18, 2021. Decisions are released the first week of March 2021. Applications received after the deadline will be processed on a rolling basis until spaces are filled.