So much of what we do at Barrie begins with our Montessori program. Serving students from age 18 months through grade 5, Barrie Montessori engages children in thoughtful pursuits and develops skills at each student's developmental level. We challenge students by establishing high standards for thoughtful work.
Barrie Montessori is also home to the Insitute for Advanced Montessori Studies, a training and certification center for aspiring educators. Together, these programs make Barrie a leader in Montessori education.
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Whether you've been a Barrie student since early childhood or are joining us from another school, you'll soon realize that Barrie Prep's programs are focused on you as an individual, a thinker, a learner, a leader, and an integral member of our community. You'll find that we expect a lot of you -- and we believe you'll take great pride in discovering how much you can expect of yourself. Our rigorous academic program provides endless opportunities that challenge your skills, engage your intellect, and inspire your creativity.
Barrie Camp, a Washington, D.C. area institution since the 1950s, serves campers from ages 4 to 14. Our 45 acre campus offers a safe, self-contained environment perfect for campers to freely explore and enjoy their favorite activities with friends, new and old. Barrie Camp provides a range of traditional activities (both indoor and out), as well as new programs added to make each summer unique.
This Week in Athletics
Barrie Cleans House at Turkey Shootout
The Barrie Mustang basketball teams made school history yesterday by winning the girls’ and boys’ championships in the 16th Annual Turkey Shoot-Out Invitational Basketball Tournament. In both varsity finals, the Barrie Mustangs came away victorious, after the games went into overtime. It is the first time both boys and girls won their respective tournament titles in the same year. Senior, Maya B., was awarded the tournament’s “most valuable player” as the girls came from behind, to defeat Siena School by a score of 33-30 (O/T). On the boys’ side, Aaron H. was named the “most valuable player”, scoring 30 points, in our victory over Lab School, 54-50 (O/T). To add icing to the cake, our boys and girls middle school teams won both of their games against Silver Spring Yeshiva on Sunday.
Financial Aid Workshop
Aaron Waccholz from School & Student Services by NAIS will be giving a presentation on Financial Aid through SSS and taking questions from both current and prospective parents. Tuesday, December 1, 6pm in the Safer Theater. For more information, please contact the Admission team.
Prep Parents Haiku Training
Hosted by Director of Technology and Innovation Vann Lassiter, this mini workshop for parents will provide an explanation of Haiku, the school's learning management system where students can view assignments, notes, and discussions. Parents will learn how to login, navigate easily, and review the benefits of the program. Wednesday, December 2, 6pm in the Learning Studio.
This weekend, the Early Childhood cohort of the Institute for Advanced Montessori Studies will return to campus for the first of two mid-year sessions. For many, this is the first time they are back together with their cohort, so there is also an ideal time to hear stories about the Practicum Year.
Student Work: Answering Essential Questions
What's the Best Way for a Solar Car to Catch a Few Rays?
Say you're out for a spin in your solar car, but you're driving east and the sun's heading west. Do you have to wait until sunrise to hit the road again? Barrie Prep junior James tackled this real-world question in his Engineering for Renewable Energy Technologies elective, building a functional model of a solar-powered car. He worked through three prototypes until he had a model that satisfied his curiosity.
His process examined rolling resistance, gear ratios, and the optimal angles for the solar panels, with the last variable being critical. Determining that the angles varied with time of day and position of the car, he designed a pivot that would allow the solar panels to swivel such that they always faced the sun. Barrie Prep students and teachers explore real-world questions in hands-on ways.
What Is Montessori Math?
That's the algebraic expression of the trinomial cube, a foundational Montessori material. Guided by their teachers, Barrie Montessori students receive their first hands-on experience with the trinomial cube in the Primary division, when they're between 3 and 6 years old.
As a sensorial exercise, they take the cube apart, handle the different-sized pieces, arrange them in the proper order, and reconstruct the cube. This seemingly simple exercise builds an intuitive understanding of advanced mathematical concepts and lays the foundation for more involved exploration and complex thinking as students advance.
After Barrie: Alumni Stories
Frances Merenda, Class of 1990
People sometimes pursue a specialized field, then end up using their training to succeed in a vastly different field. It may seem counter-intuitive, but Frances Merenda ’90 is one such person. At the age of three, she enrolled in Barrie when her sister’s beloved pre-school teacher accepted a position here. Barrie was evidently a good fit for her – she stayed for 15 years, graduating as a “lifer” in 1990. From there, she went on to Northwestern University, graduating in 1995 with a double major in Chemical Engineering and Performance Studies – a field that uses live performance as an interpretive medium to study cultures. Her first post-college job required her to use her Chemical Engineering background and the sort of real-world problem solving that is fundamental to the Barrie education. Working for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, she collaborated with companies to develop new ways of operating that reduced environmental toxicity.
Sam Arora, Class of 1999
Sam Arora spent 14 years at Barrie, from pre-k all the way through 12th grade. Since then, he has embodied the results of a Barrie education and put it to tremendous and varied use.
While still at Barrie, Sam’s professional career got underway. During his senior year, he had a Barrie-sponsored internship in the office of US Senator Carl Levin. He distinguished himself to the extent that the Senator asked him to stick around as a Staff Assistant for the summer. He then began his freshman year at Columbia University. He graduated cum laude in 2003, but not before winning a scholarship to spend his junior year abroad at Pembroke College of the University of Oxford.