|13500 Layhill Road
Silver Spring, Maryland, 20906
|Grades||Primary through Grade 12|
|Enrollment||~300 (grades PreK-12)|
|Campus size||45 acres (180,000 m2)|
|Color(s)||Blue & Gold ██|
Barrie School has three divisions located on the same campus. The Lower School, which serves children from age two through fifth grade, is Montessori based. The Middle and Upper Schools are college preparatory, however, teachers typically favor experiential learning over lectures. The students and faculty are on a first-name basis and the environment is one of openness and mutual respect.
With student population of around 300 students, a beautiful green campus,with two new modern buildings, a pool,and two ponds.There is an average class size of around 18, teachers can integrate the natural setting into the curriculum through hands-on experiments or holding class outside.
Barrie has an equestrian team for both the middle and upper school. Both teams compete on the weekends. The riding coach, Sue Wetzel, just started working for Barrie this year. The riding team was awarded 3rd place last year out of multiple teams.
The school was founded in 1932 by Frances Littman Seldin as a preschool called the Peter Pan School, located on Allison Street NW in the District of Columbia. In 1934-1935 it moved to Decatur Street NW. In late 1939 or early 1940, the school moved to Fern Place NW. The name was changed to Barrie School when upper grade classes were added, memorializing author J. M. Barrie, creator of the Peter Pan story.
In the 1950s, Mrs. Seldin purchased a 45-acre (180,000 m2) country estate on Layhill Road in rural Montgomery County, Maryland. The new site was added to continue the school’s mission of teaching in a natural setting. The Barrie Peter Pan Day Camp moved to the upper part of the property. In 1976, the Fern Place campus was closed and the remaining Middle and Lower School classes were moved to the Layhill Road property, with room for 265 students. The Upper School was closed from 1974 through 1982, when the 50th anniversary of Barrie School's founding was celebrated with the reopening of the Upper School in the former Argyle Junior High public school building on Bel Pré Road in Silver Spring, Maryland, where classes were held until new buildings on the Layhill Road campus were completed in the summer of 1991, bringing the Primary, Lower, Middle, and Upper School students together on one campus again.
In 1980, the Institute for Advanced Montessori Studies, offering graduate-level teacher education programs, was founded on Barrie School’s Layhill Road campus to provide a bridge between the traditional and Montessori schools of education. The training programs have been completed by individuals from all across the United States and as far away as Canada, Trinidad, China, and Korea.
- The Barrie School Student/Parent Handbook, 2005-2006 Academic Year, 2005, retrieved January 4, 2006 from http://www.barrie.org/news/Handbook%2005-06.pdf.
- "The Barrie School History". 2004. Retrieved December 28, 2005.
- "Barrie's Institute for Advanced Montessori Studies Marks Its 10th Anniversary". Barrie Magazine. Summer, 1990 Vol. 1, No. 2. p. 18.