Barnard Academy is one of six elementary schools within the Windsor Central Supervisory Union.
A typical day at Barnard Academy begins with singing in the Multi-purpose room. The children raise the flag in the front of the school and help with the daily chores of cleaning and caring for the building. In this way, each day is a chance to practice the social skills that strengthen community. Barnard parents are involved in the daily activities of their children and are welcome to volunteer their time to help with class activities or to join the BEES (Barnard Education Endeavor Society) in planning yearly events for the school and the community.
The curriculum used at Barnard Academy is based on inquiry and conceptual teaching, using the Core Knowledge program as a solid foundation. Factual knowledge is placed in a context and is enhanced by conceptual knowledge. Conceptual knowledge is clarified as it is used to help organize the important details. This ensures high academic achievement using cumulative teaching techniques and content-specific strategies that match content with student. With teachers and parents involved in the small classroom setting, Barnard Academy students do not “fall through the cracks” that larger classroom settings are more prone to. Guidance professionals and in-class teaching aides support the learning process by providing positive adult interaction for the students who need it.
Thanks to the volunteers behind the Barnard Education Fund (BEF), Barnard Academy receives yearly grant money for supplemental educational experiences, including trips to performances through the Pentangle Arts Council and yearly trips to museums of science and living history. BEF funds new technology that allows Barnard Academy students to connect with other schools, learn through online experiences, and gain exposure to the ever-changing and expanding technological world.
Assemblies, special learning classes and a variety of clubs and sports teams supplement the educational experience at Barnard Academy. Assemblies bring outside talent to the school and allow students a chance to ask questions and learn from professionals in fields like science, fire fighting, or jazz. When the school day ends, students can continue to stretch their intellectual skills in the yearly spelling bee through the Windsor Supervisory Union or join the Chess Club. If they would rather stretch their legs, the school’s sports teams are parent-coached and geared toward positive social interaction. For students who would like a larger range of organized sports, the Woodstock Recreation Department attracts children from adjoining towns, allowing
Barnard Academy students to meet the peers they will see again when they move up to Woodstock Middle School.
Graduates of Barnard Academy have enjoyed the support of a small school atmosphere and the benefits of a larger community. Because of the efforts of an educated and financially supportive community, Barnard Academy graduates are ready for the 21st century.