To provide a safe, nurturing college-prep education that encourages students who learn differently to reach new levels of success and achieve their goals.
The mission of Barnstable Academy, since its inception in 1978, has been to maximize the potential of each student by enhancing self-esteem and providing a high-quality, academically-oriented education in which the student can be recognized and supported.
We dedicate ourselves to all the Barnstable students past, present, and future, who discover their gifts here, then take them out to make a better world.
Through in-depth study we have found many students to be profoundly dissatisfied with their previous schools. They often feel that the system is too large and impersonal. Because they are unique individuals, students desire an educational program designed for multifaceted and diverse students—not for the masses. As stated by a former graduate, “The work at Barnstable is as hard or harder than it was in my public school, but the learning is easier.”
As parents and educators, we hear repeatedly that students desire to have a greater role in their own educational process. They want to have more of the real responsibility for shaping their unfolding lives.
We believe our students can shoulder more of this responsibility when given the right opportunities. Our environment encourages young people to participate actively in their own education.