Barnstable’s college-prep education for students in grades 5 through 12 provides renewed hope to students with learning differences and those who aren’t thriving in traditional school settings.
How do we do it?
We foster a safe, bully-free environment in which students can be themselves and are able to learn. Some of our students have been teased or bullied at previous schools, and they know how it feels to “just want to be liked” by their peers. Our school has developed a strong culture of acceptance in which teasing is not tolerated and friendships defy boundaries of grade, gender, race, and interests.
Our average class size is just 10 students. This low teacher-to-student ratio allows our skilled teachers to provide a high level of dedicated attention and support, recognizing and addressing each student’s individual strengths and weaknesses. Teachers use a combination of auditory, visual, and exploratory teaching methods to ensure that the needs of all learners are met.
Many students with average to above-average cognitive ability struggle in school due to learning differences or social/emotional obstacles. We build valuable life and study skills into the curriculum, giving all students the tools they need to thrive both personally and academically. We also offer supplemental programs for students who need extra support. Our Accent Reading Program is designed to help students who struggle with reading find success in college-prep courses.
While academic achievement is important, students must also be given the opportunity to explore and excel in other areas. Barnstable’s well-rounded school experience provides opportunities in athletics, theatre, clubs, and social events—options to rival a much larger school.
We have found that students learn best when the day is well-structured. Our students’ daily schedules are organized with their learning in mind, so that core academic classes are grouped in the morning—when students are most focused—and clubs, sports, and enrichment classes take place in the afternoon. Students also receive breaks throughout the school day to socialize and play in our game room. This provides the chance to form new friendships and release pent-up energy so that they can properly focus back in the classroom.
Barnstable offers a college-prep education with ample instruction in English, math, science, history, world languages, and computer application, as well as electives such as physical education, health, performing and fine arts, school newspaper, yearbook, and more. All of our classes utilize technology to promote collaboration and meaningful interaction between students and teachers.