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Greetings Barber Preparatory Academy Families,

Thanks to all the families that continue to support the educational programs at Barber. We have some new programs for the 2022/2023 school year. We will be using restorative practices to enforce positive behavior. Increased electives for students. Making learning fun is essential to students making academic progress. Students should never want to miss a day of great educational instruction.

Your Partner in Education,
The Barber Prep Administrative Team

Nicole Arnold, Principal

Mrs. Arnold was born and raised in Detroit, MI. She completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor where she received a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature. After receiving her degree, Mrs. Arnold worked as a receptionist at an architecture firm in Downtown Detroit before realizing that she needed to be in a career that required her to be a lifelong learner and have more of an impact on others. After one year, Mrs. Arnold returned to school at the University of Michigan in Dearborn where she received her Master of Arts degree in Teaching and began her career as an educator, a career that allows her to fulfill her purpose. Mrs. Arnold brings over twenty years of experience working in urban education. She has served students and teachers as a middle school teacher, as a teacher liaison, lead teacher, and intervention specialist.  Read full bio »

Pamela Farris, Regional Vice President

Pamela Farris, Regional Vice President

Pamela Farris joined ACCEL Schools in 2018 with over 25 years of experience as a K-12 educator and administrator. She has dedicated most of her career to closing achievement gaps in urban school districts. As Regional Vice President at ACCEL Schools, Mrs. Farris oversees leadership development, instructional programming, operations, and strategic planning for multiple schools in Michigan. Mrs. Farris holds a Bachelor’s degree, Master’s degree, and Education Specialist degree in Administration from University of Detroit Mercy. She is currently pursuing a Ph.D in Education Leadership & Policy at Wayne State University. She additionally studied education in Oxford, England, led several education delegations to Kusatsu, Japan, and studied/toured International Baccalaureate schools in Israel and China. Mrs. Farris was inducted into the Metropolitan Detroit Women of Excellence Class of 2017.

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Barber Preparatory Academy is a public, community school authorized by the Highland Park School District. Community schools (also known as charter schools) are free and open to all students and focused on meeting student needs for success. Community schools are among the top-performing schools in the nation. We are managed by ACCEL Schools, a high-performing network of over 50 charter schools located throughout the United States.

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Founded in 2014, ACCEL Schools is a K-12 public charter school management organization (CMO) serving students across the United States in brick-and-mortar, virtual, and hybrid school settings. We focus on improving academic outcomes of students regardless of geographic location or socioeconomic factors. The leadership team at ACCEL Schools has a combined 1000+ years of experience as global school management operators with expertise in curriculum research and design, assessment, student support services, and education consulting. Our entire team fundamentally believes that all children deserve a great education and students should be supported as they pursue a wide variety of post-secondary options. Our robust technology increases engagement, access to resources, efficiencies, and academic results helping our students become productive global citizens.