At Barber Preparatory Academy, we provide a standards-based curriculum that teaches students skills for college and career readiness. We are accredited by Cognia™ for meeting the highest standards of education in ongoing third-party review. We have high expectations for our students and offer a high level of support to help children reach their full potential. We individualize learning based on regular analysis of student progress throughout each school year. We offer full-day Pre-K and Kindergarten programs.
These core subjects form the basis of our K-8 curriculum. Students receive 120 minutes of instruction in English Language Arts and 90 minutes of instruction in mathematics, science, and social studies each school day.
We help students develop vital communication skills, while inspiring a love of literature. Our young scholars learn phonics, grammar and comprehensions skills and prepare for reading through multi-sensory activities. Barber Preparatory Academy students comprehend and analyze both fiction and non-fiction texts as early as kindergarten. The program emphasizes classic works, writing as a process, and the skills that will be tested when our students begin taking the state assessment when they enter third grade.
We balance fundamental skills with critical thinking and problem solving. Our active approach ensures that students understand the realities that underlie mathematical concepts. Games and animations bring concepts to life, while challenge problems, regular practice, and review ensure mastery. We build from the concrete to the abstract as students move from basic skills toward algebra. Students learn by seeing mathematical concepts applied to the world around them.
Our Science program uses hands-on experiments to support the systematic study of life, Earth, and the physical sciences. We nurture curiosity as students practice observation and analytical skills. Students learn how our understanding of the world is shaped by ongoing scientific and technological advances. Teachers provide regular opportunities for students to participate in experiments and projects that include opportunities to apply mathematics and technology through age appropriate activities.
Our school is built on a strong foundation of high expectations for academic achievement for all students. Our instructional
model has four key components to achieve strong academic results:
Students participate in a variety of learning activities each day that individualize instruction for each subject area. Students receive whole-class instruction, small group instruction, and individual instruction with teachers, technology and other curricular tools.
Properly Certified & Licensed Teachers
Our teachers meet the requirements set forth by the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA): Bachelor’s degree, grade-level teaching license/certificate, and ability to demonstrate subject-area expertise. Our teachers are supported by trainers and participate in continuous, research-based professional development. Our teachers are accountable for student learning and rewarded for high-quality performance.
More Time on Task
Our students receive double the instruction in English Language Arts and Math to provide a strong foundation for all learning. Beginning with full-day Kindergarten, our school also follows a longer school day and school year than many other schools.
Short Cycle Assessments
Student knowledge of academic standards is assessed formally and informally in short cycles by each teacher. Our teachers adjust class-level and individual instruction based on student performance in these frequent intervals.
Enroll in Pre-K Today!Free In-Person Preschool Child Must be 4 By September 1, 2022Children that will be 4 by December 1, 2022 are accepted, however priority is given to children who meet the age requirement.Families must meet with GSRP staff to determine eligibility.This is ONLY the application process:Contact the Program Director, Mrs. Rush:…
School District, Barber Prep Thankful For A Great 2021-22 School YearScholars pose with school principal, Timeka Brown A new era has dawned for the Highland Park School District and Barber Preparatory Academy. Thankfulness fills the hearts of the leadership, educators, staff and scholars as they look toward a brighter future that truly puts children first. “I am thankful for our…
Barber Preparatory Academy is open to all students and committed to supporting at-risk students and their families. Please contact us if you have children who may have a disability and need special education.