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About This School

Sustainability Academy at Lawrence Barnes is a public elementary school in Burlington. 183 students attend Sustainability Academy at Lawrence Barnes and are mostly Asian/Pacific Islander; White, non-Hispanic; and Multiracial. 98% of the 183 students here get reduced lunch prices. The student to teacher ratio at Sustainability Academy at Lawrence Barnes is 9:1. St. Joseph School is one of the nearest elementary schools.

Extracurricular Activities

  • Arts

    • Chorus
    • Computer arts
    • Dance
    • Drawing painting
    • Photography
    • Theater drama
  • Languages Taught

    • French
    • Spanish
  • Sports

    • Baseball
    • Basketball
    • Bicycling
    • P.E. classes
    • Soccer

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Asian/Pacific Islander 8% 6%
White, non-Hispanic 60% 80%
Multiracial 4% 2%
Hispanic 4% 2%
Black, non-Hispanic 21% 11%
Asian 11% %
Native American or Native Alaskan 0% 0.3%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% %

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 98% 49%

Community Rating & Reviews

  • (4 years ago)

    A great school in a great community. It is too bad that the new principal is so out of touch with our neighborhood but this is no reason not to send your kids to this wonderful school.

  • (4 years ago)

    The diversity and the involvement of the parents in keeping this school going. There are a lot of students there from different cultures and countries and I have done a reading program there and it is a delight to be in the building. The spirit is in the air.

  • (4 years ago)

    I've worked at several schools throughout my career and I've never worked with such a devoted professional and caring staff! The incredibly diverse children and families that we work with are also amazing in so many ways.

  • (4 years ago)

    Why Do I love Barnes school? I love it because I can go and visit my kids almost anytime. I it because you get a warm feeling when you walk into the school like cheers the bar where everybody knows your name. I it because my kids come home from school happy and well taken care of. I 100% trust everyone in the school and the care they provide my children. The parents of the children and most of the community feel like family and its nice when you can have that for a school. These and a million other reasons is why I love Barnes. Barnes is part of the community and the community is part of Barnes.

  • (4 years ago)

    It is simply amazing in more ways I can explain!

  • (4 years ago)

    Kids find a way to reach across sociocultural barriers to find laughter and commonground. They embrace diversity as part of their everyday world and will continue to look for it beyond Barnes.

  • (4 years ago)

    Who wouldn't like the place that teaches and takes care of your children and all of their friends so well everyday!

  • (4 years ago)

    We're the country's first magnet school for sustainability. Sustainability is modeled in every element of the curriculum - from the waste stream to livable wages to the way history is taught using local communities. This school really is the cornerstone of a great community.

  • (4 years ago)

    The Sustainability Academy at Lawrence Barnes school has been an incredible part of my family's life for more than 5 years and our lives are made more wonderful day by day because of it!

  • (4 years ago)

    The Sustainability Acadamy at Lawrence Barnes school is the first of its kind in Vermont. As a new magnet school Barnes Sustainability Acadamy has integrated into its curriculum key sustainability concepts of environmental stewardship; economic justice; civic engagement; and equity. Children from all walks of life attend the Barnes Sustainability Academy and are fully engaged in activities such as gardening; student government; live laboratories at local farms located in the City of Burlington; local history research; and service learning. Parents participate extensively in magnet school program design by teaching Afterschool courses; sitting on parent-teacher committees; and bringing diverse talents from many cultures into the classroom. There are over 9 languages spoken by families that attend Barnes and an active PTO that regularly organizes community dinners where multi-cultural fare is often included.

  • (4 years ago)

    Ms. O'Connor my son's first grade teacher is making a tremendous positive change in his life! And the dedication of the community(kids parents staff) to this school is like none I have ever seen or experienced!

  • (4 years ago)

    Our neighborhood school has one of the most diverse student bodies in Vermont active parent groups who reach out to us non-parents a curriculum focus on sustainability kids and teachers who are involved in their community and a fine new principal.

  • (6 years ago)

    Both of our children have received excellent individualized teaching. The school has taught our children community and leadership skills and given them the opportunity to interact with children from many different backgrounds.

  • (6 years ago)

    Barnes is a wonderful small caring school. Kids get a lot of staff attention. There is a very dedicated group of involved parents. My child's teacher is amazingly creative and I'm very pleased with the progress he's made academically.

  • (7 years ago)

    I have two children who attend Barnes and my family has found the entire experience to be horrifying to say the least. There is rampant bullying (that goes unpunished) a lack of effort put forth from the 'educators' and a general attitude of apathy on every level.

  • (9 years ago)

    I have had 5 kids at Barnes - the Jewel of the Burlington School District. The teachers are experienced and amazing. Each goes out of their way to create individual education plans for each student. Every adult in the school - from the principal to the janitor - work together to create a consistant safe fun educational environment. The student to teacher ratio is exceptional and the special educators are too.

  • (9 years ago)

    My middle daughter and son came to this school from Tx. I feared that they had not been given enough education there in order to be able to walk in and feel comfortable with their knowledge of the classroom. I found that not only is the school awesome about making no child feel awkward about social standing but that the teachers there seem to go above and beyond to make sure the children are stimulated and productive. There after school program is wonderful as it gives our family away to help harness the energy of our children and they are amoungst friends and learning all at the same time. My children love this school and look forward to the tearchers and friends there. When I have come to volunteer I have been welcomed when I had to confront discpline problems with my own children they backed me completly. A+.

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