An emphasis on each student’s individual learning needs drives the school’s diverse approach to education. For example, a dedicated certified gifted teacher per grade level collaborates with classroom teachers to provide appropriately challenging curriculum and instruction to gifted students who are grouped in regular classrooms. In addition, we offer self-contained autism classes for every grade level, where teachers and staff have been trained to implement Strategies for Teaching based on Autistic Research curriculum.
Our positive and supportive environment promotes self-discipline, motivation, and excellence beginning with the youngest Head Start students, many of whom are second and third generation district attendees. Full-day kindergarten, with a comprehensive academic curriculum and specialized classes, helps establish a strong foundation for learning, and competitive middle school courses continue that theme with offerings such as advanced math, geography, and liberal arts.
Our Commitment to Success
Our core mission at T. B. Barr provide all students with a high quality, challenging education in a safe, supportive environment, in which, to become lifelong learners.
Our teachers are committed to providing high-quality instruction. Teachers and instructional coaches work together to analyze Arizona’s College and Career Readiness Standards and carefully plan instruction for students. We also know our job is not just to teach; it is to ensure that students learn. In addition to classroom checks for understanding and quizzes, we regularly assess students every 15-20 instructional days through Benchmark Assessments. The purpose of this assessment is to do two things. We use it to reflect on the effectiveness of our instruction and guide the focus of teacher professional development work to target re-teaching and enrichment based on student results. We use our results throughout the year to continually push students toward meeting or exceeding grade level expectations.
At T. G. Barr, we believe ALL students are capable of success and ALL students can learn. We also know, however, students learn in different ways and at different speeds. To accommodate this, we have intervention time built into the school day for all grade levels. During this time, students work in small groups with a teacher, instructional interventionist, instructional assistant, peers, or on a computer-based program to target a skill with which they need additional practice. If a student is on course with all the skills taught up to a given point in the year, he or she will work in an enrichment group during intervention time. Enrichment groups could focus on project-based learning, higher-level application, or advancement to new skills. The goal is to ensure ALL students continue to be pushed to higher academic levels.
If you have questions about your child’s academic progress or standing, please do not hesitate to reach out to his or her teacher. In addition to regularly scheduled parent-teacher conferences, teachers are always willing to communicate via phone, email, or in person to work with you on ensuring high levels of academic success for your child.