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Barton Open

Address: 4237 Colfax Ave. S.
Minneapolis, 55409
Grades: K-8
Principal: Diane Bagley
Hours: 8:40 a.m. - 3:10 p.m.
Phone: 612.668.3580
Fax: 612.668.3590
Email: Diane.Bagley@mpls.k12.mn.us
Website: barton.mpls.k12.mn.us

WE OFFER: Band • Strings • Middle School Dance Classes • English Language Learner Program • Special Education • Visual and Performing Arts • Swimming (Blaisdell YMCA)

At Clara Barton Open School, we believe in:

Instilling a love of learning - We strive for a school that fosters a love of learning through passionate engagement, fun and creative experiences in a community of lifelong learners.

Valuing each child for his or her perspectives - We strive to create a safe, caring and reflective environment that fosters personal responsibility and values each child for his or her perspectives and experiences

Interdisciplinary curriculum and culturally responsive instruction - We strive for an enriched curriculum that encourages choice, critical thinking, arts expression, social skills and intellectual engagement through various disciplines and collaboration while validating the cultural knowledge, prior experiences, and learning styles of all children.

Developing a community of mutual respect and equity - We strive for a diverse learning community based on mutual respect among children, teachers and parents and an awareness of the virtuosities and vulnerabilities of all learners.

Creative, courageous and collaborative inquiry for all - We strive to develop learners who think independently, who thrive in a diverse, global society, and have the will, skill, knowledge, and capacity for courageous and collaborative leadership.

Child-centered decision making & self-directed learning - We strive to live out the notion that children possess unlimited potential for making personal meanings of the world and that their voice is an essential part of the educational process.

Educating for a democratic society - We strive to value personal voice as well as the collective capacity of the human spirit to appreciate other perspectives through learning activities that strengthen community and one’s sense of citizenship.


  • Emphasis on strong social skills and academic choice
  • Multi-age classrooms and cross-age teaching
  • Emphasis on the arts and the sciences
  • Writing emphasized throughout the curriculum
  • Emphasis on multiple intelligences and visual learning
  • Active parent leadership and classroom involvement
  • Portfolio sharing and student exhibition events
  • Student-led goal setting conferences
  • Performance opportunities in music and theatre
  • Outdoor environmental learning experiences
  • Schoolwide themes and all-school morning meetings


EXTENDED-DAY ACTIVITIES: Minneapolis Kids child care, Barton Learning Center (extended academic support), Community Education classes, debate team, math competitions, inventors fair, student council, middle school athletics (girls volleyball, boys and girls basketball, boys baseball and girls softball), yearbook, musical, book fairs, tutoring/mentoring volunteers


What we look like:
Student Race School District
Native American 1 % 4 %
African American 31 % 36 %
Asian American 4 % 6 %
Hispanic American 5 % 20 %
White American 59 % 34 %

Students School District
Receive ELL Services 18 % 24 %
Qualify for free or reduced lunch 37 % 63 %
Receive Special Education Services 6 % 14 %
4237 Colfax Ave. S.
Minneapolis, 55409

Magnet Schools

  • Open Program

English Language Learner Programs

  • English as a Second Language - General
  • Somali
  • Spanish

Academic Opportunities

  • Arts
  • English Language Learner Program
  • History Day
  • Interdisciplinary Curriculum
  • Native American Cultural Activities
  • Physical Education
  • Underground Railroad
  • Visual Arts
  • World Languages

After-school Activities

  • Art Club
  • Chess Club
  • Community Education Classes
  • Dance
  • Debate Team
  • Drama
  • Jazz Band
  • Math Masters/Math Counts
  • Sports
  • Yearbook

After School Care

  • Minneapolis Kids

Extra-curricular Activities

  • Band/Instrumental Music
  • Dance
  • Music
  • Orchestra
  • Science Fair
  • Strings
  • Student Council
  • Swimming
  • Theatre/Performing Arts
  • Wolf Ridge Environmental Program
  • Middle School Sports

World Languages

  • Spanish

Family and Student Support

  • Individual Learning Plans
  • Minority Encouragement Program
  • Family Fun/Learning Nights
  • Parent Involvement Leadership
  • Site Council
  • Student Leadership
  • Tutoring

School Information

  • Computer Lab(s)
  • Internet Connection in Every Classroom
  • Responsive Classroom
  • Science Lab

Please contact Nagashia.Jackson@mpls.k12.mn.us, Web Site Administrator,
for any questions/concerns you have about information posted on this site.