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Barrington opens school doors to paying students

May 9, 2012

Photo from the Barrington School District

Ever wished you could send your kids to a Barrington public school without actually moving there? Well, now you can.

The district opens a pilot program this fall for 10 students who live outside the town. Barrington School Committee Chair Patrick “Buzz” Guida says administrators are finalizing what criteria they will use to select the students.

“We’re looking to test it to see if it works,” Guida says of the pilot program. “If it works well for the students who are in district and those who might be coming from another community, then it might be something that we’d want to pursue in the future.”

Barrington High School offers more than a dozen Advanced Placement courses.
Photo: Barrington Public Schools.

Guida says the program will be aimed at students who could be “enriched” by Barrington’s school offerings. The district is open to applications from any student at any grade level, with the exception of those needing special services.

As with many things in life, there is a cost. Parents would have to provide their own transportation and pay $12,800, the equivalent of Barrington’s average cost per pupil. (Even at that price, it sounds like a bargain compared to tuition at many private schools!)

Of course, this all begs the question of why Barrington is opening its doors to out of district students at all.

Barrington school officials say they are anticipating a decline in enrollment because of demographic changes. The district serves roughly 3400 students and is expecting that number to drop by 30 in the fall. The numbers are projected to decline even further over the next four to five years.

Barrington Superintendant Robert McIntyre says an application process for out-of-district students will be ready by the end of the current school year. In the meantime, questions can be directed to his email: mcintyrer@bpsmail.org.

One Comment leave one →
  1. Tom Hoffman permalink
    May 9, 2012 9:21 pm

    Why not let the (public) money follow the child? Isn’t that how the funding formula is supposed to work?

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