A fixture in northern Montgomery County since 1969, the Barnesville School has begun a new era with a new logo and name.
The school is now called the Barnesville School of Arts and Sciences, an attempt to better reflect its curriculum and teaching philosophy, said spokeswoman Kristen Carter.
The change has been a gradual process as the school has rolled more programs into its curriculum. It also reflects the ideas in the school’s five-year strategic vision that was developed by administration, faculty and the school’s board of trustees and released in 2012.
“It’s more of an evolution than a drastic, all-of-a-sudden change,” Carter said.
The private school, which has 162 students in pre-kindergarten through eighth grade, will focus on a balance among the humanities, arts, math and science, she said.
The vision statement focuses on areas such as developing a strong, well-rounded academic program, recruiting and retaining a well-rounded staff and increasing the school’s bandwidth and infrastructure.
As part of an effort to increase the use of technology, kindergarten and pre-K classes have iPads in the classroom, and all sixth- and seventh-graders are required to have iPads to use for their classwork, Carter said.
The school also is focused on maintaining a strong tie with its surroundings in Montgomery County’s Agricultural Reserve and teaching students to have a strong connection to the environment, she said.