Award Year: 2021

Barnard Elementary School

3601 Forge Drive
Troy, MI, 48083-5637

(248) 823-4300

Mrs. Melanie Morey, Principal at time of Nomination

Troy School District

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The mission of Barnard Elementary School is to ensure learning for all members of the school community.

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 6%
  • White: 49%
  • Hispanic: 2%
  • Asian: 42%
  • Native American: 1%
Barnard honoring those that live 'The Blue Jay Way'!

Barnard honoring those that live 'The Blue Jay Way'!

Barnard Elementary School, located in Troy, Michigan, is a school committed to developing a community of learners that values collaborative relationships and high academic standards. We engage our students in learning opportunities that fosters a culture of deep thinking, curiosity, critical thinking and ambitious outcomes. As an educational team, we are dedicated to academic excellence, providing targeted support while holding high expectations, ensuring learning for all.

Our staff partners with Teachers College at Columbia University and other district leaders to examine our teaching methods. Professional learning is centered around the enhancement of our instructional practices to ensure equitable learning for all, embracing more than 30 diverse cultures within our community and meeting the individual needs of every student. Our journey from 'awareness' to 'acceptance' has helped us to be more intentional in our culturally responsive teaching methods. We are continually evolving as we critically analyze how our students learn.

Our core values (Respect, Responsibility, and Building Positive Relationships) drive our focus with students and families. Our culture team and student council team create student-led character education lessons, engaging students in partnerships on topics including acceptance, diversity, gratitude, mindfulness and more. The teaching and reinforcing of these lessons serve to enhance classroom and school culture, with an emphasis on serving our school community. In collaboration with our parent groups, students take an active role in developing community partnerships and outreach projects such as working with local Senior Centers, the Children's Hospital and Local Community Housing Projects.