Barnard Environmental Studies Magnet School (PreK-8)

(203) 691-3500

    About Us


    Barnard Environmental Studies Magnet School’s mission is to provide a comprehensive education that ensures students receive a strong academic foundation for lifelong learning, develop caring and respectful relationships with others and share a passion for environmental stewardship. Environmental studies will be an integrated part of the curriculum, which engages students through challenging inquiry-based activities that inspire a sense of wonder, ultimately encouraging in active pursuit of a sustainable future.



    Barnard’s environmental programs will promote values of respect and concern for both humans and our natural world. All students will develop into leaders who will question, evaluate and act in responsible ways in their homes, school and community.



    Original facility was built 1913.

    Named for Henry Barnard (1811-1900):

    • Graduated from Yale University in 1830.
    • Secretary to the new State Commission of Education in 1839.
    • Promoted normal schools, teacher associations, raised pedagogical standards, and extended the school term to a minimum of six months per year.
    • First U.S. Commissioner of Education (1867)
    • Founder/editor of American Journal of Education
    • Served as commissioner in Rhode Island
    • Became President of University of Wisconsin and St. John's College



    School Focuses:

    • Fresh Water
    • Energy
    • Migration
    • Long Island Sound

    Schoolyard Habitat (Outdoor Classroom)

    LEED Gold Certified building (

    Solar Panels on roof

    2 Classroom greenhouses

    Student courtyard gardens allow students to work on and develop themed gardens including spices, vegetables, fruits, flowers, and many others for an outstanding ecosystem on school grounds

    Landscaping uses native species to eliminate need for permanent irrigation system





    LEED Gold Certified building (
    Connecticut Green Leaf Schools 
    U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon School 
    Magnet Schools of America Distinction


    Barnard Environmental Studies Magnet School
      • Location

        170 Derby Avenue
        New Haven, CT 06511

        School Hours:
        Mon – Fri: 9:15am to 3:30pm

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