Superintendent's Office
Office of the Superintendent
Barberton City Schools
479 Norton Avenue
Barberton, Ohio 44203

Mrs. Patricia Cleary
Phone: (330) 753-1025
Fax Line: (330) 848-0884

Mrs. Sally Avant
Administrative Assistant
Phone: (330) 753-1025 ext 13124
Fax Line: (330) 848-0884
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Superintendent's Message


Something for all learners

by Patti Cleary 

This year’s Homecoming Court inspired pride and tugged at our heartstrings.  Barberton High School students voted to elect William Tresz as king and Ronni Johnson as queen, two students with special needs.  The joy and excitement at this development was felt throughout the stadium when it was announced before a packed house at the football game on September 25th. 

Barberton City Schools have the reputation in the area of having outstanding programs for all learners.  We have highly trained Intervention Specialists who work with students ranging from mild learning disabilities to children with multiple handicaps.  These teachers, tutors and aides are passionate about moving students to their highest potential.

On the other hand, we also have an extensive program for our gifted and talented students, going from the elementary level to high school.  The Search Program in the elementary provides cognitive enrichment as well as social-emotional support for our youngest gifted students.  At the middle and high schools we offer advanced class offerings, including Advanced Placement courses and College Credit Plus courses.  Some students graduate with a full year of college credits before they move on to college.  Beginning this year, college coursework is available to qualifying middle school students!

Barberton is also proud of our Destination Imagination program.  This program inspires and teaches creativity and problem solving.  Not only that, but our students have lots of fun practicing and building projects and scenery throughout the school year in order to compete with schools all over the world.  In the past years, we have taken up to four teams of students to the DI Global Tournament.  This is amazing!  Our parent and staff volunteers work endless hours with our students in order to produce these results.

When it comes to opportunities for the arts, you can see examples of this at our annual Tri-Arts Festival, which will be on March 19, 2016, featuring vocal and instrumental performances as well as visual art displays from all buildings.  Musical theatrical productions show-off our students’ talents as well.  Look for our middle school musical production of “Annie”, running November 19-22, 2015 and our high school musical in the spring.  These events are open to the public.

While all our students are special and are talented in unique ways, I was incredibly impressed by the election of our Homecoming king and queen.  This also shows the compassion and huge hearts of our students.  Barberton parents, you not only have talented kids, but they show the potential of being future leaders of the community with strong values and utmost integrity.

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