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Mission & Values

At Barnhart School, we believe all of our students are destined to be difference-makers in the world around them. They are people who work hard, give of themselves to others, and show genuine compassion and caring. We know their academic success is essential to prepare them for the future, but we recognize that WHO they are and how they treat others are equally important in their growth and development.


From its founding in 1959 as an outreach ministry of the Santa Anita Church, Barnhart School has stayed true to its purpose: provide an exceptional educational program in an atmosphere of respect and love, while encouraging students to develop independence and responsibility.

As inspired by Dr. Ethel Barnhart, the founding minister of the Santa Anita Church, Barnhart School (originally known as The Santa Anita Church Day School), our program  offers academic challenge, creative and artistic expression, and a strong emphasis on moral and ethical standards, where we guide our students to reach their potential.

For more information about the founding, history, and ministries of the Santa Anita Church, please visit their website at:  https://santaanitachurch.org



We grow difference-makers.


Barnhart provides a stimulating environment where students embodying the values of integrity, inclusiveness, and perseverance graduate academically equipped to forge their own paths through high school and beyond.

Core Values

Barnhart School is proud to hold its community to a higher standard, and we recognize that identifying our core values is essential to the health and effectiveness of our organization. These core values are the lens through which we make decisions, identify how we relate to others, and they define our culture. We believe that all members of our community benefit from keeping these core values at the forefront of our interactions with one another, whether it’s on the playground, in the classroom, or at a school-wide event.


We walk the talk by doing what we believe is right even when no one is watching.


We value an environment that is emotionally and physically safe.


We embrace individuality and treat every person with respect, compassion and kindness.


We are nimble and adapt to the needs of the individual members of our community.


We stay the course by growing together and not giving up when faced with challenges.


We believe that life should be fun and we celebrate the joy together.