MissionWe Grow Difference-Makers. Barnhart students are destined to be difference-makers in the world around them. They are dedicated, give themselves to others, show genuine compassion, and care about the people and world around them. We know their academic success is essential to prepare them for the future, however, we also recognize WHO they are, and how they treat and make others feel is equally important in their growth and development. 


We envision a community of students seeking a stimulating environment where they are inspired by influential teaching, which demonstrates values of integrity, respect, and perseverance. 

We nurture our students' unique talents and intellect, which refines character building and implements close student-teacher relationships. This shapes our students to become difference-makers in our world. 


Inspired by Dr. Ethel Barnhart's dream to provide a space to cultivate and teach the importance of morals and ethical standards, Barnhart School (originally known as The Santa Anita Church Day School) opened its doors to local families in the fall of 1959. Her vision to provide a balanced program offering academic challenge, creative teaching, and artistic expression created a strong foundation and legacy for the school today. Initially offering classes to students in grades K-6, Barnhart expanded its program to include 7th and 8th graders in 1986.

Barnhart continues to provide an exceptional educational program in an atmosphere of respect, love, and integrity while encouraging students to develop independence, responsibility, and the ability to reach their full potential.

For information about Santa Anita Church visit: santaanitachurch.org

Core Values

Barnhart School is proud to hold its community to a high 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.

  • Integrity

  • Safety

  • Inclusiveness

  • Flexibility

  • Perseverance                     
  • Fun