Barnstable Horace Mann Charter Program &  Goals
Frequently Asked Questions 

What is a Horace Mann School?

In 1998, the Mass Dept. of Education (D.O.E.) was authorized by the State to grant charters to public schools to be operated and managed by a Board of Trustees independent of local School Committees. These Charter Schools are called "Horace Mann Schools." The Barnstable Horace Mann School was originally located in the former Barnstable Grade Five School serving all fifth graders in the town of Barnstable.  During the summer of 2003, we moved to the former Barnstable Middle School of Marstons Mills building, and added all of the sixth graders in the town of Barnstable. Then in the summer of 2009, we restructured our school environment as an elementary school by currently educating fourth and fith grade students in our building.

What are the benefits of a Horace Mann School?

As a Horace Mann Charter School, we have fiscal autonomy and independent governance to provide flexibility and unique opportunities for our students and teachers. This improves the quality of education, enhances cost savings, and serves as a model for other public schools.

How is the school governed?

In accordance with the Charter, a fifteen member Board of Trustees has been chosen. The Board of Trustees is responsible for overseeing and governing the activities and affairs of the school.  They have adopted a comprehensive set of bylaws and have established several working committees.  Barnstable Horace Mann Charter School and the Barnstable School Committee work together to ensure consistency.

Our Philosophy

The Barnstable Horace Mann Charter School will provide creative and rigorous educational programs using a high quality standards-based curriculum, innovative instruction, thorough assessment, advanced technology, and active parent involvement. Our school will develop a working partnership with students, teachers, parents, and the community, and is committed to excellence, high academic standards, the development of moral character, and civic responsibility.


The Barnstable Horace Mann Charter School will be a two year school serving all fourth and fifth graders in the Town of Barnstable with innovative learning and assessments. 

We will achieve this by:

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updated January 14, 2010