Henry Barnard Laboratory School is a unique independent school which intersects high quality learning, friendships, and remarkable personal growth. Henry Barnard is a place where learners can engage in dialogue, share ideas; learn at an unprecedented level, and master new information in an atmosphere that is safe and welcoming.  When you visit in person, you will experience a warmth and hospitality that genuinely will make you feel part of our HBS family.


Our current enrollment is just below 239 learners. There are limits we place on enrollment to ensure good teacher to student ratios. Preschool: 16 per class with two teachers; Kindergarten: 18 per class with one teacher; Grades 1-5: no more than 25 per class with one teacher. Pre-K to 5th grade also have Teacher Associates who serve students in small groups, in a co-teaching model and throughout their day in other capacities such as during lunch and before and after school.

Currently, we have fifteen classroom professors in Pre-K-5, six discipline-specific specialists who provide high quality instruction in art, music, Spanish language, physical education, technology education and library & media sciences, and two enrichment specialists who work with learners who may need additional help or present with additional challenges. Additionally, HBS has a full-time school counselor and full-time nurse on campus, and five associate teachers (fully licensed professionals) who work with classroom specialists for a number of hours per week.


Our school is sited at the heart of the Rhode Island College Campus, right at the top of the hill between Mount Pleasant and Fruit Hill Avenues. RIC is the state’s premier and oldest teacher preparation school, and HBS is proud to be part of the College for 115 years. Due to our unique affiliation, our faculty – who are also College faculty – has regular opportunity to collaborate with their colleagues in RIC’s Feinstein School of Education and Human Development, for purposes of research, sharing strategies, and pioneering cutting-edge educational curriculum and practices. RIC Education majors who observe in our classrooms, undertake small-group instruction under the direction of faculty, and student-teach in the new "co-teaching" model pioneered at RIC in 2011-2102. The result of these interactions is a curriculum rich with innovation and engagement which empowers learners to start to take control of their own learning. 


The demographics of our school are excellent. We attempt to enroll equal numbers of males and females, to keep our classes gender-balanced. About 35% of the population are minorities. HBS learners represent a wide spectrum of learning abilities and learning styles, for whom we do our best to differentiate – and when necessary, intervene with appropriate assistance for students with advanced challenges. Geographically, most of our learners come from central to northern RI and the greater Providence metro area, though some do travel from nearby Massachusetts each day. For RI learners, transportation is available via the City of Providence or Statewide Transportation.

When learners leave HBS, our rising sixth graders go virtually anywhere they choose. HBS learners go on to be accepted to the area’s most prestigious middle and high schools, and in most of the state’s school district middle and high schools.


The results from NECAP testing support that HBS learners are in the top percentile of learners in Rhode Island. Admissions to other schools in the area reinforce that our learners leave here prepared to excel wherever they go, and comments from teachers who have worked with HBS alumni/ae indicate that they find our learners to be strong critical thinkers, active learners, and citizens of good character.


We are committed in our mission of supporting you in the education of your child, and we assign your input great value. Our faculty understands our partnership with families, and all of us endeavor to keep lines of communication open. Faculty and administration are available to meet with you by appointment, to respond to your e-mail, and to take your phone call. You will find a listing of our e-mail addresses and phone contact information in the Family Handbook. Parents are encouraged to become active in the life of the school by volunteering, by serving as room parents, and especially by being active in our great partner organization, the Henry Barnard School Parents’ Association. You can find out more about the HBSPA by visiting their website


The best way to get to know HBS is to visit in person. We will be happy to set a time with you. Call our office at 401-456-8624 and speak with Mr. Paul Janaway, or send an e-mail to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to request an appointment. Private tours are generally conducted between 9:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. most school days.

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