The Mobile County Public School System, with the tremendous support of the Barton Academy Foundation, is thrilled to reopen Barton Academy’s doors to students in August 2021 and serve Mobile County students in grades 6 through 9. Barton Academy was originally built in 1836 and became Alabama's first public school. The school's doors will be reopened to students as a model for 21st century learning with a focus on global studies and entrepreneurship, taught through a project-based curricular approach. The Barton Academy for Advanced World Studies' curriculum will include courses with a focus on global studies, languages, entrepreneurship, and fine arts to enhance the advanced core course offerings. Barton will house numerous innovative labs including collaborative, emerging technologies, and STEM labs among many additional experiences to prepare our students for their future.