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The Barton Academy for Advanced World Studies is a perfect match to Mobile’s past and future. Mobile has been a player in global commerce since its beginnings as an internationally diverse colonial port more than 300 years ago. Today, links to businesses all over the world are even more critical to the area’s growth.

In addition to providing a world-class education, the school will make Mobile a more attractive site for international investment and jobs. For students, Barton will pave the way for entrance into advanced high school programs so they are prepared for the finest universities worldwide.  Barton Academy will prepare students to succeed in a globally connected and interdependent world.

Barton Academy: Public Education - Founded & Reimagined

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, world languages, entrepreneurship, and fine arts to enhance the advanced core course offerings. Barton will house numerous innovative labs including collaborative, emerging technologies, and STEM among many additional experiences to prepare our students for their future.

Barton Academy for Advanced World Studies: Theme and Instructional Emphasis

Students will engage in project-based and advanced curricula that prepares students to be productive contributors to the 21st century global community by gaining an international perspective through the advanced study of  languagesglobal cultural studies fine arts, and entrepreneurship

Project Based Learning is a teaching method in which students gain knowledge and skills by working for an extended period to investigate and respond to an authentic, engaging, and complex question, problem, or challenge.

Elements of an Entrepreneurial Mindset: Problem Solving, inquiry, reflection, continuous learner, self-efficacy, creativity, communication, collaboration, failing-forward.

Course Overview:

Honors/Advanced Core Courses

World Languages- French, German, Spanish, Latin, and/or Mandarin Chinese (some offered face-to-face and others offered online)

Physical Education

Electives, Extra-Curricular, and Unique Opportunities:

Instrumental Music, Art, Chorus, Music Production/Business, Global Studies, Business Tech, Entrepreneurship, Geography, Career Prep, STEM, Innovative Labs- Collaborative Lab, Emerging Technologies (VR/AR, 3D Design), Recording Studios, Sports, Project-Based and Blended Learning;

Flexible scheduling to optimize and personalize student experiences!

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9th Grade at Barton
Unique Opportunity for 9th Graders!

When considering options for your 9th grade student, don't forget Barton Academy for Advanced World Studies!

Tue Oct 27 09:56 AM

Barton Renovation Kick-Off
Interior renovations underway at Barton Academy for Advanced World Studies

Mobile County Public Schools and the Barton Academy Foundation held an official ceremony in June of 2020 to kick off the interior renovations for the new Barton Academy for Advanced World Studies.

Fri Aug 14 12:52 PM