Who We Are
BART is a tuition-free, college prep charter school serving 363 students in grades 6-12 in Berkshire County.
BART Charter Public School (BART) prepares students for college by promoting mastery of academic skills and content with a strong foundation in arts and technology. The school provides middle and high school students in Berkshire County with an educational community that regards everyone, including teachers and parents, as lifelong learners.
“Excellence is a habit.” Aristotle
This quote goes to the core of what BART believes: every child can excel and go to college. Our purpose is to facilitate excellence and achievement through effort in a supportive and vibrant academic environment. We instill children with the lifelong habits of working hard, cultivating their skills, and earning their success every step of the way.
BART teaches a classic college preparatory curriculum, supported by the creative and technological skills that are necessary to successfully navigate and be valued in today’s world. Learn more about BART’s Academics and Arts & Technology programs.
Founded in 2004 as a school designed to meet the needs of a new economy, BART’s history is one of not accepting the status quo. It is one of tenacity and effort triumphing over disadvantages or demographics. It is an American story: Abe Lincoln’s story… Adams-born Susan B. Anthony’s story… and the story behind every BART student’s success.
While only 20% of BART graduates have a parent who graduated from college, 100% of all BART graduates have been accepted into college. In 2012, 100% of BART 10th grade students were proficient or advanced on both the ELA and math MCAS exams and 100% of BART 10th grade students passed their science MCAS exam. BART was one of only 4 districts (out of 393 districts) in Massachusetts to achieve this result. Read more about our results.
BART recently received a citation from the Massachusetts Senate for being recognized by US DOE-funded program EPIC for accomplishing breakthrough student achievement gains.
BART does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, creed, sex, ethnicity, sexual orientation, mental or physical disability, ancestry, athletic performance, special needs, proficiency in the English language or other language, or prior academic achievement. If any applicant feels s/he has been discriminated against in the application process, s/he should contact either Ben Klompus, Principal, at 413-743-7311 x121 or Julia Bowen, Executive Director, at 413-743-7311 x120.
* Based on the Spring 2011 MCAS exams.