Who We Are
BART is a tuition-free, college prep charter school serving 353 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.
BART has also been recognized and featured by The National Center on Time & Learning in Advancing Arts Education Through an Expanded School Day. The NCTL supports national, state and local initiatives that add more school time to help children meet the demands of the 21st century and prepare for success in college and career.
BART has an ongoing partnership with the Harvard Graduate School of Education and Data Wise to support improved learning and teaching.
BART has received a citation from the Massachusetts Senate for being recognized by US DOE-funded program EPIC for accomplishing breakthrough student achievement gains.
In 2013, BART’s composite performance index (a measure of how all students are progressing in the school) in both English and math was higher than the state’s: in aggregate, for special education students and for low-income students.
In 2012, BART’s composite performance index (a measure of how all students are progressing in the school) in both English and math was higher than the state’s in every grade level: in aggregate, for special education students and for low-income students.
BART families know what it takes to achieve these successes. In a survey completed in the spring of 2016:
- 98% of families agreed that BART teachers care about their children.
- 98% of families agreed that BART maintains a safe environment.
- 97% of families agreed that BART teachers make learning interesting.
BART does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, creed, sex, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity, 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 April West, Principal, at 413-743-7311 x721 or Julia Bowen, Executive Director, at 413-743-7311 x720.