Same Students.
Same Teachers.
Better Results.

An educational model 100% committed to building something extraordinary.

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The number of students who have benefited from BARR
The BARR model has been proven to create statistically significant impacts in 19 areas of academic performance and outcomes for students, teachers, and schools.
On average, large urban schools see a 40% reduction in failure rate after one year of BARR.

Who We Are

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We are a strengths-based educational model that provides schools with a comprehensive approach to meeting the academic, social, and emotional needs of all students through the power of data and relationships.

What We Do


BARR is a transformative model that ensures each and every student succeeds by prioritizing relationship-building.

Real Results


We say we’ve never failed, and we mean it. We have a 100% success rate with improving student outcomes, in schools of all shapes and sizes.

BARR gives educators the tools to work together to better understand and build on students’ strengths, proactively address the non-academic reasons why they may fall behind in school and identify what they need to thrive within and outside the classroom.

The BARR model reflects the conviction that all students can excel regardless of race, zip code, or family income when they are provided with the right supports.

In education, unfortunately there is a lot of emphasis on deficits. We’re always trying to figure out how to help students with their deficits. The BARR model flips that on its head. It asks, what are students good at and how can we connect with them?


National Public Radio visits St. Louis Park High School and digs in on the BARR model’s outcomes in schools across the country.

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Relationships Matter Now More Than Ever

Great teaching begins with understanding each student as a learner – and as a person.

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Creating Positive Change, One Student and One Teacher at a Time

At South Fort Myers High, a 9-12 school in Lee County, Florida, staff and teachers had been working hard but just weren’t seeing their kids achieve the level of success they knew they could. Tables turned, however, when after just one year of implementing BARR, the school realized a 58% decrease in “F’s” in 9th grade, and a 64% decrease in “F’s” in 10th grade.

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BARR Center’s Growth and Expansion Continues With Multiple New Hires

PRESS RELEASE MINNEAPOLIS, July 14, 2020 — BARR Center (Building Assets, Reducing Risks), a model that improves America’s education system with intentionally deepened relationships and a …

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Relationships Matter for Student Outcomes, Statistically Speaking

I believe in my heart that relationships matter, especially in education. At BARR, we have science to show that systematic attentiveness to relationships causes …

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5 Radical Schooling Ideas For An Uncertain Fall And Beyond

In this time, as in previous educational disruptions, teenagers are most at risk for being knocked off course. One April survey found 4 in 10 …

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