To create equitable schools so that each and every student, regardless of race, ethnicity, or economic status has access to a high-quality education where adults know them, recognize their strengths, and help them succeed.
BARR, Building Assets, Reducing Risks, is a school improvement model that was developed in 1998. Started in one high school, the model is now operating or being implemented in over 140 secondary schools in 17 states. Schools that implement BARR typically experience higher course passing rates, increased graduation rates, increased attendance rates, and a reduction in student discipline incidents. BARR Center is a newly formed nonprofit organization created to expand the implementation of the BARR model to secondary schools across the country.
Hazelden Betty Ford Publishing is the BARR Center’s service provider/operations arm. Hazelden employs BARR trainers, coaches, regional managers, and regional directors. They manage all of BARR’s recruitment, training, scheduling, and material delivery fulfillment for regional teams with the direction of BARR Center.