Barrington is a suburban, residential community with a population of 16,310, located ten miles southeast of the state’s capital city, Providence, Rhode Island. Located on Narragansett Bay in a state that boasts 400 miles of coastline, the town has the distinction of having the largest share of this waterfront with rivers, coves and estuaries that crisscross the landscape. In keeping with its bayside character, Barrington features beaches, public access points, and marinas that support an active fishing and boating community. The 14-mile East Bay Bike Path, which runs from Providence to Bristol, along with many public parks and playing fields offer additional recreational opportunities for town residents. For more information, visit our town website.
The Barrington School District is considered to be one of the top school systems in the state and all six schools consistently score at or near the top in categories measured by the Rhode Island Department of Education. 2018-2019 enrollment at district schools is as follows: Primrose Hill Elementary (308 students), Sowams Elementary (238), Nayatt Elementary (321), Hampden Meadows (492), Barrington Middle School (814) and Barrington High School (1101).
Barrington Middle School is one of three schools in Rhode Island to receive a $200,000 grant from the Department of Innovation. The grant allows the school to focus on personalized learning through Project Based Learning.
Barrington High School has been ranked #316 nationally and identified as a Gold Medal winner in the 2018 U.S. News and World Report annual Best High School rankings. Among the top 500 schools, Barrington High School ranked #43 in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) based on participation and success in Advanced Placement (AP®) science and math tests.
Every year, Washington Post education columnist Jay Mathews presents a list of the most challenging high schools in the U.S., recognizing schools with the highest percentages of students participating in AP and other rigorous academic programs.
Congratulations to Barrington High School for making the list for the first time -- one of only two high schools in RI, and among the top 12% in the nation!