FAQs about the Application Process

How do I learn more about the Henry Barnard Laboratory School?

First, we encourage interested families to read about our laboratory school through the materials on our website. We are a unique school that educates two populations: our preschool through fifth grade learners, and college degree-seekers who want to specialize in the field of education. Our faculty, like those of our sister laboratory schools, are scholars, master teachers, and researchers in their discipline and grade ranges. If you think our philosophy and teaching environment might be the right fit for your child, the next step would be to schedule a tour.

When do you give tours?

In general, we are available to give tours most Thursdays and Fridays, but we are happy to accommodate your schedule.  Contact the main office at (401) 456-8127 to schedule a visit. We also offer an Open House in the fall.

If we want to apply, what is the process?

We’re so glad your family is considering our special school!  In order to apply and assist you with your planning, the process is:

After successful completion of these steps, we will send out acceptance letters and schedule a Meet and Greet social event for new families. At this time, we also require a $500 deposit to hold your child’s place, which is counted towards tuition.

Do you provide financial aid? 

It is our great pleasure to announce that, in partnership with Rhode Island College, the Henry Barnard School will begin offering financial aid to qualifying families for the 2018 – 2019 academic year. We believe this is an important and responsible step in our 120-year legacy of extraordinary education and citizenship, and we are so thankful to the many families who have waited patiently for this to become a reality.

If you would like to apply for financial aid, please contact pjanaway@ric.edu.

What medical forms do you require?

Prior to the first day of school, we require the following forms to be completed and submitted to the front office:

State of Rhode Island School Physical Form


Health History Form


Report of Dental Examination Form



How do I arrange busing for my child?

Transportation to HBS to students who reside in Providence is offered by the Providence Public School District’s Department of Transportation. Please call (401) 456-9269 to inquire about school bus routes and options.

In most areas of Rhode Island, the state offers a student transportation system for students attending schools outside their district. These include private, parochial, charter schools, career & technical education centers and approved programs, and schools serving students with disabilities. This program maximizes the sharing of buses when possible to achieve service and cost efficiencies.

For more information on statewide busing: http://www.ride.ri.gov/StudentsFamilies/AdditionalResources/StudentTransportation.aspx#18171100-eligibility