Barclay School closes

RIDGEWAY – The small special needs school in Ridgeway that was struggling under the weight of financial challenges closed its doors last week, after more than a decade in operation. In a hastily planned graduation, four students were recognized to receive their diplomas – and the remaining 12, who were not set to graduate this […]

Classes reopen at Barclay School

RIDGEWAY – When the Barclay School closed for the Christmas holiday, Gillian Barclay-Smith wasn’t sure if it would be able to reopen for the spring semester. But the outpouring of help from the community has been incredible, says Barclay-Smith, who is head and founder of the school. In the weeks since announcing their need, the […]

Community responds to Barclay School

School’s Funding Has Been Cut, Not Delayed RIDGEWAY – While the Barclay School is not out of the woods financially, the head of the school, Gillian Barclay-Smith, said it seems like everyone associated with the school as well as complete strangers, are trying to move mountains to keep the school open after she learned two […]

Barclay School looking for Christmas miracle

School Must Raise $50K by Dec. 25 to Stay Open RIDGEWAY – After an IRS rule change impacted a major nonprofit funding source, a special needs school in Ridgeway is hoping for a Christmas miracle to help keep its doors open in 2020. The Barclay School, which currently serves 16 special needs children, has become […]

Post 8346 gives back

RIDGEWAY – The Lake Wateree VFW Post 8346 Auxiliary recently held a family day in Ridgeway and raised $294. They then donated that full amount to Ridgeway’s Barclay School. Head Master Gillian Barclay holds the check.

Guest Editorial: Advantages of Multi-Age Grouping

The Barclay School is a small, private, non-profit school in Ridgeway for K-12 special needs students. At our school, not only are we proud of our differences, but we are proud to do things differently. Our students “show” us what they have learned through projects and reports. We move at the pace of the individualized […]

Pumpkin Painters

RIDGEWAY – The students of The Barclay School in Ridgeway painted pumpkins to be used to decorate the Town of Ridgeway for October. Showing off their work are some of the students who decorated pumpkins. Back row, from left: James Hutchinson, Ethan Johnson, Desmond Pressley, Nahzji Felder and Wil Walden. Second row: Anna Ledley, Savannah […]

The Pig Gives Back

RIDGEWAY – Pig on the Ridge committee representatives Tom Connor and Henry Dixon present a check for $1,000 to the Barclay School to help fund its fledgling program for students who learn differently. Below, they also donated $300 to Geiger Elementary Principal Myra Bramlett for the school’s “Look For The Good Project” that the school […]

Ag + Art offers Father’s Day entertainment

FAIRFIELD COUNTY – The Fairfield County Ag + Art Tour, part of the biggest free farm tour in the entire country, is returning this weekend – Saturday, June 16, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, June 17 from 1 to 5 p.m. The self-guided tour includes eight Fairfield County farms and other locations.  […]

The Barclay School: Class of 2018

This week, the Barclay School celebrated the graduation of two of our students. It was a joy filled day, full of hugs and hotdogs! One of our school traditions has been for the students to make a “Memory” book for the graduates.  They share funny, touching and heartfelt moments with the leaving students, and, despite […]

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