Head of School


Dr. Barton Reese is the former Head of School at Layton Preparatory School. He has over twenty-five years of educational experience in independent school education.  He has extensive experience providing direct student services (teaching, advising, and coaching) and educational management and administration (business, marketing, admissions, and development).
Dr. Reese grew up in Delaware and attended The Tatnall School from kindergarten through twelfth grade.  He earned a B.S. in Education from Ursinus College, an M.S.M. from Wilmington University and an Ed.D. from Wilmington University.

Dr. Reese served previously as Sanford School’s Director of Admission and Financial Aid and currently serves on Sanford’s Board of Trustees.  Dr. Reese co-founded the Layton Preparatory School in 2004 with friend and Sanford colleague Mrs. Patricia McLaughlin. As he has worked closely with all of the local schools serving students with learning differences, Dr. Reese understands well the limited options for students with learning differences and the critical challenges inherent in properly placing students.

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Our son learned the valuable skills of teamwork, patience and perseverance during his time at Centreville Layton as well as the academic strategies to move forward into a typical high school setting. Centreville Layton strikes a great balance of family-like warmth and discipline in a beautiful country setting.

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This past year has been completely transformational for our daughter and her positive strides have been noticeable both at home and at school. She is growing into the best version of herself and her teachers at CLS have played a significant role in her progress.

Michelle L.
Middle School parent

This year, I’ve learned to understand that acceptance is greatly appreciated but difficult to find. Compared to where I came from, CLS houses some of the most accepting people that I’ve ever met. I am thankful for every little act of kindness shown towards me or even towards another student. They have not gone unnoticed.


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