Why Choose Barstow?

What Sets Us Apart

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  • Quality Curriculum

    Our challenging and rigorous curriculum emphasizes hands-on, project-based lessons that make learning memorable. We focus on 21st century skills: critical thinking, collaboration, communication, creativity and character.
  • Innovation

    From our beginning in 1884 as a college prep school for girls to becoming the region's first school to offer a 1:1 technology program, we've always been forward thinking.
  • Community

    A single campus for preschool through grade 12 keeps students, families, faculty and staff connected. Together, we support students in the classroom, on stage and on athletic fields. 

Accreditation and Associations

Innovative, Inclusive, Connected

Barstow at a Glance


Opening 2022-2023 enrollment

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  • 72

    ZIP codes in Kansas and Missouri represented in student body


Student-teacher ratio


Course selections with 369 sections in middle & upper school


Average re-enrollment rate


of students receive financial assistance

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  • 72%

    of faculty and administration hold advanced degrees, including 7 PhDs

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  • 43

    Recipients of the Congressional Award Gold Medal, 2015-2022


Founded by Mary Barstow and Ada Brann  
The oldest independent school west of the Mississippi


National Merit Scholarship Program Finalists, Commended Students and Hispanic Scholars in the Class of 2022.

The Barstow Blog

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  • Only at Barstow: Research, Writing and a Rite of Passage

    Marc Kulick, ‘06, didn’t get his first choice of research topics back in the spring semester 2004. Nor did he get his second. To hear Kulick tell it, though, that third topic choice — The 1979 Soviet Invasion of Afghanistan — had a profound effect on his intellectual understanding of history and serves as the source for his life-long love of the subject.

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