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 2021-2022 enrollment

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  • 70

    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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  • 37

    Recipients of the Congressional Award Gold Medal, 2015-2021


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


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

The Barstow Blog

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  • The English department's

    Active Reading Strategies

    Dr. Kory Gallagher, Assistant Director of Middle & Lower School
    When it comes to making mistakes as a student, I have made them all. In grad school, I was assigned David Worster’s biography of John Muir. I knew how to dissect a book quickly: read the introduction and conclusion, read every topic sentence, pull out the argument and major supports to the thesis and move on. But on that perfect fall Saturday, I made a tragic mistake: I just read.

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