Academics

Beginning at the earliest years and building with each grade level, course and extracurricular activity, Barstow students are encouraged to explore their interests, pursue their passions and develop a love for learning.
We offer a rigorous curriculum in a supportive environment. When each student is known, their individual strengths and talents can be recognized and nurtured. We design lessons that are challenging, active and engaging so students gain the confidence they need to take intellectual risks. STEAM principles applied to every subject teach students to think critically, creatively and collaboratively. A Barstow education prepares each student for success — in college, career and life.

Innovative Curriculum

From our opening as an all-girls college prep school in 1884 to our reopening as an in-person, online and blended learning school in 2020, The Barstow School is known for innovation.
Barstow encourages students to think differently — to explore, research and use all the tools available to them to uncover new information. Focusing on critical thinking, collaboration, communication, creativity and character, we guide students in their acquisition of the 21st century skills they need to become successful, productive global citizens.
Barstow was one of the first schools in the region to offer a 1:1 technology program, develop online course options, incorporate STEAM principles across the curriculum and create cultural exchanges with schools all over the world. Our faculty collaborates across divisions to build a progressive curriculum from early childhood through upper school.

Signature Programs

Signature programs at Barstow allow students to explore their interests in an experiential environment. These programs challenge and motivate students to acquire new skills — and to discover their passion to engineer, perform, compete, create and lead.
No two Barstow students are alike. We foster this diversity by offering signature programs that allow the lead of the upper school musical to also be part of our robotics team — and a varsity soccer player. We embrace “and” instead of  “or” in pursuit of our mission to give symmetrical development to mind, body and character.

The Arts at Barstow

Arts education is as fundamental to a well-rounded student as mathematics, language and science. Barstow's visual and performing arts, music, debate and publication classes are experiential by design, so students deepen their understanding of culture and history, sharpen their analytical abilities and embrace their creative spirit.

College Counseling

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  • Finding the Right Fit

    The college search and application process is an integral part of the Barstow experience. Our personalized program — built on relationships with students, parents and college representatives — yields impressive results. During the last three years, more than 80% of Barstow seniors were accepted to their first or second choice school.
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Fast Facts

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  • 80%

    seniors accepted to first or second choice school, 2018-2020.
  • 37

    Congressional Gold Award Medal Recipients since 2015
  • 302

    Acceptances at 145 different institutions for the Class of 2021
  • 39

    Years combined admission experience in college counseling department

Technology

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  • Tools that Transform Learning

    From iPads and laptops to apps and Apple TVs, technology significantly impacts the way today's students learn.
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