Portfolio & Documents

We know that your child is more than a test score.
All Applicants
All applicants must submit a Release of Confidential Information for transcripts and related information and a Teacher Evaluation Form.

Grades 6–10
To determine a child’s readiness for admission, the school uses an assessment that allows students in grades 6-10 to present a portfolio of work that best demonstrates why they would be a good fit for matriculation.
  • Readiness to enter Barstow will be based in part on examples of recent work.
  • The portfolio should include at least one recent piece of writing and any other recent work that that student would like to share.
  • Upload portfolio items no later than Jan. 15 for priority consideration.
  • The Admission Office can provide additional information about submissions.

Additional Information

Visiting Barstow

List of 3 frequently asked questions.

  • Open House

    An admission open house gives you an overview of everything Barstow offers.

    You can meet faculty, take a tour, see classroom learning and explore each division and extracurricular offerings. Guided by our division heads, these visits are a perfect entry point into the Barstow community.

  • School Tour

    During your  tour, you have one-on-one time with a member of our admission team so you can ask questions that are focused on finding the right fit for your child. Your tour and personal appointment will last about an hour and are usually scheduled on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.

    Call 816-277-0301 to schedule your tour. An admission application is required.
  • Shadow Days

    Students who have submitted an application to Barstow may shadow a current Barstow student to experience campus life in and outside of the classroom. These visits are scheduled through our admission office.

    2023–2024 Shadow Days

    Applicants for grades 7–10 on Mondays
    • Oct 2, 2023
    • Oct 16, 2023
    • Oct 23, 2023
    • Nov 6, 2023
    • Nov 13, 2023
    • Jan 8, 2024
    • Jan 22, 2024
    • Jan 29, 2024
    • Feb 5, 2024
    • Feb 12, 2024
    • Feb 26, 2024
    • Mar 4, 2024
    • Apr 1, 2024
    • Apr 5, 2024
    • Apr 18, 2024
    • Apr 22, 2024
    Applicants for preschool through grade 6, please call 816-277-0306 to schedule your shadow day

Admission Information

List of 3 frequently asked questions.

  • Admission Philosophy

    The Barstow School is a community of learners where adults and children of all ages come together in a mutually supportive, trusting environment that nurtures intellectual, physical, emotional and moral growth.

    The Barstow School seeks to enroll new students from preschool (age 3) through grade 11 who demonstrate they can help achieve and maintain this vision for a challenging learning community. We seek students who are self-motivated and highly ethical, who value achievement and respect their fellow students and faculty and who provide diversity and balance in our student body ethnically, economically and socially.

    Admission to Barstow is based on a combination of criteria. In grades where vacancies exist, admission decisions will be based on previous school records, campus visits, teacher recommendations, personal interviews and portfolio items. Each is evaluated in an effort to enroll those students who demonstrate that they will benefit from Barstow’s college preparatory program. Barstow is not able to serve students with learning or behavioral difficulties.

    In evaluating candidates, the Admission Committee takes into consideration:

    • Aptitude and curiosity
    • Academic achievement and readiness
    • Social and emotional development
    • Self-motivation and honesty
    • Interests and talents beyond the classroom
    • Family support of child and of the institution

    The number of qualified applicants may exceed the number of openings in any class. In such circumstances, the admission committee determines the highest priority needs for each class and the school as a whole, and subsequently accepts students who best meet those criteria. In the event that there are more acceptable applicants than space, an applicant may be placed in the wait pool. When a place becomes available, the admission committee chooses a student from the wait pool to fill the spot.

    Since Barstow is a family school, siblings of current students, and children of alumni and faculty are encouraged to apply and are carefully considered. However, such family ties do not guarantee a place in any given class. Each child will be considered on an individual basis. Please be prepared to submit all admission materials and go through the admission process for each child. The admission committee must make decisions that most appropriately meet the best interest of the school and each class.

    The Barstow School is an allergy-aware campus and works collaboratively with families to meet the individual needs of students with food allergies.
  • Admission Checklist

    • Application and $50 domestic application fee submitted.
    • Parents opt to attend an open house and/or tour.
    • Upload two portfolio items to myBarstow (grade 6–10 applicants).
    • Schedule a student shadow day for grade 1–grade 10 applicants, or a February preschool, pre-K or kindergarten roundup.
    • If interested, begin our financial aid process in November. Complete by February 1.
    • Priority deadlines for complete admission files are:
      • Jan. 15 for grades 6–10.
      • Feb. 15 for preschool, pre-K and kindergarten.
      • March 15 for grades 1–5.
    • Return signed contract and deposit no more than two weeks after receipt.
  • Notice of Nondiscrimination Policy for Students

    The Barstow School admits students of any race, religion, national or ethnic origin with all the rights, privileges, programs and activities accorded or made available to all students. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, sexual orientation, disability or any other characteristic protected by the law in the administration of its educational and admission policies, financial aid policies, scholarship and loan programs or athletic and other school-administered programs.