Choosing the right education for your child is an important decision.  Finding a place where your child grows into Who They Really Are is priceless. The Barstow Admission Team is here to help your family find just the right fit. Whether you join our school community in preschool, middle school or as a freshman, we look forward to watching your child graduate from Barstow fully prepared for the challenges ahead. 

The Inquiry form and Application form are open for the 2018-2019 school year. If you have questions please email the admission office or call 816-277-0306.

Important Dates

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  • 2018-2019 Open House dates

    Join us for one of these 2018-2019 Open Houses. Programming begins promptly at 9:00 a.m.

    Lower School (Preschool-Grade 5)
    Thursday, October 11, 2018 9:00 a.m.
    Thursday, November 8, 2018 9:00 a.m.

    Middle and Upper School (Grade 6-11)
    Saturday, October 13, 2018 9:00 a.m.

    All School Open House (Preschool-11)
    Tuesday, November 13, 2018 9:00 a.m.
    Wednesday, January 9, 2019 9:00 a.m.
    Wednesday, February 6, 2019 9:00 a.m.
    Wednesday, April 3, 2019 9:00 a.m.

    Kindergarten Information Day
    Wednesday, January 23, 2019 
    8:30 a.m.

    Kindergarten Visit Days

    Tuesday, February 5, 2019
    Thursday, February 7, 2019
    8:30 a.m.

    Please call 816.277.0306 or email Sydney Schwartz to RSVP or schedule a tour.
  • 2018-2019 Visit Days

    Thu, October 18, 2018
    Thu, November 15, 2018
    Thu, November 29, 2018
    Friday, December 7, 2018
    Thu, January 10, 2019
    Thu, January 17, 2019
    Thu, January 24, 2019
    Wed, February 20, 2019
    Thu, February 28, 2019
    Thu, April 4, 2019
    Thu, April 11, 2019

    Lower School visit schedule:
    Kindergarten: 8:15 a.m.-10:50 a.m.
    Grades 1-5: 8:15 a.m.-2:30 p.m.

    Middle & upper school visit schedule:
    Grades 6-11: 7:45 a.m.-2:30 p.m
    Preschool Roundup
    Tuesday, February 12, 2019
    Tuesday, February 19, 2019

    Prekindergarten Roundup
    Thursday, February 21, 2019

    Kindergarten Visit Days
    Tuesday, February 5, 2019
    Thursday, February 7, 2019
    8:30 a.m.
  • 2018-2019 Testing Days

    Students applying for preschool-grade 5 will complete evaluations during their visit day.
    Students applying for grades 6-10 are required to attend a Saturday testing session. Testing for aptitudes and skill levels in reading comprehension, math practical reasoning and writing lasts approximately two hours. Students must have an application on file one week prior to the testing date.

    Applicant testing days are scheduled on the following Saturdays at 9:00 a.m.: 

    October 20, 2018
    November 10, 2018
    December 1, 2018
    January 12, 2019
    January 26, 2019
    Feb 23, 2019
    March 30, 2019

    Please call the Office of Admission at 816.277.0306 to schedule visit days and testing.  
  • 2018-2019 Preschool & Pre-K Roundups

    Preschool and prekindergarten applicants will participate in a one-hour classroom visit during Roundup. Please schedule your Roundup appointment with the Office of Admission at 816.277.0306. All Roundup participants must have an application on file prior to this event. 

    Preschool Roundup
    Thursday, February 12, 2019 
    Tuesday, February 19, 2019

    Prekindergarten Roundup
    Thursday, February 21, 2019


Founded in 1884, Barstow is Kansas City's oldest independent, coeducational school. 
100% of Barstow graduates attend college.
85% of seniors are accepted to their first or second choice college.  
Preschool-grade 12 students come from 60 ZIP codes in Kansas and Missouri. 
100% of lower school students participate in daily PE and weekly STEAM, music, art and foreign language classes. 


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  • 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 entrance examinations. 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 well 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. Whenever 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 entire admission process for each child. The admission committee must make decisions that will most appropriately meet the best interest of the school and each class.

    The Barstow School does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, gender or religion in the administration of its admission or financial aid policies.

    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 attend tour and/or open house in the fall. 
    • Schedule a student visit for grade 1 - grade 10, a preschool or pre-K Roundup, or a Kindergarten Visit Day.
    • Complete Saturday admission testing for students entering grades 6-10.
    • If interested, begin financial aid process in November. Complete by February 1.
    • Priority deadlines for complete admission files are Jan. 15 for grades 6-10, March 1 for preschool, pre-K and kindergarten and March 15 for grades 1-5.
    • Return signed contract and deposit no more than two weeks after receipt.

Admission Forms & Downloads

Meet the Admission Staff

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The Barstow School

11511 State Line Road • Kansas City, MO 64114
P (816) 942-3255 • F (816) 942-3227