A Note About Admissions During Campus Closure

The Barstow School campus is currently closed, but school is in session! The Office of Admission is working regular hours remotely and will respond to emails and messages during this time. We will continue assisting applicant families in grades where spots remain and can schedule meetings and virtual tours via Zoom. Please contact us at, and we will reply to you promptly.


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.

2019-2020 Admission Dates

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  • 2019-2020 Open House dates

    Lower School Open Houses
    Thursday, Oct. 10, 2019 9 a.m.
    Thursday, Nov. 7, 2019 9 a.m.

    Middle and Upper School Open House
    Saturday, Oct. 19, 2019 10 a.m.

    All School Open Houses
    Tuesday, Nov. 12, 9 a.m.
    Thursday, Jan. 9, 9 a.m.
    Wednesday, Feb. 5, 9 a.m. - 
    Wednesday, March 11, 9 a.m.
    Wednesday, April 8, 9 a.m. Please email for assistance during our campus closure.
  • 2019-2020 Visit Days

    Thursday, Oct. 17, 2019
    Thursday, Nov. 14, 2019
    Thursday, Nov. 21, 2019
    Thursday, Dec. 5, 2019
    Thursday, Jan. 9, 2020
    Thursday, Jan. 16, 2020
    Thursday, Jan. 23, 2020
    Thursday, Feb. 20, 2020
    Thursday, Feb. 27, 2020
    Thursday, March 5, 2020
    Thursday, April 2, 2020
    Thursday, April 9, 2020
    Thursday, April 23, 2020
  • 2019-2020 Portfolio Submissions, Grades 6-10

    At The Barstow School, we recognize that your child is more than a test score. To determine your child’s readiness for admission, the school uses an assessment that allows a child to present a portfolio of work that they feel best demonstrates why they would be a good fit for matriculation.

    The portfolio should include at least one recent piece of writing and any other recent piece of work that the student would like to share. Applicants entering grades 6–10 must upload portfolio items no later than January 15 for priority consideration.

  • 2019-2020 Kindergarten Visit Days

    Tuesday, Feb. 4, 8:30 a.m.
    Thursday, Feb 6, 8:30 a.m.
  • 2019-2020 Preschool Roundups & Pre-K Visits

    Preschool Roundup
    Saturday, Feb. 8, 2020, 9 a.m. to noon. One hour "playdate" type visits. Parents are welcome to stay for coffee and a tour!

    Prekindergarten Visits
    Pre-K applicants will attend a one-hour drop off visit during the school day, 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. in February. Please call or email the office to schedule.


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 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 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 may opt to attend a tour and/or open house in the fall. 
    • Schedule a student visit for grade 1 - grade 10, a preschool roundup, or pre-K Visit, or a Kindergarten Visit Day.
    • Upload two portfolio items to myBarstow (grade 6 - 10 applicants).
    • 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.


When The Barstow School welcomed hundreds of students in preschool through grade 12 back from spring break in late March, we started a new chapter in our independent school’s 135-year history. Our school president explains how Barstow's independent and innovative mindset helped us launch online classes quickly and successfully.

Virtual Chat Hours

Our admission staff is hosting an open chat hour every Tuesday, 1:30-2:30 p.m. Please join us in our virtual office, or send us an email. We're here to help.

Admission Forms & Downloads

Meet the Admission Staff

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  • Photo of Rebecca Garry

    Rebecca Garry 

    Director of Admission
    (816) 277-0418
  • Photo of Sydney Schwartz

    Sydney Schwartz 

    Admission Enrollment Manager
    (816) 277-0306
  • Photo of Candice Baldwin

    Candice Baldwin 

    Admission Administrative Assistant, Varsity Coed Cross Country Head Coach
    (816) 277-0391
    Dartmouth College - BA

The Barstow School

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