Experience the Barstow Difference

Your campus visit is a critical piece of the school selection process. At The Barstow School, we offer specialized visit opportunities at each stage of the admission process. Most families start by attending an open house or scheduling a tour and conclude by arranging a student visit day. While this is Barstow’s suggested visit sequence, we welcome your family tour requests at any time.

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  • Open House

    Barstow Open Houses are one-stop overviews of everything Barstow has to offer. 
    During your Open House visit, you’ll get to meet Barstow faculty, take a campus tour, see examples of student learning experiences, learn about the academic, artistic and athletic offerings in each division, and speak with current students, parents, faculty, Division Heads and Admission Office staff. Open Houses are a great introduction to the Barstow Community. 
  • School Tours

    Tours are your opportunity to meet with Admission staff and get all of your questions answered.
    Tours include a personal appointment with a member of the Admission staff and a complete, personalized school tour. The combined Admission appointment and tour typically lasts about an hour and occur on a weekday. Tours are typically scheduled at 9:30 a.m. or 10 a.m. on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays when classes are in session or during the summer when camp is session.
    Please call the Admission Office at 816.277.0391 to schedule your tour.
  • Visit Days

    Visit Days are open to any student who has submitted an application to Barstow. Visit Days offer a more personalized look at the day-to-day experience at Barstow. Visiting students are paired with a Barstow student in the same grade. Visit Days are typically on the third Thursday of each month, but special requests can be accommodated.
    • Preschool  applicants are required to attend the Roundup days.
    • Students in Kindergarten through grade 10 will spend the day shadowing a current Barstow student, following his/her schedule.
           o Students through grade 8 will participate in the physical education program, so wear the appropriate shoes.
           o Lunch is complimentary; please advise us of food allergies.
    • For Middle and Upper School students, an interview with the Division Head and/or Director of Admission is required.
    Students seeking admission to preschool-grade 5 will complete evaluations during their visit. Students in grades 6-10 are required to submit a portfolio for assessment. Portfolios must consist of at least one recent writing sample as well as one other recent work sample. Students will be assessed for readiness to enter The Barstow School based in part on the examples included in their portfolio. Students should select recent examples that best demonstrate what makes them a good fit for The Barstow School. Students must have a completed application on file prior to submitting a portoflio and to participate in a visit day.

    Please call the Office of Admission at 816.277.0391 to schedule visit days and for questions regarding portfolios. 

2019-2020 Open House Dates

Programming begins promptly at 9 a.m. for weekday events and 10 a.m. for Saturday event.

Lower School (Preschool-Grade 5)
  • Thursday, Oct. 10, 2019, 9 a.m.
  • Thursday, Nov. 7, 2019, 9 a.m.
Middle and Upper School (Grade 6-11)
  • Saturday, Oct. 19, 2019, 10 a.m.
All School Open House (Preschool-11)
  • Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2019, 9 a.m.
  • Thursday, Jan. 9, 2020, 9 a.m.
  • Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2020, 9 a.m. - Please call for availability. GO CHIEFS! 
  • Wednesday, March 11, 2020, 9 a.m.
  • Wednesday, April 8, 2020, 9 a.m.

Additional Preschool & Kindergarten Dates

Kindergarten Visit Days
  • Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2020, 8:30 a.m.
  • Thursday, Feb. 6, 2020, 8:30 a.m.
Preschool Roundup
  • Saturday, Feb. 8, 2020, 9 a.m. to noon, one hour "playdate" visits. Parents are welcome to stay for coffee and a tour!
Pre-K Visits
  • Weekday drop-off visits in February, 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.
Eary childhood roundups are one hour drop-off visits and similar to a playgroup. Please schedule your roundup appointment or visit with the Office of Admission at 816.277.0391. All participants must have an application on file prior to a visit. 


2019-2020 Student Visit Dates

Thursday, October 17, 2019
Thursday, November 14, 2019
Thursday, November 21, 2019
Thursday, December 5, 2019
Thursday, January 16, 2020
Thursday, January 23, 2020
Thursday, February 20, 2020
Thursday, February 27, 2020
Thursday, March 5, 2020
Thursday, April 2, 2020
Thursday, April 9, 2020
Thursday, April 23, 2020

Visits are scheduled at the following times:

Early Childhood
Preschool & pre-K: 8:30-9:30 a.m.
Kindergarten: 8:30-10:50 a.m.

Lower School
Grades 1-5: 8:15 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Middle & Upper School
Grades 6-11: 7:45 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

The Barstow School

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