Kansas City, MO — December 12, 2019 — Newsweek announced its ranking of the nation's top STEM high schools, honoring excellence in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. The Barstow School was ranked among the top twenty percent of 5,000 high schools included on the list.  

“This is further evidence that Barstow is aggressively building one of the best STEM programs in the country,” President Shane Foster said. “Our students start building foundational coding and problem-solving skills in lower school STEAM classes and just keep going. Our Engineering Design students have twice been Top 20 finalists in the Burns & McDonnell Battle of the Brains and our robotics team is recognized on a global level in competition and in community service. We’ve been intentionally building our program for years, and we’re excited to add a new dimension when our IDEA Space opens in Leawood next year.”

Newsweek partnered with to rank America’s Best STEM High Schools. The list includes public, private, independent and charter schools in every region of the country that offer skilled teachers who keep up with developments in these fields and who create dynamic learning environments to engage their students.

The top 5,000 schools were curated from Educational ResearchTM (SER) using a proprietary scoring logic of quantitative and qualitative data inputs collected from 2015–2019. The purpose was to determine which primary/secondary institutions best offer students experiences in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics while preparing them for post‐secondary outcomes. Additional factors, including affluence and median income, were taken into consideration in compiling the rankings.

“Children don’t realize it, but they’re natural STEM students,” says Nancy Cooper, Newsweek Global Editor in Chief. “We need to make sure that innate drive, curiosity, and creativity aren’t lost along the way. These high schools are helping to ensure America’s future in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics is in good hands.”
About The Barstow School
Founded in 1884, The Barstow School promotes sound scholarship and the symmetrical development of mind, body and character for students in preschool through 12th grade. Through rigorous academics, robust arts offerings, a signature STEAM program, outstanding athletics and a strong focus on character development, graduates are self-reliant, purposeful, passionate individuals. For more information:

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The Barstow School

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