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 for you.  We hope that as you plan your child's academic future you look at the extraordinary opportunities Barstow offers.

The Inquiry form and Application form are open for the 2017-2018 school year. If you have questions please email the admission office or call 816-277-0306.


  • 62 upper school students received the Presidential Service Award in 2017 by completing almost 10,000 volunteer hours combined
  • 100% of middle school students venture to space at the Kansas Cosmosphere, experience life in a global village at as the Heifer International Ranch, step back in time in historic New England and study leadership in Washington D.C. 
  • 60 ZIP codes represented by Barstow families
  • 100% of Barstow graduates attend college
  • 73% of middle and upper school students participate in a combined 16 extracurricular sports 
  • 100% of lower school students participate in physical education every day
  • 23% of Barstow families receive financial assistance
  • 500 the average number of guests at Grandparent Day annually

Important Dates

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  • 2017-2018 Open House dates

    See below for 2017-2018 Open House dates.  Please call us at 816.277.0306 or email Sydney Schwartz if you'd like to set up a tour!

    Lower School (Preschool-Grade 5)
    Thursday, October 12, 2017
    9:00 a.m.

    Wednesday, November 1, 2017
    9:00 a.m.

    Tuesday, November 14, 2017
    9:00 a.m. 

    Middle and Upper School (Grade 6-11)
    Saturday, October 14, 2017
    9:00 a.m.

    All School Open House (Preschool-11)
    Tuesday, November 14, 2017
    9:00 a.m.

    Wednesday, January 10, 2018
    9:00 a.m. 

    Wednesday, February 7, 2018
    9:00 a.m.

    Wednesday, April 4, 2018
    9:00 a.m.

    Kindergarten Information Day
    Thursday, January 25, 2018
    8:30 a.m.

    Kindergarten Visit Days
    Tuesday, February 6, 2018
    Thursday, February 13, 2018
    8:30 a.m.

  • 2017-2018 Visit Days

    2017-2018 Visit Days

    October 19, 2017
    November 9, 2017
    November 30, 2017
    December 7, 2017
    January 11, 201
    January 18, 2018
    February 22, 2018
    March 1, 2018
    April 5, 2018
    April 12, 2018

    Visit times are scheduled according to the following:

    Lower School
    Kindergarten: 8:15 a.m. to 10:50 a.m.
    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
    Preschool Round Up
    Thursday, February 1, 2018
    Thursday, February 8, 2018

    Kindergarten Visit Day
    Tuesday, February 6, 2018
    Tuesday, February 13, 2018
  • 2017-2018 Testing Days

    Students seeking admission to Preschool-Grade 3 will complete evaluations during their visit day. Students in grades four through 11 are required to attend a Saturday testing session. Testing lasts approximately two hours. Applicants will be tested for aptitude and skill levels in reading comprehension and math practical reasoning and will be asked to complete a short writing sample.  Students must have a completed application on file to participate in a testing date.

    All applicant testing days are scheduled on the following Saturdays. Testing begins at 9:00 a.m. All testing students will need to have an application on file prior to testing day. 

    October 21, 2017
    November 11, 2017
    December 2, 2017
    January 13, 2018
    January 27, 2018
    March 3, 2018
    March 31, 2018

    Please call the Office of Admission at 816.277.0306 to schedule visit days and testing.  
  • Preschool Round Up

    Preschool applicants will participate in a one-hour classroom visit during the Round Up day between 9:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m.  Please schedule your Round Up appointment with the Office of Admission at 816.277.0306. All Round Up participants will need to have an application on file prior to this event. 

    Preschool Round Up
    Thursday, February 1, 2018 
    Thursday, February 8, 2018


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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 11th grade 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. Priority application deadline February 1, 2016.
    • Attend Tour and/or Open House in the fall (parents)
    • Schedule a visit day (students in Kindergarten-Grade 11)
    • Complete Saturday admission testing for students entering grades 4-11
    • If interested, begin the financial aid process in November and complete by February 1
    • For families submitting application materials before the priority deadline of February 1, receive admission decision by March 2016
    • 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