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Barstow School (PK-12)

Barstow School

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11511 State Line Rd
Kansas City, MO 64114
816-942-3255 Visit School Website

School Leader(s)

Dr. Tom Niermann, Head of School Ms. Judith Yount, Associate Head of School Mr. Todd Nelson, Director of Lower School Ms. Liz Bartow, Director of Middle & Upper School Dr. Tom Niermann, Director of Campus Operations
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  • Before and After-Care Available

Quick Facts

Our Mission

The Barstow School is an independent, co-educational school where students in preschool through grade 12 develop in a challenging, experiential educational community. As originally stated by Mary Louise Barstow, the objective of the school remains "to promote sound scholarship and to give symmetrical development to mind, body and character."


The Barstow School, located at 11511 State Line Road, provides the region’s premier preschool-grade 12 college and career preparatory education. Barstow’s innovative, inclusive and globally connected learning environment cultivates the potential in every student through differentiated instruction and dedicated faculty mentorship. Barstow students come from 65+ zip codes in Missouri and Kansas. They are part of a richly diverse school community that “promotes sound scholarship and gives symmetrical development to mind, body and character” since 1884. Barstow’s STEAM program uses science, technology, engineering, the arts and math as the conduits to 21st century skills such critical thinking, collaboration and communication. STEAM principles are applied in daily learning as early as preschool. The school’s acclaimed robotics team won its division and placed third overall in the 2019 FIRST Robotics World Championships in Houston, Texas. Many robotics team members are also part of Barstow’s 2019 state championship soccer team, signature broadcast and theatre programs or other athletic teams, academic groups and service clubs. Barstow students in lower, middle and upper school are makers and doers. They are participants, not spectators. From their earliest explorations through commencement, Barstow invests in the whole student and prepares them for leadership in a rapidly changing world.

Points of Pride

  • Students in kindergarten - grade 5 participate in weekly STEAM classes, theater workshops and daily physical education.
  • STEAM-focused learning results in award-winning robotics team, math clubs and innovative learning throughout curriculum
  • At Barstow we are educating, building character, and fostering community so that our children know they have a team rooting for them in this world.

School Hours

  • School Hours: 4:36 pm - 4:36 pm
  • Before Care Hours Start: 7:00 am
  • After Care Hours End: 6:00 pm

School Details

  • Year Established: 1884
  • Total Enrollment: 745
  • Affiliation: Independent Private
  • School Type: Independent Private

Feeder Schools

  • Middle School: Barstow
  • High School: Barstow

Charter Sponsor

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  • Tuition Amount: $8,650-$24,085 depending on grade level

Our Demographics


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English Language Learners

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Programs and Features

Specialized Programs

  • Advanced Placement
  • College Prep
  • Early College

Arts Programs

  • Band
  • Ceramics
  • Choir
  • Costume Design
  • Drama + Theater
  • Drawing
  • Drum/Percussion
  • Film
  • Instrumental Music
  • Literature
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Poetry
  • Rock Band
  • Sculpture
  • Visual Arts
  • Vocal Music

Sports Programs

  • Baseball
  • Basketball (Boys)
  • Basketball (Girls)
  • Cheerleading (Girls)
  • Cross Country (Boys)
  • Cross Country (Girls)
  • Golf (Boys)
  • Golf (Girls)
  • Soccer (Boys)
  • Soccer (Girls)
  • Tennis (Boys)
  • Tennis (Girls)
  • Track and Field (Boys)
  • Track and Field (Girls)
  • Volleyball (Girls)
  • Yoga

Clubs + Activities

  • Asian Culture Club
  • Book Club
  • Chess Club
  • Coding
  • Culinary Arts
  • Debate
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Environmental Club
  • Gay-Straight Alliance
  • Homework Club
  • Journalism/Newspaper
  • Math Team
  • National Honor Society
  • Robotics
  • Science Olympiad
  • Speech + Debate
  • Spirit Squad
  • Student Government
  • Yoga

Family Engagement

  • Classroom Volunteers
  • Evening Family Events
  • Family Appreciation Events
  • Parent Book Clubs
  • Parent Communication App
  • Parent Education Programs
  • Parent-Community Association
  • Parent-Teacher Association
  • Parent-Teacher Conferences
  • Schoolwide Volunteers
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Application Process

Application Details

Although many schools have application deadlines, most continue to accept applications for available seats on an ongoing basis.

  • Application Open: January 1, 2022
  • Application Close: January 1, 2023

How to Apply

Your campus visit is a critical piece of the school selection process. Barstow offers specialized visit opportunities at each stage of the admission process. Most families start by attending an open house, then schedule a tour and conclude by arranging a student visit day.

Preschool and Kindergarten: Students must be 3 or 4 years old by September 1 to qualify for preschool or pre-K or 5 by September 1 to qualify for kindergarten.

Please call Barstow at 816.277.0319 or email Sydney Schwartz atsydney.schwartz@barstowschool.org if you’d like to set up a tour.

For more admissions information or to learn about the rolling admissions process, visit http://www.barstowschool.org/admission. 

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Student Performance

Standardized Test Results


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Why It Matters

Missouri Assessment Program (MAP) tests are scored (or graded) according to four achievement levels: Below Basic, Basic, Proficient, and Advanced. The number shown here is the percentage of students who scored Proficient or Advanced. When comparing scores between years, please remember that the test Missouri gives has changed several times.

Please note that private schools are not required to participate in these exams.

In 2019, the average English score in Missouri was 48.7%; the average Math score was 41.9%, source

Attendance Rate 90/90

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Why It Matters

Schools strive to have at least 90% of their students achieve a 90% attendance rate because kids learn best when they’re in school.

In 2019, 87.3% of Missouri students were in attendance at least 90% of the time, source.

Student Growth

English Language Arts


Why It Matters

This data determines if individual students, compared to their peers, are making achievement gains over time in English Language Arts.

There are three categories possible: Floor (minimum), On Track (doing just fine), and Exceeding (outperforming their peers).



Why It Matters

This data determines if individual students, compared to their peers, are making achievement gains over time in Mathematics.

There are three categories possible: Floor (minimum), On Track (doing just fine), and Exceeding (outperforming their peers).

Student Retention Rate

Dropout Rate

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Why It Matters

The dropout rate helps tell the story of the graduation rate because it takes into account students who take more than four years to graduate or who transferred to other schools.

In 2019, the average dropout rate in Missouri was 1.9%, source.

Graduation Rate

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Why It Matters

The number of students who started at a school in 9th grade and graduate from that particular school four years later.

In 2019, the average graduation rate in Missouri was 89.64%, source.

ACT Scores

ACT Average Score

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ACT Participation Rate

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Why It Matters

The ACT is a standardized test that many students take before applying to college. This is the percentage of graduates who took the ACT and their average score. Students need a score of at least 18 in order to qualify for Missouri A+ Scholarships. Research shows that students who earn a 21 or higher have the best chance of earning grades C or higher in college.

In 2019, Missouri’s average ACT score was 20.6 and the percent of graduates who took the ACT was 76.69%, source

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Parent Perspective

“We started the conversation before we even had kids. What kind of education did we want for them? We knew we wanted them to grow up in a school community that valued them as individuals and inspired them to seek knowledge and gain self-confidence. We found that at Barstow.”

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Let us show you around! Take a virtual tour or watch an episode of BTVN, our student-run television station that records daily life at our school.

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