Barstow School

Independent Private • PK-12

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.

Tuition Amount: $8,650-$24,085 depending on grade level
NO Transportation provided
Before and After-Care Available

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.

Barstow School

11511 State Line Rd
Kansas City, MO 64114
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School Details

Year Established: 1884
Total Enrollment: 745
School Type: Independent Private
School Hours: 7:49 am - 7:49 am


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


Feeder Schools

Receive Special Ed Services
English Language Learners

Specialized Programs

  • Advanced Placement
  • College Prep
  • Early College


  • Band
  • Ceramics
  • Choir
  • Costume Design
  • 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

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

Social Services

  • College Advising
  • School Counselor
  • School Lunch
  • School Nurse

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

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 if you’d like to set up a tour.

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Admission Preferences

  • Siblings
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Enrollment Requirements

  • Completed application
  • Birth Certificate
  • Current Immunization Record or Religious Exemption Statement
  • Most recent report card/transcript (not required for kindergarten applicants)

Public schools also require:

  • Proof of Address (also called “Proof of Residency”)
  • Parent or guardian photo ID

“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.”