John Burroughs School

John Burroughs School Photo #1 - In a rigorous curriculum, students learn creative problem solving, critical thinking, data-driven decision making and collaboration skills that will prepare them for active participation in a world with new challenges.
John Burroughs School Photo #2 - The 49-acre campus in St. Louis County includes a main classroom building; a nearly completed 75,000-square-foot science, technology and research building; a fine arts building; a performing arts center; extensive indoor and outdoor athletic facilities; and a student commons.
John Burroughs School Photo #3 - Opportunities for travel range from a geologic expedition of the Grand Canyon to a tour of Italy from a classicist's perspective. Other trips take students to France, Germany, Spain, Qatar, the Netherlands, Nicaragua, Greece and Turkey, and China.
John Burroughs School Photo #4 - Serving others is a deeply held value that is woven into the curriculum and extracurricular activities on many levels. Recent activities included collecting household items for families of foster children, preparing a meal for young homeless adults, serving shoppers at an outdoor food pantry and organizing a Dance Marathon to support academic enrichment for middle school students from challenging circumstances.
John Burroughs School Photo #5 - Every student takes Spanish, French, German or Latin through level II. Many students complete level IV and V. Older students may take electives in Russian, Chinese and Greek.
John Burroughs School Photo #6 - Students are required to participate in physical education classes, team sports, fitness classes, independent athletic activities and/or outdoor education. Burroughs varsity athletes have claimed 53 individual and team state championships since the fall of 2007.
John Burroughs School Photo #7 - The school's founders believed that the arts belong not on the decorative fringes of education, but close to the center of it. Virtually all students participate in the fine, performing and/or practical arts.
John Burroughs School Photo #8 - Every January, a team of juniors and seniors participate in The Hague International Model United Nations in either the Netherlands or Qatar. At the conference, Burroughs delegates quickly jump into spirited discussions with students from all over the world regarding the best ways to combat issues from human trafficking to reducing food waste.
John Burroughs School Photo #9 - Burroughs students may participate in about four dozen activities that range from student government and publications to cheerleading and a super-mileage vehicle club.
John Burroughs School Photo #10 - Styled as seminars, classes encourage active student participation in small group discussion.
  • Burroughs is a college preparatory school offering a core curriculum that provides a broad base of knowledge and skills in the humanities; STEM; the arts; athletics, health and wellness; global awareness and cultural competency; and service and sustainability. A world-class faculty (81 percent hold advanced degrees) teaches a challenging curriculum in small classes (average size is 13).
  • Faculty average 19 years teaching experience and establish meaningful relationships with our students.
  • Our size is critical having around 105 students per grade allows our students to be well known and well supported. Students hail from nearly 60 ZIP codes from throughout the St. Louis metropolitan area and a broad range of racial, ethnic, religious and socio-economic backgrounds.
  • They are encouraged to be active in the classroom with their heads up, eyes open and minds engaged.
  • In classes, which are generally run seminar style, students learn to be discerning readers, critical thinkers, articulate communicators and analytical problem solvers.
  • The Burroughs experience is distinguished by a mix of informality, traditions (such as morning assembly and family-style lunch) and a culture that puts a premium on ethics, inclusivity, student government, technology and international experiences.
  • Admission is based on school records, recommendations, an entrance exam and an interview.
  • Personal qualities and character are a major consideration.  Financial aid is available to those who need assistance with tuition.

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School Overview

School Membership(s)School Assoc.National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)
State or regional independent school association
Religious AffiliationNonsectarian
Grades OfferedGrades 7-12
ADD/ADHD SupportYes
Year Founded1923

Student Body

Total Students650 students
Student Body TypeCo-ed
% Students of Color
State avg.: 17%
Students by Grade John Burroughs School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers96 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio7:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
Average Class Size13 students
List of Courses OfferedLink to List of Courses
Average SAT score1470
Average ACT score33
Matriculation DataMatric. DataLink to Matriculation Data
Classroom Dress CodeCasual
(no dress code)

Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineJan. 14
Yearly Tuition Cost$29,400
Tuition Notesno charge for before/after care & lunch is also included
% on Financial Aid
Average Financial Aid Grant$22,200
Acceptance Rate
National avg.: 85%
Admissions DirectorCaroline G. LaVigne


Total Sports Offered18 sports
SportsBaseball, Basketball, Cheering, Cross Country, Dance, Diving, Field Hockey, Football, Golf, Ice Hockey, Lacrosse, Soccer, Swimming, Tennis, Track and Field, Volleyball, Water Polo, WrestlingBaseballBasketball,
CheeringCross Country,
Field HockeyFootball,
GolfIce Hockey,
Track and FieldVolleyball,
Water PoloWrestling,

School Notes

  • Like all responsible schools, our first and primary commitment is to our students. We strive to provide them a rich array of opportunities in a supportive and stimulating environment. It is how we do this that makes the difference. Our secret ingredients are not very secret-in fact, they are transparent in most everything we do. They include our community, our core values, our pedagogical foundation, and our master teachers.

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