John Burroughs School

755 S Price Rd, St Louis, MO 63124

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John Burroughs School John Burroughs School

Established in 1923, Burroughs is an independent, coeducational, college preparatory day school for students in grades 7-12.

The Burroughs experience is distinguished by objectives set by our founders, including a mix of informality, community service and traditions such as morning assembly and family-style lunch which bring us together daily. Our liberal arts curriculum is balanced by extensive opportunities in athletics as well as the fine, practical and performing arts. We put a premium on ethics, diversity, student government, technology, outdoor education and a variety of international programs. Students engage in more than 48 student-run, faculty-sponsored activities–from Iron Chef to Amnesty International, from chess to cheerleading.

The 47.5 acre campus contains seven student-use buildings, a full complement of playing fields and courts, and indoor and outdoor pools. The St. Louis County campus is complemented by an outdoor education facility in the Ozarks in south central Missouri.

Maximum enrollment is 600, averaging 100 students per grade. The student to faculty ratio is 7 to 1. The current seventh grade class comes from 27 public, parochial, independent and home schools and 29% of those identify as being students of color.

Admission is based on school records, recommendations, an entrance examination and an interview. Personal qualities are a major consideration. More than 21% of our students receive tuition aid, and no one should fail to apply to Burroughs because of financial need.

Our world-class faculty average more than 20 years teaching experience (more than 13 at Burroughs), and 80% hold advanced degrees. They interact with students beyond the classroom in an atmosphere that fosters independence while providing individual academic and personal support.

Twenty members of the current senior class (103 students) are semi-finalists in the National Merit Scholarship competition and another 17 have earned a Letter of Commendation. The median SAT scores for the Class of 2010 were Math/710, Writing/710 and Critical Reading/680. The median ACT for that class was 32. In May 2010, 177 students took 369 advanced placement tests with an average score of 4.29.

Students matriculate to more than 60 different schools nationwide. The top college choices for the past ten years have been Washington University in St. Louis, Harvard College, University of Pennsylvania, Indiana University and Northwestern University.

General Information

Academic OrientationCollege Preparatory
Grade RangeDay — Coed Grades 7-12
Coed, Boys, or GirlsCoed
Full Address755 S Price Rd, St Louis, MO 63124
Year Established1923
Legal StatusNonprofit
Religious Affiliation(None)

Tuition & Financial Aid

Day Tuition$23,750; estimated extras $1000
Need-Based Scholarships Awarded100
Value of Need-Based Scholarships$1,489,452

Academics & Athletics

Academic CalendarTrimester
Supplemental InstructionDevelopmental Reading, Makeup, Remedial Math, Remedial Reading, Review, Tutoring
Advanced Placement CoursesBiology, Calculus, Chemistry, Computer Science, Environmental Science, French, German, Spanish
Interscholastic Boys' & Girls' SportsBasketball, Cross-country, Golf, Lacrosse, Soccer, Swimming, Tennis, Track
Interscholastic Boys' SportsBaseball, Football, Ice Hockey, Water Polo, Wrestling
Interscholastic Girls' SportsField Hockey, Volleyball

Graduate Placement

Graduate Reference Year2012
Graduates Attending College/Nonpublic Secondary School98
Most Common Graduate DestinationsWash U 9, Tulane 5, Dartmouth 3, Middlebury 3, NYU 3, Princeton 3
Average Math SAT692
Average Critical Reading SAT682
Average Writing SAT685
Mid-50 Percentile Math SAT640-740
Mid-50 Percentile Critical Reading SAT630-730
Mid-50 Percentile Writing SAT630-750
Average ACT31
ACT Mid-50 Percentile29-33


Applications DueJanuary
Application Fee$40
New Students108
Percentage of Applicants Accepted44
Percent Admitted Who Choose to Enroll (Yield)90
Tests Used for AdmissionSSAT


AdministratorAndrew H. Abbott
Administrator's TitleHead of School
In Office Since2009
Administrator's CredentialsBA, Kenyon College, MA, Middlebury College
Director(s) of AdmissionsCaroline G. LaVigne, Director of Admissions & Tuition Aid

Enrollment & Faculty

Total Enrollment600
Day Students600
Elementary Enrollment (Through Grade 8)195
Secondary Enrollment (Grades 9-PG)405
Student Body EthnicityWhite 70%, Latino 2%, African-American 10%, Asian 11%, Other 7%
Average Class Size13
Student-Faculty Ratio7:1
Dress CodeCasual
Teaching Faculty109
Faculty with Advanced Degrees (%)76
Male Teaching Faculty48
Female Teaching Faculty61
Faculty EthnicityWhite 85%, Latino 3%, African-American 10%, Asian 2%

Campus & Endowment

Campus Acreage47
Buildings on Campus7
Facilities Value$63,659,000
Endowment Value$37,189,000
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