John Burroughs School
755 S Price Rd, St Louis, MO 63124Contact School E-mail the School Visit School's Website
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.
|Academic Orientation||College Preparatory|
|Grade Range||Day — Coed Grades 7-12|
|Coed, Boys, or Girls||Coed|
|Full Address||755 S Price Rd, St Louis, MO 63124|
Tuition & Financial Aid
|Day Tuition||$23,750; estimated extras $1000|
|Need-Based Scholarships Awarded||100|
|Value of Need-Based Scholarships||$1,489,452|
Academics & Athletics
|Supplemental Instruction||Developmental Reading, Makeup, Remedial Math, Remedial Reading, Review, Tutoring|
|Advanced Placement Courses||Biology, Calculus, Chemistry, Computer Science, Environmental Science, French, German, Spanish|
|Interscholastic Boys' & Girls' Sports||Basketball, Cross-country, Golf, Lacrosse, Soccer, Swimming, Tennis, Track|
|Interscholastic Boys' Sports||Baseball, Football, Ice Hockey, Water Polo, Wrestling|
|Interscholastic Girls' Sports||Field Hockey, Volleyball|
|Graduate Reference Year||2012|
|Graduates Attending College/Nonpublic Secondary School||98|
|Most Common Graduate Destinations||Wash U 9, Tulane 5, Dartmouth 3, Middlebury 3, NYU 3, Princeton 3|
|Average Math SAT||692|
|Average Critical Reading SAT||682|
|Average Writing SAT||685|
|Mid-50 Percentile Math SAT||640-740|
|Mid-50 Percentile Critical Reading SAT||630-730|
|Mid-50 Percentile Writing SAT||630-750|
|ACT Mid-50 Percentile||29-33|
|Percentage of Applicants Accepted||44|
|Percent Admitted Who Choose to Enroll (Yield)||90|
|Tests Used for Admission||SSAT|
|Administrator||Andrew H. Abbott|
|Administrator's Title||Head of School|
|In Office Since||2009|
|Administrator's Credentials||BA, Kenyon College, MA, Middlebury College|
|Director(s) of Admissions||Caroline G. LaVigne, Director of Admissions & Tuition Aid|
Enrollment & Faculty
|Elementary Enrollment (Through Grade 8)||195|
|Secondary Enrollment (Grades 9-PG)||405|
|Student Body Ethnicity||White 70%, Latino 2%, African-American 10%, Asian 11%, Other 7%|
|Average Class Size||13|
|Faculty with Advanced Degrees (%)||76|
|Male Teaching Faculty||48|
|Female Teaching Faculty||61|
|Faculty Ethnicity||White 85%, Latino 3%, African-American 10%, Asian 2%|
Campus & Endowment
|Buildings on Campus||7|