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John Burroughs School

School rating 5 / 5 by

755 South Price Road St. Louis MO 63124 United States
7th to 12th


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Burroughs has a very strong academic program. While they do not offer many AP courses, most of their normal or advanced track courses prepare students better for the AP test than many AP courses at other schools. Teachers who teach juniors and seniors also teach 7th and 8th graders, so there is a great sense of community from an academic standpoint. Many teachers have PhDs in their department, and all classes are around 15 people each. Desks in History and English classes, along with some others, are often arranged in a circle to promote discussions. Burroughs offers an amazing high school liberal arts education and prepared me extremely well for college. Additionally, the 3rd floor is dedicated to academic counseling, and the teachers who work in that department are exceptional.

College Counseling

Talking with many of my new friends at school, I believe John Burroughs must have....

Sample insights on college counseling

  • They have contacts at most of the major universities and feel perfectly comfortable picking up the phone and advocating for a student to get accepted somewhere they feel is a good fit for that student. However, these counselors are certainly not magic bullets. They cannot guarantee that a student will get into an Ivy League university...
  • For those wishing to move on to Oxford or Cambridge, the provision is second-to-none. In the months running up to application and interview, every subject faculty offers classes (often run by former Oxbridge tutors) exploring further areas of their subject as well as offering advice on personal statements, interview technique and more...

Admissions - Getting Accepted

I don't remember too much about the admissions process, as students are admitted before 7th....

Sample insights on admissions

  • For the interview, dress conservatively. Try to be very clean and put together. Also, I was a tour guide for two years and at the end of every tour, we were asked to evaluate the candidate so if you think the tour is not apart of the process, you are very wrong. Ask questions and be interested. Also, tip for the parents: the kids speak on the tour. Do not ask their questions for them...
  • Most younger siblings have an easy time in the admissions process. I can only think of one case of a younger sibling not being admitted. About half of the students who entered with me had come from public schools. The remainder came from private K-6 schools, or had transferred from other New York private schools The Elizabeth Morrow School and St. Bernard were two of the larger feeder schools...

School Life

The quality of life at Burroughs is great. It's a day school, so the only meal served is lunch. Lunch is high quality, with family-style serving and sandwich/salad/soup/vegetarian options every day. For upperclassmen there is also snack provided in the late mornings and extra goodies for lunch. The neighborhood is the most expensive suburb of St. Louis, and while this is represented in some of the student body, people come from as far west as Lake St. Louis and as far east as Belleville, IL, and over 20% of students receive financial aid. The library and the science labs are....

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