Burroughs at a Glance

Founded in 1923, Burroughs is a coeducational, college preparatory day school for grades 7-12. Faculty, parents and students share a commitment to a liberal arts education which strikes a balance of emphasis among academics, arts, athletics and activities. Graduates enter leading colleges throughout the country. Our 49-acre campus is located in St. Louis, Missouri.

2016 - 2017

This page was last updated August 2016.

150427_Picnic_43082-300.jpgPresident, Board of Trustees: Charlie Peters

Head of School: Andy Abbott

Faculty: Full time 90; Part time 32; 81% hold advanced degrees; Average years teaching experience 20 (average years at JBS 13)

Enrollment: 600 including 102 seventh graders from 23 public, parochial and independent schools

Living Alumni: 6,703

Plant and Land Value: $125,289,900

Operating Budget: $19,922,000

Tuition: $26,600

Tuition Aid: $2,527,400

Accreditation:  Burroughs, which was founded in 1923, is accredited by the Independent Schools Association of the Central States (ISACS).

Admissions:  Admission is based on school records, recommendations, entrance examination results and a personal interview. The primary admission level is grade seven, but applicants are considered for grades eight through twelve as openings permit.

Student Tuition Aid

Applicants for aid follow regular admission procedures and submit a completed Parents' Financial Statement. Admissions decisions are made separately from decisions about tuition aid, which are made solely on the basis of family financial need.

Awards are in the form of grants, loans or a combination of both. This year, 22 percent of the student body receives aid; the average award is $19,300.

National Distinctions

National Merit
Class of 2016 (102 students)
27 National Merit Semifinalists
14 Commended Students

Presidential Scholars
Five Presidential Scholars since 1995 are Burroughs graduates. Our most recent Presidential Scholar graduated with the Class of 2015.

Gift Support

Endowment Fund: Income from endowment covers approximately 9 percent of the school's 2016-2017 operating expenses.

Annual Giving Fund:  Income from Annual Giving covers approximately 10 percent of the school's operating expenses. In 2015-2016, more than #2.4 million was contributed by parents, alumni, parents of alumni, grandparents and friends.

Our Campus

2015_09_ARcoverArt_0039 copy1.jpgMajor components of the Burroughs campus include the Brauer Building and Schnuck Wing & Tower (most of our academic classrooms, three computer labs, the Bonsack Gallery, the industrial technology and engineering classroom, the dining room, and administration, admissions, business and development offices); the Gaylord Science Building (seven fully equipped labs, five classrooms, a computer lab and a greenhouse; the family & consumer science classroom; and the student publications lab); the Kuehner Fine Arts Building (a gallery for student and alumni exhibits, and painting, sculpture, printmaking and photography studios); the Stamper Library; Haertter Hall (the auditorium/main stage theater, black box theater and dance studio as well as classrooms, practice rooms and recital rooms for band, orchestra and chorus); the student Commons (informal gathering spaces for students, college counseling offices and conference rooms, the office of diversity and multicultural education, and development offices); the Taylor Family Athletic Center (a multi-level performance gym, locker rooms for visiting teams/officials, the weight/cardio/fitness center, athletic offices and conference rooms); the Cissel Center (the natatorium, student locker rooms, the bookstore, the student activities office, the multipurpose room and the Memorial Gym); and the Olin Field House (three courts and the indoor track).

Outdoor athletic facilities include the Lee Tennis Complex; the Beckman Soccer Field; the Leland Football/Lacrosse Field and Lemen Press Box/Stands; the Keefer Track; the McConnell Baseball Field and Sisler Stands; and the hockey field.


Head of School:  Andy Abbott

Assistant Head of School, Director of Academics:  Macon Paine Finley '73

Principal of Grades 7 and 8:  Julie Harris

Principal of Grades 9 and 10:  Scott Deken

Principal of Grades 11 and 12:  Chris Front

Director of PE/Athletics:  Peter Tasker