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.


This page was last updated August 2019

President, Board of Trustees: Russ Willey

Head of School: Andy Abbott

Faculty: Full time 96; Part time 32; 77% hold advanced degrees; average years teaching experience 19 (average years at JBS 13)

Enrollment: 642 including 103 seventh graders from 23 public, parochial and independent schools

Living Alumni: 6,889

Plant and Land Value: $143,522,881

Operating Budget: $22,950,800

Tuition: $29,400

Tuition Aid: $3,444,392

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, more than 24 percent of the student body receives aid; the average award is $22,222.

National Distinctions

National Merit
Class of 2019 (103 students)
24 National Merit Semifinalists
10 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 more than 8.5 percent of the school's 2019-2020 operating expenses.

Annual Fund:  Income from the Annual Fund covers more than 10 percent of the school's operating expenses. In 2018-2019, more than $2.4 million was contributed by parents, alumni, parents of alumni, grandparents and friends.

Our Campus

Major components of the Burroughs campus include the Brauer Building and Schnuck Wing & Tower (most of our academic classrooms, modern languages computer lab, the Bonsack Gallery, the dining room, and administration, admissions, business and advancement offices); the Science, Technology & Research (STAR) building (the two-level library as well as classrooms and offices for science, computer science, industrial technology/engineering, family and consumer science); the Kuehner Fine Arts Building (a gallery for student and alumni exhibits, and painting, sculpture, printmaking and photography studios); Haertter Hall (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, conference rooms and offices for principals, college counseling, and diversity, equity & inclusivity); 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 service learning office, the multipurpose room, the Memorial Gym, and the Olin Field House which houses 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 field hockey field.


Head of School: Andy Abbott

Assistant Head of School, Principal of Grades 7 and 8: Julie Harris

Principal of Grades 9 and 10: Julie Shimabukuro

Principal of Grades 11 and 12: Jennifer Salrin

Director of Academics: Chris Front

Director of PE/Athletics: Peter Tasker