Founded in 1923, John Burroughs School is a coeducational, college preparatory day school nestled in the heart of St. Louis, Missouri. Serving grades 7 through 12, our institution embodies a commitment to a liberal arts education that encompasses a rich blend of academics, arts, athletics, and community engagement. With a sprawling 50+ acre campus, we provide an environment where students can thrive academically and personally.


  • President, Board of Trustees: Mark Schnuck ’74
  • Head of School: Andy Abbott


Our dedicated faculty comprises 102 full-time and 25 part-time members, 78% of whom hold advanced degrees. With an average of 22 years of teaching experience, our educators bring unparalleled expertise to the classroom.


John Burroughs School welcomes 660 students, including 108 7th graders from diverse educational backgrounds. Our student body hails from 10 public, three parochial, and 10 independent schools, fostering a vibrant and inclusive community.

Alumni Network

With a proud legacy, our institution boasts a network of 7,040 living alumni who continue to make a mark in various fields worldwide.

Campus Facilities

Our campus features state-of-the-art facilities, including the Brauer Building, the Science, Technology & Research (STAR) building, the Kuehner Fine Arts Building, Haertter Hall, the Taylor Family Athletic Center, and more. Outdoor athletic facilities complement our indoor amenities, providing students with ample opportunities for growth and development.

Grant and Scholarship

Admission to John Burroughs School is based on academic records, recommendations, entrance exam results, and personal interviews. We primarily admit students at the 7th and 9th grade levels, with limited openings for grades 10 and 11. We also offer tuition aid to support families with demonstrated financial need.


Our students consistently excel academically, with achievements such as National Merit Semifinalist status and Presidential Scholar recognition. Income from our endowment and Annual Fund supports our mission of providing an exceptional educational experience to every student.

A Word from the Head of School

Andy Abbott, our Head of School, welcomes you to John Burroughs School and invites you to explore our vibrant community. With a commitment to progressive education and individualized learning, we strive to empower students to think critically, engage with their surroundings, and become active participants in shaping their futures.

Come discover the John Burroughs School difference – where academic rigor meets compassionate community, and lifelong learning thrives. We look forward to welcoming you into our family.

Last Updated: Fall 2023