St. Louis City Schools

John Burroughs School


  • Grades Served: 7 – 12
  • 625 Students (Coed)
  • Average Class Size: 13
  • Theme: College Preparatory
  • Languages Offered: French, Spanish, German, Russian, Chinese, Latin, Greek
  • School Day: 8:15am – 4:30pm
  • Opened in 1923
  • Tuition Range: $28,480 Per Year Average tuition for local Private Schools: $9,468
  • No one should fail to apply to Burroughs on the basis of financial need. Every year more than an entire grade level of our students receive some form of loans, grants or a package of loans and grants. In the 2017-2018 school year, more than 22 percent of our students have collectively been awarded $2,930,603.
  • 23% of students receive Financial Aid
  • The class of 2019 claims 24 National Merit Semifinalists and 10 students who were commended in the National Merit Scholarship competition.
  • Burroughs claimed two state championships (boys varsity tennis and girls track and field) during the 2017-18 school year. In the past 10 years, the school has claimed 59 state championships and 42 district championships.
  • Each year Burroughs graduates matriculate at dozens of colleges all over the country. In the past 5 years, the following 10 colleges received the highest number of our school's recent grads: Washington University in St. Louis, New York University, Southern Methodist University, University of Southern California, University of Miami, University of Chicago, Indiana University at Bloomington, University of Richmond, Tulane University, and Vanderbilt University.
  • All students participate in at least one aspect of the school's rich arts program. About 52 percent of them are involved in theatre/speech/dance, 64 percent in music (choir, band and orchestra), 63 percent in practical arts and 65 percent in fine arts.
  • Burroughs’ strong curriculum in STEM and humanities is now further complemented by its new 76,000-square-foot Science, Technology & Research building, which brings together science, computer science, industrial technology/engineering, family and consumer science, and the library under one roof.
  • Extracurriculars: Upper school students may participate on highly competitive teams tailored to a range of skill levels: baseball, basketball, cross country, field hockey, football, golf, ice hockey, lacrosse, soccer, swimming/diving, tennis, track and field, wrestling, volleyball and water polo teams and the dance program. About four dozen other activities range from student government and publications to the International Model United Nations, diversity, chess, cheerleading, robotics and film clubs.
  • Offers 8 AP Classes


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  • Somewhat Diverse Economically23% of students receive Financial Aid
  • Somewhat Diverse Racially

Test Scores

In 2019, the Average ACT Score for students was 33 33

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