Founded in 1884, The Barstow School is widely recognized as an educational innovator. From a rigorous college preparatory school for girls to a thriving coeducational community of makers, doers and leaders, Barstow’s reputation is earned through 135 years of academic excellence and quality curriculum.
Barstow is a fully accredited independent school for students in preschool through grade 12. We’ve grown from our first class of five to more than 700 students in Kansas City, Missouri, and more than 1,000 at campuses and partner schools around the world.
In 2013, we launched our first online courses. We have continued to develop and expand our technology, tools, courses and grade levels ever since. The result is Barstow Global Online, uniquely prepared to serve today’s students in a changing educational environment.
Barstow Global Online is powered by The Barstow School, an accredited K-12 independent school in Kansas City, Missouri.
Our curriculum meets a high standard of excellence and accreditation is awarded through self-study and data, feedback from members of the school community and independent evaluation.
Barstow is also a member of the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) and the Educational Collaborative for International Schools (ECIS).
Barstow Global Online is ideal for students who want a challenging lower and middle school environment, and a college prep or career-ready upper school experience without the constraints of a traditional campus, calendar or commute.
Our campus is wherever you need it to be. Our faculty is ready to guide you. Freedom, flexibility and focus.
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The students learning from home
When COVID-19 caused campuses across the country to close in March 2020, students suddenly needed a new way to continue their education. The Barstow School launched its robust online class schedule within days. These courses are the foundation of Barstow Global Online — now available to you at home or anywhere you have internet access.
The Unconventional Learner
You embrace new technologies and trends. You want courses on demand, self-paced progress and individualized instruction.
The High Achiever
Your abilities exceed the scope of traditional schools. You learn fast and are self-motivated to excel. High standards of scholarship and our AP® and Honors courses keep you engaged.
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Young Professionals & Athletes
Athletes, actors and performers can pursue their passions and their education simultaneously. We work with parents, guardians, managers and coaches to accommodate multiple commitments.
The Student on The Move
An excellent option for military families or students whose parents travel or relocate frequently. You’ll find consistency and connection at Barstow Global Online.
The International Student
Developing global citizens is part of our culture. That makes us uniquely qualified to welcome international students to our virtual campus, where they can earn a recognized degree without leaving home.
Barstow Global Online is built on the principle that has guided Barstow’s administration, faculty and student body for 135 years: “to provide sound scholarship and to give symmetrical development to mind, body and character.” Our school leaders embrace new technologies and innovative ideas that take students successfully into the future.
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Shane Foster, President
Shane Foster has been an educator, school leader and advocate for innovative learning for more than 35 years.
Foster received his Bachelor of Education from the University of Tasmania in Australia, a Master of Education from the University of Wisconsin and a Master of Science from Concordia.
He began his career in 1985 as a physical education and primary school teacher at Sacred Heart School in Tasmania. From 1988-1998, Mr. Foster served at Wayland Academy, a coeducational boarding and day school in Beaver Dam, Wisconsin, as an English and history teacher, Dean of Students, Director of Residential Programs and Director of Leadership Camps. He became Upper School Headmaster at Nansemond-Suffolk Academy in Virginia in 1998, before being named Head of School at Barstow in 2008, and President in 2019.
In that role, he oversees the Kansas City, Missouri campus, the Barstow campus in Ningbo, China, and a growing network of international partner schools in Central and South America, Australia, Europe and Asia. A longtime advocate of technology integration in education, Mr. Foster oversaw the creation of Barstow’s first online classes in 2013.
Crockett spent twelve years leading the admission, financial aid, communication and marketing departments, and helped launch online classes in 2013. She also oversaw the creation of schoolwide global education and STEAM (science, technology, engineering, the arts and math) programs. She is excited to lead the BGO team to provide a unique learning experience for the learners of today and the leaders of tomorrow.
Crockett completed her undergraduate degree in education and master's degree in journalism at the University of Missouri.
Since joining The Barstow School in 2012, she has also served as assistant director of admission, marketing and communications. She has overseen significant growth in the school's applications, admissions and retention rates. She and her admission team are ready to guide you through the simple application process at BGO, connect you with faculty and advisors and answer your questions.
Rebecca Green Garry has a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Kansas.
In the classroom, he taught nearly every subject under the social studies umbrella. He has also served as a department chair and building administrator. Dr. Niermann joined The Barstow School as director of campus operations in 2019, and as a member of the Barstow Global Online leadership team, he works with students to ensure they are enrolled in courses that best fit their educational goals, interests and schedules.
As director of technology at The Barstow School, he quickly led Barstow in shifting to a fully online class model during the campus closure in March 2020. He brings that experience and expertise to Barstow Global Online.
Daniel began teaching physics and computer science at Barstow in 1989. He also teaches astronomy and computer science. In 2003, he introduced Kansas City's first 1:1 program for students that transitioned to a school-wide iPad program in 2009. He leads a team of IT professionals who are constantly learning new technologies and applications and sharing them with Barstow faculty and students.
Daniel has a Bachelor of Arts in Physics and a Master of Science in Information Technology from the University of Kansas.