Powered by The Barstow School

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 in Kansas City, Missouri with partner schools around the world. We launched online classes in 2012 and have continued to develop and expand our technology, tools, courses and grade levels ever since. The result is Barstow Global Online.

Contact Us

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  • Email

    info@barstowglobalonline.org
  • Toll Free

  • Direct

    1-816-277-0413
  • Fax

    1-816-942-3227
  • Address

    11511 State Line Road
    Kansas City, MO 64114

Our Students

Barstow Global Online is ideal for students who want a challenging lower and middle school environment, and a college or career prep upper school experience without the constraints of a traditional calendar or commute. Our campus is wherever you need it to be. 

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  • The students learning from home

    When COVID-19 caused campuses across the country to close in 2020, students suddenly needed a new way to continue their education. The Barstow School launched its online class schedule within days and built  the foundation of Barstow Global Online — now available to you 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.

Our Team

Our school leaders brings decades of forward-thinking leadership and school management to Barstow Global Online. They embrace new technologies and innovative ideas to support student success.

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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.
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  • Kellye Crockett, Director of Barstow Global Online

    Kellye Crockett brings over 20 years of experience in blended and online learning to Barstow Global Online.
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  • Rebecca Green Garry, Director of Admission

    As director of admission for The Barstow School and Barstow Global Online, Rebecca Green Garry will assist you in the application and enrollment process.
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  • Scott Daniel, Director of Technology

    Scott Daniel is an accomplished educator with more than 30 years of teaching and technology experience and expertise.
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Why Barstow Global Online?

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  • Education Delivered Differently

    Barstow Global Online delivers 21st century education to students who need or want new ways to learn.
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  • Learn Without Limits

    We put the right technology into place so students can focus on learning the moment they log in. With virtual events, sample classes and an experienced support team, you can choose how you want to learn with BGO. 
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  • Take Us Along This Summer

    Whether you're staying close to home or spending summer on the go, BGO can go anywhere your student does.  Registration begins March 8, 2021.
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Accreditations & Associations

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).

Work With Us

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  • Content Creators

    We're growing our course catalog. Help us develop an online course in dozens of subject areas.
  • Online Teachers

    Teach one or more courses for kindergarten-grade 12. Asynchronous courses with live office hours for student support.

Be a Volunteer

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  • Professional in Residence

    Put your expertise to work helping to grow and diversity the next generation in your field. Guide students as they create original projects and products.
  • Alumni Mentor

     From leading global STEM companies to successful local start-ups, we invite Barstow alumni to share their expertise with today's students.
  • Community Learning Partner

    Support IDEA Space students and work with our partners and stakeholders on a variety of special projects.

FAQ

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  • What is Barstow Global Online?

    Barstow Global Online is an independent, accredited online school. Courses are taught by certified educators. Students take between four to eight courses per school year, though that term is determined by the student rather than defined as a specific nine-month period.
    Course requirements vary with each grade level and division. Lower school students take language arts, social studies, science, math and physical education. Middle school students take these classes, plus one world language and an elective. Upper school students have a wide array of required coursework, electives and independent study choices and will work with an advisor to chart their course through graduation.
    Courses are delivered online in an asynchronous learning environment that fits the student’s schedule, rather than the student fitting school in between the hours of 8 a.m. and 3 p.m.
  • What does my child’s day look like?

    If this is your student’s first foray into online learning, there will be an adjustment period. As a student develops new study methods and habits, their time spent online will change. One of the many advantages to online learning is self-direction, so a student may choose to be in class early in the morning, break at midday for outside activities, then return to school in the evening. A student might also attend classes three or four days a week, then have three to four days off. As long as class requirements are met, scheduling is flexible for every schedule.
    In order to meet class requirements, students should plan to spend an hour per day per course. This varies from subject to subject, so it’s up to students, parents and teachers to find the right pace. Flexible scheduling allows students to balance learning with physical activity, sports practices, rehearsals and performances, doctor’s appointments, travel and other commitments.
  • How much teacher interaction can we expect?

    BGO offers a mix of live, synchronous learning, with self-paced, asynchronous instruction. When a student has questions, our teachers have a 48 hour response rate requirement. Students can reach teachers via email, and while waiting for a response, work on other subjects and assignments. Depending on the question, a teacher might respond via email, or schedule a video meeting or phone call for one-on-one conferencing.
  • What is tuition and how is payment handled?

    You can find tuition and affordability information here. Payment in full is required prior to the course start date. Payment can be made by e-check with no additional fee. Payments made by credit card will include a processing fee of 2.75 percent.
  • Do I have to live in the U.S. to attend Barstow Global Online?

    No, we welcome students from anywhere in the world. As long as you have internet access and you can read, write and speak English, you can participate in our online courses.
  • Do you offer PE, art and music courses?

    Yes. These courses are part of the lower and middle school curriculum; upper school options for these subjects and other electives are listed in our course catalog.
  • Can a student enroll at mid-year or start classes during the summer?

    Yes. BGO is designed so that there is no set school year. We offer rolling admissions and enrollments, so that a student may choose to attend school when it’s convenient for them, especially in regard to competition seasons, performance schedules, medical treatments and travel.
  • What is Barstow Global Online’s grading scale?

    Grade point averages are computed cumulatively from all courses at the conclusion of each class. Grades are weighted. In AP®/HC courses, grades are increased by two-thirds of a point; in honors courses, grades are increased by one-third of a point.

    Grading Scale

    A90–100 — Outstanding
    B80-89 — Above average
    C70-79 — Satisfactory
    D60-69 — Passing
    F59 and below — Failing

     
  • Will Barstow Global Online give me credit for outside activities and experiences?

    Yes. BGO students often have a variety of outside interests and activities that qualify them for credit and special certifications on their high school transcripts. Your academic advisor can assist you in determining which activities and experiences qualify.
  • Can I receive upper school credit while I’m in middle school?

    Students in grades 6, 7 and 8 can receive high school credit for Algebra I, Geometry and Algebra II after demonstrating mastery of prerequisites. Middle school students may also take a foreign language for high school credit. All other core courses and electives taken in middle school will not be considered for high school credit in accordance with college entrance requirements.
  • Can a student be enrolled at Barstow Global Online and a regular school at the same time?

    Every situation is different so BGO staff can work with you to formulate an approved dual enrollment plan.
  • My student has been homeschooled/attended another online school. How will Barstow Global Online determine my child’s incoming grade level?

    Homeschool work completed through the eighth grade level will be accepted if the student successfully completes our reading and math diagnostic assessments. Results of these assessments will determine grade level placement. Transfer credits will be awarded once the student’s completed homeschool work or online transcript has been reviewed by our admissions office.

What Parents & Teachers Say

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  • Middle School Parent

    "Our children benefit from the structure and expectations of online learning. It feels like a true college prep experience as they practice independence and time management and experience personal growth."
  • Upper school parent

    “Our return on investment is far greater than the expense.”
  • Middle school parent

    “Thank you for making sure our children are ready to continue to learn at a high level!”
  • Educator

    “These classes are of such quality and caliber of content, it’s like having a private tutor.”