Letter from the Director
We appreciate your interest in Burroughs and welcome you to our website. We value each applicant, and, through the course of the admission process, we hope we'll get to know each other very well.Please reach out if you need more information about a topic that interests you or if you need additional materials. I can be reached by email or at 314/993-4045, ext. 227. You may also contact Courtney Gable, assistant director of admission, at 314/993-4045, ext. 348, or Nancy Vogt, administrative assistant, at 314-993-4045, ext. 242.
There are several steps in the admission process, including a school visit, an interview, recommendations, and an examination. No one factor is more important than another. Please take a moment to review the Admission Process and Admission Calendar pages for basic information.
Fifth graders may be interested in an optional preliminary step. The practice test, offered the spring before your 6th-grade year, can help identify areas students might want to review before taking the required entrance exam. For 5th graders who are considering applying to or committing to another school this year, we offer early consultation and investigation about Burroughs.
Please remember that the entrance exam is only one part of the application. When we are making admission decisions, we carefully review the complete file for each applicant.
We realize everyone has something to contribute and honestly wish we could accept everyone who applies. But generally, there are more qualified applicants than we have space for, and we are committed to maintaining our small grade size, a 7th grade class of approximately 100 students. Due to the size of our current 7th-grade class, we will not be accepting applications for grade 8 (2023-2024 academic year).
No specific type of student is sought; each individual is considered for who they are, as well as for who they might become. We are also interested in the diversity of the class. We seek students with different abilities and skills — academic, musical, artistic, and athletic. We want children from different backgrounds, cultures, and viewpoints. Our student body comes from a large number of elementary schools (typically between 20-30 schools) and from a wide range of communities in and around metropolitan St. Louis. While preference is given to siblings and children of graduated alumni, each year, approximately half of the incoming 7th grade is new to our community.
We hope you will have fun exploring us online. Lots of other opportunities to get acquainted with Burroughs are ahead. I look forward to working with you and your family.
Caroline Gaskin LaVigne '92
Director of Admission & Tuition Aid
We seek students with different abilities and skills — academic, musical, artistic. and athletic. We want children from different backgrounds, cultures, and viewpoints.