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John Burroughs School

Private K-12 School

Mailing Address
755 South Price Road
St. Louis, Missouri 63124
(314) 993-4040
Email address
School Information
John Burroughs School was founded in 1923 and instructs grades 7-12. "John Burroughs School, a college-preparatory day school in St. Louis, Missouri, brings the liberal arts model to secondary education. It offers a core curriculum that supports a broad base of knowledge and skills in the humanities; STEM; the arts; athletics, health and wellness; global awareness and cultural competency; and service and sustainability. This broad base of knowledge provides the opportunity for students to explore possibilities and in the process discover their passions" (Source: The student to faculty ratio is 7 to 1 and its total enrollment is 650 students. Over 100 faculty work at JBS.
General Information
John Burroughs School has created numerous diversity initiatives, including a diversity committee, a Community and Equity Partnership, and the Equity Exchange. JBS requires faculty and staff to have cultural competency training, and JBS's curriculum requires four years of diversity courses.

Actions Taken

Curriculum Changes and Requirements
  • JBS states that "one-third of our faculty and staff sit on a diversity committee that reviews and makes recommendations on curriculum development and delivery, professional development and the campus environment."
  • JBS's curriculum incorporates a "four-year seminar sequence to ensure all students build skills for cultural/global competency."
  • JBS requires students to take a course titled Diversity Seminar.
Faculty/Staff Requirements
  • JBS states that it "provides - and requires - ongoing in-house diversity and cultural competency training for our faculty-at-large."
  • JBS states that "every faculty and staff member is required to commit to cultural competency training and are offered opportunities for one-on-one coaching."
  • In a job listing for a Director of College Counseling position on the Association of College Counselors in Independent Schools' website, the school said, "We believe that the many dimensions of diversity, equity, and inclusivity are essential to excellence in education, and they are woven into the fabric of the Burroughs experience." In addition, the school said that candidates should "Have strong cultural competency demonstrated by a commitment to work in diversity, equity and inclusion," as a qualification. Furthermore, the school said that the candidate will be "Remaining abreast in DEI issues."
Political Actions and Support for Anti-Racism
  • On June 3, 2020, JOBS announced that it would hold an event hosting President Obama "to discuss the tragic events of recent weeks, the history of police violence in America, and specific action steps needed to transform a system that has led to the loss of too many lives." This post was also featured on its Twitter account.
Program and Research Funding
  • JBS received two EE Ford grants for its Equity Exchange program.
  • The JBS library held an event for diversity issues in the library collection.
Symbolic Actions
  • JBS has an Office of DEI which "serves as a central point of effort and coordination of student support and programming; faculty/staff engagement and professional development; community education and outreach; and assessment of all DEI initiatives."
  • In 2015, JBS created a Community and Equity Partnership which is a "forum for parents, guardians, and alums, under the Office of DEI." It plans programs, events, and initiatives for diversity.
  • In 2019, JBS "sponsored a panel discussion of equitable education."
  • In 2015, JBS created the Equity Exchange which "was conceived through numerous conversations with educators around the nation who expressed the need to advance our work beyond 'Diversity 101.'"
  • JBS highlighted Leyla Fern King for a "nonprofit racial equity storytelling project."
  • On July 9, 2020, JBS highlighted on Facebook a student who joined Runners Against Racism. This post was also featured on its Twitter account.
  • On June 22, 2020, JBS highlighted on Facebook a student who was selected as an Impact Award recipient for "actors, producers, writers, and content creators who are striving for a more equitable and inclusive industry that reflects the diversity and richness of our communities." This post was also featured on its Twitter account.
  • On June 4, 2020, JBS's Head of School released a statement saying that the graduation night "was also a moment when our thoughts remained transfixed on the brutal murder of George Floyd."
Last updated July 26th, 2022
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