Welcome to The Barstow School of Ghana. Founded in 1884 in Kansas City, Missouri, The Barstow School is recognized around the world for its rigorous, innovative college preparatory education.
Barstow students engage in innovative, hands-on learning. Students in Ghana can take advantage of many opportunities and programs available on our Accra campus. From early childhood education through high school, The Barstow School of Ghana offers students an unparalleled opportunity to explore the world locally, regionally, nationally and internationally.

Graduates of The Barstow School of Ghana will receive a U.S. diploma, internationally recognized for entrance into universities and colleges. Other certifications include AP, Pre-SAT and SAT Certificates. The school is governed by a Board of Trustees and overseen by President of The Barstow Schools, Shane Foster, and employs highly qualified local administrators and facilitators.

Global Outreach

Barstow Campuses

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  • The Barstow School

    Kansas City, Missouri
  • Ghana Campus

    Accra, Ghana
  • Türkiye Campus

    Barstow-INO, Istanbul (Opening Fall 2023) 
  • Ningbo Campus

    Ningbo, China
  • Haishu Campus

    Haishu, China
  • IDEA Space KC

    Leawood, Kansas

Partner Schools

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Leadership & Management

The Barstow School of Ghana is governed by a Board of Trustees and overseen by the President of The Barstow Schools. Highly qualified local administrators support students in collaboration with faculty from The Barstow School of Kansas City.


Not spectators.
This is how I sum up the Barstow difference. We take kids out of the classroom and put them in the world. 
Our curriculum brings lessons to life — learning comes not just from books, but from real-life, project-based experiences. How do we do this? We admit curious, passionate learners. We attract and retain faculty who are much more than teachers. They are mentors, invested in the success of each individual student.

Innovative thinking is part of our culture. We encourage students to brainstorm original ideas, test and refine them, and learn from both successes and failures. If you are a curious, passionate learner, welcome to The Barstow School.

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  • Shane Foster

    President of the Barstow Schools
    Shane Foster has been an educator, school leader and advocate for innovative learning for four decades.
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School Management Ghana Campus

The Barstow School of Ghana meets the highest educational governance standards and exceeds the prescribed Ghanaian education norms and standards. 

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  • Governance Council

    The Governance Council (TGC) is composed of five management boards:
    • Board of Academic Learning
    • Board of Multiple Intelligences Development
    • Board of Student Competitiveness Development 
    • Board of Infrastructure & Resources
    • Board of Instruction & Learning Quality Management
  • Executive Team

    • Chair of the Governance Council
    • Head, Board of Academic Learning
    • Head, Board of Multiple Intelligences Development
    • Head, Board of Student Competitiveness Development
    • Head, Board of Infrastructure & Resources
    • Head, Board of Instruction & Learning Quality Management
  • Key Team Members

    • Shane Foster
      President, The Barstow Schools
    • Ali Iddrisu
    • Rosalynn William-Mensah
      Academic Principal
    • Solomon Nti Baabu
      Vice Principal, Middle & High School
    • Daniella Gyasi-Nimako Adubofour
      Vice Principal, Elementary
  • Global Coordinators

    • Minka Rudman, Preschool
    • Annie Fairchild, Preschool & Lower Primary
    • Brooke Thompson, Lower & Upper Primary
    • Brandon Pepin, Junior & Senior High School
    • Dr. Kory Gallagher, Junior & Senior High School

Barstow Board of Trustees

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  • Meet the Trustees

    The Barstow School became a nonprofit corporation overseen by a board of trustees after the retirement of founder Mary Louise Barstow in 1923.

History & Tradition

The oldest independent school west of the Mississippi, Barstow celebrated 135 years of innovative education during the 2019-2020 school year.


Mission & Vision

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  • Our Mission

    To promote sound scholarship and give symmetrical development to mind, body and character. The Barstow School of Ghana develops multiple intelligences to bring students in line with the best in the world.
  • Our Values

    To graduate students who achieve their unique potential, live meaningful lives and significantly impact the world in which they live.

Core Values

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  • Integrity

  • Inclusiveness

  • Imagination

  • Accountability

  • Courage

  • Purpose

  • Trust

  • Lifelong Learning

21st Century Skills

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  • Collaboration

  • Creativity

  • Problem Solving

  • Flexibility

  • Global Awareness

  • Perseverance & Resilience

  • Communication

  • Critical Thinking

  • Civic Participation

  • Leadership

  • Technology Proficiency