Welcome to The Barstow School of Ghana, an affiliate of The Barstow School of Kansas City, Missouri.
Founded in 1884, Barstow has grown into a global network of schools where students engage in innovative, hands-on learning. We invite students in Ghana to take advantage of the many opportunities and programs available on our Accra campus. From age two through high school graduation, The Barstow School of Ghana offers students an unparalleled opportunity to explore the world locally, regionally, nationally and internationally.

Students graduating from The Barstow School of Ghana will receive a U.S. diploma, recognized around the world for undergraduate entrance into universities and colleges.

On behalf of the entire Barstow network of schools, welcome to The Barstow School of Ghana. We look forward to meeting and working with your family.

Global Outreach

Barstow Campuses

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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, Shane Foster. Highly qualified local administrators support student progress 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, out of the audience and onto the stage, off the bleachers and into the game.
How do we do this? We admit curious, passionate learners. We attract and retain faculty who are much more than teachers. Whether we’re learning in-person, online or a blend of both, our school community is creative, connected and resilient.

Innovative thinking is part of our culture. We see how the freedom to try new things leads to moments of discovery and progress. We encourage students to brainstorm original ideas, test them, 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

    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, Barstow School of Ghana 
    • Ali Iddrisu, CEO
    • Albert Arthur, MD
    • Williams Agbakpe, Headmaster
    • Gloria Acquah, Headmistress, Preschool
    • Gifty Kwabea, Head of Crèche Unit
    • Patricia Dinsey, Head of Nursery & Kindergarten Units
  • 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

    The Barstow School promotes sound scholarship and gives symmetrical development to mind, body and character. The Barstow School of Ghana develops multiple intelligences in students and brings them up to speed 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 & Teamwork

  • Communication

  • Creativity & Innovation

  • Critical Thinking

  • Problem Solving

  • Entrepreneurship

  • Flexibility

  • Civic Participation

  • Cultural Literacy & Global Awareness

  • Leadership

  • Perseverance & Resilience

  • Technology Proficiency