Academics

Beginning at the earliest years and building with each grade level, Barstow students explore their interests, build new skills and competencies, and develop a love for learning.
We offer a rigorous education in a supportive environment. We design lessons that are challenging, active and engaging so students gain the confidence they need to take intellectual risks.
STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and math) principles are applied to every subject. Our school merges American and Ghana Education Service curriculums, serving children from three months through grade 12.

The Global School

The Barstow School of Ghana is backed by thousands of hours of expert training, international education counseling and the educational consulting experience of International Consultants for Education and Fairs (ICEF). Powered by its partnership with The Barstow School of Kansas City, Missouri, USA, our school offers a truly world-class education with state-of-the-art facilities, infrastructure, and teaching-learning resources on a friendly and inviting campus.

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  • Development

    The Barstow School of Ghana develops multiple intelligences in students to bring them up to speed with the best in the world. Our curriculum gives students the skills they need for life — at school, university and work.
  • Acceleration

    Our philosophy, curriculum, methodologies and resources are aligned to meet the objective of accelerating learning and outcomes for students across age and capability spectrums. Students are exposed to higher-level content and more challenging assignments earlier in their education. 
  • Challenge

    Gifted students are challenged to advance in multiple content areas, work independently and gain the confidence they need to be self-directed in their studies.
  • Support

    Students who are struggling academically or falling behind receive the support they need to catch up to their peers. We help students perform at an expected level for their age and grade, and meet required learning standards for gifted students.

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  • The Highest Standards

    The Barstow School of Ghana is benchmarked and aligned to the very best of international schools. Our facilities and resources, paired with energetic and innovative teachers, challenge and inspire our students to achieve excellence.  
  • Education for All Ages

    The Barstow School accepts students beginning at age two and is designed to develop their love of learning while building their skills and competencies with each course and grade level. Our playgroup, primary, middle and high school programs are aligned among the best global offerings and students may choose between the American and local courses of education. 

Preschool

Crèche, Nursery, Kindergarten

Why? How? Where? How many times a day does your child ask about the world around them?

Nurturing teachers develop lessons based on children’s reflective questions. The resulting moments of discovery and development spark their curiosity and fuel a lifelong love of learning. 

Because children learn best while at play, our students are encouraged to move, to explore and to participate in group activities and one-on-one time with their teacher. Classrooms are bright and filled with the materials young learners need to express their creativity. Preschool programs include specialized instruction in music, languages, art, creative movement and STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and math).

Preschool Subjects

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  • Literacy

    Foundational reading and writing skills including sounds and letter recognition.
  • Numeracy

    Foundational skills that teach the ability to understand and work with numbers.
  • Natural Science

    Developing an understanding of the natural world, including plant and animal life and earth sciences.
  • Bible knowledge

    In keeping with Barstow's mission to develop mind, body and character, biblical education focuses on understanding scripture. 
  • Creativity

    Development of artistic skills that encourage children to think critically, solve problems and apply knowledge in new ways.
  • Practical Life

    Development of skills necessary for age-appropriate growth and development.

Preschool Faculty

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  • Crèche

  • Kindergarten

  • Nursery

Barstow Faculty Global Coordinators

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    Minka Rudman 

    LS Preschool Lead Teacher, Early Childhood Coordinator, EC & EC Specialists Technology Coach
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    Annie  Fairchild 

    LS Kindergarten, Grades K, 1, & 2 Technology Coach

Basic School

Lower & Upper Primary (grades 1-6)

Building with each primary grade level, The Barstow School of Ghana feeds a child’s insatiable curiosity about the world, and turns it into knowledge, critical thinking and cultural and global awareness.

We use science, technology, engineering, arts and math to help students develop 21st century skills including collaboration, communication and creativity. We also build foundational skills in language arts, reading, writing, social studies and research skills. As children grow, we help them apply their knowledge in real-world settings. Teachers across subjects and grade levels work together to create a progression of learning.

Barstow Faculty Global Coordinators

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    Annie  Fairchild 

    LS Kindergarten, Grades K, 1, & 2 Technology Coach
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    Brooke Thompson 

    LS Grade 1 Coordinator, LS Grades 4 & 5 Technology Coach, US Varsity Girls Volleyball Assist. Coach

High School

Junior High (grades 7–9)

The Barstow School of Ghana’s junior high school meets the unique educational and developmental needs of students in grades 7-9. Students take risks that strengthen them academically and interpersonally. They consider diverse ideas, develop respect for their peers, and through community service and global education program, they cultivate sensitivity to the needs of the larger community.

Students master foundational skills first then move forward to learn more complicated material and apply critical thinking to higher level coursework. These courses build a purposeful progression to high school.

High School (grades 10-12)

Grades 9-12 are filled with rigorous academics and robust opportunities for students to discover their strengths, talents and  interests. Students prepare for the college application process and develop the independence that comes with matriculation at select universities. All students are offered world-class admission counseling and assistance for Ivy League school and international universities. They may sharpen knowledge and leadership skills by participating in global Olympiads, Model UN and other competitions. The Barstow School of Ghana graduates well-rounded students prepared for the next academic level.

Extracurricular Activities

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    Kory Gallagher 

    Assistant Director of Middle & Upper School
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    Brandon Pepin 94

    US World Language, US English

Grading and Graduation

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  • Grading Scale

    A = 90–100         Outstanding
    B = 80–89         Above Average
    C = 70–79         Satisfactory
    D = 60–69        Passing
    F = 59 and below     Failing
  • Minimum Graduation Requirements

    25 credits

    English — 4 credits
    Science — 4 credits 
    History 4 — credits
    Electives — 4 credits
    French/Spanish, Physical Education and/or Art — 4 credits 
    Service Learning — 1 credit

Developing Mind, Body and Character

A complete and well-rounded education includes activities beyond the classroom. The Barstow School is founded on the idea that every child should receive symmetrical development of mind, body and character.

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  • Student Life

    Our academically challenging and balanced program of education addresses the intellectual, social, emotional and physical well being of every child.
  • Service and Experiential Learning

    We provide opportunities for students to reflect on the nature of knowledge, how to apply what they learn in a classroom, complete independent research with real-world applications and undertake a project that involves community service and leadership learning.
  • Sports and Fitness

    Barstow students acquire a breadth and depth of knowledge and skills, allowing them to flourish physically, emotionally and ethically.