It's hard to understand how special Burke is until you experience the community in person. We encourage your to attend one of our Open Houses this fall to tour the building, meet students, teachers and parents, hear from our head of school, and see some remarkable student presentations. Saturday, October 22, 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM and Saturday, December 3, 1:00 PM to 3:30 PM.
Every organization needs a plan - a vision of where it wants to be in the future and how to get there. During the 2015-16 school year, the Board of Trustees undertook a strategic planning process, using feedback from students, parents, teachers, staff and alumni. The result is our vision for the next three years. Click here to read it!
"Chasing the Progressive Classroom" is a blog written by our very own English teachers, Sarah Schriber and Elizabeth Sislen. The blog documents their experiences making their classrooms a more student-centered, progressive place.
Click here to read their reflections and favorite lesson plans!
Students learn about race all day long - in movies, in songs, on social media. It's incumbent on us as teachers (and parents) to help students learn how to think critically about race and how to see things from multiple perspectives. This is an essential part of Burke's mission. Click here to read an excellent discussion of how to have honest conversations about race.
Teaching ethics in school is unavoidable - it's in every decision we make, from the subjects we choose to the way discussions are led. At Burke, learning to be a good person is as important as academics, athletics and arts. Click here to read about how schools can give kids a strong moral compass.
At Burke, students lead their twice yearly family conferences. They take responsibility for their education, learn how to assess their own work, and practice collaborating with adults. This reflects the responsibility we give them and the high standards to which we hold them. Click here to read more about the power of the family conference.
"Kids need to learn during their time at school that they have the right to ask questions, to challenge assumptions and to dig deeper. When teachers open the space for these questions, value them and explore them with students, a deep trust is built." That's what we do here at Burke. Click here to read the entire article.