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At A Glance

Founded in 1968, Edmund Burke School enrolls 315 students in grades 6-12 (approximately 90 in the Middle School and 225 in the High School) on a city campus in Van Ness, Washington, DC. With a student / teacher ratio of 6:1 and average class size of 14, Burke is a place where each individual is known and engaged.

... Now, how about some lesser-known facts?

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  • 7

    grade-wide civic engagement programs
  • 11

    junior & senior history electives
  • 0

    students cut from plays and sports teams
  • 14

    minutes to Rock Creek Park & Peirce Mill on foot
  • 36

    different colleges and universities attended by the class of 2023
  • 40

    percent students of color in 22-23
  • 59

    zip codes represented in 23-24
  • 18

    display spaces dedicated to 3D and 2D art work
  • 2

    mascots - one official and one less so
  • 12

    bands and choruses across all grades
  • 58

    different schools sending new students to Burke in 23-24
  • 20

    advisor meetings per student annually
  • 3

    different math pathways offered in 7th and 8th grade
  • 13

    computer science independent projects in 22-23
  • 1

    winner in school-wide musical chairs in fall 2023

How about a sample of curricula?

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  • 6th Grade Core - Humanities

    Blues musicians included in study of the Great Migration:

    Big Bill Broonzy (1903-1958)
    Howlin' Wolf (1910-1976)
    Lightnin’ Hopkins (1912-1982)
    Muddy Waters (1913-1983)
    Robert Johnson (1911-1938)
    Son House (1902-1988)
  • 8th Grade Visual Arts Electives

    Recent & Upcoming Offerings

    3-D Explorations
    Digital Illustration
    Digital Photography
    Instrumental Music
    Play Production
    Urban Alchemy
  • Advanced Placement (AP) Chemistry

    Seventeen laboratory experiments include:

    • Determination of Equivalent Mass of a Metal by Electrolysis
    • Determination of the Standard Enthalpy and Entropy Changes in a Chemical Reaction
    • Preparation and Interpretation of Titration Curves
    • Preparation and Properties of Buffer Solutions
    •  Spectrophotometric Determination of the Rate Law for the Reaction of Phenolphthalein with Sodium Hydroxide
  • American Supernatural Literature

    Spring 2022 Core Texts

    Ballad of Black Tom by Victor LaValle
    Bloodchild by Octavia Butler
    Lovecraft Country by Matt Ruff
    October Country by Ray Bradbury
    The Complete Lovecraft by H. P. Lovecraft
    The King in Yellow by Robert Chambers
    The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman
    The Red Tree by Caitlin Kiernan
    The Weird ed. Ann & Jeff VanderMeer
    Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman
  • High School Computer Science Electives

    Recent & Upcoming Courses

    3D Game Development
    Artificial Intelligence
    Augmented Reality
    Build Your Own Computer
    Ethical Hacking
    Independent Project
    Python Projects
    Smart Devices
    Social Media & Big Data
    Web App Development
  • High School Singing in the Spotlight

    Solos frim the Spring 2022 vocal concert:

    "Dyin' Ain’t So Bad" from Bonnie & Clyde
    "Dear Maria" by All Time Low
    "Stupid With Love"" from Mean Girls
    "Dos Oruguitas" from Encanto
    "Hor Ich Das Liedchen" by Shumann
    "Mi Buen Amor"
    "Fine" from Ordinary Days
    "Last Midnight" from Into the Woods
    "I Love You" by Billie Eilish

Additional Facts

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  • Discover More at Burke

    Get To Know Us ...
Co-ed, progressive, college prep school in Washington, DC featuring a challenging curriculum in an inclusive environment for grades 6-12.