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At Burke, you'll learn through challenging college prep academics – our progressive pedagogy values your individuality and places you at the center of your education.


  • Thoughtful Debate
  • Rigorous Courses
  • Spirited Collaboration
  • Faculty who Prioritize Critical Thinking
  • Visits to Museums, Parks, and Embassies
  • Hands-On, Multi-Disciplinary Projects
Most importantly, you'll learn from your peers ... because your interests, background, and experience contribute to everyone's education.

Middle School Program

High School Departments & Courses

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  • 1:1 iPad Program

    Incorporating technology into our curriculum is essential to keep students engaged and to teach them how to navigate a world full of screens. We are committed to applying the latest research into how students learn and what helps them to succeed.

    In our iPad program, each student has a tablet to use during the school day (and to bring home in High School) and teachers meet regularly to discuss creative ways to incorporate tablets into the learning environment.

    > More about iPad use in Middle School
  • Civic Engagement

    Every year, Burke students experience a year-long, integrated civics, equity, and leadership curriculum, grounded in social justice pedagogy. We draw inspiration from our founders' vision: a learning environment in which students become active and socially responsible citizen-leaders, committed to advancing social justice in their communities. Learn more.
  • Independent Study

    In the High School, the Independent Study option enables students to pursue interests and explore personal passions, with support from a faculty member. In recent years, students have delved into Chinese and Japanese language, American Sign Language, Advanced Drawing & Painting and 2-D art, computer science and web applications, and music theory.
  • Learning Support

    Our Learning Support Department assists students in meeting the demands of Burke's challenging academic program. Full-time learning specialists provide support with organization, note and test-taking strategy, and self-advocacy. Learn more.
  • Senior Projects

    The Senior Project gives students an opportunity to pursue interests and passions beyond the classroom and allows them to contribute to communities and workplaces outside of Burke. Students work with their families, faculty and staff, and advisor to find and develop a meaningful internship or project that takes place during mid to late May of their senior spring.

    > https://www.burkeschool.org/academics/curriculum/senior-projects
  • Teaching Assistants

    High School students who are capable of independent work in a subject can also serve as Teaching Assistants at Burke: assisting the teacher, working with students during in-class exercises, or teaching short lessons. Other responsibilities might include peer tutoring or helping to organize field trips.

Field Trips in 2022-23

Field Trips in 2023-24 - in progress

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