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. Download more information.
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.
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.
Incorporating technology into our curriculum is essential both for keeping students engaged and for teaching 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 teachers meet regularly to discuss creative ways to incorporate tablets into the learning environment. Learn more here.
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, service learning director, and advisor to find and develop a meaningful internship or project that takes place during mid to late May of their senior spring. Learn more here.
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Co-ed, progressive, college prep school in Washington, DC featuring a challenging curriculum in an inclusive environment for grades 6-12.