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Thank you for your interest in Burke – we can't wait to meet you!

The deadline for first-round applications was January 10, 2020. We consider applications in our second round on a rolling basis when space exists in a particular grade.

If you are interested in being considered in the second round, please call us (202-362-8882 x670) so that we can discuss our availability and the timeline.

Like many DC-area schools, we use the Ravenna platform for our online applications. After we have spoken by phone, you can set up a profile in Ravenna and start your application there.

Note: All US Citizens and Permanent Residents should follow the steps above; non-US Citizens should follow the International Student application process.

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Edmund Burke School admits students of any race, color, religion, gender identity, sexual orientation, and national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school.

Expansion Years at Burke

Burke is a 6th-12th grade school and we encourage applications for 6th-11th grade. In a typical year, we welcome at least a couple new students in each of these grades.

The following grades, however, are considered "expansion years" (or "entry years") and have the largest concentration of new-to-Burke students:

  • 6th grade: 20 new students
  • 7th grade: 5-6 new students
  • 9th grade: 30 new students
  • 10th grade: 5-6 new students

Step-by-Step Application Process

List of 5 items.

  • Step 1: Request Materials

    If you have not already done so, please fill out our online inquiry form to be entered into our database and to receive our viewbook.
  • Step 2: Apply & Interview

    To begin an application, please create an account in Ravenna, our online Admission portal. Your Ravenna account will enable you to sign up for Burke events and complete the application process. The deadline for the first round application submissions for the 2020-2021 school year is January 10, 2020. Supplemental application pieces are due January 17, 2020.
    The domestic application fee is $70. Once we receive your preliminary application (application form, parent statement, and interest questionnaire), you are able to schedule the shadow visit and interview.  For Middle School candidates, the Admissions Office will contact you to schedule a half-day class visit, an interview for your child, and a conversation with you.  For High School candidates, an online schedule of visit dates will be available to you in Ravenna once you complete the preliminary application.  Shadow visits are scheduled on a first-come, first-served basis. We cannot guarantee your child's shadow visit before decisions are made if your child's application is not received by January 10, 2020.
  • Step 3: Register for the ISEE or the SSAT

    All applicants are required to take either the Independent School Entrance Exam (ISEE) or the Secondary School Admissions Test (SSAT).  While these tests may be taken at any official location, Burke should be listed as a score recipient (our school codes are listed below).  For more information on the tests, including registration, dates, and locations, visit:

    Burke's ISEE School Code is 090064

    Burke's SSAT School Code is 2956
  • Step 4: Submit Transcript

    A complete and official secondary school transcript should be submitted electronically or mailed directly from your child's school to Burke. The transcript request form is available through your Ravenna account.
  • Step 5: Submit Recommendation Forms

    Once in Ravenna, you will be able to send teacher recommendation forms electronically to your child's current English and math teachers. The optional third form may be sent to an adult of your choice in a teaching, coaching or mentoring role.
Co-ed, progressive, college prep school in Washington, DC featuring a challenging curriculum in an inclusive environment for grades 6-12.