PLEASE NOTE: Burke's campus is closed until May 11 due to COVID-19, but our Admissions process continues – and we look forward to meeting you virtually. Learn about virtual events on our Visiting Burke page and contact our Admissions team by email:

We are so glad that you are considering Burke for the 2021-22 school year – and we look forward to meeting you in the fall at our Open Houses and family tours.

Like many DC-area schools, we use the Ravenna platform for our online applications. While our application won't officially open until September, you are welcome to start your Ravenna profile now. We also invite you to sign up for our Admissions mailing list – and we will let you know when applications are open!

For the upcoming school year (2020-21), the first-round deadline was January 10. 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 email us ( so that we can discuss our availability and the timeline. Afterward, you can set up a profile in Ravenna and start an application there.

Note: as test dates for the SSAT and ISEE may not be immediately available in Spring 2020, please do not be concerned about this component of the application. We will be discussing alternatives with you.

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.

    Our viewbook is online (and interactive!) and we encourage you to peruse it.
  • Step 2: Apply & Interview

    NOTE: Burke is closed until May 11, 2020, due to the COVID-19 pandemic and our admissions process temporarily has moved online. Keep reading for details.

    Virutal Process - Application Round II, Spring 2020:

    We will review applications for Round II on a rolling basis and based on availability in the specific grade.

    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 domestic application fee is $70. Once we receive your preliminary application (application form, parent statement, and interest questionnaire), you are able to schedule the virtual visit and interview. 

    For Middle School candidates, the Admissions Office will contact you to schedule a virtual visit and 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.
  • Step 3: Register for the ISEE or the SSAT

    NOTE: Burke is closed until May 11, 2020, due to the COVID-19 pandemic and our admissions process temporarily has moved online. As a result, the SSAT and ISEE may be cancelling upcoming administrations. We will be in touch with you to discuss alternatives – so do not be concerned about this step.


    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.


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