Why Burke

What can you expect at Burke?

  • Our core values have endured - since our first-ever day of school in 1968, Burke has been committed to equity, inclusion, and service in our nation’s capital.
  • You know your teachers, and they know you - with an average class size of just 12 students, teachers have the time and space to connect with each individual and truly understand how they learn best.
  • No one gets lost in the shuffle - each student is paired up with a faculty advisor who closely monitors progress and provides one-on-one support.
  • Our learning environment is not “one size fits all” - both challenging, high-level coursework and extra learning support are available for students who need them
  • You rarely see students seated in rows - students learn around tables, on their feet, and out in the city, as hands-on projects are a hallmark of the Burke experience.

  • Alumni are well-prepared for college and beyond - students learn to self-advocate and work independently here at Burke, which serves them well for years to come.
  • We keep the joy in Middle School - our close-knit Middle School has its own dedicated space and leadership team, who foster community and love of learning at the age when students are developing their attitudes towards school.
  • Civic engagement is woven directly into our curriculum - through long-term organizational partnerships, students can deeply engage in service projects, advocacy, and social action.
  • We strive to be an affordable independent school choice - reflecting our commitment to socioeconomic diversity, Burke dedicates 15% of our annual budget to need-based financial aid.

  • Athletics and the arts are inclusive - our “no-cut” policy means that students who want to try a new sport and audition for a production always have space to participate.
  • You can bring your whole self to school - Burke fosters an environment where creativity, individuality, and differences of opinion and ideas are celebrated.
  • You can pursue your passions - independent studies, teaching assistantships, seminars, and senior projects enable students to dig into subjects that spark their interests.
  • Washington, DC is our address and our campus - Burke is steps from the Van Ness Metro and our faculty integrate the city’s resources directly into their classes.


Can You Visit Virtually?

Yes! Burke's campus is temporarily closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but our Admissions process continues. Online Admissions events are now available. Register here.

Why A Small School?

As a close-knit community of 300 students and 50 faculty, Burke ensures that each individual (and family) is known and engaged.

In times of stress or uncertainty, this relatively small size confers tremendous value.

We can adapt swiftly and creatively to change. We can adjust our supports and resources as needed. And students and families have multiple points of contact – from advisors to Grade Deans to the Head of School – when they are in need.
Co-ed, progressive, college prep school in Washington, DC featuring a challenging curriculum in an inclusive environment for grades 6-12.