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Edmund Burke School competes in the Potomac Valley Athletic Conference (PVAC), which includes fifteen independent schools in Washington, DC, and Maryland
Cross Country Basketball Baseball
Soccer Swimming Golf
Volleyball Softball
Track & Field
Tennis (pilot)
Ultimate Frisbee

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  • Our Mission

    we create an atmosphere where students feel safe and learn to challenge themselves and their teammates in a way that builds skills, confidence, and character.
  • Our Philosophy

    we eschew the "win-at-all-cost" model of coaching in favor of both wanting to win and using sports to teach broader lessons; draw from the Positive Coaching Alliance (PCA), a nonprofit founded by Stanford University.
  • Core Values

    Teamwork: working together in a positive and inclusive manner toward a common goal; sharing responsibility toward continued improvement

    Hard Work: giving it your all, even when challenged and pushed to your limits; being consistent and balanced through exhaustion and staying focused on the tasks at hand

    Commitment: consistently showing up on time, prepared and ready to focus on giving your best effort for yourself and for the team

    Respect: combining dignity and empathy, best expressed through both verbal and non verbal communication

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  • Athletics Requirement

    High School students fulfill the athletics requirement as follows:

    • Play a team sport for 6 trimesters after school OR
    • Complete 7 trimesters of a combination of PE classes during the school day, team sports after school, and/or Independent Studies in PE (ISPE)
  • Independent Study Option

    In lieu of a PE class or team sport in a given trimester, students can request an Independent Study in PE (ISPE).

    This option enables students to pursue sports at a high level outside of school and/or pursue an interest that Burke does not offer in the Physical Education or Athletics Departments.

    Current and recent ISPE's include:
    • ballet
    • fencing
    • gymnastics
    • hockey
    • rowing
    • tennis
    • trapeze

    Students can also complete an ISPE in a sport that Burke offers as long as they also participate in the Burke team in the appropriate season. Students cannot complete the entire athletic requirement through ISPEs. They must still participate in at least one Burke team sport.
  • Requirement Scenarios

    Here are just four ways different HS students might fulfill the athletics requirement:
    • Student plays volleyball and track & field every year and surpasses the athletic requirement
    • Student competes on the swim team for 4 years  + then completes 3 trimesters of PE
    • Students completes 6 trimesters of PE + 1 trimester on the ultimate frisbee team
    • Student completes 6 trimesters of Independent Study in PE due to being a high-level gymnast + one trimester on Burke's golf team

Athletics Department

List of 4 members.

  • Photo of Kevin Forde

    Kevin Forde 

    Director of Athletics
    202-362-8882 x674
    Salisbury University - B.A.
  • Photo of Taylor Hagins

    Taylor Hagins 

    Assistant Director of Athletics
    Loyola University New Orleans - B.S.
  • Photo of Brian Bobo

    Brian Bobo 

    PE Department Chair / MS & HS PE
    202-362-8882 x673
    Catholic University of America - B.A.
  • Photo of Dennis Hathorn

    Dennis Hathorn 

    MS & HS Physical Education / Cross Country and Track & Field Coach
    The Citadel: The Military College of South Carolina - B.S.

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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.