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  • Students Are Known

    Advisory Program
    Each student is connected to a faculty or staff member who is trained to listen deeply and to support students as they navigate the challenges of our academic program and the complexities of adolescence. Throughout the year, students meet with their advisors on a regular basis, sometimes checking in about the events of the day and sometimes preparing for an upcoming project.

    Advisors typically have 5-7 advisees, ensuring individualized attention for each student. In addition, advisors meet with their advisory group in homeroom, providing a warm and friendly respite from the busy academic day.

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  • Students Can Lead

    Family Conferences
    Our signature, student-led conference format enables young people at Burke to evaluate their own performance, lead the conversation, and take responsibility for their learning. Families also meet with their child's advisor to review progress in coursework and participation in extracurriculars, and to discuss any questions or concerns.

"Sending a Comment"

Our Student Information System allows a teacher to send a quick message if an assignment is missing, a grade is slipping or rising, or a student has excelled at a project or made a terrific contribution in class. Sometimes a teacher will simply write that they have noticed a student’s extra effort, creativity, or kindness. Comments are shared with parents and advisors so that everyone stays informed, and no student “flies under the radar.”

Burke Teacher

"We really keep track of what kids are doing, which allows us to focus on what they need, where they are. I don't think any other school in the area has such an intense advisory program."

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  • Supportive and Safe

    School Psychologist
    Burke’s full-time school psychologist works directly with students to assess and address social-emotional needs, and mental health crises as they arise. She consults with parents, teachers, advisors, and administrators about how best to support students. She participates in the development of programs and workshops for students, families, and teachers on topics related to pre-adolescent and adolescent development.

    On a day-to-day basis, the Burke counselor provides:

    • Short-term counseling to students
    • Consultation to parents
    • Emergency mental health assessments for students 
    • Ongoing support and coaching to students
    • Consultation to faculty, staff and mental health professionals
    • Referrals to community mental health resources

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    Lucy Kernan-Schloss 

    School Psychologist
    202 375 7607
    Mills College - B.A.
    George Washington University - Ph.D.

Additional Resources from Lucy

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  • And Then They Stopped Talking to Me

    Making Sense of Middle School
    by Judith Warner
  • Boys and Sex

    Young Men on Hookups, Love, Porn, Consent, and Navigating the New Masculinity
    by Peggy Orenstein
  • Girls and Sex

    Navigating the complicated new landscape
    by Peggy Orenstein
  • How To Raise An Adult

    Breaking free of the over-parenting trap and prepare your kid for success
    by Julie Lythcott-Haims
  • It's Complicated

    The social lives of networked teens
    by Dana Boyd
  • Middle School Matters

    The 10 Key Skills Kids Need to Thrive in Middle School and Beyond – and How Parents Can Help
    by Phyllis L. Fagell
  • Reclaiming Conversation

    The power of talk in a digital age
    by Sherry Turkle
  • Teach Your Children Well

    Parenting for authentic success
    by Madeline Levine
  • The Teenage Brain

    A neuroscientist's survival guide to raising adolescents and young adults
    by Frances E Jensen
  • Untangled

    Guiding teenage girls through the seven transitions into adulthood
    by Lisa Damour
  • Where You Go Is Not Who You'll Be

    The antidote to the college admissions mania
    by Frank Bruni
Co-ed, progressive, college prep school in Washington, DC featuring a challenging curriculum in an inclusive environment for grades 6-12.