Burke Life

Student Activities

Burke helps students to be analytical, original, independent, committed, and persuasive - powerful skills for making a difference in the world. At the same time, we want students to join together as a community and indulge their passions, whether it be for art, movies, religion or social justice.

Students at Burke can choose from more than 30 clubs, everything from Environmental Action to Ping Pong.  Each club has a faculty sponsor and meets once a cycle (7 days).

Burke also has a Student Activities Committee as well as the Leadership Program. Students plan dances, fundraisers and assemblies and are one of the reasons why visitors note that Burke has such a vibrant and welcoming community!

Student Government

Student Government is an important part of life at Burke. The group organizes and runs one of Burke's important traditions, the all-school assemblies, which occurr regularly for announcements, presentations and special programs. Student government members work together on a variety of projects, ranging from organizing fundraisers to working with administrators on school policies.

Student Government also sponsors the Student Activities Committee, which takes charge of planning and implementing student events such as dances, poetry readings, guest speakers and talent shows. The Student Government operates under rules outlines in the student-written Burke Student Constitution. 

Student Government

Faculty Advisor
Aaron Plantenberg

Founders' Day

Clubs and Student Organizations

The participation in extracurricular clubs is an integral part of the Burke experience. These clubs provide a meaningful opportunity to share and explore common interests outside of the classroom, while building self-confidence and leadership skills. While many clubs are long-term reflections of Burke culture, other clubs evolve depending on student interest. Each club includes a faculty advisor. 

Here's a sample of Burke clubs:

Art Club
Biking Bengals
Book Club
Black Student Union
Cageliner (Newspaper)
Chess Team
Chinese Culture Club
Chinese Affinity Group
Club Hispano
Dance Club
Debate & Speech Team
Design Club
Dungeons and Dragons
Fem-Co (Feminist Cooperative)
French Lunch Club
German Club
Higher Achievement (Elementary Tutoring)
Jewish Culture Club
Jam Band
Justice League (Activism)
Key Club - MS
The Lit (Literary Magazine)
News of the World
Nina Project
Peer Tutoring
Project Calm (Meditation)
SSASI (Students Supporting All Sexual Identities)
Students for Environmental Action
Teatime - MS
Young Democrats
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