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John S Burke Catholic High School

Private | 9-12 | 439 students


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Posted August 14, 2014

I love Burke, it's a great school. Ever since the principle changed everything in the school has been improving. Can't wait to see how the new ipad curriculum turns out this year!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted December 21, 2012

I have enrolled all 6 of my children in Burke, and I have been completely satisfied with the results. I have become very impressed with many of the teachers. My first son graduated in 2003 with a class of about 180 or so, but because of the recession the numbers have died down a lot. The numbers are starting to pick up though, and I believe under the new prinicipal that Burke will start to thrive again. I am also impressed with the diversity of the student body(coming from a Hispanic background), which is something you don't usually see in most catholic schools. When most people think of "Catholic School" they think of crazy die-hard religious people, as I thought this same thing at first. Burke has shown to not fit the stereotype, as they put education first. Overall, I give Burke an A+.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted December 11, 2012

Burke is a great school. I went there for 4 years. My sister went for two as she has transitioned from a public school before it. She explained that everyone is like a family which understandable because there are only about 100 kids in each class range. I was very scared my first day, but quickly got over it after meeting the teachers and making a lot of friends even the first day. I joined the drama club and everything fell into place. I graduated in 2012 with a musical theater award. My brother has now started his first year. He loves it and is involved with wrestling, cross country and drama as my sister and I did. Burke is an amazing place. It's what you make of it.
—Submitted by a student

Posted July 3, 2012

Just read the June 4 review and had to respond, though I never do on these kinds of sites. As the parent of a student who recently completed his freshman year - and as a Burke grad who also holds NYS certification as a teacher and school administrator - I take exception to the negative comparison of Burke's instructional staff to that of neighboring districts. There are great teachers at both Burke and some area high schools. There are also those in need of improvement in both places. Anyone who argues otherwise is being intellectually dishonest. Further, the positive values and attitudes taught throughout the students' day are neglected if not contridicted in our public high schools. Finally, any reasonable person would expect that morning announcements at a Catholic high school might include a reference to the inherent cruelty of abortion. I have to question whether this poster is, in fact, the parent of one of those expelled from "there" (sic) public school. While no school is perfect - and Burke is certainly no exception - there are too many good things happening at Burke Catholic for anyone to believe the propaganda espoused in the June 4 post.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted June 4, 2012

This is a transient school with many students coming and going. Students who have been expelled from public schools make there way here. The academic program is substandard as well as many of the teachers who are not certified or have the appropriate degree to teach in the public schools. There are few after school activity clubs for students. morning announcements include propaganda against abortion.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted November 1, 2011

This is my second experience with John S Burke HS, My first daughter went there for 4 years in 1996 and now our other daughter has just begun 9th grade...My experience with the school so far has been the same as it was in 1996 FANTASTIC!!!!!!!!! the scool is great but only if you are committed to working hard. You will not be able to sleep through your courses. Our oldest daughter was in a class of 100 ALL students went to college my daughter recieved multiple offers from colleges to attend, many offered full scolarships. We know our next child will do the same. After doing the math it was cheaper for us to send our daughter to Burke as that in turn got us the scolarships to her college..
—Submitted by a parent

Posted September 4, 2010

When my brother graduated a few years ago burke was a great school, but thanks to poor administration and overall poor choices when it comes to hiring/firing the teaching staff, burke has become a waste of money.
—Submitted by a student

Posted June 17, 2010

Biggest waste of money I've ever had. Sent my son there hoping he'd get into a good college. Not only did his grades slip once he got in there do to bad teachers,but I found out the whole 95% of kids go to college to be nothing more than a lie. They'd always say it to me and they were right,but they failed to mention that 1 third of the students that went to college went to OCC and some weren't equipped to go to college and later failed out and went to OCC. I transferred my son to Don Bosco prep and I'd only give that school 10 stars. For it being excellent when it came to grades and other things. Now when it came to how they handled thing discipline wise. They were the worst school ever.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted May 17, 2010

very poor leadership. academics unimpressive. administration is punitive and not transparent. parents are unwelcome. no pride of school or school spirit.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted December 23, 2008

My oldest son is in the school. It is his first year and so far I am extremely pleased. The teachers and administration keep you informed of all that is happening at the school. It definitely beats my local school which has 3000 students. How much individual attention could you possibly get,
—Submitted by a parent

Posted December 18, 2008

This is my second year at Burke Catholic and i love it. Burke has provided me with so many useful tools that i will need in the future. This is not a school for people that think they can just float through school. This school requires a lot of hard work and dedication. Most of the teachers are very nice and and give full support to the students. Everyone in the Burke community mostly get along. I made new friends the very first day of school. My parents gave me a choice between Burke or a public school and i decided to go to Burke and not once do i regret attending burke. It may be pricey but its worth every penny.
—Submitted by a student

Posted August 31, 2008

I have 1 daughter who graduated from Burke in 2008 and another in the class of 2010. Both girls loved the school. I have been pleased with the fullness of their education. Students are not just academically prepared, but civically prepared as well. When we chose parochial education for our children 13 years ago, we wanted their studies to be overshadowed by religion in action (grace, prayer, confession, math, do unto others, etc.) It was important to us that our children were reasonably disciplined and learned self-discipline as well. For the most part, Burke teachers supported a 'moral conscience' without judgement. This school was an extention of what we began at home. So often this is lost when we send our children out of our homes to school.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted May 16, 2008

this school is horrible. teachers are too strict and make too many your mom jokes. no one gets into college unless you count occc, but seriously.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted February 13, 2008

I am a Senior, and I absolutly love Burke. I started as a Freshman, with a public school background. Burke has tons of after-school programs, and if you need tutoring, there are other students or teachers available most of the days. It's worth it.

Posted October 28, 2007

I am a student at Burke Catholic for the first time this year. I never went to catholic school before, this is a first for me. The first couple of days I didn't like it very much, but now I am totally in love with it. There isn't anything that could possibly make me want to go back to public school. I made new friends by the fourth day. This school isn't a float through school though. You need to work to do well. If you don't work, you will fail, and thats not very good. It's very pricey, but well worth the money. I feel it will help me be the best I can be in the future when I graduate.Go BCHS CLASS OF 2011! Go Eagles!
—Submitted by a student

Posted August 15, 2007

Both of my sons have graduated from Burke. One is currently in law school, the other will begin a pre-med program at Loyola in September. My experience has been excellent. I hold Burke Catholic in the highest regard and will be sending my daughter there in September. They value academic excellence, self-discipline and moral integrity. Staff and faculty are caring and concerned. Extra-curricular activities are available and the Principal is very open to any program or activity that will benefit the students academically, spiritually, athletically or culturally. Parent involvement tends to be higher than in public high schools that I am familiar with. Overall, well worth the cost.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted July 24, 2006

Two of my children attend John S. Burke. They both love it and are doing very well. They have adapted socially and academically to a school that is ten times the size of their grammar school. They look forward to school each day and enjoy most of their teachers. There is a great deal of emphasis on moral character, respect, self=respect and social well-being. I have never regretted paying for their education. To those of you who had bad experiences with the administration or the financial end of Burke, please look again. The principal changed 2 years ago and the new office staff is more friendly. Also, the school offers a number of payment plans and financial aid, too, I've heard. Burke's enrollment is growing like crazy.There's been a boom of interest and involvement here that is beyond comparison.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted February 25, 2005

The extra-curriculars are here for those who wish to participate and are guided by people who really care in the art, music, sports and theatre departemnts. Great strides have been made in recent years in these areas. Academics are straight-forward and the kids get a great basic education. Students are expected to do well and they respond to this. There is always a range of teacher excellence just like everywhere else from excellent to good to bad, but the students help each other when necessary. There is community spirit and the kids do make friends considering they come from all over. Overall, I feel the teachers must like to teach here and care about the students. My kids are doing well, feel they are learning, and have the maturity & understanding to obey school rules for the good of the school community, even if they do not agree w/some of them.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted February 23, 2005

I am the parent of senior. He had an excellent experience at Burke, from the teachers to the guidance department. Our son did very well and is now going on to college on a Army ROTC scholorship. Tuition at Burke is a little high but if you want to see your child in a Christian environment and in a safe and controlled environment you do not mind the tuition. Compare the statistics to the public schools, Burke has 99% of their students go off to college. What are the stats in your town?
—Submitted by a parent

Posted February 12, 2005

I was going to send my child to this School (she was valedictorian in her class, president of the Student Body, a lead in School Plays and the receipient of numerous academic awards ).Unfortunately every encounter I had with the Staff felt unfriendly and negative right down to the receptionist who answered the phone in the main office over summer break. When I called in July to ask when a school calender would be ready she stated snidely 'when its ready'. My daughter was enrolled and in fact I had paid tuition. We withdrew our daughters enrollment over a month before school started and the School would not return a dime of our money. Some Christians !! If you are looking for a Catholic school that doesnt treat you like they are doing you a favor, try Our Lady of Lourdes in Poughkeepsie N.Y.
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Ethnicity This school State average
White 80% 52%
Hispanic 8% 21%
Two or more races 7% N/A
Black 4% 21%
Asian 2% N/A
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 1%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander N/A 6%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% N/A
Source: NCES, 2009-2010

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