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Edmund Burke School

Private | 6-12 | 300 students

We are best known for our challenging, progressive academics and inclusiveness.
 
 

 

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Situated in an urban neighborhood. The median home value is $579,900. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $1,600.

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2012:
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2011:
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Posted October 16, 2013

Burke has a great balance of academics and steering students towards more critical thinking (along with strong arts and fun sports teams)
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 3, 2013

My daughter adores Burke! She is happy just being herself, is excited about what goes on in her classes, loves her teachers (well, almost all of them - she is a teenager,) and is becoming an independent, self-motivated, knowledgeable and civic-minded young lady. We love the urban location, the vibrant and inclusive community, the AMAZING arts program and the high academic standards. What a great school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 3, 2013

The Edmund Burke School is, in my opinion, the perfect atmosphere for students to learn and grow as individuals. For me, a former student, Burke was the place that gave me a feeling of comfort that few places ever could. I truly grew into my own as person with the aid of the instructors and my fellow students. The sense of community is palpable when you step into the building and nothing can replace that. I mention all of this and will move to the most important aspect, the education. Burke prepared me for college in a way that can only be appreciated now that I am in college. Thanks to the progressive type of education you receive at Burke, the transition to a college workload is made easily and seamlessly. In short, Burke is a place that I consider almost a second home that shaped my life in more ways than I can express in a short written statement.


Posted July 3, 2013

I am a Graphic Design teacher @ Burke and the parent of two alums. My son graduated in 2007 and my daughter in 2011. Burke is a unique place. Students there vary widely in the breadth of their abilities. But a consistent aspect of the students there, is how multifaceted each student is. An example is a 2013 graduate who not only was able to take multiple AP classes, be a talented photographer, able to play pretty much any musical instrument, plus sing in the Spring Musical. Ah, an outlier you say. Nope. While all students may not have that many abilities, there are many that do. Almost all have at least two strengths in very different areas, whether it is Athletics, Academics, Arts, or Social Service. Academics are tough at Burke. Arts are college level. Commitment to community is extraordinary. Athletics are inclusive. Student - Teacher relationships are collegial which is VERY helpful in the transition to college. Students are taught how to think critically, and write very well. My daughter says that Burke taught her how she herself learns. My only complaint is that the students know my dog's name better than mine.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 23, 2012

A great place for high academic standards AND development of a student's personal/individual potential. A wonderful balance between intellectual discipline and exploratory freedom.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 13, 2012

Burke allows a student to be him/her self. They allow ones strengths to flourish while developing any weaknesses. Burke does not generalize , they work individually with the person you are or strive to become. Burke builds confidence and self assurance in all students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 8, 2012

this school is so small that friend options are very limeted. If you are not liked, you are teased by everyone


Posted March 9, 2011

Burke is a terrific school that looks at each student as an individual. We have two students who graduated from Burke who were very different from each other academically, socially, and temperamentally. Each thrived because each was given what she needed to succeed. Both were well prepared for college and graduate school and continue to visit their teachers when they are in DC
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 2, 2011

I have been a parent at the Edmund Burke School for several years and believe that it is a special place that provides a uniquely strong and supportive education to middle and high school kids. What you find when you visit Burke is a school that approaches students as individuals who can achieve great things when provided an education that is challenging, creative, caring and fun. You'll also find a very strong and welcoming community made up of talented and involved teachers, staff, parents, students and alums. You'll also see that Burke's respect for the individual both welcomes and challenges every student from many different walks of life to learn how to advocate for themselves, actively pursue their interests, reach to do their best, and to act to help others inside and outside the 4 walls of the school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 30, 2011

Having had kids attend Burke over the past 10 years, we've found it to be an excellent school for middle and high school kids of all types and learning styles because it: * approaches students as individuals who can achieve great things when provided an education that is challenging, creative, caring and fun. * has a very strong and welcoming community made up of talented and involved teachers, staff, parents, students and alums. * promotes a respect for the individual that both welcomes and challenges every student from many different walks of life to learn how to advocate for themselves, actively pursue their interests, reach to do their best, and act to help others inside and outside the 4 walls of the school. To see the breadth and depth of the Burke learning/community experience take a look at www.burkeword.com
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 23, 2011

Visit Burke and see yourself: the students are articulate, poised, creative, clever, courteous, accomplished and happy! My daughter LOVES this school, and despite not being the most academically inclined child, has pushed herself to make the honor roll because she is inspired by her teachers and peers. It's challenging (check out all the AP classes and where the graduates go to college) yet nurturing and focused on developing children's characters as well as their minds. Truly a great school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 14, 2010

Could not be more pleased. We are in our second year at Burke, and are extremely pleased. The school has embraced our child for who he is, let him thrive on his terms. The staff truly look after each individual child and are open to helping/letting a child learn the way they learn best.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 23, 2010

Complete waste of money. Middle school is a total mess. Highly disorganized environment, weak academics, very permissive culture, zero leadership and sloppy management. Art and music are good but not enough to save a sinking ship.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 2, 2008

Burke staff is friendly and nice. However, I would state that when choosing schools consider the whole picture the social scene, the atmosphere and the environment. Yes, Burke prepares the students for college, that is one aspect but there is more to life than just preparation for college.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 27, 2008

I agree with most of the statements, however I love Burke. I clearly made the right choice. The environment here is much better than any other school I've attended and you really get close with your teachers unlike at other schools.
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 14, 2007

In response to above, the quality of Burke's academic programs grows every year, with many Advanced Placement/higher level classes offered in high school. However, Burke is NOT a school completely focused on 'rigorous academics'. The classes are challenging but fun, interesting, insightful, and DIFFERENT. There is a lot of discussion instead of lecture, and it is all very student-propelled. Besides the classes, students enjoy many extra curriculars, including the art and music programs, as well as positive sports teams that really encourage teamwork and comraderie. The thing that surprised me about Burke was the capability of the teachers and students to work together so cohesively and positively, and that the curriculum was strong as well as actually teaching the kids something. At Burke your child will not learn to 'memorize'; they will learn to think for themselves.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 3, 2005

this is a great middle school but I do not think that it is the right place to send your child for high school. the academics are not horrible bu tthey are not phenominal either. The music and arts programs are great. There are plenty of sports programs.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 28, 2004

This was a wonderful place: I blossomed as a student and now serve as an active alum. The school provides a diverse and fostering envrionment and is attuned to each student's needs--no matter how non-traditional the way to solve them might be.
—Submitted by a former student


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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 68% 7%
Black 21% 80%
Hispanic 7% 12%
Asian 4% N/A
American Indian/Alaska Native N/A 0%
Source: NCES, 2009-2010

College readiness and student pathways

Students typically attend these schools prior to attending this school Lowell School
Public schools
Percentage of students going to 4-year college 100% (2013)
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Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Art teacher(s)
College counselor(s)
Computer specialist(s)
ELL/ESL Coordinator
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
PE instructor(s)
Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
School social worker/counselors(s)
Foreign languages spoken by school staff French
Spanish
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Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Staff resources available to students
  • Computer specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Science lab

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Photography
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Jazz band
  • Rock band
Performing and written arts
  • Creative writing
  • Drama
Media arts
  • Video / Film production
Clubs
  • Drama club
  • Literary magazine
  • Student newspaper
  • Yearbook

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • Latin
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Staff resources available to students
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • French
  • Spanish
Clubs
  • Foreign language club: French

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym
  • Kitchen

Gifted & talented

Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • Advanced placement courses
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College prep programs/courses during the year
  • College presentations or information sessions
School leaders can update this information here.

School basics

School start time
  • 8:00 am
School end time
  • 3:30 pm
School Leader's name
  • Andrew Slater
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
  • Phone
Gender
  • Coed
Boarding options
  • Day school
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Affiliation
  • nonsectarian
Associations
  • NAIS
Fax number
  • (202) 362-1914

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Advanced placement courses
  • College prep
  • Independent Study
  • progressive
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

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  • None
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

Don't understand these terms?
  • No
Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • Latin
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Vocational or skills-based training offered
  • None

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • College counselor(s)
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • French
  • Spanish
Extra learning resources offered
  • Career/college counseling
  • Counseling
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College prep programs/courses during the year
  • College presentations or information sessions
Transportation options
  • Morning shuttle from Virginia
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • College/career center
  • Computer lab
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Kitchen
  • Library
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
  • Science lab
School leaders can update this information here.

Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Swimming
  • Track
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Volleyball
  • Wrestling
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Track
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Photography
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Jazz band
  • Rock band
Performing arts
  • Creative writing
  • Drama
Media arts
  • Video / Film production

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Community service
  • Drama club
  • Foreign language club: French
  • Habitat for Humanity
  • Lesbian, gay, transgender club
  • Literary magazine
  • Model UN
  • Student newspaper
  • Yearbook
School leaders can update this information here.

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School culture

Dress Code
  • Dress code
Bullying policy
  • This school has a bullying and/or cyber bullying policy in place.
Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Organize cultural events
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
School colors
  • burgundy, grey
School mascot
  • Bengal tiger
More from this school
  • Burke is a progressive, urban, diverse, college-prep school in Washington DC for 300 students in grades 6-12. We offer challenging academics, world-class arts and championship sports with an emphasis on leadership and service. We graduate critical thinkers with a strong sense of civic responsibility all of whom go on to college. Our mission and philosophy are inspired by the famous quote from Edmund Burke: "All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing."
School leaders can update this information here.

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What are your chances?


6 out of 10students were accepted for the 2012-2013 school year.


Students accepted for the 2012-2013 school year
130
Applications received for the 2012-2013 school year
230
Students typically come from these schools
Lowell School
Public schools

What does it cost?

Tuition range for the 2012-2013 school year
$30000 - $30000
Vouchers accepted
Yes
Financial aid offered
Yes.
School-based aid
Application fee
Yes. $60.

Planning ahead

College preparation / awareness offered
College prep programs/courses during the year
College presentations or information sessions
Students' post-graduation plans in 2013
4 year college - 100%
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4101 Connecticut Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20008
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Phone: (202) 362-8882

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