Mission: Edmund Burke School consciously brings together students who are different from one another in many ways, actively engages them in their own education, has high expectations for them, gives them power and responsibility, and supports and advances their growth as skilled and independent thinkers who step forward to make positive contributions to the world in which they live.
Burke is an independent, co-ed, college preparatory school for grades 6-12. We have a great urban location in the Van Ness neighborhood of DC. Our founders were inspired by the words of Edmund Burke: “All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing,” and we set high academic expectations while teaching students to be independent, responsible citizens committed to social justice. From the moment you walk through the door you’ll notice our vibrant, warm and inclusive atmosphere – students are cheerful, the halls are filled with college-level artwork and the classrooms buzz with lively discussions and hands-on projects. We are a progressive school, which means our excellent teachers are up on the latest education research and rely on interactive, engaging lessons rather than static lectures. Our graduates, many of whom have earned high scores in our AP classes, go on to terrific colleges where they report being better prepared than their peers. Our small size (300 students,) and strong advisory program allow us to really understand and appreciate our diverse group of kids – part of what makes Burke students so happy while they work so hard.