The goal of Burke’s Lower School — kindergarten through fourth grade — is to instill a love of learning and the confidence that comes from developing the core competencies and strategies for learning that our students will need to be successful at Burke’s and beyond. We have three to four homeroom sections in kindergarten and two sections in first through four grades. Each homeroom section has a lead teacher and an associate teacher to ensure personalized attention. In addition to their homeroom teachers, our Lower School students work with specialist teachers in the following curriculum areas: Language Arts, Mathematics, Social Studies, Science, Music, Art, Technology, Drama, Community Service, Library, and Physical Education.
We have two learning specialists who work with our Lower School students as part of our Learning Center. In addition, our Extended Care and After School Enrichment programs provide a range of activities and classes every full day of the school year.
Burke’s Lower School program provides academic challenge and encourages students to learn through the natural joy and exploration of childhood. Our curriculum builds on a foundation of understanding how girls learn at each stage of their development. We draw on the best education practices of the past enhanced by recent advances in brain research and pedagogy.