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The high school admission process is a very personal one for each student and each family. We support each member of the eighth-grade class in understanding who she is as a student and a person, so that we may best support and advocate for her throughout the process. 
The process of getting to know each student begins in the seventh grade Public Speaking/Writer’s Workshop class taught by Burke’s High School Counselor. The student has regular touch points with the counselor leading up to her speech that focuses on exploring topics, creating an outline; and so on. By meeting regularly, the counselor is able to establish relationships with each seventh grader well in advance of the high-school planning they will work on in the following year.

The high school admissions process begins with an informational meeting in the spring of seventh grade and culminates in enrollment in high school in the spring of eighth grade. Families work in close partnership with the High School Counselor to determine the next step in their child’s educational journey. This includes individual meetings to go over timelines and application dates and how best to support their daughters through the application process. 

The High School Counselor provides coaching and resources to support each student to support their ability to navigate admissions requirements including interviews, short answers, school visits, and essays.

Eighth grade students meet weekly in High School Preparation Class from September through January to learn about individual high schools, visit open houses and classes at local schools during High School Visit Days, attend high school fairs, travel to boarding school campuses, and connect with current high school students. Students also have the opportunity to meet with secondary school admissions officers who visit Burke’s campus for information sessions throughout the fall.

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    Rebecca Wolski 

    HS Counselor
    415-751-0187, ext. 354

Below, you'll find the high school destinations of Burke's graduates for the past five years.

Bay School
Berkshire School
Branson School
Brentwood College School
Brentwood School
Cate School
Choate Rosemary Hall
Concord Academy 
Convent of the Sacred Heart
Crystal Springs Upland School
Deerfield Academy
Drew School
Dunn School
Groton School
Hotchkiss School
International High School
Jewish Community High School
Kent School
Lick-Wilmerding High School
Lowell High School 
Marin Academy
Marymount High School
Menlo School
Midland School
Middlesex School
Millbrook School
Miss Porter's School
The Nueva School
Mid-Peninsula High School
Phillips Andover Academy
Phillips Exeter Academy
The Putney School
Redwood High School
Ruth Asawa School of the Arts
Sacred Heart Cathedral Prep
St. Ignatius College Prep
St. Paul’s School
Santa Catalina School
Stevenson School
Suffield Academy
Thacher School
The Putney School
The Urban School
The Webb Schools
San Francisco University High School
Walnut Hill School of the Arts 
Woodside High School
Burke's mission is to educate, encourage and empower girls. Our school combines academic excellence with an appreciation for childhood so that students thrive as learners, develop a strong sense of self, contribute to community, and fulfill their potential, now and throughout life.
Burke's admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other school-administered programs.