Upper School

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Students graduate from Burke’s with a strong academic foundation and a love of learning. High schools across the country report that Burke’s graduates stand out not only for the strength of their academic preparation but also for their eagerness to learn for the sake of learning.

Upper School

Burke’s Upper School encompasses fifth through eighth grades. Each grade is organized into four homeroom/advisory groups of 10 to 12 students. Class sizes range from full sections of 20 to 23 students to smaller instructional groups. Upper School teachers are specialists in the subjects they teach and the curriculum draws on the best educational practices of the past enhanced by recent advances in brain research and pedagogy to ensure a strong, deliberate, and systematic approach to middle school education for girls. We combine traditional texts and materials with collaborative and project-based studies and coordinate the curriculum across subjects and grade levels.

In the Upper School, we expose students to advanced concepts and skills at every level and expect mastery when students have reached the optimal stage of cognitive development for each concept and skill. Skills well mastered provide strong motivation and a solid platform for continued learning.

Upper School students work with specialist teachers in the following curriculum areas: Drama, Music, Art, Makery/Technology, World Languages, H.E.A.R.T., E Block, and Social-Emotional Learning.


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    Sheena Tart-Zelvin 

    Director of Upper School
    415.751.0187, ext. 203
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.