List of 15 frequently asked questions.

  • Q How do I apply?

    The application deadline for the 2021-22 school year for all grades K-8 is January 11, 2021. If you would like more information about the admissions process for 2021-22, please contact the Admissions Office at
  • Q Do you provide transportation to Burke's?

    Burke's offers a Student Transportation Program, in partnership with First Student Inc. For the 2020-21 school year, we offer three routes: Noe Valley, North Side, and Southwest. Click here to learn more. Routes are subject to change and may expand in the future.
  • Q How many openings do you have?

    Our goal each year is to enroll three sections of kindergarten with approximately 45 students. Spaces in grades other than kindergarten are dependent upon attrition.
  • Q Where do Burke's families live?

    Our student body comes from more than 34 zip codes from all over the San Francisco Bay Area. While a majority of our families live in San Francisco, we have families commuting from the North Bay, Peninsula, and East Bay areas.
  • Q Where is the school located?

    Katherine Delmar Burke School is located on a 3.5-acre campus in the Sea Cliff neighborhood of San Francisco, near the corner of California Street and 32nd Avenue and next to the Lincoln Park Golf Course.
  • Q What physical education and athletic program does Burke's offer?

    The physical education program at Burke's is designed to teach students about their bodies: how they work and how to keep them healthy. Students focus on motor skills, teamwork, cooperation and sportsmanship. Kindergarteners meet twice a week for 30 minutes, grades one through four meet daily for 30-40 minutes; grades five through seven meet daily for 40 minutes, and grade eight meets three times a week for 40 minutes. Starting in fifth grade, athletics are conducted after school. Students play club level, junior varsity and varsity sports in basketball, Futsal, soccer, softball, volleyball, and cross country. Burke's competes in two athletic leagues — Bay Area Independent Athletic League (BAIAL) and San Francisco Athletic League (SFAL).
  • Q What is the teacher-to-student ratio?

    Our overall faculty to student ratio is one to seven and is one to six in the Lower School. Burke's prides itself on offering small classes and providing its students with plenty of personal attention. Lower School class sizes vary slightly — every kindergarten has two full-time teachers with a class of 14 to 15 students. Grades one through four offer class sizes at approximately 22 with two full-time teachers as well as specialist teachers.
  • Q Does Burke's offer after-school classes?

    Enrichment classes are offered in trimester sessions through the After-School Enrichment Program (ASEP). These classes may include such offerings as karate, drama, ceramics, golf, and circus arts. They require separate enrollment and fees.
  • Q What languages are offered, and when does instruction begin?

    We offer three languages at Burke’s: French, Spanish, and Mandarin Chinese. Burke’s introduces world-language instruction in the fourth grade as students are exposed to all three offerings before selecting one language for study in the Upper School. Fourth graders experience about five sessions of instruction in each language, with sessions lasting 30-35 minutes, to help them decide which language to pursue.
    Beginning in the fifth grade, the study of foreign language builds on the students' base of English language skills. Our simultaneous emphasis on speaking, listening, reading, writing, and the structure of language with instruction by native speakers results in high skill levels and life-long appreciation and use of the student's chosen language.
  • Q Does Burke's offer extended childcare?

    Yes. Extended care is available for all Burke's students. In the morning, extended care is offered from 7:30- 8:30 a.m. at no additional cost. Extended care (called Tree House) is also offered daily from dismissal to 6:00 p.m. for a fee. The program consists of supervised indoor and outdoor play, projects, and occasional access to the Lower School labs and studios.
  • Q Do you have a birthday cut-off date for kindergarten applicants?

    Yes. Girls must be five years old by September 1 of their kindergarten year to apply for kindergarten. While some younger children may be developmentally ready for a kindergarten program, Burke's has established this cut-off date to minimize the age disparity in our classes.
  • Q Does Burke's offer financial assistance?

    Yes. For the 2020-21 academic year, more than $2.1 Million was awarded to approximately 22% of our students in Kindergarten through 8th Grade whose families have demonstrated need. Financial assistance grants cover tuition, extended care, educational support, and other school-related expenses.
  • Q Where do Burke's graduates go to high school?

    Burke's graduates attend leading independent, public, boarding, and parochial schools. The majority of our graduates attend local independent high schools in San Francisco and Marin, among them Lick-Wilmerding, University High School, Urban, Saint Ignatius, Drew, The Bay School, The Branson School, and Marin Academy. Some students prefer to go to public high schools, such as Gateway and Lowell in San Francisco, and Redwood and Tamalpais High in Marin. Small percentages go to boarding schools, including Exeter, Andover, Deerfield, Cate, Thacher, and Santa Catalina.
  • Q How culturally and ethnically diverse is the Burke's community?

    We strive to be a welcoming and inclusive community that values and respects all members. As one measure of our diversity, approximately 40% of our student body identify themselves as people of color.
  • Q Does Burke's have a sibling policy?

    Siblings are an important part of our school's social make-up and values; however, admissions of siblings is not automatic. Siblings must also complete the admissions process, as our goal is to ensure that Burke's is the right fit for them as well. Burke's does give priority consideration to our sibling applicants and applicants who are children of our faculty and staff. We convey our decisions to these applicants in late November.
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.


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7070 California Street, San Francisco, CA 94121
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