At Burke's, every student position is held by a girl. Each year, each elected position in Youth Voice, Burke's student government, is won by a girl. Girls are the captains of every sports team and play the lead roles in every production.
But beyond that, cultivating leadership qualities is something that every student experiences in her nine years at Burke's. Fourth graders lead the Pledge of Allegiance at the Lower School's weekly assemblies and have a hand in deciding the lineup for the annual Holiday Sing. Every seventh-grade student is charged with delivering a full speech on the subject of her choice in front of the entire Upper School — and sometimes, the entire student body. By the end of their time on campus, eighth graders run the weekly Upper School assembly and decide on special activities and dress-up days for their division.
As an institution, Burke's encourages independence in thought. Students learn to challenge assumptions, to identify essential questions, and to form and support well-reasoned opinions. In March 2018, students expressed a desire to join in with the National School Walkout, so accommodations were made to enable those girls who wished to participate — as well as those who declined to take part. Video of the walkout can be seen below.