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Wellness and Social-Emotional Learning

Our students’ ability to achieve academic success and manage life’s inevitable challenges requires the ability to approach their future with confidence, resilience, and a set of tools that will help them achieve lifelong healthy habits. 

Burke's has made supporting resilient, healthy, and balanced students a primary focus and this has been elevated in our Five Year Strategic Plan: Experience. Connection. Growth

The  Center for Wellness Exploration Team is currently in the exploratory phase of establishing a Center for Wellness, a physical or programmatic space that will centralize critical wellness programs that help our students thrive.

Burke’s defines “wellness” as a holistic intentional practice that builds our capacity to navigate the ups and downs in life, fostering self-awareness and a shared culture of connectedness and belonging in order for all members of our community to thrive.

List of 4 items.

  • Social-Emotional Learning (SEL)

    We are committed to supporting a robust SEL program to complement and enhance our academic program. We know that students learn best when they can show up to class ready to learn, receive feedback, and push through academic and personal challenges. 

    Social and emotional learning is the process through which people learn to recognize and manage emotions, make good decisions, develop positive relationships, and avoid negative behaviors. 

    Over the past few years, teachers in both Lower and Upper School have created SEL programming for students that emphasizes traits such as gratitude, allyship, and intentionality — all of which have permeated outside the classroom.

    Collaboration with Burke’s learning specialists, teachers, administration, families, outside support and clinicians is central to our social-emotional learning program.
  • Mindfulness

    At Burke’s, “mindfulness” is much more than a buzzword —  it has become an instrumental aspect of the school’s Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) curriculum. The mindfulness program was initiated over ten years ago in the Upper School and has since been integrated into all K-8 classrooms, and to great effect.

    Students begin many assemblies, class sessions, or other meetings with a mindful moment to acknowledge transitions and help land in the present moment - ready to learn and engage. Mindfulness is one tool of many that is shared with students to support their emotional regulation as they grow and stretch into young adults. 
  • Physical Activity

    A range of physical activities on and around the Burke’s campus encourage our students to use, strengthen, and know their bodies.

    The Physical Education program is staffed by two Lower School teachers and two Upper School teachers.

    The Upper School athletics program gives all interested students opportunities to improve their skills and gain team experience. Teams include volleyball, soccer, basketball, futsal, and cross-country. 
    The annual Lower School Challenge Day is a beloved event built on trying a new activity or sport such as rock climbing. Students rotate through the stations throughout the morning ending with a picnic lunch on the field.
  • Nutrition

    Burke's is committed to nourishing students to best facilitate optimal wellness and learning potential. The Burke's lunch program is available to the entire school community and offers locally sourced and organic foods with special attention to vegetarian and vegan options and all dietary/allergy concerns.
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.