Admissions

Admissions Process

Burke's takes pride in its diverse and inclusive community and seeks to enroll students of many cultural, religious, racial and socioeconomic backgrounds. The admissions process for students begins in the fall prior to the planned year of attendance. We admit students to kindergarten through eighth grade, with kindergarten as the main entry point and other grade levels being filled as space becomes available. Please note that all applicants to kindergarten must be age 5 by September 1 of their kindergarten year. We work hard during the admissions process to learn a great deal about the applicant and her family and for you to get to know us. We view a student's application as a whole — based on academic and social skills, developmental readiness, and school recommendations. Begin your exploration of Burke's by exploring our viewbook and by coming to visit us.

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  • Lower School: Kindergarten

    Application Requirements

    • Application (due December 15, 2016)
    • Parent interview
    • Current school evaluation form by December 31, 2016. These recommendations are confidential and must be mailed directly from the teacher to the Admissions Office.
    • Student visits
    • Families interested in applying for financial assistance should submit an application by January 31, 2017. If you would like to learn more about our financial-assistance process, we invite you to attend our financial-assistance workshop on Monday, November 21, 2016 from 5:30-7:30 p.m.
     
    Campus Tour| Group tours enable you to see a regular school day at Burke's. Tours are scheduled from late October through December weekday mornings from 8:30-10:30 a.m. An application is not required to tour the school. Tours include an informational session with school administrators followed by a tour of the school led by parent docents and include a Q&A session with current seventh- and eighth-grade students. Reservations are required. At this time, tours are for families interested in enrollment for fall 2017. Families should register for one date and time.
     
    For questions or if you would like to visit Burke's and all tour dates have passed, please contact Cheryl Mitchell Shaeffer, Associate Director of Admissions, at 415.751.0177, ext. 221.
     
    Parent Interviews | A campus tour is required before scheduling an interview. After the application is sent to the Admissions Office, all parents and guardians must arrange for an interview with the Director of Admissions. These 30-minute visits take place from October 2016 through December 2016. The interview provides a time for mutual exchange of information to help us learn more about your daughter, and to offer families a time to ask specific questions about a Burke's education.
     
    Student Visits | Each applicant to kindergarten must complete two evaluations for Burke's. The first evaluation is an individual kindergarten screening hosted at the Congregation Emanu-El of San Francisco in January 2017. Scheduling for this will be available online starting in November 2016. The second evaluation is a kindergarten group social observation visit on the Burke's campus in January 2017. 
  • Lower School: Grades 1-4

    Application Requirements

    • Application
    • Current school evaluation forms by February 1, 2017. These recommendations are confidential and must be mailed directly from the child's current school to the Admissions Office. Students applying to Grade 4 must have two evaluation forms completed.
    • Official transcripts for applicants to Grades 2-4 that include grades and comments from the current and previous two school years. Parent copies of report cards/transcripts will not be accepted.
    • Parent Interview

    • Student Visit
    • Families interested in applying for financial assistance should submit an application by January 31, 2017. If you would like to learn more about our financial-assistance process, we invite you to attend our financial-assistance workshop on Monday, November 21, 2016, from 5:30-7:30 p.m.
     
    Campus Tours | Group tours enable you to see a regular school day at Burke's. Tours are scheduled from late October through December weekday mornings from 8:30-10:30 a.m. An application is not required to tour the School. Tours include an informational session with school administrators followed by a tour of the school led by parent docents and include a Q&A session with current seventh- and eighth-grade students. Reservations are required. At this time, tours are for families interested in enrollment for fall 2017. Families should register for one date and time.
     
    For questions or if you would like to visit Burke's and all tour dates have passed, please contact Cheryl Mitchell Shaeffer, Associate Director of Admissions, at 415.751.0177, ext. 221.
     
    Parent Interviews | A campus tour is required before scheduling an interview. These 30-minute visits take place from January through February 2017. The interview provides a time for mutual exchange of information to help us learn more about your daughter, and to offer families a time to ask specific questions about a Burke's education. The Admissions Office will call in mid-January to schedule your parent/guardian interview appointment.
     
    Student Visits | In January through February 2017, applicants are required to complete a day student visit at Burke's. Applicants for Grade 1 will visit for a morning. Applicants for Grades 2-4 will visit for a full day. The Admissions Office will contact parents and guardians in early January to schedule your child's visit.
  • Upper School: Grades 5-8

    Application Requirements

    • Application
    • Two current school evaluation forms by February 1, 2017. These recommendations are confidential and must be mailed directly from the child's current school to the Admissions Office.
    • Official transcripts that include grades and comments from the current and previous two school years. Parent copies of report cards/transcripts will not be accepted.
    • Parent Interview 
    • Student Visit
    • Families interested in applying for financial assistance should submit an application by January 31, 2017. If you would like to learn more about our financial-assistance process, we invite you to attend our financial-assistance workshop on Monday, November 21, 2016 from 5:30-7:30 p.m.
     
    Campus Tour| Group tours enable you to see a regular school day at Burke's. Tours are scheduled from late October through December weekday mornings from 8:30-10:30 a.m. An application is not required to tour the School. Tours include an informational session with school administrators followed by a tour of the school led by parent docents and include a Q&A session with current seventh and eighth grade students. Reservations are required. At this time, tours are for families interested in enrollment for fall 2017. Families should register for one date and time.
     
    For questions or if you would like to visit Burke's and all tour dates have passed, please contact Cheryl Mitchell Shaeffer, Associate Director of Admissions, at 415.751.0177, ext. 221.
     
    Parent Interviews | These 30-minute visits take place from January through February 2017. The interview provides a time for mutual exchange of information to help us learn more about your daughter, and to offer families a time to ask specific questions about a Burke's education. The Admissions Office will call in mid-January to schedule your parent/guardian interview appointment.
     
    ISEE | Applicants for Grades 5-8 must take the Independent School Entrance Examination (ISEE) by February 5, 2017.  Please have results sent directly to Katherine Delmar Burke School (our school code is 054064.) To register for the ISEE, please visit their website at http://www.iseetest.org, or call 800.446.0320. Families facing financial constraints may be eligible for a fee waiver and should contact Sheika Luc at 415.751.0177, ext. 206.
     
    Student Visits | In January through February 2017, applicants are required to complete a day student visit at Burke's. Applicants for Grade 1 will visit for a morning. Applicants for Grades 5-8 will visit for a full day. The Admissions Office will contact parents and guardians in early January to schedule your child's visit.

Application Deadlines

  • To begin the process, at least one parent or guardian must attend a tour, conducted between October and December, in order to submit an application.
  • All kindergarten applications must be submitted by Thursday, December 15, 2016 with a non-refundable $100 application fee. Please contact Sheika Luc if you need a fee waiver due to financial constraints.
  • All 1-8 applications must be submitted by Tuesday, January 3, 2017. Please contact Sheika Luc if you need a fee waiver due to financial constraints.
  • Families interested in applying for financial assistance should submit an application by January 31, 2017. If you would like to learn more about our financial-assistance process, we invite you to attend our financial-assistance workshop on Monday, November 21, 2016 from 5:30-7:30 p.m.

  • All admissions decisions will be sent out electronically at 12 p.m. on Thursday, March 16, 2017. Parents and guardians will have a week to contemplate their decision and share it with the 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.

Katherine Delmar Burke School

An independent K–8 school for girls
7070 California Street, San Francisco, CA 94121
Phone: 415.751.0177 Fax: 415.666.0535
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