There is no one way to be a Burke's girl. She may try out for a sports team or run for an elected office or find refuge in the arts (or all three!), but however she chooses to spend her time, she is surrounded by girls who support and uplift her. She may wear a jumper or skirt, or she may choose instead to wear pants, but she finds joy both in the classroom and on the playground.
When we say that there are 400 ways to be a Burke's girl, we mean that every student who sets foot on our campus belongs here, no matter her interests or background. As a school, we are shaped and powered not only by the unique experiences that each girl brings to class, but also by what she discovers about herself as she grows and learns over her nine years on our campus.
At a very young age, children begin to notice similarities and differences in the people around them as well as what comprises their own identities. At Burke's, we place a high priority on helping our students navigate these sensitive and often confusing years as they figure out who they are going to be and how they fit into the world. (See examples of classroom work from throughout all nine years of the Burke's experience in the sidebar.) Doing this work also helps children develop the kind of multidimensional thinking that's necessary for the development of compassion and empathy toward others — something that is especially important for today's 21st-century learner.