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.

Youth Voice Positions

List of 4 items.

  • Moderators

    • Run weekly officer/rep meetings and prepare the agenda for rep meetings
    • Assist in the planning and execution of Youth Voice events
    • Collaborate effectively with other Youth Voice officers
    • Meet regularly with faculty advisor to discuss assembly and other Moderator business
    • Run Upper School assemblies
    • Attend all officer and rep meetings, unless excused by faculty advisors
    • Fulfill the goals stated as part of the campaign platform
    • Submit updates for Youth Voice website
  • Community Service Chairs

    • Plan, organize, and publicize community service activities and initiatives for Upper School far enough in advance to allow the community to participate in them
    • Provide written information for Youth Voice meetings to inform officers and/or reps of the activities
    • Assist in the planning and execution of all Youth Voice events
    • Be prepared to make clear and concise announcements in assemblies by planning in advance with faculty advisor
    • Meet regularly with faculty advisor to discuss community service business
    • Attend all officer and rep meetings, unless excused by faculty advisors
    • Fulfill the goals stated in the campaign platform
  • Spirit Chairs

    • Plan and organize school spirit and community building activities in addition to traditional spirit days
    • Provide written information for Youth Voice meetings to inform officers and/or reps of the activities
    • Assist in planning and execution of all Youth Voice events
    • Be prepared to make clear and concise announcements in assemblies by planning in advance with faculty advisor
    • Meet regularly with faculty advisor to discuss spirit business
    • Publicize spirit activities far enough in advance to allow the community to prepare for them
    • Attend all officer and rep meetings, unless excused by faculty advisors
    • Fulfill the goals stated in the campaign platform
  • Green Chairs

    • Plan and organize Green initiatives and activities for the community
    • Provide written information for Youth Voice meetings to inform officers and/or reps of the activities and initiatives
    • Assist in the planning and execution of all Youth Voice reps
    • Be prepared to make clear and concise announcements in assemblies by planning in advance with faculty advisor
    • Plan and publicize Green activities and initiatives far enough in advance to allow the community to prepare for them
    • Attend all officer and rep meetings, unless excused by the faculty advisor
    • Meet regularly with the faculty advisor to discuss Green business
    • Fulfill the goals stated as part of the campaign platform
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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