Katherine Delmar Burke School

7070 California St, San Francisco, CA 94121

Founded by Katherine Delmar Burke, a native San Franciscan and gifted teacher, this school moved several times during the early years to increasingly large quarters in the city. Upon Miss Burke's death in 1929, the school passed to the direction of her young niece, Barbara Burke, under whose guidance it continued to grow until her retirement in 1960. During this period, the school expanded to the present campus in Sea Cliff, splitting the primary school into two distinct campuses. In 1975, Burke School terminated its high school program and moved its entire operation to the Sea Cliff campus, which today occupies three and a half acres. The curriculum includes a demanding academic program; a rich variety of music, art and drama offerings; and a comprehensive athletic and sports program. All grade 7 students take a trimester of public speaking, and eighth graders choose a poem, speech or passage from literature to memorize and recite before the upper school during assembly. Outdoor education is an integral part of the curriculum for grades 3-8. Older students travel to such sites as Yosemite and Joshua Tree. Upper school students participate in student government, and throughout there are both opportunities and requirements for service to the school community and others. All Burke students, faculty and staff participate in "family" groups, which consist of at least one adult and one student from each grade, that work and play together. After school, a study hall serves children in grades 5 and 6 and a sports program is available to those in grades 5-8.

General Information

Academic OrientationPre-Preparatory
Grade RangeDay — Girls Grades K-8
Coed, Boys, or GirlsGirls
Full Address7070 California St, San Francisco, CA 94121
Year Established1908
Legal StatusNonprofit
Religious Affiliation(None)
AdministratorMichele Williams
Applications DueDecember
Total Enrollment400
Day Students400
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