The Burke is the first high school in the state of Massachusetts to exit the Turnaround status. The Burke offer small unique communities identified as academies for each grade level. Personalized learning in longer teaching blocks with specialized academies leads to strong relations between students and staff. Solid partnerships support academic and enrichment programs. City Year Corps members provide near peer mentoring.
Innovative teaching practices are in place. Curriculum and training by John Hopkins University and Diploma now. The workshop model is used in every classroom as the model of instruction with focus on scaffolding and differentiation. Student learning is optimized in smaller class size with more than one adult in most cases.
UMass Boston offers Urban Scholars and Project Reach programs, Benjamin Franklin, Bunker Hill and Roxbury Community Colleges also provide our students with afterschool learning opportunities, including dual enrollment. Our new partnership with Verizon offers SAT prep support in a mobile lab using online software and tutors from Northeastern University. The Red & Blue foundation operates a student center that provides academic support to our athletes during and beyond school hours. Private Industry Council and Quantum Opportunities work with students around youth development strategies and practices around job-based skills and placement.Our partnerships with Boston College, School of Mental Health and Simmons College affords us the means to provide counseling services to all students in an effort to be holistic in our practice.
The school offers transformation opportunities for students, including travel to other states and countries, retreats and overnight camping trips.
What makes our school special
Rigorous academic program: school-wide instructional focus on literacy across the curriculum using AVID strategies
State-of-the-art facilities, completely renovated in 2008
Advanced Placement courses in statistics, environment science, English literature & composition, and U.S. history
Above average attendance among high schools
PULSE, Debate Team, BARK Room, Credit Recovery, and after school programs including SAT and MCAS test preparation
College and Career Center from the Boston Private Industry Council with a full-time career specialist
Family-friendly environment, with a Family Center staffed with a coordinator to support school-parent partnerships, parent information, and outreach
Student support services: guidance, health center, counseling, adolescent parenting, and financial aid assistance
Technology pathway supported by Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology
Active partnership with UMass Boston, providing Urban Scholars and Project Reach
Active partnership with Quincy College and Regis College to create a nursing pathway
Active partnership with Boston Collegiate Charter and Cristo Rey Boston
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts, Boston Private Industry Council (PIC), Boston Scholar Athletes/Red & Blue Foundation, Brighton Allston Mental Health Assoc., Brighton Marine Health Center, St. Elizabeth's Hospital.
After school programs
Student government, NSBE, literary magazine, Robotics & Machine Science Club, SAT and MCAS classes, PULSE, credit recovery, Boston Scholar Athletes, championship athletics, cheerleading, college & career support, community learning initiative partnership with Grove Hall Branch Library and the Boston Center for Youth and Families