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Katherine Delmar Burke School
7070 California Street    
San Francisco, California  94121  
Private/Independent School
Coed Day k 8 400 students


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Burke’s at a Glance

General Information

  • Founded in 1908
  • Independent, non-sectarian elementary school
  • Accreditation: California Association of Independent Schools
  • Memberships: National Association of Independent Schools; National Coalition of Girls' Schools; People of Color in Independent Schools (POCIS); School Mentor and Resource Team (SMART)
  • Head of School: Michele Williams
  • Director of Admissions: Natalie Mast


  • Approximately 400 students
  • Percentage of students of color: 40%
  • Number of preschools represented in current kindergarten: 23
  • Percentage of students receiving financial assistance: 25%


  • Number of faculty: 70
  • Teacher to student ratio: 1:7
  • Average faculty tenure at Burke’s: 9 years
  • Percentage of faculty and staff of color: 33%


  • 2021-22 operating budget: $20.1 million
  • Tuition 2021-22 - $41,034
  • Financial assistance as percentage of operating budget: 16%
  • Value of general endowment and restricted funds: $27.4 million (as of 6/30/21)

Campus and Facilities

  • 3.5 acre campus in Sea Cliff neighborhood of San Francisco
  • 65% of campus is open space
  • 5,500 square foot state-of-the-art library and technology resource center
  • Three science labs
  • Five art, music and drama studios
  • Gymnasium/auditorium
  • Full sized grass athletic field
  • Two play structures and recreational courts
Diversity Mission Statement
To prepare all of our students to thrive in an increasingly global community, Burke's is dedicated to building and sustaining a diverse and inclusive community with a strong and comprehensive multicultural curriculum. We believe diversity is essential for educational excellence. We strive to create a community in which learning from and with others who bring different backgrounds and lived experiences to our campus, and building critical thinking skills by considering information from a variety of perspectives, are the cornerstones for academic success. We emphasize the value of both similarities and differences as central for helping our girls grow beyond their natural tendencies toward conformity, underscoring our conviction that there are “400 ways to be a Burke’s Girl.”
Courageous conversations are essential for our girls, faculty and staff to relate to one another and their greater communities. Our intent is to both teach and model for students how to have dialogue, as well as to provide a safe forum for these dialogues to occur.

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