Burke High School

60 Washington St., Dorchester 02121
Carol Bradley Moore, Headmaster
Hours: 7:30-1:55

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Fun Fact

The Burke was the subject of a 2002 television documentary called A Day in the Life, produced locally by WGBH.

Fast Facts

Neighborhood: Dorchester
School Type: District
Enrollment: 786 (9-12)
Year Founded: 1934
Attendance: 87.4%
Promotions: 89%
Dropout Rate: 11.8%

MCAS Passage Rate on 1st Try: ELA 55%, Math 45%
SAT Verbal/Math: 327/342*
% to 4-year College: 37*
Student-Teacher Ratio: 21/1*
Students per Computer: 5.3*
Programs for English Language Learners: Cape Verdean Creole

* Data published with permission from Boston Magazine.


- Technology magnet school. Rigorous academic program with schoolwide focus on literacy and math. AP classes in calculus, physics, English literature, and U.S. history.
- One of three schools nationally recognized by the College Board for the 2002 Inspiration Award. Also a BPS Effective Practice School.
- Technology-rich school, with IBM and Macintosh labs, computers in every classroom, and a library/media center.
- School-to-career pathway in Information Technology, offering computer repair, A+ and MOUS certification, and web page design.
- College and Career Center and full-time career specialist from the Boston Private Industry Council.
- Comprehensive student support services, including counseling, adolescent parenting help, financial aid assistance, and scholarships.


Football, boys soccer, girls soccer, girls volleyball, cross country (citywide), boys basketball, girls basketball, indoor and outdoor track, boys hockey*, baseball, softball, boys tennis*, girls tennis*, girls golf*.

* Co-operative team hosted by another school.

After-School Activities

Tutoring, SAT and MCAS prep, chess, student government, National Honor Society, cheerleading, book club, Cape Verdean club, computer club, robotics club, newspaper, JROTC.

How to Apply

Select the Burke High School on your school selection form, which is distributed through BPS middle schools to every 8th grader in January. Your chance of being admitted to the high school of your choice is significantly higher if you send in the form during the first round of registration, which ends in early February.


The Boston Public Schools second registration deadline is March 18, 2005.

Open Houses



Red Line: From Andrew Station take bus #16 (Franklin Park/Forest Hills) to Washington St. Walk to school. From Ashmont Station take bus #23 (Ruggles) to the school’s front door. From Field’s Corner take bus #19 (Ruggles) to Geneva Ave. side of school. Orange Line: From Forest Hills Station take bus #16 (Andrew/UMass) to Washington St.