A. E. Burdick School is a K-8 neighborhood school located on the southeast side of Milwaukee. Burdick, with two classes at each grade, serves approximately 630 students. We offer all of our students a traditional, rigorous academic program with special emphasis on music and technology. Our staff includes specialists in Music, Art, Trade and Technology, Physical Education and Special Education. In addition, instrumental music and voice lessons are also offered to students.
The staff and students of Burdick enjoy an enduring partnership with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra as part of the nationally recognized ACE (Arts in Community Education) Program. The ACE program offers Burdick students unprecedented exposure to arts and cultural experiences. Burdick has been designated an Exemplary Arts School by the Wisconsin Alliance for the Arts; it has also been recognized for its support of music education and instruction by the Civic Music Association.
Burdick School is pleased to participate in a number of other partnerships. We enjoy a strong, vigorous, and ongoing partnership with Cardinal Stritch University that provides special opportunities for both institutions. Burdick serves as a Professional Development School for teacher education at Cardinal Stritch with Cardinal Stritch students participating in on-site educational courses at Burdick. Over the years, hundreds of Burdick students have benefited because of the small group and individual tutoring they have received from Cardinal Stritch education students. The results of these efforts have been significant; our students have regularly scored above district averages in reading. Our staff members also benefit from this partnership. Committed to lifelong learning for themselves and their students, staff members regularly avail themselves of opportunities provided by Cardinal Stritch staff that is specifically designed to meet the needs of our students. By continually renewing our skills, we are flexible and better able to adapt to the ever-changing world and global economy.Burdick School continues to develop a professional learning community. This dynamic, school wide initiative emphasizes professional development for the betterment of Burdick’s students and teachers through collaborative planning and other professional development opportunities. Burdick’s partnership with Cardinal Stritch University serves a major role in the growth of the professional learning community.
Past grants from a variety of sources, including Apple Computer, Eastman Kodak Corporation, Metavante, UW Extension, the Mattel and Helen Bader Foundations, and Discover Financial have enabled Burdick to offer our students advanced learning opportunities in computers, multimedia, imaging technology, and music composition. Each 8th-grade student is part of a “digital” grade level; this provides each student with a computer and access to the Internet throughout the school day. Furthermore, each student in grades K4-8 has individual access to a Chromebook, Chromebox, or a laptop computer, which are used for online research and content creation. Burdick also has two general purpose computer labs which are available to all students. Our technology emphasis is helping prepare our students for the global economy and to be productive 21st century citizens. Burdick offers its students a sound education in an environment conducive to learning.
Some exciting new programs continue for the 2018-2019 school year. First, Burdick is designated as a Green & Healthy School which means that we will continue our recycling efforts and will work toward becoming more environmentally friendly. We also continue our partnership with Playworks, which helps kids to stay active and build valuable and social and emotional skills through play. Finally, we are moving forward with the plans to build an eco-friendly playground.
We welcome and encourage parents and community members to visit our school anytime and see firsthand why the staff and students are proud to be part of the Burdick Family. Call 294-1289 to arrange a tour.