Beyond Burke

“From an academic point of view, we certainly have a high opinion of ski academies…. They end up being some of the strongest students we have.” — Bob Clagett, Dean of Admissions at Middlebury College in The New York Times

While many of our graduates go on to compete for NCAA ski teams, some choose to pursue new paths at highly-selective schools or race at USCSA colleges. In the last 5 years, over 45% of students applying to college were accepted to highly selective schools (30% acceptance rate), and over 60% were accepted to selective schools (50% acceptance rate).

College Matriculation Since 2010                                                Other Acceptances Since 2010 (non-matriculating)

Babson College Boston University
Bates College Brock University
Boston College Carleton University
Colby College Clemson University
Colby-Sawyer College Dalhousie University
Columbia College Elon University
Dartmouth College Hartwick College
Harvard University High Point University
McGill University Hobart & William Smith
Middlebury College Hofstra University
Northern Michigan University McMaster University
Plymouth State University Macalaster College
St. Lawrence University Michigan State University
St. Michael’s College Montana State University
Syracuse University Penn State University
U.S. Military Academy at West Point Quest University
University of Colorado Quinnipiac University
University of Denver Reed College
University of Guelph St. John’s University
University of New Hampshire St. Olaf College
University of Michigan Trinity College
University of Vermont University of Connecticut
Whitman College University of Ottawa
Williams College University of Utah
Westminster College

Comprehensive School Recommendation

Burke Mountain Academy’s Director of College Placement writes a comprehensive recommendation for each student. The recommendation is based on consultations with each student, a thorough reading of all course evaluations, and up-to-date commentary from staff on a student’s overall development at Burke. The Director of College Placement also spends time with every student to determine which college or university would be challenging and best fit their needs. Burke Mountain Academy provides neither grades nor rank in class. Thus the comprehensive school recommendation takes on special significance. We have made a strong effort to provide thorough and objective evaluations for our students. We appreciate our responsibility to maintain the absolute trust of collegiate admissions staff. Our interest is to properly match students with suitable colleges. We will not recommend students if they are not strong candidates. When we do recommend a student it is with deep conviction that he or she will be a strong asset to the college or university. When success should be obvious for a Burke candidate, we say so. When there are risks, we identify them as objectively as possible. The academic records of our students in a variety of colleges and universities have consistently met or exceeded the projections we have made for them. The need for our students to balance the academic rigors expected of them with the high level of athletic training allows students to become adept at time management, and it demands the development of a strong work ethic.

Student Activities

Applications from Burke Mountain Academy will not list an array of activities, class offices held, clubs, etc. Burke is a small community of 70 students who work together as a large family. We believe that when one student is made a leader, all others become followers. At Burke, each person has an equal responsibility for strengthening the community. We have no class elections, no dorm proctors, no student council, and very few additional sports. Each student is encouraged to set high goals and to take risks in developing his or her own unique potential. Common goals, activities, and interests service and unite the school. Many schools consider the following list to be extracurricular activities. Burke considers these activities integral to the program. Every Burke student participates in:

  • general maintenance of the school property
  • helping to set up for and host major races
  • taking responsibility for her/his own room and common living spaces
  • taking equal turn at kitchen duties
  • involvement in community service projects
  • collaborating to create and implement a Senior Service Project
  • establishing and participating in community meetings, dances, talent shows, and a general sense of fun
  • dryland training in a variety of activities: road and mountain biking, running , swimming and hiking

Student Awards

For many it is a special honor to be named to an All-State or All-American team. At Burke, such athletic distinction is not unusual. An athlete can rank fourth in his or her class in skiing at Burke, yet be ranked tenth nationally. Academic humility is also the norm at BMA. As a policy, we do not issue athletic, academic, or character awards.