Welcome to
The Burkard School

A place for children who struggle in classrooms

We let your child shine

The Right Support Makes All The Difference

A small independent K-8 school for bright children who need extra support with self-regulation, executive functioning, and/or social-emotional learning in the classroom.

A New Type of School

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The Burkard School offers a nurturing setting for K-8 students needing extra support, with small classes and dedicated staff to ensure success.

Who We Serve

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The Burkard School supports bright kids with self-regulation and social-emotional needs, offering small classes and focused learning for success.


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We aim to develop skilled, autonomous students with a strong self-concept and self-esteem as learners and to prepare students for various educational settings beyond The Burkard School.


2333 Palm Avenue
San Mateo, CA




(650) 918-9945

school hours

Grades 2/3 • 8:15 am – 2:00 pm
Grade 4 • 8:30 am – 2:10 pm
Grade 5 • 8:45 am – 2:20 pm
Grade 6 • 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
Grades 7/8 • 9:15 am – 3:30 pm

The Burkard School Video Overview

Our First Graduate

Our first graduate and namesake, Dane, graduated from TBS in 2021. Congratulations, Dane!

Parent Testimonials

Our son is flourishing at The Burkard School. We have watched him transform into a more confident, self-assured, and happy child who enjoys going to school now. He has learned new tools to help himself understand what his body needs and is given the freedom to flex those options throughout the day….

We’ve now been a part of the Burkard family for 6 months, and we couldn’t be happier! The school was able to meet our son’s academic needs, particularly in math, and they have inspired him to become an eager writer, propelling him a year ahead of grade-level expectations….

Sending our son to school used to be incredibly stressful. He struggles quite a bit with self-regulation and with the intensity of his emotions. The Burkard School is the first place that has been able to recognize both sides of him. The staff is there to teach him, use his gifts, and help him grow, and they’re there to help him when he’s having a hard day….

Our son was student number three at the Burkard School. Our path to the school started when we realized that our bright child would not succeed in a traditional school, we were worried that we might not find the right social and academic setting for him. Our doctor referred us to the Burkard School and right away we found that the teachers and staff understood his needs….

We had no idea a school like The Burkard School existed; fortunately, we heard about it and decided to give it a try. Within 2 days our son made a 180 and his anxiety lessened. He started learning how to cope with his anxiety and manage his regulation. His teacher and classroom behavioralists bent over backward to teach him the skills he needed to not only function in the world but thrive….

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