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A+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    A+
  2. Diversity
    B+
  3. Teachers
    A+
  4. College Prep
    A+
  5. Clubs & Activities
    A-
  6. Sports
    C
Address
500 Saratoga Avenue
San Jose, CA 95129
Telephone
(408) 249-2510
Website

Applying

Application Deadline
January 10
Application Fee
$100
Interview Required
Yes
Required/Recommended Tests
ISEE, SSAT

Tuition

Yearly Tuition
$48,500
Tuition is for the highest grade offered and may have changed for the current school year. For more information, please contact the school.
Received Financial Aid
Average Financial Aid
From The Harker School

Since 1893, The Harker School has believed the best way to prepare students for the future is to provide an environment that brings out their best in the academic, extracurricular, and personal domains. With a thriving global education program, arts and athletics a crucial part of the curriculum, superb faculty, and flexible course placement, Harker offers rich opportunities for students to discover and nurture their own talents, develop self-confidence, and unleash their creative potentials, fostering a challenging and supportive environment where inspiration has no limits.

The Harker School Rankings

Niche ranks nearly 100,000 schools and districts based on statistics and millions of opinions from students and parents.

Academics

Average Graduation Rate
100%
Average SAT
1480
277 responses
Average ACT
33
96 responses

Culture & Safety

Poll
80%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.15 responses
Poll
60%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.15 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 49 responses
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  • Homecoming game
    18%
  • Howard Nichols Memorial Cookie Day
    16%
  • Fall play
    12%
  • Spring Musical
    10%
  • Harvest Festival/Picnic
    8%
  • Senior Night Sporting Events (Any Sport)
    6%
  • The orchestra concerts.
    6%

    Students

    Diversity
    B+
    Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
    Students
    2,048
    94%
    of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.17 responses
    41%
    of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.17 responses
    24%
    of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.17 responses

    Teachers

    Student-Teacher Ratio
    10:1
    National
    17:1
    Poll
    71%
    of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.21 responses
    Poll
    67%
    of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.21 responses
    Poll
    67%
    of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.21 responses

    Clubs & Activities

    Clubs & Activities
    A-
    Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
    Girls Athletic Participation
    Average
    Boys Athletic Participation
    Average
    77%
    of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.13 responses
    54%
    of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.13 responses
    69%
    of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.13 responses
    Living in the Area
    A+
    Overall Niche Grade
    How are grades calculated?
    1. Cost of Living
      D+
    2. Good for Families
      A+
    3. Housing
      C-
    Area Feel
    Urban Suburban Mix
    Median Household Income
    $123,237
    National
    $55,322
    Median Rent
    $2,024
    National
    $949
    Median Home Value
    $1,000,299
    National
    $184,700

    The Harker School Reviews

    114 reviews
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    I had an amazing experience at The Harker School, partly due to my transformative athletic experience in the high school. Harker's athletic directors and coaches work hard to facilitate a high quality student-athlete experience, and they are constantly improving the facilities so that the available equipment is state-of-the-art. I am sure that the skills of time management and teamwork that I developed as an athlete bolstered my performance in the Harker classroom, and since I was studying so much, it was very healthy for me to be committed to a physical extracurricular activity through team sports. From my experience, like the teachers who work at Harker, the coaches in Harker athletics care deeply about the overall well-being of Harker students and understand that rigorous sports not only can complement but also can support and extend the rigor of intellectual pursuit. I can't recommend Harker athletics and Harker coaches enough!
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    I'm currently at student at The Harker School. The food, academics, and teachers are all great, but the school makes everything so difficult and puts a lot of stress on us, then tells everyone not to be stressed. Like hello??

    I would love it if Harker put a stricter limit on tests and homework. It definitely overprepared students for the AP exams, except in history. In many history classes, students are woefully underprepared due to the ineffective flipped classroom approach where students are expected to read the textbook on their own with no teacher instruction. Instead, we have useless discussions which produce absolutely no useful discussion since no one has read the chapters or assigned reading (which accounts for more than half of my homework time).
    The school lacks diversity and has grown to embrace a pressure cooker culture that has aggressive parents pushing grades over learning and trying to teach ahead to give their kids a leg up over others. Teachers at this school are a mixed bag, which is astonishing considering the fees being charged. The school does an excellent job of marketing itself, but the reality is far from what is sold at orientations and parent meetings. It takes a couple of years of enrollment to actually understand the administration and the parent community. The experience at Harker has changed considerably over the years, but the administration seems reluctant to make any changes given the demand for admissions based on past reviews & performance.