A+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    A+
  2. Diversity
    B+
  3. Teachers
    A+
  4. College Readiness
    A+
  5. Clubs & Activities
    A+
  6. Sports
    A-
Address
500 Saratoga Avenue
San Jose, CA 95129
Telephone
(408) 249-2510
Website
Organization Memberships
National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)

Tuition

Yearly Tuition
$45,877
Tuition is for the highest grade offered and may have changed for the current school year. For more information, please contact the school.
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 4,000 private high schools based on statistics and millions of opinions from students and parents.

Academics

Average Graduation Rate
100%
Average SAT
1480
160 responses
Average ACT
32
43 responses

Culture & Safety

Poll
100%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.9 responses
Poll
78%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.9 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
  • Homecoming game
    26%
  • Fall play
    16%
  • Spring Musical
    13%
  • Howard Nichols Memorial Cookie Day
    10%
  • Harvest Festival/Picnic
    10%
  • The orchestra concerts.
    6%
  • Lower School Orchestra and Choir Concerts
    3%

Students

Diversity
B+
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
2,044
91%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.11 responses
55%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.11 responses
18%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.11 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
10:1
National
16:1
Poll
87%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.15 responses
Poll
80%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.15 responses
Poll
87%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.15 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
A+
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
Average
Boys Athletic Participation
Average
100%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.7 responses
86%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.7 responses
100%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.7 responses

The Harker School Reviews

91 reviews
All Categories
I was fortunate to have two sons graduate from Harker in 2011 and 2013, and they were both transfer students into 9th grade from a small private school. I was extremely impressed with the academic offerings, the quality of teaching, the range of extracurricular activities and the engaged and supportive parent community. We received half scholarships all the way through and my sons and our family was consistently treated with the same high level of respect as millionaires' kids. While Harker is billed as a primarily science focused school, my sons were more interested in the humanities, especially in theatre and writing. Ironically, they went on to attend highly selective east coast liberal arts colleges and majored in the physical sciences and are now incredibly well prepared for careers and grad school. They are also socially conscious and are perfect gentlemen. I should finally add that Harker's college counselors are the best you can find.
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We have two children at Harker, both in lower school. Our fifth grader has been here since grade 2, our second grader started in Kindergarten, and we are constantly amazed at the level of support teachers provide to students, both academically and emotionally, in terms of character building. When our fifth grader has struggled with academics, teachers reached out to us with concrete advice, invitations to come to extra help in the morning and other suggestions for helping him thrive --and he has done so! Along with kind, calm, sensible *intelligent and thoughtful* teachers who brigh their humanity to the classroom, there is a lower school-wide program that helps students understand their emotions at times of frustration to help them understand how to deal with their concerns effectively. The after school care staff is incredibly polite, attentive and sharp, I've never had any concerns about playground misbehavior as the staff are super vigilant and the equipment is top-notch and well maintained. The kitchen is outstanding and provides healthy snacks (included) before and after school, and students can choose to have a nutritious school lunch prepared on site, or bring their own food from home. Just a great experience all around!
Harker has so many committed teachers! We have repeatedly found teachers are willing to go out of their way to communicate with us both when our kids need extra help and when they have done a stellar job on something. Harker is really well known for the quality of its academics and that reflects the quality of the teachers. They are knowledgeable and passionate about their subjects and many of them, especially in the upper school, have doctorates. The most important thing teachers bring to the classroom, from what I have seen, is the ability to motivate students to do their very best by encouraging them and by keeping communication channels open to the parents so the family and school work together to give the students all the opportunity needed to thrive.