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  1. Academics
    A+
  2. Diversity
    B+
  3. Teachers
    A+
  4. College Prep
    A+
  5. Clubs & Activities
    A
  6. Sports
    C+

Applying

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

Tuition

Yearly Tuition
$51,300
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
13%
Average Financial Aid
$25,643
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
319 responses
Average ACT
33
107 responses

Culture & Safety

Poll
80%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.20 responses
Poll
60%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.20 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 55 responses
  • Howard Nichols Memorial Cookie Day
    18%
  • Homecoming game
    16%
  • Fall play
    11%
  • Spring Musical
    11%
  • Harvest Festival/Picnic
    7%
  • Homecoming
    5%
  • Senior Night Sporting Events (Any Sport)
    5%

    Students

    Diversity
    B+
    Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
    Students
    2,048
    95%
    of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.22 responses
    45%
    of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.22 responses
    27%
    of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.22 responses

    Preschool

    Annual Cost
    $35,125
    Cost is for the most complete schedule offered and may have changed for the current school year. For more information, please contact the school.
    Starting Age
    5
    Pre-K Student-Teacher Ratio
    Schedule Options
    • Offers Full Week
    • Offers Part Week
    • Offers Full Day
      Yes
    • Offers Part Day

    Teachers

    Student-Teacher Ratio
    10:1
    National
    17:1
    Poll
    69%
    of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.26 responses
    Poll
    65%
    of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.26 responses
    Poll
    65%
    of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.26 responses

    Clubs & Activities

    Clubs & Activities
    A
    Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
    Girls Athletic Participation
    High
    Boys Athletic Participation
    Average
    78%
    of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.18 responses
    56%
    of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.18 responses
    61%
    of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.18 responses
    Living in the Area
    1. Cost of Living
      D
    2. Good for Families
      A+
    3. Housing
      C
    Median Household Income
    $136,800
    National
    $55,322
    Median Rent
    $2,365
    National
    $949
    Median Home Value
    $1,179,410
    National
    $184,700

    The Harker School Reviews

    132 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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    While the students themselves are very intelligent, the teachers are not always to most supportive and don't foster an enjoyable learning environment. This causes students to be overly competitive and the students often feel that the school has not done anything to discourage these negative patterns. Harker does offer a great variety of clubs, sports, and extracurriculars but only really stands out in STEM. Also, the culture among students makes them feel that they aren't able to express themselves and join new extracurricular that they might not be the best at. Many of the students that have attended Harker since kindergarten, myself included, feel emotionally and mentally "traumatized" by the toxic behavior between students. Harker's reputation has been slowly slipping over the past few years as the school has faced some scandals. Racism is something that administration has continually ignored and some students have left since Harker since they didn't want to put up with it.
    The teaching at Harker is unparalleled. Teachers are educated, knowledgeable, passionate, and most of all have a true love for teaching.

    The real problem at Harker lies among the student body and administration. My family has experienced both the leadership of current Head Brian Yager and the previous head, and with Yager has come a flurry of problems ranging from lack of mental health initiatives to huge gaps in diversity and racism. The student body further perpetuates the incredibly toxic atmosphere at Harker by creating a cutthroat environment. Friends won't tell each other what they're doing in fear that one may get into a better college. Grade bullying and impostor syndrome are common. If your child is not academically competitive, I would strongly recommend you send him/her to another school, preferably one that does not so strongly favor STEM and charge an exorbitant tuition for no value. Staying here will only lead to crippling anxiety issues and severe depression.