87 reviews
  1. San Jose, CA
  2. PK, K-12
  3. Private
A+
Overall Niche Grade
  1. Academics
    A+
  2. Diversity
    A-
  3. Teachers
    A+
  4. College Readiness
    A+
  5. Clubs & Activities
    A-
  6. Sports
    C-
Address
500 Saratoga Ave
San Jose, CA 95129
Telephone
(408) 249-2510
Website
Organization Memberships
National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)

Tuition

Yearly Tuition
$43,693

Tuition is for the highest grade offered and may have changed for the current school year. For more information, please contact the school.

The Harker School Rankings

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Academics

Average Graduation Rate
Data not available
Average SAT
1480
150 responses
Average ACT
32
37 responses

Culture & Safety

Health & Safety
NG
Based on chronic student absenteeism, suspensions/expulsions, and survey responses on the school environment from students and parents.
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?
Based on 31 responses
  • 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
A-
Based on racial diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
2,029
Free or Reduced Lunch
Data not available
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
Average Teacher Salary
Data not available
Teachers in First/Second Year
Data not available
87%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.15 responses
80%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.15 responses
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.
Girls Athletic Participation
Data not available
Boys Athletic Participation
Data not available
Expenses Per Student
Data not available
National
$11,890
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

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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.
Harker executes extremely well in everything they do. They are staffed well and have the resources to deliver for their stakeholders (students and parents). The school sets the bar high, students work hard and this is all done in a nurturing, caring, thoughtful environment. We have been at nationally recognized prep schools in New England and Harker, in our opinion, is the best! Extraordinary teachers, curricula and students make it the very best school in the country!