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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
SSAT, ISEE

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
230 responses
Average ACT
33
72 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
Report
  • 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
B+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Cost of Living
    D+
  2. Good for Families
    B+
  3. Housing
    C-
Area Feel
Urban
Median Household Income
$90,303
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$1,689
National
$949
Median Home Value
$658,000
National
$184,700

The Harker School Reviews

104 reviews
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I graduated from Harker having gone here since kindergarten. Harker is a truly unique place because of its combination of school culture, top-level academics, and burgeoning athletics. While there is a sense of competitiveness and stress (mostly seen in the high school level), the teachers and students that go to this school are all wonderful, kind people who come from a wide range of socioeconomic and cultural backgrounds. As a student, you'll find so many options to choose from here: the multitude of clubs and student-run organizations, nationally-ranked speech/debate programs, business/entrepreneurship programs, sports (both varsity and JV), and musical (both singing and instrumental) departments. And I haven't even mentioned the academics, which is the biggest reason for Harker's success over the years. I've had the best experience here for over a decade, and I am ready to go to college safe in the knowledge that I've been very well prepared to make my mark on the real world.
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Harker's high level of academic rigor and amazing STEM program puts most graduates ahead of other peers within the same age group. If you manage to survive the school, you'll be going to a fantastic college. The problem lies, however, in whether you are willing to give up almost everything for the next four years for this. The culture of stress and exhaustion permeates the entire school because a majority of the kids are pushing themselves to their very limit to stay afloat with the tough academics and time consuming extracurriculars one must undertake to even be considered average at this school. Going to bed at 2 was considered quite normal, with most students proudly flaunting how little sleep they get every day as a crowning achievement. To succeed or even be average at Harker you have to put in your all. It takes a lot to stay afloat in such a rigorous environment. You really need to push yourself every single day. Whether it’s worth it in the end is up to you to decide.
I've been attending Harker since kindergarten (I'm going to be a freshman), and I really love it! The academics are amazing, and the teachers are committed to educating and are full of knowledge. The athletics program is getting better and better every year. However, some problems I have are the dress code and the administration favoring those whose parents donate lots of money to the school. Overall, Harker is an amazing school and is worth the exorbitant tuition.