The Harker School

500 Saratoga Ave,
San Jose, CA, 95129-0951
     Tel: (408)345-9600
Grades: K - 12 | 1722 students
Founded in 1893, The Harker School offers a coed, independent program for students in K-Gr.
12 on three beautiful campuses in the heart of Silicon Valley.
Harker is one of the top prep schools in the nation and the largest K-12 independent school in the state, and its upper school sends its graduates to the finest universities and colleges in the country.
Students reach their full potential through small class sizes, performance placement at most grade levels, integration of state-of-the-art technology at all grade levels, AP and honors offerings, a full-time counseling staff and highly qualified faculty.
Harker is a dynamic community that honors individuality, embraces diversity and prepares students to take their places as global citizens.

School Overview

School Membership(s)School Assoc. National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)
State or regional independent school association
Grades Offered Grades Kindergarten - 12
Year Founded 1893

Student Body

Total Students 1722 students
Student Body Type Co-ed
% Students of Color 75%
State avg.: 45%
Students by Grade The Harker School Students by Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers 162 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio 11:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree 62%
Number of AP Courses 29 courses

Finances and Admission

Admission Deadline Jan. 14 / Jan. 28
Tuition Notes K-12 tuition ranges from $22,874 to $33,927. Lunch included in Gr. 6-12 tuition. Extensive after-school programs included in all tuitions.
% on Financial Aid 10%
Admissions Director Nan Nielsen, Gr. 9-12 Admission
Admissions Associate Pam Gelineau, K-Gr. 5

School Notes:

  • In the last 10 years, seven students have been named Intel Science Talent Search semifinalists.
  • Each year over 50% of students are recognized annually by the College Board in the National Merit Scholarship Program.
  • In 2007 Harker students represented the U.S. at the G8 Summit in Germany.
  • In the K-Gr. 8 program, 90% of the students participate in the comprehensive after-school program, which is included in tuition.
  • Upper school students participate in CCS sports teams and dozens of clubs and social activities.
  • The K-Gr. 12 performing arts department has put on 198 performances in the past 10 years, and the elite upper school Harker Conservatory traveled to Edinburgh by invitation to perform at the 2007 Fringe Festival.
  • In 2008 Harker earned its first CCS NorCal Championship (girls volleyball) and played in a state championship game.
  • In 2009 a debate team from Harker won first place in the national Tournament of Champions.
  • Profile last updated: 09/02/2014

Nearby Schools:

The nearest high school is Sierra Elementary & High School (0.7 miles away)
The nearest elementary school is West Valley Middle School (0.3 miles away)
The nearest preschool is Challenger School-Strawberry Park (0.6 miles away)
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