The Harker School

500 Saratoga Ave
San Jose, CA 95129-0951
Tel: (408)249-2510
Grades: NS-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.

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School Overview

School Membership(s)School Assoc. National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)
California Association of Independent Schools (CAIS)
Religious Affiliation Non-sectarian
Grades Offered Grades Nursery/Preschool-12
Year Founded 1893

Student Body

Total Students 1722 students
Student Body Type Co-ed
% Students of Color
75%
State avg.: 44%
Students by Grade The Harker School Student 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
List of Courses Offered Link to List of Courses
Matriculation DataMatric. Data Link to Matriculation Data

Finances and Admission

Admission Deadline Jan. 14 / Jan. 28
Tuition Notes K-12 tuition ranges from $32,870 to $43,692. Lunch included in Gr. 6-12 tuition. Extensive after-school programs included in all tuitions.
% on Financial Aid
10%
Admissions Director Jennifer Hargreaves, Gr. 9-12 Admission
Admissions Associate Diann Chung, 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: 05/16/2016

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