Harbor Day School

Harbor Day School's mission is to provide an academically challenging, well balanced education in a nurturing, family centered environment.
Our traditional, yet innovative, curriculum develops eager, confident learners who think creatively and work collaboratively.
Developing self-reliance, building strong moral character, and encouraging social responsibility are hallmarks of a Harbor Day education.

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School Overview

School Membership(s)School Assoc.National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)
Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC)
California Association of Independent Schools (CAIS)
Religious AffiliationNonsectarian
Grades OfferedGrades Kindergarten-8
Year Founded1952

Student Body

Total Students408 students
Student Body TypeCo-ed
% Students of Color
State avg.: 45%
Students by Grade Harbor Day School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers52 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio8:1
National avg.: 13:1
List of Courses OfferedLink to List of Courses

Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineJan. 18 / rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost$23,350
Tuition NotesTuition rates for the 2018-2019 academic year for all grades K-8 is $23,350. Harbor Day School grants financial aid to students whose families can demonstrate financial need. Grants are subject to availability of funds and based on a variety of factors. The deadline to apply for financial aid is February 1, 2019.
Admissions AssociateSylvanda Padilla


Total Sports Offered5 sports
SportsBasketball, Cross Country, Flag Football, Track and Field, VolleyballBasketballCross Country,
Flag FootballTrack and Field,

School Notes

  • Harbor Day School strives to shape our program to meet the changing needs of each student and adopt new and proven educational practices and technology. Experienced educators bring their passion for all disciplines, including technology, the arts, physical education, library science, and world languages, creating a well-rounded program academically and developmentally. Our students are extremely well-prepared for high school and our graduates attend many of the finest colleges in the country.
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  • School Location Miles Grades Students
  • Costa Mesa
    Grades: PK-8 | 733 students
    4.7 miles
    300 Fischer Ave
    Costa Mesa, CA 92626
    (714) 437-1700
    4.7 PK-8
  • Costa Mesa
    Grades: K-8 | 520 students
    5.5 miles
    1021 Baker St
    Costa Mesa, CA 92626
    (714) 557-5060
    5.5 K-8
  • Huntington Beach
    Grades: PK-8 | 121 students
    8.8 miles
    5702 Clark Drive
    Huntington Beach, CA 92649
    (714) 840-5127
    8.8 PK-8
  • Irvine
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    Special Education School
    Grades: 1-12 | 64 students
    6 miles
    1 Osborn
    Irvine, CA 92604
    (949) 733-1500
    6 1-12
  • Irvine
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    Special Program Emphasis (Jewish)
    Grades: PK-12 | 697 students
    2.4 miles
    5 Federation Way
    Irvine, CA 92603
    (949) 509-9500
    2.4 PK-12

School Reviews

  5.00 out of 5  (3 reviews)
My husband and I moved our three children to southern California several years ago and looked at all of the area schools. We sent a couple of the children to our local public school as well as a couple of the private schools in the area. We never really found just the right mix of curriculum, excellent teachers, great families, and great character education....until we sent our children to the Harbor Day School. The head of school Angi Evans, as well as the division heads, are personable, nurturing, polished, and well versed in all of the latest educational trends. They set an incredible vision, and the team of teachers delivers. Our kids have gotten a great balance of academics, arts (visual and performing), athletics(very inclusive and also competitive in a good way), and character. I love that good citizenship and kindness are rewarded. The awards and praise are deserved, not just randomly handed out (as in other schools we've attended)-so recognition is truly meaningful to the kids. My kids are challenged for sure. But they are engaged. They aren't just going through the motions. They are learning and on their way to being lifelong learners. Highly recommend Harbor Day School for sure.
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The education our son receives at Harbor Day SChool is unparalleled from academics to art and music, languages, debate, robotics, wood shop and more. HDS allows him to thrive and be creative. The teachers are incredibly dedicated and go out of their way to make each child's experience at the school a unique one. The sense of community is beyond anything I could have imagined with multiple opportunities to get involved in the school. I would highly recommend Harbor Day to anyone looking for an exceptional academic curriculum as well as a multi-faceted and well-rounded education for their child. But the biggest plus for us is the energetic and enthusiastic spirit our son has each day as we drop him off at school!
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My son and daughter both graduated from Harbor Day School. They felt extremely well prepared for high school, both academically and socially. The teachers at Harbor Day are skilled and caring, and my children have never since had teachers that they liked as much as their Harbor Day School teachers. The school also has character education and community service programs and teaches three languages.
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