The Academy is the Harrisburg area's flagship independent school, and is widely considered to be the best private school in Central Pennsylvania. We partner with families who value education as a priority in their family setting, seek an institution that encourages deep, authentic learning, and desire an alternative to public and religious school offerings for their child. Currently, our student body draws from 25 school districts and eight counties in the midstate, representing families of all socioeconomic, racial, religious, and geographic backgrounds. With a strong, college preparatory-focused liberal arts program, we provide a core curriculum of "reading, writing, and arithmetic," science, the arts, and technology; but we also incorporate 21st century learning strategies and innovation into our students' experience.

Quick Stats (2021-22)

  • Top Ranked PA School
  • Grades: Nursery/Preschool-12
  • Students: 364 students
  • Acceptance rate: 71%
  • Average class size: 15 students
  • Application Deadline: None / Rolling

Top Rankings

Harrisburg Academy ranks among the top 20% of private schools in Pennsylvania for:

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School History

School Overview

Student Body

Total Students
364 students
Student Body Type
Co-ed
% Students of Color
22%
State avg.: 25%
Students by Grade
Harrisburg Academy Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers
50 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio
7:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
50%
Average Class Size
15 students
List of Courses Offered
Advanced Courses
IB Biology HL, IB Chemistry SL, IB Computer Science SL/HL, IB English SL/HL, IB French SL, IB History of the Americas HL, IB Information Technology in a Global Society SL, IB Mathematics SL/HL, IB Mathematics Studies SL, IB Music SL/HL, IB Physics SL/HL, IB Psychology SL, IB Spanish ab initio SL, IB Spanish SL, IB Theory of Knowledge, IB Visual Arts SL/HL
Average SAT score
1290
Average ACT score
27
Matriculation DataMatric. Data
Classroom Dress Code
Casual
(Academy logoed collared shirts, denim on Friday, see dress code posted on website)

Tuition and Acceptance Rate

Admission Deadline
None / Rolling
Tuition Notes
Tuition varies by division and grade level ($14,280 to $21,420)
% on Financial Aid
35%
Acceptance Rate
71%
National avg.: 85%
Admissions Director
David Bechtel

Sports

Total Sports Offered
7 sports

Extracurriculars

Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.
12 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric.
Band, Chorus, Drama, Model UN, National Honor Society, Newspaper, Orchestra, Quiz Bowl, Student Council, Technology Club, Yearbook

Arts and Music Programs:
Musical

School Notes

  • Harrisburg Academy is located just one mile west of the Susquehanna River in Wormleysburg/Lemoyne. Our student body hails from a seven-county area (Adams, Cumberland, Dauphin, Perry, Lancaster, Lebanon & York counties). School buses arrive daily from 12 public school districts; families carpool from an additional 16 school districts. Additionally, the Academy provides transportation to and from the Hershey and Carlisle areas. The selection of a school is an important and sometimes difficult decision for families. Here at the Academy, we aim to provide an open and friendly admissions process that will encourage a thoughtful, mutual exploration of interests and philosophies. We encourage you to review our website to learn more about the Academy as a school community and about our admission process. Since 1784, Harrisburg Academy has helped students to discover their inner strengths and to develop their abilities in all areas. As the area's only co-educational, preschool through 12th grade independent school, we aspire to set a standard for academic excellence and to be an educational leader in Central Pennsylvania. Our faculty works relentlessly to discover the best new technologies, methodologies, and practices to incorporate into their classrooms. We succeed because we focus, universally, on what we do best animating our core values to prepare our students to face the remarkable challenges of a global society.

School Reviews

  5.00 out of 5  (6 reviews)
5  
We chose the Academy for its college prep focus and lack of religious affiliation, and we are so happy with the choice for our middle school student. The small class sizes and welcoming K-12 community are great. He is being challenged and engaged with foreign languages, math, history, drama, literature and writing, and science. The school is always striving to be even better--this fall brought a new eighth grade science curriculum, music suite, and fencing club. And he is happy to go to school every day.
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5  
The teachers are excellent, extremely caring, and appreciate the uniqueness of each student. The same can be said for the school's administrators and principals - their commitment to educating the whole child is clear with every decision, every newsletter, and every event. The curriculum is challenging and also highly rewarding, and the importance of including classes in music, art, foreign languages (including Latin), gym, and computers is never overlooked. Numerous extracurricular activities are offered, from sports to science clubs to drama to Model United Nations - there is truly much to be gained for any child that attends this school.
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5  
The academic program really seem to push the kids and get them well ready for college. Music and Art programs are very strong and my son loves gym every day. Spanish teacher is 2nd to none. I love the small class size (around 16) and the staff is great to deal with when you have any concerns. I''m happy to see what they are offered for lunch and to drink. Not what's quick, easy or popular, healthy wins out.
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5  
The benefits of a Harrisburg Academy education are too numerous for one note - art, Spanish, band, & orchestra to name a few. It is this type of education that enables a well-rounded mind and attitude, which is a necessity in a shrinking global economy and world. We also love the smaller class size and the attention that each student receives, allowing a student-teacher relationship that focuses on growing each individual student and not just teaching to a test.
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5  
We chose Harrisburg Academy for the small class size and diversity among the student body. The rigorous academics challenge them and the individual attention available from their amazing teachers helps them succeed. Our children are very involved in the Music and Theater programs at the school. The small school size offers more opportunity to participate. We love the culture of the school, one that fosters community involvement and encourages volunteerism.
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5  
I continue to be impressed -even after four years now- with the level of intensity and passion the teachers, faculty, and parents all put forth toward making the Academy more than a school. It is a community of both academic and social students, of adults and young alike that are all striving to be more than just part of this world, but to make the world and themselves better, more involved, more accountable. I am honored that my daughter can be a part of this Academy Family.
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Quick Stats (2021-22)

  • Top Ranked PA School
  • Grades: Nursery/Preschool-12
  • Students: 364 students
  • Acceptance rate: 71%
  • Average class size: 15 students
  • Application Deadline: None / Rolling

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The average private school tuition in Pennsylvania is $10,578 for elementary schools and $16,647 for high schools (read more about average private school tuition across the country).
The average acceptance rate in Pennsylvania is 86% (read more about average acceptance rates across the country).

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