The Harker School Lower School

  • Founded in 1893, The Harker School offers a coed, independent program for students in K-grade 12 on four 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)
State or regional independent school association
Religious AffiliationNonsectarian
Grades OfferedGrades Nursery/Preschool-5
Year Founded1893
Summer School OfferedYes
Summer Program Cost NotesSummer program costs vary by number of weeks enrolled, full-day, half-day and morning only options
Summer Program DetailsLink to Summer Program Details

Student Body

Total Students2,048 students
Student Body TypeCo-ed
% Students of Color
State avg.: 45%
Students by Grade The Harker School Lower School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers64 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio32:1
National avg.: 13:1

Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineNone / Rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost$39,000
Admissions DirectorDiann Chung


Total Sports Offered10 sports
SportsBaseball, Basketball, Flag Football, Golf, Soccer, Softball, Swimming, Track and Field, Volleyball, Water PoloBaseballBasketball,
Flag FootballGolf,
SwimmingTrack and Field,
VolleyballWater Polo,

School Notes

  • The Harker School believes it is responsible for fostering academic excellence, self-discovery and personal integrity.
  • Our student body reflects the diverse Bay Area population, where each individual benefits from the intellectual, ethical and cultural strengths of the community.
  • Clear expectations, and rules and consequences create a learning environment that promotes self-discipline and responsibility.
  • Outstanding faculty and small class sizes are essential components of The Harker School.
  • Academic specialists make the most effective teachers and beginning with the primary level, these trained specialists teach all subjects including science, foreign language, music, drama, dance, technology, physical education, library skills and art.
  • State of the art facilities and the best resources are an integral part of the stimulating, inspirational and safe learning environment.
  • Our curriculum is challenging, and constantly evolving to meet the needs of students.
  • Through comprehensive teaching techniques and support systems we address individual student needs.
  • We empower students to discover and develop their personal academic and extra curricular strengths; leadership, service, ethics and physical health are important elements of our curricular design.

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    8.3 miles
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    San Jose, CA 95120
    (408) 997-0424
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School Reviews

We have had two children at Harker for 6 years, now, and are happy with the overall experience. Administration seems largely even handed; our kids have friends and socialize away from school with them. Academically, the classes keep moving forward and when our kids work hard (notes, homework, textbooks, study guides all complete) they get good grades, when they let things slide, grades slide, so perfect situation to train them to be ready for high school and college. I have never seen or heard of an instance of bullying in person or from my kids, and the after school staff is headed by full time employees who are committed to doing a good job. Administrators and teachers are generally very kindly and clearly care about children. Over all, five stars. Our kids will be totally ready for college when they graduate. For the record, Caucasian, many generations in America on one side, European immigrant on the other.
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