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.

Quick Stats (2022)

  • Top Ranked CA School
  • Grades: Kindergarten-5
  • Students: 1,975 students
  • Yearly Tuition: $43,650
  • Average class size: 22 students
  • Application Deadline: Jan. 6
  • Source: Verified school update

Top Rankings

The Harker School Lower School ranks among the top 20% of private schools in California for:

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School History

School Overview

Religious Affiliation
Grades Offered
Grades Kindergarten-5
Year Founded
Summer School Offered
Summer Program Details

Student Body

Total Students
1,975 students
Student Body Type
% Students of Color
State avg.: 48%
Students by Grade
The Harker School Lower School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers
90 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio
National avg.: 13:1
Average Class Size
22 students
List of Courses Offered
Classroom Dress Code
(White or green polo, black pants or shorts, plaid pleated skirt or skort.)

Tuition and Acceptance Rate

Admission Deadline
Jan. 6
Yearly Tuition Cost
Tuition Notes
Harker’s tuition includes before- and after-school care, lunch and most school expenses, such as our intercampus shuttle between our three campuses, yearbooks, local field trips, athletic uniforms, etc.
Summer Program Cost Notes
Summer program costs vary by number of weeks enrolled, full-day, half-day and morning only options
% on Financial Aid
Admissions Director
Diann Chung


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.
Source: Verified school update

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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Quick Stats (2022)

  • Top Ranked CA School
  • Grades: Kindergarten-5
  • Students: 1,975 students
  • Yearly Tuition: $43,650
  • Average class size: 22 students
  • Application Deadline: Jan. 6
  • Source: Verified school update

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