The Harker School Upper School

The Harker School Upper School Photo #1 - Harker's Eagle Buddies program matches upper school students with lower school students for three years. The buddies meet 3 times per year for fun and food!
The Harker School Upper School Photo #2 - The lower school campus hosts K-grade 5, with a special designated play area for kindergartners, another for grades 1-3, and an activity area for grades 4-5.
The Harker School Upper School Photo #3 - The Harker School's middle school library is home base for students. Our libraries feature full-time librarians and hundreds of resources, including online reference databases.
The Harker School Upper School Photo #4 - The Harker School's park-like preschool campus features cottages for the various age groups, and specialty classes and spaces for the STEM lab, art, music & movement, library and the Farm.
The Harker School Upper School Photo #5 - All of The Harker School preschool teachers hold bachelor degrees in areas such as early childhood education, child development and psychology. Many have advanced degrees.
The Harker School Upper School Photo #6 - Each year all Harker second graders participate in the Ogre Awards, acting out folk tales from around the world to bring these wonderful and enlightening stories to life.
The Harker School Upper School Photo #7 - The Harker School's students benefit from inspiring teachers and state-of-the-art equipment, such as this human anatomy table, to spark their passions and deepen their learning.
The Harker School Upper School Photo #8 - On The Harker School's upper school campus, Davis Field and the Singh Aquatic Center provide first-class athletic space to our athletes. A new gym will be completed in the winter of 2017.
The Harker School Upper School Photo #9 - Harker teachers are highly qualified and bring passion and expertise to their classrooms. Many have advanced degrees and all pursue ongoing professional development to offer our students a world-class education at Harker.
The Harker School Upper School Photo #10 - Nichols Hall is the science center for the upper school campus. A LEEDS-certified building, it will be joined by two new buildings on the upper school campus in 2017, a dedicated performing arts center and an athletics center, both now under construction..
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)
California Association of Independent Schools (CAIS)
Religious AffiliationNonsectarian
Grades OfferedGrades Nursery/Preschool-12
Year Founded1893
Summer School OfferedYes
Summer Program Cost NotesSummer program costs vary by course
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 Upper School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers222 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio9:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
Number of AP Courses29 courses
List of Courses OfferedLink to List of Courses
Matriculation DataMatric. DataLink to Matriculation Data
Classroom Dress CodeCasual
(Gr. K-8 uniforms; Gr. 9-12 dress guidelines)

Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineJan. 10
Yearly Tuition Cost$47,000
Tuition Notes
% on Financial Aid
Average Financial Aid Grant$25,643
Admissions DirectorDanielle Holquin, Gr. 6-8
Admissions AssociateDiann Chung, K-Gr. 5


Total Sports Offered15 sports
SportsBaseball, Basketball, Cheering, Cross Country, Dance, Football, Golf, Lacrosse, Soccer, Softball, Swimming, Tennis, Track and Field, Volleyball, Water PoloBaseballBasketball,
CheeringCross Country,
Track and FieldVolleyball,
Water Polo


Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.27 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric.Club or Organization:
Ace Club, Art Club – Clay Art, Badminton Club, Blackford Technology Club, Chess Club, Clean Technology Club, Club Japan, Comic Book Club, Debate club, Drama Club, eCybermission, Future Problem Solvers, Junior Classical League, Math Club, Science Research Club, Service Club, Spirit Club, Tech Theater Club

Arts and Music Programs:
Acting, Ceramics, Dance, Drawing, Graphic arts, Instrumental music, Musical theater, Technical theater, Vocal music

School Notes

  • Since 2006, the first year it began entering these competitions, Harker has had 70 Intel Science Talent Search semi-finalists,10 finalists and two winners. (Harker's first upper school graduating class was in 2002.)
  • 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 J8 Summit (a parallel youth event to 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-12 performing arts department has put on well over 200 performances in the past 10 years, and the elite upper school Harker Conservatory traveled to Edinburgh by invitation to perform at the 2007, 2011 and 2015 Fringe Festivals.
  • In 2016, boys varsity golf took third in CCS and played in the state championships, Girls volleyball teams took second in state in 2007, and made CCS playoffs in 2013, the CCS semifinals in 2014 and 2015. 
  • In May 2015, the Harker upper school debate team was recognized by the Tournament of Champions (TOC) as a School of Excellence by the National Speech & Debate Association, as the team with the most success in all TOC events. In June 2015, the middle school team set a record by winning the Overall School of Excellence Award for the fourth time. This award, given by the National Speech & Debate Association, is presented to the top three teams in the country. It is the highest honor a middle school program can achieve.
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