The Harley School

Tel: (585)442-1770
The 25-acre campus is located in a residential suburb of Rochester, NY, and includes an organic micro-farm, nature center, outdoor tennis courts, and playing fields, along with a brand new natural-setting playground with sun shade and musical instruments.
The 25-acre campus is located in a residential suburb of Rochester, NY, and includes an organic micro-farm, nature center, outdoor tennis courts, and playing fields, along with a brand new natural-setting playground with sun shade and musical instruments.
Rooted in the progressive tradition, The Harley School offers an innovative and demanding program with a balanced emphasis on academic disciplines, the arts, and project-based experiential learning for Nursery to Grade 12 students.
The Commons is the first PreK-12 education space in the country to offer students multiple dimensions of education around creating a sustainable future. A 15,000-square-foot recycled Western NY barn, the structure earns its status as a 'living building' because it generates its own energy, heating and cooling with renewable nontoxic resources.
The Commons includes a workshop and makerspace dedicated to hands on learning. Used by classes across all three divisions, these spaces allow for creative projects based on design thinking principles.
Class outside at The Harley School.
Apiary at The Harley School. Students participate in honey production and sale.
Joy in Learning. The Harley School's Nursery program begins at age 3 and is focused on school readiness and creating a positive foundation for learning.
HAC Athletics, NYSPHSAA Section V. Every student is encouraged to participate in a sport and HAC athletics provides opportunities at 3 different levels: modified, junior varsity, and varsity. When interscholastic competition begins in Middle School, our teams are all-inclusive, so every student who wants to play can be part of the team.
Harley's state of the art facilities include the 27,000 s.f. Sands-Stern Study Center; Robin Lehman Center for Visual Arts, including a glassblowing studio and student studio space; The Commons Sustainability Center, including science classrooms, Briggs Center for Civic Engagement, and the Center for Mindfulness and Empathy Education; tennis courts (three indoor and four outdoor), swimming pool, and theatre.
College acceptances in the past five years include: Brown University, Bryn Mawr College, Carnegie Mellon University, Cornell University, Duke University, Johns Hopkins University, New York University, Stanford University, Swarthmore College, Wellesley College, Williams College, Yale University, and more.
  • Founded in 1917, The Harley School is a college preparatory, independent day school.
  • A diverse, inclusive community, Harley is coeducational and nonsectarian.
  • We provide a balanced education that inspires academic excellence, encourages joy in learning, and promotes intellectual and physical fitness.
  • We value respectful discourse, collaborative learning, and service to others.  Financial aid, wrap care, and transportation are available.

School Overview

School Membership(s)School Assoc.National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)
New York State Association of Independent Schools (NYSAIS)
Religious AffiliationNonsectarian
Grades OfferedGrades Prekindergarten-12
Offers Post-Graduate YearYes
Year Founded1917
Summer School OfferedYes

Student Body

Total Students515 students
Student Body Typen/a
% Students of Color
State avg.: 28%
Students by GradeThe Harley School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers80 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio6:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
Average Class Size8 students
Number of AP Courses18 courses
Advanced CoursesArt History, Biology, Calculus AB, Calculus BC, Chemistry, English Literature & Composition, French Language & Culture, Microeconomics, Physics 1, Physics C: Mechanics, Spanish Language & Culture, Statistics, Studio Art: 2D Design, Studio Art: 3D Design, Studio Art: Drawing, Studio Art: Drawing, U.S. Government & Politics, U.S. History,
Average SAT score1220
Average ACT score28
Classroom Dress CodeCasual

Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineNone / Rolling
Tuition NotesTuition varies by grade level ($12,300 - $26,000). Acorn Grants and financial assistance available. Please contact The Harley School for details.
% on Financial Aid
Admissions DirectorIvone Foisy
Admissions AssociateCheryl Skiba


Total Sports Offered11 sports
SportsBaseball, Basketball, Bowling, Cross Country, Golf, Soccer, Softball, Swimming, Tennis, Track and Field, VolleyballBaseballBasketball,
BowlingCross Country,
TennisTrack and Field,


Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.30 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric.Club or Organization:
advocacy clubs, chess, community service, debate, design thinking, gardening, hospice, internships, literary magazine, newspaper, robotics, student council, yearbook

Arts and Music Programs:
acting, ceramic wheelworking, choir, digital filmmaking, digital graphic design, drama production, glass making, improv, jazz band, jewelry making, music lessons, musical production, pottery, strings ensemble, women's choir

Recreational Athletic Programs:
intramural sports, ski clu

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