The Harley School

The Harley School Photo #1 - Class outside at The Harley School.
The Harley School Photo #1 - Class outside at The Harley School.
The Harley School Photo #2 - 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 Harley School Photo #3 - 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 Harley School Photo #4 - 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 Harley School Photo #5 - 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.
The Harley School Photo #6 - Apiary at The Harley School. Students participate in honey production and sale.
The Harley School Photo #7 - 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.
The Harley School Photo #8 - 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.
The Harley School Photo #9 - 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.
The Harley School Photo #10 - 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.

Quick Stats (2024)

  • Top Ranked NY School
  • Grades: Prekindergarten-12
  • Enrollment: 511 students
  • Average class size: 8 students
  • Application Deadline: None / Rolling
  • Source: Verified school update

Top Rankings

The Harley School ranks among the top 20% of private schools in New York for:

School Overview

Religious Affiliation
Grades Offered
Grades Prekindergarten-12
Offers Post-Graduate Year
Year Founded
Summer School Offered

Student Body

Total Students
511 students
Student Body Type
% Students of Color
State avg.: 40%
Students by Grade
The Harley School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers
76 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
Average Class Size
8 students
Number of AP Courses
18 courses
Advanced Courses
Art 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 score
Average ACT score
Classroom Dress Code

Tuition and Acceptance Rate

Admission Deadline
None / Rolling
Tuition Notes
Tuition varies by grade level ($17,600- $28,400). Acorn and Grants and financial assistance available. Please contact The Harley School for details.
% on Financial Aid
Admissions Director
Kirsten Reader
Admissions Associate
Cheryl Skiba



Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.
30 extracurriculars
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 club

School Notes

Source: Verified school update

Frequently Asked Questions

What schools are The Harley School often compared to?
The Harley Schoolis often viewed alongside schools like Allendale Columbia School by visitors of our site.
What sports does The Harley School offer?
The Harley School offers 11 interscholastic sports: Baseball, Basketball, Bowling, Cross Country, Golf, Soccer, Softball, Swimming, Tennis, Track and Field and Volleyball. The Harley School is ranked as one of the top 20% of private schools in New York for most sports offered.
What is The Harley School's ranking?
When is the application deadline for The Harley School?
The application deadline for The Harley School is rolling (applications are reviewed as they are received year-round).

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Quick Stats (2024)

  • Top Ranked NY School
  • Grades: Prekindergarten-12
  • Enrollment: 511 students
  • Average class size: 8 students
  • Application Deadline: None / Rolling
  • Source: Verified school update

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The average private school tuition in Rochester, NY is $6,629 for elementary schools (read more about average private school tuition across the country).
The average acceptance rate in Rochester, NY is 92% (read more about average acceptance rates across the country).

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