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The Harker School | Middle School

Private | 6-8 | 479 students

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Situated in an inner city neighborhood. The median home value is $516,300. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $1,410.

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Posted June 10, 2014

Indeed Harker has contributed SO MUCH to my son's growth, we just cannot give enough gratitude. My family appreciates every single teacher from the middle school, all the staff members including members of the BEST staff, administration, and parent volunteers, for their effort, care, love, and diligence to guide and nurture Harker students. I frequently share my comments with my friends that we need to give a huge hug to each and every one of Harker students, not just for their stellar academic performance but for exhibiting role model behavior as ideal citizens of the society! We definitely owe this to Harker who truly believes and teaches our students value of life. I would give Harker 10 stars and more!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 17, 2014

The academic standard has always been set high at Harker, but relative to the student s ages, the bar is probably set highest at the middle school. At all schools, middle school is that awkward transition stage from childhood to teen years, and I don t think it will ever be easy for anyone. Although the academics are rigorous, the teachers will do anything in their power to help their students succeed, not just in their classes, but as individuals. When I was a middle school student, even the teachers who weren t strictly my teachers would edit my papers, give me advice, or just be cool with hanging out in their classrooms. No matter how busy they are, they will never be too busy for their students. The upper school at Harker has lots of opportunities, from classes in biotechnology and modern physics to performing in the orchestra or a play, and the middle school prepares you for this by helping you find out who you are and what you like to do. Middle school was some of the hardest years of my life, but the teachers guided me through it, not just academically but socially as well, sowing the seeds for all my future endeavors.


Posted July 16, 2013

I feel so lucky to have attended Harker. My experiences at the school helped me see that I am capable of so much more than I would have ever believed--academically, athletically, personally. I cannot adequately express in words how deep my gratitude is to the many teachers, coaches, and mentors who genuinely cared about me, listened to me, and made me believe that I can actually contribute and make the world a better place. I graduated from the high school five years ago and am happy to still be in touch with some of the faculty and many of my classmates. I hope to be friends with these people for many more years to come. They inspire me to be the best that I can be!


Posted December 12, 2012

This is the best school west of the Rockies and the only one that compares to the East Coast prep and boarding schools for quality of teaching, excellence of faculty, and intellectual caliber of students. The school does have a lot of rules of conduct for the parents but I've never found it to be a problem and it's nice knowing that overzealous parents can be reigned in. The students seem to be busy but very happy. My son has wonderful friends, really good kids that I love like my own. The teachers are very caring, really understand the children's aptitudes and limitations, and the administrations are also caring and talented. In 5 years of attending this school, I've only met one teacher that I didn't care for (but even then she still seemed to love her students.) This school is not for everyone but it's amazing for above average students. It's a Disneyland for students who are ambitious, bright. The sky isn't even a limit for the best and brightest here.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 13, 2010

I absolutely love Harker. I'm a 6th grader there and all the staff and students there are so friendly. It's the best school ever, with its own swimming pool and everything!
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 6, 2009

IT'S THE AWESOMES SCHOOL EVER. the teachers are great, and we have so many options for classes. plus, it is such a great community.
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Posted November 3, 2009

It has a great envionment for learning and the teachers are awesome.
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Posted September 27, 2009

Academics are awesome! Teachers are terrific! Friends are fantastic! alliteration =]
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Posted September 17, 2009

Harker is the an exellent school and has really helped me achieve great heights and for that I am thankful.


Posted September 17, 2009

Harker is the one of the best schools I ever attended.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 16, 2009

Harker is a great place academically, socially, and physically. We have great teachers and we were undefeated many times in sports. I have a lot of friends because everybody is friendly. In this school being smart is cool, and if your not smart, your still cool. Everybody loves PE and sports. Even Dance, I am a guy but I like to dance, sing, fence, play sports, and I keep up in school. GO HARKER EAGLES AND HATS OFF TO YOU!!
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 16, 2009

Because it has good food, AMAZING teachers, and the best theater program and sports teams. =]
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 16, 2009

I love Harker because of all the great opportunities they offer. There are many advanced classes that fit my pace, such as PreCalculus, Geometry, Algebra 1 and Algebra 2 for middle schoolers. Our fellow students are intellectually ahead, some even taking high school/college courses far ahead of their age/grade. The food is delicious, like a buffet, and the school trips are just wonderful. You get to spend quality time with your ABSOLUTELY AWESOME friends learning about educational topics with some fun sprinkled in. Also, we have extra help periods, which allows you to go to any teacher and ask questions about the subject that you don't understand, which gives you a much better and thorough understanding of the topic. So yeah. HARKER RULES!! >:P
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 16, 2009

it is a great academic- enriched school
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Posted September 15, 2009

Harker is the best! It has top notch equipment, an agressive curriculum that only the best handle and such a great learning environment. The teachers are excellent and despite being one of the top in the country based on academics, they also have a great sports and arts center.
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 15, 2009

harker rocks because we have awesome, interesting teachers and class as well as a great sports program.
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Posted September 15, 2009

I love Harker because of the great teachers at our school. They are always there to help me in case I have any questions or problems and they are never scary to approach.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 15, 2009

Amazing education, great future opportunities, and a fun learning experience. Everything about this school is fun, right down to the lunches. Go harker eagles !
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 15, 2009

Tons of extracurricular activities!
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Posted August 3, 2009

The middle school is great! Some of the teachers are not very good but I LOVE it!!!!!
—Submitted by a student


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3800 Blackford Ave
San Jose, CA 95117
Phone: (408) 248-2510

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