quality of academic programs is great many different opportunities for a child to excel - art, music, sports etc. parental involvement depends on the individual - most parents (esp. non-working moms) are very active.
We've found the school to be excellent - for sure the best in the south bay. Very, very strong academics, tremendous resources deployed in all areas - teaching, performing arts, sports, etc. Very involved (and affluent) parent community. Very qualified and committed teachers. The administration was quite good but above all the teachers and the outstanding quality of students is what made the school exceptional. Only, it might not be for everyone - a better fit for above average students and above average parent incomes on account of the high private school tuition. Also the stress on academics might be a bit much for a few parents who seek a progressive, less intensive, environments.
Excellent academics and other activities. Can be too strict and too much pressure for young children. It is definitely one of the most excellent school if your children's personality fit in.
Fantastic school--rigorous academics balanced with extra curricular activities
Upsides: Fantastic teachers, excellent program including music, dance, art, sports (at no extra cost). Beautiful facilities. Targeted at bright and hard-working students. Downsides: Substantial homework (1.5-2 hours for a 6th grader). Very highly structured, even during after-school program; my child finds the extremely close supervision 'oppressive' on occasion.
Excellent math and science program. Language arts program is not standardized and highly dependent on teacher and curriculum preferences. Great after school activities and sports program.
Harker is an excellent school providing a highly academic program and high expectations while ensuring that the children are challenged but not stressed by the work. They are placed in varying levels for language arts and math, depending on their proficiency, but work at least a year ahead of the public schools. They have an excellent after school program allowing the kids to be kids with both informal playground time, drop in crafts, swimming, or computers, as well as formal activities like chess, gymnastics, dance, karate, and more. The children enjoy being there and the other students are a great, diverse bunch of kids.
my son enjoys school because the classes are challenging and relevant, the teachers are enthusiastic, the after-school choices are myriad, and the high ratio of adult staff to students provides a safe and supportive social atmosphere. A+
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