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Harker School, The

Private | K-12 | 1853 students

A K-12 college prep school, we help students discover their passions.

 
 

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4 stars

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2014:
Based on 4 ratings
2013:
Based on 9 ratings
2012:
Based on 5 ratings
2011:
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Posted January 12, 2005

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.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 12, 2005

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.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 10, 2005

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.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 13, 2004

Fantastic school--rigorous academics balanced with extra curricular activities
—Submitted by a former student


Posted October 29, 2004

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.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 13, 2004

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.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 31, 2004

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.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 31, 2003

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+
—Submitted by a parent


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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 25% 26%
Two or more races 4% 3%
Hispanic 2% 52%
Black 1% 6%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 1%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 1%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

College readiness and student pathways

Percentage of students going to 4-year college 100% (2013)
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Source: Manually entered by a school official.

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Assistant principal(s)
Art teacher(s)
College counselor(s)
Computer specialist(s)
Dance teacher(s)
Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Math specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
PE instructor(s)
Nurse(s)
Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
Security personnel
School psychologist
School social worker/counselors(s)
Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Tutor(s)
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Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • None - the school offers no services

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Technology
Staff resources available to students
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Science lab
Visual arts
  • Architecture
Clubs
  • Gardening
  • Robotics club
  • Science club

Arts & music

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Performing arts
Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
Visual arts
  • Architecture
  • Ceramics
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Sculpture
Music
  • Jazz band
  • Orchestra
Performing and written arts
  • Creative writing
  • Dance
  • Drama
  • Improv
  • Poetry
Clubs
  • Art club
  • Dance club
  • Literary magazine
  • Yearbook

Language learning

Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered
  • English Language Institute in the summer
Foreign languages taught
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • French
  • Japanese
  • Latin
  • Spanish
Clubs
  • Foreign language club: Chinese, Japanese

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • School psychologist
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym
  • Kitchen
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
  • Swimming pool
Clubs
  • Gardening

Gifted & talented

Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • Advanced placement courses
  • Gifted / high performing
  • Honors track
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College prep programs/courses during the year
  • College presentations or information sessions
  • Visiting teachers or lecturers from colleges
Clubs
  • National Honor Society
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School basics

School start time
  • 8:00 am
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • After school
School Leader's name
  • Mr. Christopher Nikoloff
Age at which early childhood or Pre-K program begins
  • 3 years old
Gender
  • Coed
Special schedule
  • Block scheduling
Boarding options
  • Day school
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Affiliation
  • Nonsectarian
Associations
  • NAIS
Fax number
  • (408) 984-2325

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Advanced placement courses
  • Classical (e.g., focuses on the "classics")
  • College prep
  • Gifted / high performing
  • Honors track
  • STEM
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

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  • Humanities
  • Mathematics
  • Performing arts
  • Science
  • Technology
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

Don't understand these terms?
  • English Language Institute in the summer
Level of special education programming offered
  • None - the school offers no services
Foreign languages taught
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • French
  • Japanese
  • Latin
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • None

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • College counselor(s)
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
  • School psychologist
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
  • Security personnel
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
  • Tutor(s)
Extra learning resources offered
  • Career/college counseling
  • Counseling
  • Mentoring
  • Tutoring
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College prep programs/courses during the year
  • College presentations or information sessions
  • Visiting teachers or lecturers from colleges
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Auditorium
  • Cafeteria
  • College/career center
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Kitchen
  • Library
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
  • Playground
  • Science lab
  • Swimming pool
School leaders can update this information here.

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Sports

Boys sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track and Field
  • Volleyball
  • Water polo
  • Wrestling
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Football, Track and Field
  • Golf
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Volleyball
  • Water polo
  • Wrestling

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Architecture
  • Ceramics
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Sculpture
Music
  • Jazz band
  • Orchestra
Performing arts
  • Creative writing
  • Dance
  • Drama
  • Improv
  • Poetry
Media arts
  • None

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Art club
  • Business and Entrepreneurship
  • Chess club
  • Dance club
  • Debate
  • Foreign language club: Chinese, Japanese
  • Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA)
  • Gardening
  • Gay Straight Alliance
  • Literary magazine
  • National Honor Society
  • Robotics club
  • Science club
  • Yearbook
School leaders can update this information here.

School culture

Dress Code
  • Dress code
Bullying policy
  • This school has a bullying and/or cyber bullying policy in place.
Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Host social gatherings
  • Organize cultural events
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Present special topics during curricular units
  • Volunteer in the classroom
More from this school
  • Check out our summer programs including Camp+ for K-6, Summer Institute for 6-12, and English Language Institute for ages 6-16 at http://www.harker.org/page.cfm?p=167
School leaders can update this information here.

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What does it cost?

Vouchers accepted
No
Financial aid offered
Yes.

Planning ahead

College preparation / awareness offered
College prep programs/courses during the year
College presentations or information sessions
Visiting teachers or lecturers from colleges
Students' post-graduation plans in 2013
4 year college - 100%
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500 Saratoga Avenue
San Jose, CA 95129
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Phone: (408) 249-2510

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