With the number of teachers without credentials or professional experience, my child did not receive a better education than public school. Harker equates heaps of homework as good teaching. Since most kids must be far above average to get in and be conformist, it's the kids who make the place look good.
I'm a lifer at Harker, and admit that Harker does have it's faults, but it's just a great school. I've compared Harker's courses to those of other private and public high schools in the area. Nothing comes close to what Harker offers. More flexibility with class choices, more teachers who really care and are dedicated, more APs that students can take, and more languages. I'm really into that because I've learned to love Japanese, and most other schools don't offer it.Same with latin. Too bad it's a little too expensive. Harker kids are just so kind, caring, and understanding. We do know how to have a good time and are just not 'stereotypically' nerdy. We may be sheltered, but Harker is a great environment to foster life lasting relationships. Harker gives me a structured environment that I can trust. I love it and will miss it when I graduate.
my kids have attended harker upper school and my daughter is now a senior the performing arts dept is amazing the sports program is excellent it is an amazing school the other students in the school are superb I'm so happy I have the chance and opportunity for my children to attend the harker upper school
some teachers are good and others aren't. i was given a lot of opportunities in my time there, but not enough to make up for the poor teachers, or the promises they fail to keep like the myth that it is easy to move between levels.
Harker is a very warm, friendly and top-notch college prep school in the heart of Silicon Valley. Hosting a superb faculty with a highly motivated student population, it scores at the top every year among high schools all over the US. Very impressive guidance counselors, school sports and spirit. Worth every penny of you value your child's education.
At this school everyone is alike. There is not a variety of students. It is very expensive for such little education. It costs $85 a day
I cannot say enough good things about this school. Our daughter has attended four different very highly regarded private schools in as many states, and Harker stands well above them all. Most importantly, the teachers (at least at the high school level) are superb. Of the dozen or so teachers she's had so far, all have been at least very good and 8 or 9 have been truly exceptional. These teachers are dedicated and excited about their subjects They also demand excellence of their students, and, from what we can see, the students mostly deliver. Without question, the student body at Harker is both talented and highly motivated. Students are at school to learn, and Harker accommodates them, offering an incredible depth and breadth of coursework, particularly in math and the sciences. But language arts, the social sciences, and fine arts are well represented, too. Great school.
Academic programs are overrated. The tuition is very expensive at 25,000 dollars not including food and other expenses. Extracurricular is only available for the extremely skilled performers. Parent involvement is limited to volunteer work.
Harker has a strong academics program and there is intense pressure to excel. There are many sports opportunities, but sports-focused students tend to go elsewhere. The arts program is very good: theater, dance, and music. The faculty is responsive to student's needs but students need to be self-motivated. Despite high tuition, donation pressures are constant. A protected and somwhat insular environment.
Reading so many glowing comments, this doesn't seem like the same place that my child found so depressing. Not an open place. Very concerned about outward appearances. It seemed Harker wanted parents' money, but not input or involvement in the classroom. On the upside, Harker offers tremendous fine art and extracurricular programs. There are lots of good things going on, too!
This is the best school in pretty much all of Northern California. There is a very small student body with hands on teaching. The best private school in all of Norther California.
Very clean campus with teachers who are dedeicated towards teaching. The coaches are also very focused on improving the skills of their kin.
This school is perhaps the best school I can think of in according to its academics and sports programs. If you want your child to be a college bound, I highly suggest this school. My child used to be one who used to get into fights all the time and would get GPA's less than 1.0. After enrolling him here, his GPA rose up to a 3.5 and is still going up towards a 4.0
Academics are top-notch at this college prep school. Classes rarely have more than a dozen students, the breadth of courses offered is staggering, and teachers across the board are excellent. However, the courseload is often very heavy, and the school is very expensive, even for a private school. For extracurricular activities, it has excellent performing arts and debate programs. There are also many service organizations, robotics, and sports. The college counseling here is also very strong, each student is given individual attention.
this is an excellent school, with a superb performing arts program that encourages students to participate. the teachers are exceptional and the students all look out for each other.
The Harker School is an excellent school with high academic standards and great music, art, performing arts and other extracurricular activities. They have an excellent after school program with a variety of classes for all age groups. Some parents would like to see a more rigorous or competitive athletic program. What we like the most about the school is the fact that all children are divided into three different levels based on their skills and abilities. The groups are different for math and language arts. The more advanced children can be challanged based on their own abilities, while those who need more time/practice can take their time. The groups are fluent and many children move up as they mature. I believe this system works great and is wonderful for families with children who have different strengths and talents, but can attend the same school.
A cutting edge school all around. Very long history of achievement and excellence.
The Harker school provides an excellent, well rounded education for its students. The tiered class structure ensures that kids can learn at their own pace and each child gets appropritely challenged. The extracurricular and after school programs are extensive and very well developed. There is a lot of emphasis on being 'good citizens'. I think the best thing about the school is a wonderful peer group that a student finds himself associating with. My son has been in Harker since he was in KDG and he loves the school.
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