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PK-12
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Wormleysburg, PA
Students enrolled: 394
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10 Erford Rd
Wormleysburg, PA 17043

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(717) 763-7811
(717) 975-0894
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October 27, 2014
Personalized college counseling with a dedicated and knowledgeable college counselor is one of the best unsung heroes of Harrisburg Academy s upper school program. The college counselor is great! She advocates for our students and helps colleges understand the caliber of our school. She s really focused on getting to know the students first hand teaching the college prep class twice a week to all of the juniors of course I know this will help her tailor letters of recommendation, when the time comes! Other parts of the college prep program include having the students participate in a mock application review process and hearing from guest speakers. Her knowledge, energy, confidence, and enthusiasm serve our students well. I also love her open door policy it sounds clich but it s not! This type of service is clearly an advantage of being in the Academy s upper school. I cannot imagine there is another school in our area that has a college counseling program or person like this.

- submitted by a parent
October 26, 2014
The Harrisburg Academy is decent. Many of the teachers have been fired recently leaving us students with barely any science. When the other teacher was their we had absolutley no idea how to start our science fair project and was given no explanation. For community service day, some kids were sent over to the Radisson to clean walls. I don't believe that is community service. On the other hand, Harrisburg Academy is small, which makes it very hands on and a good learning environment. I am upset though, that the only sports we have are lacrosse, soccer, swimming, and basketball. I believe that the high school should have a softball team, baseball, and football team. I also think that for the sports we do have, their should be more instruction and, if we get enough people, cuts. For the middle school girls soccer team, they only won, one or two games which is embarrassing for our school. Are middle school lacrosse team last year, never one a game.

- submitted by a community member
October 23, 2014
I love that the students enter the classroom with a love of learning. This provides the catalyst for teachers in every department to work together with students and parents to develop the whole child. The students are actively engaged in learning. Their education is supported by caring teachers and parents, and they are challenged academically from the age 3 to 18. I feel fortunate to be able to establish a building block in each child's development and work together in our family community.

- submitted by a teacher
October 22, 2014
Choosing Harrisburg Academy is the best parenting decision we have ever made. The benefits of a Harrisburg Academy education are too numerous for one note local school districts continue to delete or minimize the non-core subjects (like orchestra, music, art, foreign language) while increasing class sizes. Our children need the well-rounded education (like that offered at the Academy) that enables a well-rounded mind and attitude -- a necessity in a shrinking global economy and world. We also love the small school community and the attention that each student receives at Harrisburg Academy, allowing a student-teacher relationship that focuses on growing THAT student and not just teaching to a test or the lowest common denominator.

- submitted by a parent
October 21, 2014
We are a family with a child enrolled in Early Childhood at the Academy and we love it. I think an asset to our experience has been the cheerful greetings on display at the beginning (and end) of every day. Whether it be on the curb while exiting the car, being greeted by a hello or a good morning, or assistance in holding the door while juggling backpacks, musical instruments, gym bags, etc, or speaking to the teachers as they prepare for another day, the warm welcoming faces and interactions are a huge asset to the school community. At the end of the day, staff sending children home from the lobby with motivating thoughts on a most productive day, is like passing off a baton in a relay. At most other schools, teachers and staff would be in their offices preparing for their busy work day, and greeting parents and students for twenty minutes every morning would not be an option. But this short, yet valuable, "face time" that occurs at the beginning and end of every school day is unmatched. It makes me as a parent feel at ease knowing that I have passed the baton into capable, caring hands. I leave the parking lot with a smile and I feel I have made the right choice.

- submitted by a parent
September 22, 2014
Every child deserves a school better than Harrisburg Academy. There are practically no extracurricular activities for older kids. There are some good teachers but more that are lackluster and seem to be marginally engaged with the whole process. FYI this fall 2 well liked teachers quit with, in one case, 1 day's warning, and last year the college counselor left suddenly, leaving the seniors in a bind. What does that tell you about the work environment? The kids backbite, harass and bully each other, with no intervention from the teachers. Course choice in high school is extremely limited. The graduation class contained 19 students last year, so there really aren't enough kids to offer curricular variety. Considering the cost of enrolling your child here, you would do better in the public school system. It's such a disappointment.

- submitted by a parent
December 01, 2013
Harrisburg Academy, has been a disappointment to our family. We expected our child to be challenged and the school to have stronger academics than the local public schools, it does not. The Academy's art and music program as well as lunch and nutrition program are simply phenomenal. The smaller class sizes as well as the exclusivity of the student body should be a perfect pairing enabling the school to create rigorous individualized curriculum, instead the academy teaches to the center of the room leaving the children below, behind, and the children above, bored. Not what our family expected from the top private school in our area!

- submitted by a parent
September 22, 2012
The students, teachers & staff embraced our family when our child began 5th grade at the Academy in 2011. It was the smoothest & warmest transition we've ever experienced at any school, at any grade - & we're military, so we've had many transitions! We are thrilled with the Science class - complete with a real lab that most kids won't experience until high school - & the Bill Nye-Science-Guy sort of hands-on enthusiasm Mrs. S. brings to the classroom & engenders in the students...so much so, our child signed up for the after school science club (free) to do more experiments! Art class is seriously wonderful (complete with a NYC fieldtrip to the Met!) . The 6th grade Ancient History class feeds my child's craving for all things Egyptian & archeological - just like her 5th grade Geography class fed her interest in studying foreign countries. We love the foreign languages - esp. Latin beginning in 7th grade - & after school sports options (our child swam last yr. & will do the tennis program this yr.) & small class size. The diversity of the student body plus the school's emphasis on technology & a 21st c. curriculum makes it perfect for my 21st c., citizen of the world student!

- submitted by a parent
September 21, 2012
Great Academics that push the kid and gets them ready for college. The school has great teachers because they can teach how they want, not a strict guidline. Art and Music are strong as well as Gym time. small classes. My son loves the school, unfortuntly a little longer ride for him, but he enjoys it. disruptive kids are removed from school, I love the trouble makers are not asked back.

- submitted by a parent
May 04, 2012
What is there NOT to like about Harrisburg Academy? The teachers are excellent, extremely caring, and appreciate the uniqueness of each student. The same can be said for the school's administrators and principals - their commitment to educating the whole child is clear with every decision, every newsletter, and every event. The curriculum is challenging, but not out of any child's reach. With so many schools cutting music, phys ed, and foreign language classes, it's a relief to know that Harrisburg Academy will never let that happen within its campus.

- submitted by a parent
September 19, 2011
Our child attended the academy from kindergarten until middle school. She did quite well and the education and guidance she received was top notch. However, she has recently switch to a public school, and there is no real difference in the level of learning, or the amount of one on one instruction with faculty. In fact there are more opportunities both academically and socially at her public school. The Academy is a great school, but not really any different then some of the better public schools in the area.

- submitted by a parent
June 13, 2011
We are absolutely thrilled with the year our daughter has had at Harrisburg Academy. She absolutely loves going to school every day and we are amazed with how much she has grown both academically and socially in just one year.

- submitted by a parent
June 10, 2011
My son loves going to school! The Harrisburg Academy keeps him challenged and excited about learning. The small class size and the diversity of the students is wonderful. It is a safe environment that encourages learning.

- submitted by a parent
June 09, 2011
Sometimes you don't know how good it is until they graduate. My 2 kids worked hard in Upper School and it paid off. They knew how to write papers, and exempted out of English and Foreign Language courses in college. Looking back, they appreciate the hard work they put in, and the close relationships they had with teachers. It can't be duplicated.

- submitted by a parent
June 09, 2011
We are very satisfied with the quality of education and the learning environment that Harrisburg Academy provides. Our child has been at Harrisburg Academy since JK. She loves every aspect of the school. She has been exceling in art and music. We're looking forward to many more years of excellence!

- submitted by a parent
June 09, 2011
Our children have been at the Academy since HATS. We really have enjoyed watching the teachers and other staff help them to become well rounded children who love to be at school. The small class size allows children and parents to feel like family. It has been a wonderful choice for our family

- submitted by a parent
March 01, 2011
My family and I couldn't be happier with the quality of education that Harrisburg Academy provides. This school is dedicated to each individual child, and strives to encourage independent thought and creativity. The entire staff - teachers, administrators, maintenance - work incredibly well together to provide the best school environment possible. We're looking forward to many more years of excellence!

- submitted by a parent
October 04, 2010
I have a Middle Schooler at the Harrisburg Academy. We've been a part of the HA community since Kindergarten and we just love it. Small class size is our favorite of many positives ... our child benefits in so many ways by attending the Academy. The nurturing environment has allowed our child to shine and grow. Every child should have this opportunity.

- submitted by a parent
September 20, 2010
Our two teenage sons attend Harrisburg Academy's Upper School - we were looking for a school with high academic standards that would challenge our sons while preparing them for college and HA is doing that and so much more! We feel they are part of a true school community here that includes high quality teachers, attentive administrators and respectful fellow students and their families. The school has allowed each of our sons to thrive in his own way and truly engages them in their work in every subject area.

- submitted by a parent
September 17, 2010
Our daughter just started her third year at the Harrisburg Academy. She is absolutely flourishing at this school. The opportunities afforded to her through their technology, arts and sciences are much more plentiful than any other school we have found. The school is grounded in their beliefs and carries out what it promises. We have experienced nothing but the most responsive teachers and administration. We feel blessed to have such a great school in the area where we live!

- submitted by a parent
September 16, 2010
This is my daughter s sixth year as a student as Harrisburg Academy. The level of educational and community support that my family receives from Harrisburg Academy is priceless. From the administrators, counselors, teachers, and fellow students have all welcomed my family to the Harrisburg Academy family. They have not just taught a responsive classroom method, but have modeled it as well. I see how the Academy stays on top of technology, math, science, arts, and teaches foreign languages, too. At Harrisburg Academy, my daughter and her peers are learning to become great leaders in tomorrow s world.

- submitted by a parent
September 16, 2010
We are new arrivals to Harrisburg Academy. Our child started first grade this fall (2010) and I'll admit that I had some concerns--not about the school, but about our child's ability to adapt to going from a small Montessori school to a much larger, more structured environment. It seems that the faculty and staff understand this concern because there were numerous pre-attendance opportunities to get to know the school--both for students and exclusively parents. We are so pleased with the structure, quality of learning, overall positive environment, and caring faculty and staff. We are also pleased with the use of technology (check out the "Best of the Web"-nominated site) both for parents and students.

- submitted by a parent
September 16, 2010
Harrisburg Academy has provided my children with an exceptional educational experience in the early years when I believe it is most important to lay the foundation for the many years of learning to come. The environment is incredibly nurturing, the teachers are enthusiastic about their role in the children s lives, and the class size makes for an ideal atmosphere in which to learn. I am consistently amazed at the work my children bring home from school and the level of thought and analysis they demonstrate, which are true testaments to the teaching methods at the Academy. My older son (who has been at the Academy for 5 years) tells me that his first day at the Harrisburg Academy was the best day of his life! As a parent, that is a wonderful endorsement regarding our decision to enroll our children at the Academy.

- submitted by a parent
June 22, 2010
Harrisburg Academy is certainly not all it is hyped up to be. You pay for individual attention, and top-notch academics when in reality there is not. I found a much better education at a public school for my child, CV in fact. They are doing much better there, because at HA you simply can not get your child into more challenging courses, where at public school you can. I was very dissapointed with Harrisburg Academy.

- submitted by a parent
March 09, 2010
We are the proud parents of an Upper School student. Our son entered Harrisburg Academy in 9th Grade. We were thrilled to have him in an environment known for academic excellence with a focus on the whole child. Our son has prospered at the Academy. When he attends college, he will have been prepared to meet that challenge. Not only is he being academically prepared, but he has participated in sports and other activities that have greatly enriched his experiences. We wanted our son to be challenged and engaged; and to enjoy his precious high school years. HA has welcomed our son as the unique person that he is. We are proud we chose the Academy where he can spend each day with such wonderful teachers, good friends, and caring staff.

- submitted by a parent
March 09, 2010
My wife and I are both committed to the education of our children. Consequently, several years ago, we decided to locate a school to nurture their intellectual and social development. We selected Harrisburg Academy over many other schools. To say the least, the Academy has delivered for our children! As such, we continue to make the financial sacrifice to send our children to the Academy because it continues to meet their needs at every stage of their development. Even so, we could not meet the financial commitment without the generous financial aid program.

- submitted by a parent
February 23, 2010
I am sorry to say that our experience with Harrisburg Academy does not jive with the views expressed by the previous commenter(s). As parents whose only affiliation with the school is that our children recently attended, I can tell you that our experience was quite different. We did not see the personal attention or individualized instruction that has been mentioned. In fact, we saw just the opposite. Instruction was homogeneous and geared to the middle. Academics were not really challenging. Yes, there was lots of homework assigned, but it was mostly busy work. The only real advantage to sending your child to Harrisburg Academy versus a good public school is that the expectation of higher education is assumed for all children who attend. But if you as parents have already set that expectation, why pay the high price for Harrisburg Academy?

- submitted by a parent
February 13, 2010
an outstanding opportunity for students and thier families. Teachers can't be beat and are more than willing to work with parents if difficulties arise.

- submitted by a parent
no rating February 13, 2010
The Academy is a wonderful environment for a child to learn in. My children have thrived there and have opportunities that they wouldn't in public school. The teacher/student ratio is low and allows for more personal instruction as well as a faster pace. Additional educational opportunities are everywhere and students are encouraged to try new things. The teachers are stellar and embrace the kids as well as the parents and are more than willing to work as a team in your child's education. That is much more than our family ever got in our local school. At the Academy the expectation is that your child will go to college and they start in 8th grade with the process so that the entire family is involved and they shepard the student so that they can find the right college for each student not just the biggest names.

- submitted by a parent
February 12, 2010
My daughter came to the Academy in the 8th grade having slipped from a great to mediocre student in public school. At the Academy, she is still not at the top of her class, but has learned to value the open-ended discussions about how the subject matter relates to the larger world that the teachers foster. In a short amount of time, she has gained an appreciation for rigorous scholarship, even if she doesn't practice it everyday. It is a financial sacrifice to send my daughter to the Academy, but one the family is willing to make because of the intangibles with respect to intellectual curiosity and academic self esteem that the school delivers.

- submitted by a parent
no rating February 08, 2010
The children are taught at their potential and encouraged to be all they can be, I am very pleased with the education my daughter is receiving at the Harrisburg Academy.

- submitted by a parent
February 08, 2010
I am so pleased with how my daughter is learning and growing at Harrisburg Academy. My husband and I are in awe with how the curriculum is allowing her to become a confident and curious learner. I would not consider another school. Our daughter feels safe and loved and actually looks forward to Mondays!

- submitted by a parent
February 08, 2010
My daughter loves attending Harrisburg Academy, and as her mother I love the school because I have seen the difference it has made in her. She came to Harrisburg Academy in 5th grade from Public School. My daughter has continued to learn, feel more confident in herself, has better study habits and she will tell you herself, she never wants to leave Harrisburg Academy. They are definately academically ahead of the rest. The small class sizes, individual attention and great teachers has made such a difference for my daughter and we are so lucky to have found such a great school.

- submitted by a parent
February 08, 2010
My child just enrolled a few weeks ago. I loved the premise of the academics the Academy's web page discusses and the critical thinking aspect. My child loves the school and the personal attention he receives from the teachers. It is a structured learning environment that my child needed. My husband and I both are happy with our decision to place our child in this school. Our child's grades have gone up in just the few weeks he has been there.

- submitted by a parent
January 13, 2010
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- submitted by a community member
October 01, 2009
Don't believe all the hype. Academics at this school leave a lot to be desired. My child was a straight A student when he attended the Academy, but struggled academically when he transferred to public school. The academics in the public high school honors and college prep classes were much more rigorous and advanced than those at Harrisburg Academy. It makes me sick to think of all the money we spent on Academy tuition believing we were getting top notch academics. What a disappointment.

- submitted by a parent
September 08, 2009
Harrisburg Academy is a great gem of a school in the Harrisburg/Hershey/Carlisle metro area. We love the program - the balance of strong academics with the well roundedness of a liberal arts curriculum (art, Spanish, music, computers). My children are truly known by their teachers and feel very safe and comfortable. I cannot imagine my children attending school anywhere else.

- submitted by a parent
September 02, 2009
The Upper School is at an all time high with regard to enrollment and for good reason. We love the culture, the high end academics and personal attention by teachers, staff, and administration.

- submitted by a parent
September 02, 2009
I think the EC/LC division of the Harrisburg Academy is excellent. The teachers are dedicated and talented - the parents are always welcomed and they work with the needs of an individual child. My daughter loves school and she is blossoming because of the program they have at the Academy.

- submitted by a parent
September 02, 2009
This is a school that focuses on the individual child, nurturing their unique gifts and personalities. It encourages high academic as well as ethical standards, and provides a secure environment for children to grow and thrive.

- submitted by a parent
September 02, 2009
The ELC and Lower school staff really care about their students. The music and Art programmes are excellant. It is also brillant that gym is done every day for Lower school. We are extremely pleased that we chose Harrisburg Academy and would recommended it strongly.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 02, 2009
The Harrisburg Academy is, by far, the best environment in which I could hope to have my children. They absolutely thrive at the Academy. There isn't a day I walk in there that I don't think 'I wish I had this opportunity as a student'.

- submitted by a parent
August 13, 2009
I went to the Harrisburg Academy for four years, and I will tell you about my experience. Before I came to the Academy, I was going to public school. I was overwhelmed with the challenging academics and out-of-school work. The teachers honestly care about the students, and that is how I overcame my shyness and low grades. I began making honors after I asked for help from both students and teachers. These parents have no idea what they are talking about. If you can afford the school, I would highly reccommend it. You will be fully prepared for college as I am now.

- submitted by a student
August 05, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
May 06, 2009
My youngest child is now at The Harrisburg Academy and we are not happy at all. The school is no longer challenging, it is no longer competitive and it is no longer worth the money. The lower school is a glorified day care center. The Public schools are at least open to letting your child to do more advanced work - The Harrisburg Academy is not. The administration is afraid of accellerating our child because they are 'afraid it will upset the other parents and could make the teachers job harder.'.... so much for doing what's best for the child !! It's no surprise this school has such a bad reputation.

- submitted by a parent
May 05, 2009
Very disappointing that is how I would describe Harrisburg Academy. The school simply fails to deliver the high level academics and personalized attention that it advertises. The academics are no better than a typical suburban public school. There are few opportunities for academic enrichment and even fewer opportunities for students to advance according to their abilities. In fact, when I requested more challenging academics, the administration refused and suggested that my child play a sport instead. So much for strong academics and personalized attention! If you want these things for your child, look elsewhere. You won t find them at Harrisburg Academy.

- submitted by a parent
April 21, 2009
The Harrisburg Academy is in an opinion f a student the last place where you would want to go. It claims to have the best teachers and a positive work environment. Coming from the inside I can tell you that the crap that they state on their website is to make you pay too much for a school which does too little. The level of respect that they have for all the grades is terrible. the grade school portion of the school is subjected to teachers who are harsh and short with their students. the middle school is forced to do activities that makes them feel like they have taken a step back from maturity. and the upper school is for those who need technology the most, are left with outdated and broken computers. The worst school i have ever been to and i am happy to get the hell out!!!

- submitted by a student
April 21, 2009
Harrisburg Academy has much to offer to the 'right' child. If your child is self-motivated and willing to work very hard, giving up much of their personal time, then this small environment might be the right place for them. In spite of the willingness of much of the staff to offer personalized attention and invest in your child's success, there are others who are arrogant, burnt out and feel put upon to offer any help to students or parents. These teachers should move on to to other careers, but the administration turns a blind eye in spite of numerous complaints from parents. The administration is often the roadblock in getting the best for your child. They do an excellent job of getting you to enroll your child, but once there, it is sink or swim. For the money, they should be doing a much better job.

- submitted by a parent
April 16, 2009
We could not be more pleased with this school!! Our child is challenged every day to do her best and be a respectful, responsible person. In addition to the rigorous curriculum, she experiences many extras in her day - gym, music, spanish, art, library. I know my child is flourishing in an environment where she is known by the faculty and administration and where she feels SAFE.

- submitted by a parent
February 20, 2009
I totally agree with the previous commenter. I would only add that the situation is the same in the middle and upper school. Sub par academics, little individual attention, and an unresponsive administration. I don't think we'll be back next year.

- submitted by a parent
February 19, 2009
We like everything about the school. The IB programme is what got us interested in the first place. We have a son in 10:th grade and he really likes the school. The student teacher ratio makes a big difference and the teachers do a great job getting him to live up to his potential in every subject. The school provides the possibility to be a successful student and the whole atmosphere breaths acceptance and friendliness. Afterschool activities like the ski club, sport programmes, music extras and the great lunch makes school more fun. A good school we would recommend to everyone.

- submitted by a parent
February 11, 2009
From Pre-K through grade 12, the Academy is by far the top program in central Pennsylvania. Its academic, moral, and institutional standards are higher than any other public or private school in the region. The student to teacher ratios are maintained as a priority over ballooning the enrollment. I feel my child's current teachers are engaged in helping him achieve his full potential. Moving up in grade, I have found his past teachers continue to show interest in his progress and well-being. The investment in education will return several fold as our child grows in his education.

- submitted by a parent
October 22, 2008
If you want a one size fits all school, Harrisburg Academy is the place for you.You can't individualize your program of instruction, especially now that they have gone to the IB program.The IB program at Harrisburg Academy is very inflexible.They don't offer any high level IB classes in math and only one in science.And most colleges don't offer credit for standard level IB classes.So, if you are thinking of Harrisburg Academy for upper school, think again.Especially if you like math and science.

- submitted by a student
September 29, 2008
I wonder if our child attends the same school as the last 3 parents that posted here. Communication in the Upper School at Harrisburg Academy is terrible. If we e-mail or call a teacher or administrator with a question or concern, it will take days or weeks to get a response, if at all. Academics are not even as good as the public school our child transferred from. We feel that we have made a huge mistake in sending our child here!

- submitted by a parent
September 27, 2008
My daughter started 9th grade at Harrisburg Academy, transferring from public school. In public school, I could not get the counselor or teachers to respond to my questions or to give me any time to speak to them when I felt there was an important issue. The first month at Harrisburg Academy I emailed her academic advisor with a minor concern and within 15 minutes I had a response, a 'team' of four people to help and a choice of appointment dates! It was the antithesis of our experience at public school! My daughter is receiving an amazing education and will be more than ready for college when she graduates. If she requires any extra attention she gets it immediately. This school wants her to succeed and will see to it that she does. Putting my daughter in Harrisburg Academy is my best parenting decision yet!

- submitted by a parent
September 22, 2008
Absolutely the best school for my son. He has flourished. Both academically and socially. The Responsive Classroom strategies and approach is a perfect fit for my son and our family. Everyday when he comes home it is a joy to listen to his stories, the spanish words, his responsibilities, the books, the teachers, lunch. I wish I could join him on this wonderful journey in a very safe and comfortable environment. The teachers are devoted, and make learning fun again. Very creative in the approach to writing, art, the classroom. The administration is very professional and dedicated to the children and the parents. If you have a chance to visit the school, talk to the teachers and administration you will be very impressed I am very happy I found this gem in Central PA............... don't tell everybody.

- submitted by a parent
September 22, 2008
The fact that they are able to offer the International Baccalaureate program says enough. The best in education you can get.

- submitted by a community member
August 17, 2008
Our daughter attended The Harrisburg Acadmey and we were very disappointed with the experience for all of the reasons given before and many more. The school continually failed to challenge her, inspire her or tap into her potential. She is now at another school and doing much, much better.

- submitted by a parent
August 07, 2008
I agree with many of the comments posted over the past several months about the middle and upper school. Considering the cost to attend, I expected much more from the school. Administration seems more focused on athletics, community service and team building. Those are all nice as long as your academic program is top-notch. Unfortunately academics need improvement as evidenced by falling (2007) test scores. Science, math and technology programs are especially disappointing. There are few opportunities for academic enrichment (academic clubs, field trips, etc.) or academic achievement beyond grade level. Many teachers don t have teaching degrees and don t know how to make subject matter interesting for students. Focus needs to get back to academics, quality teaching, improving science, math and technology programs, and extending learning beyond the classroom. Until then, save your money and send your child to Trinity or a good public school. That's what we're doing.

- submitted by a parent
August 05, 2008
We were very pleased with the education our son received in the Lower School at Harrisburg Academy. We have been less excited about the Middle and Upper School. It seems that academics have taken a back seat to athletics and other non-academic programs overs the past several years. This has been very disappointing. We are giving the school another year, but if things do not improve, we are considering sending our son to a public high school that offers more honors and AP classes (especially in the sciences).

- submitted by a parent
August 03, 2008
As parents we were very pleased to have the opportunity to send our daughter to Harrisburg Academy. Now entering the 4th grade we have seen OUR girl grow tremendously. While looking at options for our daughter's education we found a school that offered more than we could have hoped for; small class size, a teacher and full time aide in her kindergarten class, Spanish, art, healthy lunch options, and gym class everyday. The entire staff, from teachers to administrators, are very helpful and make us feel very comfortable with OUR choice. We would recommend Harrisburg Academy to any family looking for a diverse and challenging environment for their child.

- submitted by a parent
July 29, 2008
I've been an EC/LS parent for four years and have been thrilled with our son's experience in each grade. Kindergarten in particular was outstanding. His teacher nurtured his interests and strengths, recognized his challenge - it was obvious that she really 'got' my kid and truly cared about him as a whole. Individualized attention in action! Our son has great buddies and it's been totally easy connecting with friends on the 'opposite shore.' We love that he sees 'big kids' in the hallways and at games and am impressed that older students accept and interact with the younger ones. The feeling of family is wonderful. We have every intentions of being Academy 'lifers!'

- submitted by a parent
no rating July 21, 2008
I am so pleased to be a parent at Harrisburg Academy, an IB World School. I received my IB Diploma when I finished high school and I believe that the IB education I received made a profound impact on my life. I am excited that the Academy now offers this program as part of the curriculum in the Upper School. It is a great complement to the AP Programs but it's also stronger than AP in many subjects, like laboratory science and foreign languages. Harrisburg Academy continues to refine its mission and serve the greater Harrisburg community in all grades - preschool through grade 12. Being a parent at the Academy is quite 'habit forming' and I cannot imagine my child being in school anywhere else.

- submitted by a parent
June 22, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
no rating May 27, 2008
I am a student at harrisburg academy and i love it there. The learning process is excellent and there is not that much fights that break out there. It's true that there are small classes and the teachers look forward to helping the kids and make the year a great year. Although we are now at the real last week of school i feel that i had a very good year there and wish to stay till 12th grade.

- submitted by a student
no rating May 08, 2008
My child began at Harrisburg Academy after spending grade 1-8 in another private school. The Academy is great for its 'social' aspects - dress code, manners and caring, safe environment. It has very high 'traditional' acadmic standards, but I echo concerns of other parents about the confusion created by the IB curriculum, and the lack of creative teaching methods. It seems teachers in the Lower/Middle schools have more flexibility to be creative; by the time students reach high school the sole focus is getting into a good college. Although teachers are more than willing to spend time with individual students, I don't sense that my child is really treated as an individual with unique interests and needs. And after all, that's the main reason I send her to private school. However - there are few private alternatives for high school in Harrisburg, and the Academy is the best in the area.

- submitted by a parent
April 28, 2008
We have mixed feelings about Harrisburg Academy. We like the small class sizes and the more personal atmosphere of the school. The classes are faster paced than the public middle school our children attended. But we have seen little in the way of innovative teaching techniques or inquiry based learning in the middle school at Harrisburg Academy. Learning is mostly based on regurgitation of facts and figures and not on inquiry and critical thinking. This has been a big disappointment, especially for a school that touts its highly trained faculty. The Academy needs more teachers in the middle school who know how to teach, and to spark students' curiosity and interest through inquiry and critical thinking - and not just teachers with advanced degrees in a subject area.

- submitted by a parent
April 22, 2008
Harrisburg Academy recently switched from an AP based program in Upper School to the IB program. This has resulted in some upheaval. The school did not take the time to ensure that the curriculum in the lower grades (middle school and 9th and 10th grade) adequately meshed with the IB program. This has resulted in many students struggling in Upper School. The switch to the IB program has also resulted in fewer courses to choose from and more rigid class scheduling. Students don't have the opportunity to explore a variety of subjects or to design their class schedules based on their abilities and interests. It has also decreased or eliminated opportunities to take advanced (AP level) science, math, history and foreign language classes. They need to get the bugs worked out in Upper School before I could recommend it.

- submitted by a parent
no rating January 23, 2008
My daughter has attended Harrisburg Academy for 3 years now in the lower school. I can't say enough about the whole school from the teachers, to the financial administrator and the food service employees how kind and involved in each child's education they are. Anytime we have a question the teacher gets right back to us.Each child is afforded the time and support to learn at their own level while being encouraged to achieve.When we had a recent financial set back the team worked with us so our daughter could still benefit from a top ranked education. It truly is a family setting. We are also impressed at the involvement in the arts such as plays done in each grade. It helps the kids be well rounded and there is a part for everyone from the shyest to the most extroverted. Bravo to the Academy!

- submitted by a parent
November 14, 2007
My son was really getting lost in the public school system with large class sizes and staff that were just 'too busy' to provide the support my child needed to be successful. Since being at the Academy, the teachers there make it clear that they CARE about Tyler...not just his grades, but Tyler as a person. As a fellow educator, that makes you realize that there really ARE teachers out there who still teach because they are committed and love what they do!

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 17, 2007
One of the major draws for me was the visiblity of the faculty and adminstrators. I love seeing staff in the mornings. I think it is invaluable how they interact with the students. From the 'good mornings' walking in and teachers meeting the students in the gallery - it is reassuring to me as a parent. It sets the tone for the student that the parents and school are in communication. Also, I can email the teachers and receive prompt responses concerning my children and I feel the the teachers have a genuine concern for my children. I like the hours as well as the vacation schedule. A full week off in spring is a huge bonus for us. Gym every day! At my daughter's former (public) school she had PE 2-3x a week and now it's everyday. That's great. I love that there s foreign language (Spanish) early on. Invaluable.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 10, 2007
I can briefly identify the three largest differences I've noticed about Harrisburg Academy compared to our former public school. 1. Course work is the next grade level. (i.e. child is in 1st grade but is doing the same curriculum as 2nd grade in public school) 2. Works with the child at the level they are proficient. (child is in 1st grade but is reading at 3rd or is mathematically at 2nd) 3. I really like how the children are learning Spanish and having gym every day.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 08, 2007
Overall, we are VERY happy with Harrisburg Academy. My daughter has made great friends and she is pleased to be learning more than she ever has before. It goes without saying that I'm pleased with the academic excellence. >I love the dress code. Everyone at school always looks nice, unlike public school, and our daughter's wardrobe has definitely been upgraded. She likes Fridays, when she can wear jeans. >I love the assigned seating in the cafeteria Monday-Thursday and the unassigned seating on Friday. My daughter likes this, too. This takes the stress out of where to sit at lunch, which can become a stressful issue in public school. Also, it affords the opportunity of making new friends. >I love the freedom that you give the students to come and go as they please. It's a refreshing change from public school and it makes them feel very trusted and grown up.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 08, 2007
Our initial reaction was immediate. >The pace is much faster, which keeps our children engaged. We noticed a difference the first week! >I like that the kids are required to address the Head of Lower School every morning upon entering the building. I like that good manners are encouraged. >The dress code is great and the kids always look nice going to school. >I love the mini-web sites that the teachers have for their classrooms, showing art projects, class photos, and the weekly newsletter. >Art class is more than crafts! So long to the glitter and glue! The art teacher has the kids mixing paints, making pottery and learning about famous artists. >Spanish starts in Jr. Kindergarten! At public school, its an after-school elective starting in 3rd grade. >A teacher actually phoned to tell us how our son is doing. There is a clear difference between Harrisburg Academy and public school.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 05, 2007
We are very pleased with Harrisburg Academy. We like the 'student to teacher' ratio for classroom scheduling. Smaller student class size allows the instructor to focus more on each student and his/her needs. We feel the students and staff at the Academy have been very kind and friendly to us as a new family. Our son is enjoying his 'new found' friends. We have not noticed or heard any remarks concerning 'bullying' other students. We hope that our son will gain more knowledge to help him with his college life and future career.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 03, 2007
Since coming to Harrisburg Academy from a public middle school, I have noticed how involved the teachers are with the kids. The kids are much nicer and respectful to their peerrs and adults. Also, I noticed more writing assignments which I think is great. The school is so much more creative with its assignments and teaching curriculum. I couldn't be happier - I wish I had sent her here earlier.

- submitted by a parent
October 02, 2007
We have noticed many changes since switching our daughter to Harrisburg Academy from our local public school. 1) She is HAPPY everyday she comes home. She loves the students and the teachers and feels completely welcomed by both. No drama or bullying. 2) She is enjoying being challenged academically and being around other students who are striving towards the same goal. Being held accountable for her work is really helping her develop good work habits. 3) She can participate in the sports she enjoys without the pressure of making a team or having to be one of the top players to actually play. She actually enjoys playing because there is no stress to go along with being on the team.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 01, 2007
The program at Harrisburg Academy is challenging to say the least! I was especially impressed with the teachers' dedication to getting the students to think analytically and abstractly, as well as the descriptions of the teaching methods. My daughter seems to have settled in and is really enjoying the experience in middle school.

- submitted by a parent
October 01, 2007
Where to start! My son joined in 11th Grade. Lunch! Greatest moment of his day! More days off! (loves teasing his brother!) Lively and enthusiastic approach to classes. Different level of discussion with all engaged and wanting to be engaged. An intellectual environment More challenged but very supportive staff. Staff treat students as equals. Caring community where everyone matters. No negatives at the moment. It is a blessing.

- submitted by a parent
November 15, 2006
My daughter's attendence at the Academy has brought out all the best in her. She feels so much better about her self now and the academence they offer are truely awsome. Also, I feel so safe when she goes to school now. I know she'll she can go to school now to learn and be worry free. I truely mean it when I say putting my child in the Academy 6 years ago is one of the best deissions I've ever made. Our children need a good education to make good adults. Our extraacurricular activities are also one of the best, in my opinion. You just can't go wrong, please believe me.

- submitted by a parent
November 15, 2006
I cannot say enough wonderful things about the Harrisburg Academy! The school offers this wonderful sense of community and 'belonging' to the children (and parents, too). I've found the teachers to be 'top-notch' professionals who love to teach. They are there because they love kids and want to help them learn; not just for a paycheck. Also, the administrators are fantastic. Each morning when I drop-off my son I see the Head of School (Dr. Newman) and the Heads of Lower and Middle School out greeting the students. What a great way to start the day and make the children feel welcome. I would highly recommend the Harrisburg Academy.

- submitted by a parent
November 15, 2006
Teachers hold high standards for academics at the Academy. I am especially pleased with the Liberal Arts programs allowing my middle school child a well rounded experience. I am very involved in many aspects of this school as are many of the parents. This is our 2nd year here and I am very pleased with our experience and my son is happy and well adjusted to school.

- submitted by a parent
November 15, 2006
Our family loves this school! The class sizes are small which have helped our children learn in a more productive environment. Our kids feel comfortable talking to their teachers and at our parent-teacher conferences, it is evident that the teachers have great insight about our children. The principal and the head of the middle/upper school are always available and have always followed-up with concerns that we have had. Contrary to other posts, my children and I have not felt any negative attitudes or issues regarding family finances. (Our own finances are tight). With such a small school, the music program is very small, however the music directors are creative and include as many students as possible. This means there might be five electric guitars in the traditional school band. Lastly, our kids are greeted each morning by one of the heads of school. They seem to truly care about all students.

- submitted by a parent
November 15, 2006
We chose Harrisburg Academy because we were very impressed not only with the challenging academic curriculum but also with the dedication of the administration and faculty to providing a nurturing and caring environment for our children. Our first child is in his 2nd year at the Academy and we have yet to be disappointed by any aspect of the school. The teachers have been very welcoming of all our comments/concerns. I have found their advice to be invaluable. They are excellent role models, always modeling the behavior they wish to see in the children. There are many opportunities for parent volunteers whether you can give a little or a lot. I personally love that I am treated as a partner in my children's education where success is measured not only by academic success but also by what kind of human beings they become.

- submitted by a parent
November 14, 2006
We are thrilled with the progress our son has made in his Kindergarten class. The children are exposed to many wonderful life-enhancing educational experiences. In additional to learning how to read, he is also learning to speak Spanish, use sign language, play the violin, participate in science labs and discover other cultures. The personal attention the teacher provides each student is exceptional. Her enthusiasm for learning is refreshing. Our son is excited to go to school every day and is enjoying the challenge of the higher standards that are set. We are excited about his academic future.

- submitted by a parent
November 14, 2006
I feel so lucky to have found this school when I moved to Harrisburg. My once shy child is standing in front of his classmates and presenting like it is no big deal. He is learning Spanish, learning how to be a good teammate, learning how to mix his own colors in art class and will soon be learning Power Point. All in Kindergarten. Are parents super involved? Yes, that's how I like it.

- submitted by a parent
January 03, 2006
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- submitted by a student
August 21, 2005
All courses are held at an honors or advanced placement level. All of the teachers truly get to know their students and individualize education to foster each student's strength. From the head master on down I can identify no weaknesses in their program. Music, arts, and sports are all readily available. However, if the focus of your child's educational experience is to pursue high level athletics, the size of this school is not for you and your child. Parent involvement is sought and used at every grade.

- submitted by a parent
August 14, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
February 23, 2005
We chose this school for our 5 year old and have been thrilled. He is challenged academically and able to grow socially. He is getting a great start to schooling and being given the freedom to grow and flourish.

- submitted by a parent
October 20, 2004
Needs to focus on more academics, with more disipline and less on what car you drive or how is your standing in the community. Too many parents think they run the school. Concerned Parent

- submitted by a parent
October 10, 2004
My children have been in the HATS (three-year-old) class, junior kindergarten, and kindergarten classes at Harrisburg Academy. Their teachers have been of the highest quality, and my children are thriving in this school.

- submitted by a parent
October 04, 2003
The discipline system of the Harrisburg Academy is the most worrisome aspect of the school. In recent years, the school has taken stronger policies and have created extreme discontent among students. Students have acted in many ways to try to address the issues, asking especially for more student input and review.

- submitted by a community member
September 22, 2003
Harrisburg Academy banks on its longevity and the fact that it was started by the family of John Harris, founder of Harrisburg. Academics are secondary. Social standing and financial backing are more important than intelligence and academic achievement. One long-standing administrator needs to be replaced before the school can honesty claim egalitarian ideals.

- submitted by a parent
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Harrisburg Academy
10 Erford Rd, Wormleysburg, PA  17043
(717) 763-7811
Last modified Harrisburg Academy is a Private school that serves grades PK-12
Harrisburg Academy Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 94 reviews. Top