Facts & Stats

The Harker School is a preschool-grade 12 private school in Silicon Valley that has earned international recognition for its top academics, quality teachers and student achievements. Founded in 1893 and educating 2,000 students, Harker is the largest independent school of its kind in California, located on four beautiful campuses just minutes apart.

Harker blends strong college-prep academics with rich offerings in STEM and the arts. Innovative international programs, robust after-school and athletic programs, and Peninsula and intercampus shuttles are just a few of the features and services offered to Harker families.

Then & Now

2015-2017 College Acceptances

Graduates from the classes of 2015-2017 were admitted to over 250 universieties. See the full list of college acceptances for more details.

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    Timeline
    1893 Manzanita Hall was established
    1919 Palo Alto Military Academy (PAMA), formerly Manzanita Hall was formed
    1902 Miss Harker's School for Girls, Palo Alto, was established
    1955 Miss Harker's School for Girls, Palo Alto, becomes co-ed and changes name to The Harker Day School
    1950s Donald Nichols merged PAMA and The Harker Day School, forming Harker Academy
    1972 Harker Academy moves from Palo Alto to San Jose (current site of Harker's upper school)
    1973 Howard Nichols assumed leadership, dropped military program and expanded academics and programs
    1992 Name changed from Harker Academy to The Harker School. Howard Nichols named president, Diana Nichols named head of school.
    1998 Harker adds new high school to K-8 program
    2002 Harker graduates first class of seniors
    2005 Nicholses retire; Chris Nikoloff assumes leadership
    2017 Chris Nikoloff relocates to Swiss school; Brian Yager assumes leadership

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