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Applying to Harker

Thank you for your interest in The Harker School! We look forward to working with you and your family to help make your application process go smoothly.

All application deadlines for the 2017-18 school year have now passed. For inquiries about late applications, contact the admission office. The dates and information now on our website are for the 2018-19 school year. Admission application and event reservations open on Fri., Sept. 1, 2017.

The Harker School does not discriminate on the basis of gender, race, color, religion or national or ethnic origin in the administration of its educational or admissions policies, financial aid distribution or other school programs.

  • The application process for Fall 2018 enrollment opens Sept. 1, 2017.
  • Decision notification: March 17, 2018

We welcome you to submit an inquiry so we can keep you posted when the application process and event reservations open.

How to Apply to Harker

Select the division you're applying for to view the steps of the application process and the required application forms.

Preschool

3- and 4-year-olds: Children turn 3 or 4 by December 1, 2018

Transitional Kindergarten (TK): Children must turn 5 between July 1 and December 1, 2018. TK families have three options: you may apply for TK only, kindergarten only or TK/K.

TK is a bridge-year between preschool and our traditional kindergarten program for children with late birthdays. A modified curriculum is used to further develop social and cognitive skills, and better prepare children for success in their future years of schooling.

TK Only
Families only interested in TK: follow the preschool procedures below

TK or K
Families interested in either TK or kindergarten (will accept either placement): follow the kindergarten admission procedures

Kindergarten Only
Families interested in kindergarten only: follow the kindergarten admission procedures

Timeline below is for the 2018-19 school year.

Step 1

Submit an Inquiry

Submit an inquiry and create an account on Ravenna, our online application system.

Submit an Inquiry

Step 2

Visit Harker

Register online for admission events. A strongly recommended, but optional step.

View Admission Events

Step 3

Online Application Opens

Submit preschool application - biographical information and application fee ($100) due January 11, 2018

Note: Additional forms must be submitted to complete your application.

Step 4

Submit Application Components

Due Feb. 1, 2018

  • Application (biographical information) and fee ($100)
  • Photo
  • Family questionnaire

Submit an Online Application

Step 5

Playdates

Register for playdates or classroom visit:

  • 3-year-old applicant playdates will be scheduled during the week of Feb. 12, 2018, once your application is complete.
  • 4-year-old applicant playdates will be scheduled individually based on space availability.
  • Transitional Kindergarten classroom visits are scheduled for January 20, 2018.
  • All Transitional Kindergarten applicants must attend a classroom visit.

Your application is considered complete and will be reviewed by the admission committee when all supporting documents in addition to your biographical information and application fee are received.

Lower School (K-5)

Timeline below is for applications for the 2018-19 school year.

Step 1

Submit an Inquiry

Submit an inquiry and create an account on Ravenna, our online application system.

Submit an Inquiry

Step 2

Visit Harker

Register online for admission events. A strongly recommended, but optional step.

View Admission Events

Step 3

Online Application Opens

Submit Lower School Application (biographical information) and application fee ($100) We will begin accepting applications on Sept. 1, 2017.

Note: Additional forms must be submitted to complete your application.

If needed, request financial aid information by emailing fainfo@harker.org.

Submit an Online Application

Step 4

(Application and fee must be submitted in order to register for testing).

Testing

Kindergarten & Grade 1

Register online for the classroom readiness evaluation to be given at Harker on Jan. 20 or 27, 2018. We recommend that you apply and register early for your preferred date.

Schedule a cognitive assessment with one of our preferred licensed psychologists which you will receive a list of from us after you have applied.

Grades 2-5

We only accept the ISEE (Independent School Entrance Exam) administered at Harker on Jan. 6, Jan. 20 or Jan. 27, 2018. Submit your application and fee in order to receive your registration code. We recommend that you apply and register early for your preferred date on the ISEE website: http://www.iseetest.org .

Step 5

Submit Required Application Components

Due Jan. 11, 2018

  • Photo
  • Parent statement
  • Student interest form
  • Cognitive Assessment scheduled by Jan. 11, 2018. Report/results must be received by Feb. 8, 2018.
  • One teacher recommendation form. Must be from the current classroom teacher. This form is completed and submitted to Harker directly by the student's current teacher. Parents delegate the recommendation form through the online Ravenna system. Teachers electronically submit forms through Ravenna. Directions are provided through your Ravenna account for easy online submission from your child's school and current teacher. Please give the teacher plenty of time to complete this recommendation before Jan. 11, 2018.
  • Transcripts for the academic year 2017-2018 (1st grading period-trimester or semester). Deliver the Transcript Release and Confidentiality Form to your child's current school. We understand if your school is on the semester system that grades may arrive after our application deadline of Jan. 11, 2018. Please submit them as soon as possible to complete your application for review. Kindergarten applicants can submit preschool reports if available.

Your application is considered complete and will be reviewed by the admission committee when all supporting documents in addition to your biographical information and application fee are received.

Middle School (6-8)

Timeline below is for applications for the 2018-19 school year.

Step 1

Submit an Inquiry

Submit an inquiry and create an account on Ravenna, our online application system.

Submit an Inquiry

Step 2

Visit Harker

Register online for admission events. A strongly recommended, but optional step.

View Admission Events

Step 3

Register Online for Admission Testing

We accept the ISEE (Independent School Entrance Exam) and SSAT (Secondary School Admission Test) entrance exams.

Test results must be received by Feb. 1, 2018.

We recommend that you register early for your preferred test location and date on the ISEE or SSAT websites. You may take the exam at any testing site.

To register for the ISEE visit http://www.iseetest.org and use the Harker code is 054148. To register for the SSAT visit http://ssat.org and use our code 3711.

Harker will offer the ISEE as a closed testing site only for Harker applicants on Jan. 6 and Jan. 20, 2018. Submit your application and fee in order to receive your registration code. We recommend that you apply and register early for your preferred date on the ISEE website http://www.iseetest.org. Please note that registration will close three weeks prior to the testing date.

Step 4

Submit Middle School Application

We will begin accepting applications on Sept. 1, 2017. Applications are due Jan. 11, 2018.

If needed, please request financial aid information by emailing fainfo@harker.org.

Submit Required Application Components

  • Application (biographical information) fee ($100)
  • Photo
  • Parent statement
  • Two teacher recommendation forms. Must be from current math and English teacher. Forms are completed and submitted to Harker directly by the student's current teacher. Parents delegate the recommendation forms through the online Ravenna system. Teachers electronically submit forms through Ravenna. Directions are provided through your Ravenna account for easy online submission from your child's school and current teacher. Please give the teachers plenty of time to complete these recommendations before Jan. 11, 2018.
  • Transcripts for the academic years 2016-2017 and 2017-2018 (1st grading period-trimester or semester). Deliver the Transcript Release and Confidentiality Form to your child's current school. We understand if your school is on the semester system that grades may arrive after our application deadline of Jan. 11, 2018. Please submit them as soon as possible, but no later than Feb. 1, 2018, to complete your application for review.
  • Standardized testing scheduled. Scores must be received by Feb. 1, 2018.

Submit an Online Application

Your application is considered complete and will be reviewed by the admission committee when all application components have been received. A complete application will be reflected in your Ravenna account application checklist.

Upper School (9-12)

Timeline below is for applications for the 2018-19 school year.

Step 1

Submit an Inquiry

Submit an inquiry and create an account on Ravenna, our online application system.

Submit an Inquiry

Step 2

Visit Harker

Register online for admission events. A strongly recommended, but optional step.

View Admission Events

Step 3

Register Online for Admission Testing

We accept the ISEE (Independent School Entrance Exam) and SSAT (Secondary School Admission Test) entrance exams.

Test results must be received by Feb. 1, 2018.

We recommend that you register early for your preferred test location and date on the ISEE or SSAT websites. You may take the exam at any testing site.

To register for the ISEE visit http://www.iseetest.org and use the Harker code is 054148. To register for the SSAT visit http://ssat.org and use our code 3711.

Harker will offer the ISEE as a closed testing site only for Harker applicants on Jan. 6 and Jan. 20, 2018. Submit your application and fee in order to receive your registration code. We recommend that you apply and register early for your preferred date on the ISEE website http://www.iseetest.org. Please note that registration will close three weeks prior to the testing date.

Step 4

Submit Upper School Application

We will begin accepting applications on Sept. 1, 2017. Applications are due Jan. 11, 2018.

If needed, please request financial aid information by emailing fainfo@harker.org.

Submit Required Application Components

  • Application (biographical information) and fee ($100)
  • Photo
  • Student essay
  • Parent statement
  • Three teacher recommendation forms. Must be from current math, English, and principal/counselor. Forms are completed and submitted to Harker directly by the student's current teacher/counselor. Parents delegate the recommendation forms through the online Ravenna system. Teachers electronically submit forms through Ravenna. Directions are provided through your Ravenna account for easy online submission from your child's school and current teacher. Please give the teachers plenty of time to complete these recommendations before Jan. 11, 2018.
  • Transcripts for the academic years 2016-2017 and 2017-2018 (1st grading period-trimester or semester). Deliver the Transcript Release and Confidentiality Form to your child's current school. We understand if your school is on the semester system that grades may arrive after our application deadline of Jan. 11, 2018. Please submit them as soon as possible, but no later than Feb. 1, 2018, to complete your application for review. Interviews must be scheduled by Jan. 11, 2018 and completed by Feb. 7, 2018.
  • Interview complete or scheduled. Those who attend a student campus visit at Harker will have an interview at the end of their visit day. Those who do not attend a campus visit have the opportunity to sign-up for an interview. Applicants from out of the area may interview using video conferencing.
  • Standardized testing scheduled. Scores must be received by Feb. 1, 2018.

Submit an Online Application

Your application is considered complete and will be reviewed by the admission committee when application components have been received. A complete application will be reflected in your Ravenna account application checklist.

International Students

International students applying to The Harker School must meet the same admission standards as domestic students, and successfully complete all stages of the highly selective admission process. We do not have a separate pool for international applicants. Harker has a very rigorous academic program, and all students must be fluent in reading, writing and speaking English. Unless a student has been attending a school where their courses are taught in English, it is unlikely that they would qualify.

While Harker does not offer ESL curriculum during the regular school year, we do offer a robust English Language Institute in the summer. For more information, visit our ELI website or contact ELI@harker.org.

Late Applications

We expect that the majority of places for fall will be filled by candidates who make the January deadlines and regular acceptance announcement in March. We may have the opportunity to extend offers of admission to a few individuals who complete their files after the regular deadline. These acceptance decisions will be made on a rolling basis and will depend on available space. Please contact us if you have any questions.

Questions?

Contact us and we'll be happy to help you.

  • Preschool

    408.553.5700

    Whendy Carter
    Preschool Director Preschool Admission
  • Lower School (K-5)

    408.871.4600

    Diann Chung
    Lower School Admission Director
  • Middle School (Grades 6-8)

    408.248.2510

    Danielle Holquin
    Middle School Admission Director | Pre-12 Director of Admission
  • Upper School (Grades 9-12)

    408.249.2510

    Jennifer Hargreaves
    Upper School Admission Director
  • Financial Aid

    408.249.2510

    Kathy Caveney
    Financial Aid Coordinator
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