Facts & Stats
Harker is an inspiring and energizing community comprising students and faculty with a wide range of passions and talents. It’s a wonderful environment for learning and exploring.
As an institution, Harker has also achieved significant accomplishments, especially in the years following the launch of the upper school in 2001. Enjoy this quick recap of some Harker’s stats, facts and accomplishments!
Giving and Caring
- In recent years, Harker students have raised $8,300 for Haiti earthquake relief and more than $15,000 to support cancer victims and research. They raised $12,000 to build two wells in a Congo village, partnering with charity: water; $14,000 for Free the Children to finance a school in Cambodia and fund income-producing projects for village families; $10,000 in one day with the middle school’s annual cancer walk; and $12,000 in one month for relief efforts in Darfur.
- Harker has been named the American Heart Association’s top fundraising school, and the student body was named the Outstanding Philanthropic Youth Group by the Association of Fundraising Professionals.
- Well-established annual drives on all three campuses collect winter coats, canned food (846 lbs. in 2010), toiletries, pajamas, toys and books for local food banks, shelters and schools.
A Passion for Research
- Since Harker began entering the Intel Science Talent Search in 2005, it has had 41 semifinalists, four of whom have gone on to compete in the finals in Washington, D.C.
- In the same year, Harker began submitting to the Siemens Competition in Math, Science and Technology. So far, 30 students have been named semifinalists, including eight regional finalists and two state winners.
A Culture of Excellence
More than 50 percent of Harker students are recognized annually by the College Board in the National Merit Scholarship Program; 21 members of the Class of 2010 received awards, the most of any California school.
- Harker has been named a College Board Exemplary Advanced Placement (AP) Program worldwide in the medium-sized school category for AP Psychology (2007), AP Calculus AB and AP Chemistry (2006), and AP Chemistry and AP Computer Science (2005).
- Launched in 1993, Harker’s global education program now includes partnerships with schools in Australia, China, Switzerland, Japan, India, Costa Rica, Thailand, Saudi Arabia, France and Spain.
- The Harker Junior 8 (J8) team was chosen to represent the U.S. at the 2007 J8 Summit in Germany, a parallel youth event to the G8 Summit. The students attended private meetings with German Chancellor Angela Merkel and presented their communiqué to President Bush and other world leaders.
- In 2009-10 a junior was one of four students selected by UNICEF USA to participate in the inaugural Children’s Climate Forum, held with the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change in Copenhagen.
- Two Harker students were invited to speak at the White House Smart Grid conference in 2011, sharing the podium with White House and congressional officials. The two also spoke at Power Shift ’11 in Washington, D.C., which included a private meeting with the U.S. chief technology officer to discuss how America’s youth can lead the way in climate issues.