• Harker Preschool:
    The Genius of Play

    Play is the best way for children to explore and test possibilities; it's a doorway to problem-solving and the basis for discovery. Play equals learning.

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  • Our Classrooms:
    Inside and Out

    Our spacious, fully enclosed seven-acre campus of cottage classrooms, art studio, STEM lab, farm, play yards and more provide an ideal environment for early learning.

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  • Our Philosophy:
    Play is Learning

    Our environment is designed to help children make independent choices in play and problem-solving. Teacher-guided explorations help children understand the world in ever more complex ways.

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  • Our Community:
    Outstanding Teachers

    Our teachers’ qualifications and passion for early childhood education are the backbone of our program; they provide an enriching and supportive environment for our youngest learners.

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  • Our Roots:
    Excellence Since 1893

    The Harker School, a nonprofit organization, has a 120-year history of providing exceptional education in academics, character, leadership and community. We have never wavered in that philosophy, and our preschool now proudly joins that tradition.

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Fast Facts


Full Day: 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Half Day: 8:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Extended Care: 7 – 8 a.m., 3:30 – 6 p.m.
2014-15 Preschool Calendar Dates (pdf) 


3-, 4- and 5-year-olds are placed in classes based on a Dec. 1 birthdate.

Class Availability

3-year-olds: two classes of 24
4-year-olds: two classes of 24
Transitional K: one class of 24

Our Programs

Play is the best way for children to explore and test possibilities; it's a doorway to problem-solving and the basis for discovery. Play equals learning. Harker Preschool combines child-centered learning and teacher-guided explorations in a community rich with music, art, movement and nature. Here, our littlest learners stretch their thinking, deepen their focus, and develop the social, emotional, physical and academic skills needed to thrive in kindergarten ... and life.

Ages 3 & 4

Our 3- and 4-year-old students meet in cottages that are large and filled with light, providing ample space for exploration and learning. Areas for whole-group and individual activities, teacher-directed small group sessions, skill-based learning centers and separate nap areas are all part of each cottage.


Transitional K

Our transitional kindergartners enjoy two large classrooms, each designed to bridge the gap between preschool and kindergarten for our young 5-year-olds, by providing plenty of space for familiar preschool materials and centers while introducing more traditional kindergarten seating and learning environments.


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To receive detailed information and schedule a tour please submit a request for information.


Admission Events

Preschool Open House

Sat., Nov. 8, 2014
Sat., Jan. 10, 2015
10 a.m. | Preschool Campus


Preschool Walkabout

Thurs., Jan. 15, 2015
Fri., Jan. 23, 2015
Thurs., Jan. 29, 2015
9:15 a.m. | Preschool Campus


Map & Directions

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4525 Union Ave., San Jose, CA 95124
(408) 553-5700 | preschool@harker.org
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