Facts & Stats

The Harker School is a kindergarten-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 2,040 students, Harker is the largest independent school of its kind in California, located on four beautiful campuses just minutes apart. Harker is an accredited member of the National Association of Independent Schools and the California Association of Independent Schools.

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

2021-23 College Acceptances

Graduates from the classes of 2021-2023 were admitted to more than 250 universities. See the full list of college acceptances for more details.

Upper School Profile

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Historical Test Scores

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Student Achievements

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    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 purchases Palo Alto Military Academy and, nine years later, Harker Day School, running both simultaneously
    1972 PAMA and Harker Day School

    merge and become Harker Academy, moving from Palo Alto to San Jose (current site of Harker's upper school)

    1973 Howard Nichols assumes leadership, drops military program and expands 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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