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.
By the Numbers
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.
Historical Test Scores
View historical data on Harker student test scores for SAT, ACT, National Merit and APs.
|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|