Founded in 1893 in Palo Alto, The Harker School is a preschool through grade 12, nonprofit independent school. We are committed to providing a nationally recognized program for our students that allows them to flourish, find their passions and make a difference in the world.
We are equally committed to providing a respectful and collaborative environment, both within our campus community and in the San Jose neighborhoods where our campuses are located. We have four campuses, one for each division: preschool, lower school, middle school and upper school. It is our hope that this page provides helpful information to our neighbors; it also includes ways to contact us if you have ideas or concerns.
Campus Information for our Neighbors
Harker has submitted plans to the city of San José to modify our Union Avenue campus in preparation for moving our middle school (grades 6-8) to this site in time for the 2021-22 school year. We are NOT requesting additional students beyond the maximum of 600 that was approved when we purchased the campus in 2012. All of our modifications meet city of San José zoning and planning criteria and require no variances.
The modifications to the campus include the demolition of three small existing academic buildings to be replaced with a new two-story classroom building, an addition to the existing auditorium/gym, and other site improvements such as extending the driveway used for drop-off and pickup and adding more outdoor play/sports areas.
Harker invited adjacent neighbors to a meeting to discuss the plans in April 2018 and the City of San José hosted a public meeting for the broader community in December 2018. We also presented an overview of our plans at a Cambrian Community Council meeting in August 2018.
The City of San José reviewed the application and conducted an independent traffic analysis. A public hearing was held with the San José Planning Director on Nov. 13, 2019 and our application was approved. An appeal of that decision was filed and will be considered by the City Council at a date to be determined. All of the documents related to this project are posted for public record.
In addition to a Transportation Demand Management Plan that details how Harker will limit traffic coming to and going from the campus during peak hours, the school will publish a Good Neighbor Handbook that describes the policies and practices Harker will use to prevent cut-through traffic and neighborhood parking by our parents, teachers, staff and visitors.
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Residents who live near a school are often concerned about how neighborhood traffic might be impacted during morning drop-off and afternoon pickup times during the school year. It is also important to us at Harker that our students can be dropped off and picked up safely and that parents are able to come and go quickly during commute times.
Harker has operated four different school campuses for years, and we have considerable experience with reducing traffic congestion during peak times. For example:
- Many cars arriving at our campuses contain two or more students, and we facilitate car pools among parents.
- We offer financial incentives and preferred parking to staff who car pool.
- Harker campuses are served by school-run shuttles that transport students from areas where clusters of students live close together (such as Los Altos and Silver Creek).
- Harker operates an intercampus shuttle so that siblings who attend different divisions can be dropped off and picked up in just one location, reducing overall traffic around our campuses.
- We work closely with parents to remind them to avoid cut-through traffic around our campuses and to follow our drop-off and pick-up routing and procedures. Each campus has its own set of driving regulations.
4525 Union Avenue I San Jose, CA
Our Union Avenue campus currently serves our preschool families. In August 2021 the Union Avenue campus will become home to our middle school students.
4300 Bucknall Road I San Jose, CA
Our Bucknall Avenue campus is home to our lower school (K-5) students. This campus has two drop-off and pickup zones and crosswalk guards for the neighborhood on school days. We have a shuttle between this and the other Harker campuses to help reduce cars. For larger school events, we open the campus field for parking, and contract with a local church to use their parking lot so we can shuttle visitors to the campus to reduce neighborhood traffic. We send regular reminders and video "how-tos" to parents to educate and remind them of the school's expectations on safe and respectful practices in our neighborhood.
3800 Blackford Avenue I San Jose, CA
Our Blackford Avenue campus serves our middle school students. Harker leases this campus from the Campbell Union School District, but will be moving the middle school division to the current preschool campus on Union Avenue in August 2021. A long internal drop-off pattern and intercampus shuttle help reduce cars in the neighborhood and there is sufficient on-campus parking for all school events. We send regular reminders and video "how-tos" to parents to educate and remind them of the school's expectations on safe and respectful practices in our neighborhood.
500 Saratoga Avenue I San Jose, CA
Our Saratoga Avenue campus serves our upper school students, grades 9-12. Two long internal drop-off options, as well as an intercampus shuttle, help reduce traffic and cars in the neighborhood. As we do for all our campuses, we send regular reminders and video "how-tos" to parents to educate and remind them of the school's expectations on safe and respectful practices in our neighborhood.
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