Applying to Harker
We appreciate your interest in The Harker School, and we look forward to sharing more about our warm, inspiring and vibrant community with you and your family.
We invite you to submit an inquiry as the first step of the admission process. Harker‘s application uses Ravenna Solutions, and through your Ravenna account, you will be able to receive notifications from Harker, register for Harker admission events, and apply and track your progress toward application completion.
We hope the information here and the detailed application steps in the Harker Ravenna application answers all your questions about the application process. Our goal is to make things as easy as possible. If you have any questions at any time after reviewing this information and the detailed steps in your Ravenna Harker application, please contact us!
Our standard points of entry are kindergarten and grades 3, 4, 6 and 9. New students may enter Harker at all grade levels except grade 12. In grades 1, 2, 5, 7, 8, 10 and 11 the number of openings depends on attrition and there are usually more qualified applicants than spaces.
Key Dates for Applications to Start Fall 2023
- Event Registration: Sept. 1, 2022 at 9 a.m. PST
- Admission Events: September 2022 – January 2023
- Application Opens: Sept. 1, 2022 at 9 a.m. PST
- Application Deadline: Jan. 12, 2023 at 5 p.m. PST
- Decision notification released in Ravenna: after 4 p.m. on March 17, 2023
- Contract and Deposit Due: March 24, 2023 at 12 p.m. PST
- Tuition Balance Due: June 15, 2023
Here is some information to give you an idea of the application process.
Transitional Kindergarten Program
Transitional kindergarten (TK) is designed for our younger kindergarten-age children. Our TK program is located on our Boynton campus, with indoor and outdoor spaces dedicated to the children’s learning needs. Our 24 TK children will have an opportunity for an additional year of academic/social growth before transitioning into kindergarten the following year.
Families with children who are age-eligible for TK will complete the kindergarten application process and will also submit a TK/K intent form. This form confirms whether the family wants to apply for TK only or kindergarten only; there is not an option to apply for both grades.
TK and kindergarten applicants must be 5 years old by Nov. 30, 2023.
- July 1, 2017-June 30, 2018: must apply for Kindergarten only
- July 1, 2018 – Nov. 30, 2018: will choose to apply for TK or Kindergarten. There is not an option to choose both TK and Kindergarten.
International students applying to The Harker School must meet the same admission standards as domestic students, and successfully complete all stages of the highly selective admission process. We do not have a separate pool for international applicants. Harker has a very rigorous academic program, and all students must be fluent in reading, writing and speaking English. Unless students have been attending schools where the courses are taught in English, it is unlikely that they would qualify.
While Harker does not offer ESL curriculum during the regular school year, we do offer a robust English Language Institute in the summer. For more information, visit our ELI website or contact ELI@harker.org.
We expect that the majority of places for fall will be filled by candidates who make the January deadlines and regular acceptance announcement in March. Please contact us if you have any questions.
Questions?Contact us and we'll be happy to help you.
Lower School (K-5)
Lower School Admission Director
Admission Associate, Lower School
Middle School (Grades 6-8)
Director of Admission, TK-12, Middle School Admission Director
Admission Associate, Middle School
Upper School (Grades 9-12)
Upper School Admission Director
Admission Associate, Upper School
Financial Aid Coordinator