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.

Our standard points of entry are kindergarten and grades 3, 6 and 9. New students may enter Harker at all grade levels except grade 12. In grades 1, 2, 4, 5, 7, 8, 10 and 11 the number of openings depends on attrition and there are usually more qualified applicants than spaces.

We invite you to submit an inquiry and create an account on Ravenna. Harker has partnered with Ravenna Solutions, a very user-friendly application that streamlines the admission process for our families. 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.

Key Dates

  • Event Registration: Sep. 1, 2019
  • Campus Visits: Sep. 2019-Jan. 2020
  • Application Opens: Sep. 1, 2019
  • Application Deadline: Jan. 10, 2020 at 5 p.m.
  • Decision notification released in Ravenna: after 5 p.m. on March 20, 2020
  • Contract and Deposit Due: March 27, 2020 at 12 p.m.
  • Tuition Balance Due: June 15, 2020

Application Process

Here is some information to give you an idea of the application process. Due date and application requirements are described in detail in Ravenna.

We look forward to meeting you!

Application Info TK

Application components

  • Parent statement
  • Student photo
  • Family photo
  • Student activities
  • Cognitive assessment
  • Teacher recommendation
  • Classroom visit/entrance exam

Application Info K-Gr. 5

Application components

  • Parent statement
  • Student photo
  • Family photo
  • Student activities
  • Cognitive assessment (K-2)
  • 2019-20 Teacher recommendation
  • Report cards/transcripts (1-5)
  • Classroom visit/entrance exam

Application Info Gr. 6-11

Application components

  • Parent statement
  • 2019-20 English teacher recommendation
  • 2019-20 math teacher recommendation
  • Transcripts
  • Entrance exam results (ISEE or SSAT)

Additional components for grade 9, 10 and 11 applicants

  • 2019-20 Principal/counselor recommendation
  • Student essay
  • Interview

The entrance exam is just one component we use to evaluate an application. At Harker we value all facets of a student and take into consideration many aspects beyond a test score, such as interests, character and love of learning when evaluating for admission. We use standardized testing as a common assessment tool because applicants come from a wide variety of academic programs.

International Students

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

Late Applications

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. We may have the opportunity to extend offers of admission to a few individuals who complete their files after the regular deadline. These acceptance decisions will be made on a rolling basis and will depend on available space. Please contact us if you have any questions.


Contact us and we'll be happy to help you.

  • Transitional Kindergarten


    Diann Chung
    Lower School Admission Director
  • Lower School (K-5)


    Diann Chung
    Lower School Admission Director
  • Middle School (Grades 6-8)


    Danielle Holquin
    Middle School Admission Director | Pre-12 Director of Admission
  • Upper School (Grades 9-12)


    Jennifer Hargreaves
    Upper School Admission Director
  • Financial Aid


    Kathy Caveney
    Financial Aid Coordinator