Lower School Character Development & Outreach

Helping support your child’s academic, social and emotional growth.



While we want your child to develop into an accomplished student, we also want our students to be kind, caring and compassionate people. That is why we teach character development skills as part of the regular curriculum, engaging our students to develop essential character traits including respect and integrity.

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Character Development Methods

With dedicated character development classwork starting in kindergarten, we infuse social and emotional learning into everything we do here at Harker’s lower school.

  • In the classroom, teachers cover respect, gratitude and kindness lessons with classwork, discussion topics, activities and service projects.
  • On the playground, students learn to play fairly and safely.
  • In any environment, students learn to use tools from The Toolbox Project, including apology/forgiveness and patience/courage to handle stressful situations or challenging emotions like anger and disappointment.

Grade 5 Food Drive


We infuse service learning into all grade levels at Harker. While our kindergartners are beautifying our campus as they plant a new tree each spring, our fifth graders are hosting a food drive for needy families. Our outreach activities support academic learning, compassion and deeper connections to the community and the world to inspire them to make a difference.

Both of our girls are thriving at The Harker School. It's so much more than its reputation for exceptional academics. The character development and nurture from the Harker community - teachers, administrators, BEST staff and parents - are priceless.

Gina Harris, parent

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