Middle School Programs & Extracurriculars

We offer a balance of academics, arts and athletics to develop well-rounded students.

Middle School Programs & Extracurriculars

At Harker's middle school, we believe in balancing academics, athletics and arts for all of our students. With more than 35 clubs plus sports teams and after-school activities offered each semester, your children will find one or more activities here at Harker that match their interests.

Whether it’s mastering teamwork on the basketball court or time management skills between homework and clubs, our students develop lifelong skills and strategies in our exciting, hands-on and truly enriching programs and extracurricular activities. To ensure that your child has the opportunity to explore a variety of programs and extracurricular activities, clubs have a dedicated period two days a week. Our coaches and program leaders also work together to create a schedule that allows our students to participate in a variety of activities.

By The Numbers See more facts & stats

36 Student Clubs
10 International Sister Schools
$6K+ Money Raised at 2019 Cancer Walk
13 Sports Offered

I’m just so curious watching my kids find their paths, discover who they are and see things in themselves that they didn’t see before. They were one-sided before, and now they are so well-rounded - and they are just starting at Harker!

Terry Wancewicz, parent

Programs & Extracurriculars

With a wide variety of after-school programs and extracurriculars, your child will discover new interests or develop existing ones. Explore our options below.


Our comprehensive sports program includes intramural level and competitive sports. Athletics at Harker helps develop our students’ academic and physical strengths and skills. We emphasize player skills, training techniques, sportsmanship, leadership, respect and teamwork in all of our athletic programs.

Sports include:

  • Basketball
  • Baseball
  • Cross country
  • Flag football
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track & field
  • Volleyball
  • Water polo

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Character and outreach

We teach character development skills as a part of the regular curriculum, engaging our students to develop essential character traits including kindness, respect and integrity. Our service learning opportunities develop their awareness of civic responsibility, creating strong leaders and passionate citizens.

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Global education

Our global education program connects students and teachers with their peers from sister schools around the world.

Countries include:

  • China
  • Costa Rica
  • Japan
  • Kazakhstan

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After-School Program

We offer a comprehensive after-school program for our students as a part of our BEST (Blackford Enrichment and Supervision Team) program. With activities available until 6 p.m. every day, our students can use their after-school time to enjoy activities that spark their interests.

Activities include:

  • Art
  • Cartooning
  • Chess
  • Cooking
  • Computers
  • Games
  • Yoga
  • Violin

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Performing arts

With opportunities to explore dance, drama, vocal and instrumental music and musical theater, our students develop creativity and confidence in our comprehensive arts education program.

Performing arts activities include:

  • Dance program for various dance styles
  • Showstoppers dance troupe (all girls)
  • High Voltage dance troupe (all boys)
  • Middle school spring musical with opportunities for actors, singers, dancers and students interested in event production
  • After-school fall play
  • Technical theater club

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Speech & Debate

We believe that public speaking and argumentation are key skills to learn at the middle school level. Students interested in speech and debate have opportunities to enhance these skills with individual speaking events, congressional debate, policy, public forum and Lincoln-Douglas debate.

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Science, Technology, Engineering and Math

We motivate students to embrace STEM with exciting, hands-on learning inside and outside of the classroom. With an abundance of student clubs and after-school activities and classes related to STEM topics, we offer opportunities for students to explore these exciting fields.

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Student Clubs

Clubs complement our academic core requirements with fun projects and group camaraderie. Club themes include, but are not limited to:

  • Badminton
  • Books
  • Creative writing
  • Football
  • Future Problem Solvers
  • Improv
  • Mandarin
  • Math
  • Newspaper

Student research

Our students learn information literacy and library skills early on in their educational journey here at Harker. With weekly classes focused on developing these skills, middle school students build a solid foundation as young student researchers.

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Visual arts

Along with our performing arts program, our visual arts program offers opportunities for students to develop their creative expression. Our visual arts curriculum includes Art I & II, ceramics, sculpture and more.

Visual arts activities:

  • Drawing
  • Painting
  • Printmaking
  • Ceramics
  • and more ...

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Discovery X Mentorship Program

Discovery X is an annual, opt-in program for middle school students that allows them to pick a subject they're passionate about, find a mentor and dig deep into a project. Mentors are Harker and non-Harker experts who guide the students in their discoveries. Past projects have included building a bicycle, horse photography, developing a board game and podcasting.

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Academic Courses

View the academic courses we offer on our Middle School Academics page.

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