Summer Institute Upper School
Summer Institute allows students to choose from a variety of academic options, including rigorous for-credit high school courses and non-credit opportunities for enrichment and growth.
Most courses are open to qualified students enrolled in any accredited high school. Our dedicated faculty, combined with small classes, great facilities and a positive learning environment add up to a great summer experience!
(Course sessions and fees vary by subject)
Upper School For-Credit Courses
These summer academic courses are equivalent to courses offered during the academic year and use the same texts and materials. Classes are small to ensure quality instruction and retention of course materials. Our teachers (many of whom work at Harker year-round) are caring and professional, and dedicated to providing a quality summer learning experience for each student.At-A-Glance Course Listing
Students who wish to double-load for-credit courses must go through an approval process. Please contact the upper school Summer Institute (408.345.9652) for information.
Transcripts will reflect participation in a for-credit course for students who remain in the for-credit course beyond the first two weeks of classes.
* Textbooks will be available to purchase through Harker Eagle Store as of May 14, 2021.
June 13-July 22 (Class Sessions Vary by Subject)
Upper School Enrichment Courses
These classes (designed just for high schoolers) provide an opportunity for students to expand their knowledge and interest in a favorite subject area. Our dedicated faculty, combined with small classes, great facilities and a positive learning environment add up to a great summer experience!At-A-Glance Course Listing
- Getting Ready for Geometry
- Getting Ready for Algebra 2: Connecting the Concrete with the Abstract
- Creative Writers Workshop*
- Expository Writing and Grammar Review
- The Chef’s Institute
- American Popular Culture
- Science Communication
- What Does it all Mean? Introduction to Philosophical Thinking
- Getting Ready for Business & Entrepreneurship
- Red Heels to the Little Black Dress: An introduction to Costume History
- Adulting 101: Life Skills for Teens
- Introduction to Project Management
Students entering grades 9-12 in fall are eligible. Most courses are open to qualified students enrolled in any accredited high school; some require prerequisites. High school options include both enrichment and for-credit courses. Students enrolled in for-credit courses should be prepared for rigorous instruction and two to three hours of homework each day. Attendance is crucial and students may miss no more than two days to qualify for credit. Students who miss more than one class period of a three-week course, or more than two class periods of a six-week course, will not be eligible for credit. International students must complete an additional recommendation form and may participate in institute programs if they have strong English skills and meet the class prerequisites.
Outstanding faculty and staff are one of the hallmarks of The Harker School. All staff are carefully selected to provide a positive experience for the students.