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.
* Textbook list will be emailed, and books available to purchase through MBS online in May 2023.
June 12-July 21 (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
- Getting Ready for Precalculus
- Creative Writers Workshop*
- Expository Writing and Grammar Review
- The Chef’s Institute
- Adulting 101: Life Skills for Teens
- Logic & Problem-Solving
- Pottery: Form, Function, Form
- Latin American History, 1500 to the Present
- American Popular Culture
- Costume History: Design and Construction
- Game and Simulation Design
Getting Ready for Geometry
Getting Ready for Algebra 2: Connecting the Concrete with the Abstract
Getting Ready for Precalculus
Creative Writers Workshop*
Expository Writing and Grammar Review
The Chef’s Institute
Adulting 101: Life Skills for Teens
Logic & Problem-Solving
Pottery: Form, Function, Form
Latin American History, 1500 to the Present
American Popular Culture
Costume History: Design and Construction
Game and Simulation Design
Harker Supplemental Coursework (For current Harker Students only)
AP Biology and AP Chemistry are invitational courses. Invites will be sent via email to qualifying students.
Regular and vegetarian entrees are offered each day and menus are designed to provide healthy, nutritious options.
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.
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.
Campus & Facilities
Harker’s spacious upper school campus provides students with a state-of-the-art learning environment.