Upper School Programs & Extracurriculars

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

Upper School Programs & Extracurriculars

At Harker’s upper school, our goal is to prepare your student to meet the world on many levels. That is why our educational approach embraces academics, arts and athletics, offering your teen a well-rounded education that’s challenging, inspiring and fun.

With more than 50 clubs, programs and societies and a dozen sports programs offered each year, your teen will find one or more activities that cultivate favorite or newly found passions. Our students learn invaluable lessons of time management, organization and teamwork as members of sports teams, performing arts groups, clubs and service projects. Our counselors, teachers, coaches and club leaders work together with our students, helping them balance academics and extracurricular activities including sports and performing arts activities.

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65 Student Clubs
115 Academic Elective Courses Offered

Programs & Extracurriculars

With a wide variety of programs and extracurriculars, your teen will discover new interests or develop existing ones. Our options include:


Our comprehensive sports program values athletic performance and academic achievement. Through competitive and developmental sports programs, we emphasize player skills, training techniques, sportsmanship, leadership, respect and teamwork.

Sports include:

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track & field
  • Volleyball
  • Water polo

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Business & Entrepreneurship

With unique opportunities to leverage the entrepreneurial engine of the Silicon Valley, our business and entrepreneurship program prepares our students as emerging leaders in areas such as engineering, technology, finance, marketing and hospitality and tourism.

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Character & 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. With hands-on learning opportunities for character development both in the classroom and out in the community, your teen will have many options for participating in service and helping others.

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Global education

Our global education program connects students and teachers with their peers from sister schools around the world. With online learning, student and teacher exchanges and international research trips, there are many opportunities for students to develop themselves as worldly individuals and global citizens.

Countries include:

  • Australia
  • Japan
  • India
  • Switzerland

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Performing arts

With opportunities to explore every aspect of performing arts, our students develop creativity and confidence in our comprehensive arts education program. Upper school students interested in diving deeper into their crafts can explore our Conservatory Certificate Program.

Performing arts activities include:

  • Dance
  • Acting
  • Vocal music
  • Instrumental music
  • Musical theater
  • Technical theater

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Speech & Debate

We believe that public speaking and argumentation are key skills to strengthen at the upper school level. Students interested in speech and debate have opportunities to enhance these skills with individual speaking events, congressional debates, public forum, policy 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 academic courses, student clubs and research projects, we offer opportunities for students to explore these exciting fields.

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Student Clubs

Clubs complement our academic core requirements with exciting projects and group camaraderie. Academic and performing arts clubs include, but are not limited to:

  • Clean Technology Club
  • Future Problem Solvers
  • Eclectic Literary Magazine
  • Junior State of America
  • Key Club
  • Model United Nations
  • Quiz Bowl
  • Red Cross Club
  • Women in STEM

Student research

We offer our students powerful research opportunities that inspire intellectual curiosity and creativity, and support deep and meaningful learning. Beyond the research and study skills that our teachers integrate into students’ coursework, our robust science and humanities research programs empower students to explore their interests and discover their passions.

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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.

Visual arts activities include:

  • Architecture
  • Ceramics
  • Drawing
  • Filmmaking
  • Graphic arts
  • Photography
  • Stone carving
  • and more ...

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Academic Courses

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

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