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Harker School

School rating 4 /5 by

500 Saratoga Avenue San Jose CA 95129 United States
Day
K to 12th
Gender
Coed

Academic

Harker School review by . I've gone to The Harker School since I was in the 3rd grade and graduated from the high school in 2009. The strengths were definitely the teachers and class sizes. The teachers truly did care about what the students had to say, how they learned, and they did everything in their power to ensure that the students were understanding the knowledge. The maximum class sizes were 20, but most were around 12-15, with the smaller classes being around 5-8. Although Harker has a great reputation for math & sciences, I have greatly noticed how much they have helped me in. ...

College Counseling

Harker has an incredible college counseling program. When I was applying for colleges in the....

Sample insights on college counseling

  • They have contacts at most of the major universities and feel perfectly comfortable picking up the phone and advocating for a student to get accepted somewhere they feel is a good fit for that student. However, these counselors are certainly not magic bullets. They cannot guarantee that a student will get into an Ivy League university...
  • For those wishing to move on to Oxford or Cambridge, the provision is second-to-none. In the months running up to application and interview, every subject faculty offers classes (often run by former Oxbridge tutors) exploring further areas of their subject as well as offering advice on personal statements, interview technique and more...

Admissions - Getting Accepted

I entered Harker in the 3rd grade, but I do recall Harker trying to diversify....

Sample insights on admissions

  • For the interview, dress conservatively. Try to be very clean and put together. Also, I was a tour guide for two years and at the end of every tour, we were asked to evaluate the candidate so if you think the tour is not apart of the process, you are very wrong. Ask questions and be interested. Also, tip for the parents: the kids speak on the tour. Don't ask their questions for them...
  • Most younger siblings have an easy time in the admissions process. I can only think of one case of a younger sibling not being admitted. About half of the students who entered with me had come from public schools. The remainder came from private K-6 schools, or had transfered from other New York private schools The Elizabeth Morrow School and St. Bernard's were two of the larger feeder schools...

School Life

Overall, there was an immense amount of pressure on students to succeed. The campus culture was very segregated into cliques divided amongst grades. Although there were cliques, it was great....

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