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Harker School

School rating 4.2 /5 by

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

Academic

Harker School review by . The academics is this school's strength. The class quality is very high; the difference is day and night between the public school I attended before and this one. The class sizes are small but not too small--about 16-18 per class, which is small enough to stay quiet if you'd like but also to know your classmates and to have your teacher know you very well. The teaching methods aren't innovative; they're time-tested and proven and generally fair. There are no terrible teachers or horrible pop quizzes and teachers are lenient with tweaking grades slightly. The teachers are excellent and many. ...

College Counseling

Small class sizes help teachers know you better in order to write excellent recommendations. 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 took the admissions test once. They brought me to Dobbins Hall, a very pretty....

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

No housing. Campus is taken care of well, they seem to plant flowers every day and there are redwood-like trees bordering it, which is just delicious. Dining is very good....

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