Harker Schoolreview by Stanford University student. In my experience, Harker's academics proved to be greatly prestigious and worthy. The class sizes range from 15 to 20 students--small enough classes to be able to have a close teacher-student relationship. A majority of the members of the faculty show respect for the students as well as a true desire to help the students gain knowledge in their respective subject matters. Although there is a heavy work load for most classes, they ultimately aid actually learning the material in the long run. Moreover, they do not seem to emphasize only exams. Rather, exams are given only in the most necessary manner.
There is no housing on campus. The school cafeteria/dining is definitely superb and better than most other high schools. There are a variety of foods daily prepared by the most elite cooks. Sometimes, there are even specialties cooked with delicacies, such as lobster and shrimp. The food does almost as good as college dining. The facilities are all mostly modern and newly built, but there was a shortage of large classrooms sometimes. There are renovations going on currently though to fix the shortage of classrooms however. There is not much neighborhood crimes except for probably once or twice every five years. There are plently of notable social events that involve all classes of the high school, as well as other events that involve the families of the students, too, such as the annual family picnic. In terms of the student body background, there is a clear majority of Indian and Asian-Americans, while the faculty is comprised of mostly Caucasians and some Asian Americans. The students are mostly of higher social and financial standings, which is expected for the especially expensive tuition amount. The school is located in San Jose, where the people are not the most wealthy, but it is, however, still the Silicon Valley.
The sports that students are involved in at Harker include Soccer, Golf, Swimming, Water Polo, Volleyball, Softball, Baseball, Football, and Track and Field. In general, Harker is not known for excelling in sports compared to other high schools such as St. Francis or Archbishop Mitty. Because I was involved in a competitive sport before I attended Harker, there are none that had an especially lasting effect on me. In terms of other extracurricular activities, there are several different kinds, such as Key Club, Ambassadors Club, Debate Club, and the list goes on. The extracurricular activities that are not sports seem to have a wide variety and seriousness to them.