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Harker School

Student rating 4/ 5 by Stanford University student
500 Saratoga Avenue San Jose CA 95129 United States


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.

College Counseling

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  • "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

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  • "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…"
  • "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 because their evaluation will be affected by the fact that the guides didn't hear a thing from the kid…"

School Life

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.