The Harley School

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The Harley School
1981 Clover Street
Rochester, New York 14618
United States
Type Independent, college preparatory school
Motto Become What Thou Art
Established 1917
Founder Harriet Bentley
Headmaster Larry Frye
Grades Nursery - 12th
Campus Suburban
Color(s) Green and white
Mascot Wolves
Accreditation Institute for Independent Education and National Association of Independent Education
Yearbook The Comet
Avg. SAT 1850
Student:Teacher Ratio 7:1
Annual Tuition $15,000-$26,000 (Nursery-Grade 12)

The Harley School is a college preparatory, independent day school in Rochester, New York, United States.


Founded in 1917, The Harley School was first called “The Children’s University School of Rochester.”


The school is located in the suburb of Brighton. The 25-acre (10 ha) campus is composed of a main building housing all divisions, an athletic center known as the Fieldhouse, and The Commons.[1] The grounds hold two soccer fields, baseball/softball fields, indoor/outdoor tennis courts, a playground for Lower School students, and an outdoor area for Middle School students. The grounds are bordered by Allens Creek on one side.

A distinctive element of the building is the arts wing with studios for each division including spaces for glassblowing and pottery.

The Commons, opened in 2014,[2] is a 15,000-square-foot structure earning its status as a “living building” because it generates its own energy, heats and cools with renewable nontoxic resources, captures and utilizes water and carbon in its greenhouse, and operates efficiently using students as the “brains” or controls for managing its operations. Also housed in The Commons are the Briggs Center for Civic Engagement, Center for Mindfulness and Empathy Education (CMEE), a design lab and maker space, and our Middle School Science Center. Students of all ages use The Commons and it functions as the hub of Harley's STEM education.


The average class size is 8 students and 62% of the faculty hold advanced degrees. In 2016, five students gained National Merits status. Classes are taught in the traditional fields of history, English, mathematics, science, and foreign languages. All students are required to take three years of a foreign language before graduating. For foreign language requirements, Spanish, French, and Latin may be taken by students. The school offers many electives, including gender studies, podcasting, glassblowing, writer's workshop, drawing and painting, ceramics, Ancient Greek, photography, a training kitchen and many others.

In May 2016, 85 Upper School students took 149 Advanced Placement examinations; 85% scored 3 or better.


The school has about 500 students in grades Pre-K through Grade 12. Students come from more than 30 different school districts, make up a student body with 32% ethnic diversity, and 50% are on some level of financial aid. The school has 100% graduation and 100% of students gain college acceptance.[3]

Community service[edit]

All students at the Harley School participate in community service. Headed by faculty member Cybil Prince, the hospice program allows students the opportunity to offer palliative care both locally and as far away as Belize and India.[4][5] Harley is also home to the Horizons program, a six-week summer enrichment program for urban children of limited financial means in grades 1–8. Initiated in 1995 with 24 students, the Horizons program has grown to an enrollment of 107 in 2008.[6]


The Harley School maintains many traditions, such as its annual Candlelight Pan-Religious ceremony, and May Day, when school is dismissed early to allow students to interact outdoors. Other important traditions include the Halloween Parade, the Holiday Feast, the Scottish Exchange program, Lower School Pageant, the 2nd grade overnight, and the acorn ceremony. Most recently, the student body with assistance from the White Key Club, has spearheaded a campaign to begin building houses for Habitat for Humanity.

Student clubs and organizations[edit]

The school has a considerable number of clubs, especially in the Upper School. Prominent clubs include: Swing club, Environmental Club, Forensics Team, Robotics Team, Ski Club, Student Council, Commons Student Council, Diversity Round Table, MOGII (the school's LGBTQIA+ club), Ultimate Frisbee, and Wolf Pack.

Student Athletics[edit]

Interscholastic leagues[edit]

New York State Public High School Athletic Association (NYSPHSAA)

Section Five Athletics

Finger Lakes High School Athletic Association (FLHSAA)

Sports teams[edit]

The athletics program at Harley partners with Allendale Columbia School, another private college preparatory school in the area, to create a larger, more competitive athletic program that can participate in many different sports at many different levels. Before the union, Harley's team mascot was a tiger. The combined Harley and Allendale-Columbia teams, frequently referred to as HAC, originally competed as the Harley Allendale-Columbia Braves. In 1997, students of both schools voted to change the team name from the Braves to the Wolves. Team supporters are known as the Wolfpack.

HAC fields teams[7] in 19 different varsity sports and have won Section Five championships in twelve of those 19 sports. In 2017, HAC girls golf debuts as a varsity program.

The athletic program has been very successful in the Finger Lakes High School Athletic Association and normally competes in the West Division with like-size schools. Harley requires students to participate in one athletic sport a year in Grades 9 and 10, and strongly encourages participation in 11th and 12th grade as well.

Interscholastic Athletic Teams
Sport Level Season Gender
Baseball JV, M Spring Boys'
Basketball V, JV, M Winter Boys', Girls'
Bowling V Winter Boys', Girls'
Cross-Country V, JV, M Fall Boys', Girls'
Golf V, JV Fall Boys', Girls' (varsity only)
Soccer V, JV, MD Fall Boys', Girls'
Softball V, JV, MD Spring Girls'
Swimming V, M Winter Boys', Girls'
Tennis V, JV, M Fall (Girls'), Spring (Boys') Boys', Girls'
Track (outdoor) V, JV, M Spring Boys', Girls'
Volleyball V, JV, M Fall Girls'

V = Varsity, JV = Junior Varsity, M = Modified

Athletic accomplishments[edit]

2000-2017 Harley Allendale Columbia Section V Championships (listed by school year)
Year Team Class
2017 Girls Track and Field D
2017 Boys Swimming and Diving D
2016 Girls X-Country D
2015 Girls X-Country D
2015 Girls Track and Field D
2014 Girls Tennis B
2013 Girls Volleyball D
2013 Girls Tennis B
2013 Boys Tennis BB
2012 Girls Track and Field D
2012 Girls Basketball C
2011 Girls Tennis B
2011 Girls Volleyball DD
2011 Boys Tennis BB
2010 Girls Tennis B
2010 Boys X-Country D
2010 Girls Volleyball DD
2010 Boys Tennis BB
2009 Boys Tennis BB
2009 Boys Basketball C
2008 Boys Tennis BB
2007 Boys Tennis BB


  1. ^ "The Commons - The Harley School". Retrieved 2017-08-24. 
  2. ^ Feltner, Kerry. "Harley's Commons opens soon | Rochester Business Journal". Retrieved 2017-08-24. 
  3. ^ "The Harley School ~ Facts." (accessed 7/18/2009).
  4. ^ "Hospice." [1] (accessed 7-17-2009).]
  5. ^ Pope, J (2009, January 4). New scholarships aid students committed to service. USA Today
  6. ^ Horizons at Harley: About Us
  7. ^ "HAC Athletics". HAC Athletics. Retrieved 2017-08-24. 

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Coordinates: 43°7′12″N 77°32′57″W / 43.12000°N 77.54917°W / 43.12000; -77.54917