The Harley School
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|The Harley School|
|1981 Clover Street
Rochester, New York 14618
|Type||Independent, college preparatory school|
|Motto||Become What Thou Art|
|Grades||Nursery - 12th|
|Color(s)||Green and white|
|Accreditation||Institute for Independent Education and National Association of Independent Education|
|Annual Tuition||$15,000-$26,000 (Nursery-Grade 12)|
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. 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, 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.
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. 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.
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
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.
New York State Public High School Athletic Association (NYSPHSAA)
Section Five Athletics
Finger Lakes High School Athletic Association (FLHSAA)
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 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.
|Basketball||V, JV, M||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'|
|2017||Girls Track and Field||D|
|2017||Boys Swimming and Diving||D|
|2015||Girls Track and Field||D|
|2012||Girls Track and Field||D|
- "The Commons - The Harley School". www.harleyschool.org. Retrieved 2017-08-24.
- Feltner, Kerry. "Harley's Commons opens soon | Rochester Business Journal". Retrieved 2017-08-24.
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- Horizons at Harley: About Us
- "HAC Athletics". HAC Athletics. Retrieved 2017-08-24.
- Official website
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