Who We Are, Welcome & Facts

Welcome From the Head of School

Welcome to The Harley School! Of the many ways to get to know this community, exploring this Web site and visiting us in person are the most effective. On this site you will notice we have shared many images of Harley students, ages 3 to Grade 12, as they go about learning.  These snapshots will show you glimpses of life at Harley until you can visit our campus and get better acquainted.

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Ward J GhoryWe do invite you to come to campus to witness our school in action.  Walking around, you can’t miss seeing engaged students, connected parents, and energized teachers and staff.  An independent school excels because of its comfortably intimate scale. 

Our children thrive because they spend their days in a series of small groups headed by a caring adult who comes to know each child well.  I’m pleased when I hear our parents claim that their children have blossomed and flourished here. Our small scale favors this intensity of personal and academic development captured in the school motto:  “Become What Thou Art.”  I want our students to grow to know themselves in the context of a diverse, self-confident, and self-questioning community.

Harley has been igniting curiosity, creativity, and passion for nearly one hundred years. We care about fostering joy in learning, another school value. Our program blends high-achievement, college preparatory academics with progressive, whole-child, hands-on, discovery learning.

Our new Commons building aptly symbolizes this mix:  21st century science labs wrapped inside a 19th century barn—cutting-edge green technology designed to put controls in the hands of students and faculty advisors who aim for net zero water and energy use—plus greatly expanded resources for design thinking, civic engagement, and mindfulness and empathy education.  We are especially proud to have hosted the Horizons program for over 20 years, a summer program assisting urban students from moderate means to succeed academically, and in life.

You will find this dynamic school is organized to prepare leaders for our diverse future.  We strive to create:

  • graduates who are lifelong learners—inquisitive and tenacious;
  • citizens who are globally aware, capable of taking multiple perspectives; and
  • well-rounded individuals who savor the balance of life, love, and work.

For a flavor of our highest aspirations, check out the faculty’s statement on “The Characteristics of a Harley Graduate.

I hope we get to know one another. Thanks for your interest in The Harley School.

Ward J. Ghory
Head of The Harley School