Thank you for visiting our website and allowing me to welcome you on behalf of The Harley School.
I began my journey at The Harley School in 1994 when I enrolled my three-year-old daughter in the Nursery Program. My family had recently returned to the northeast, after a short stint in Miami, where we were thrilled to find a distinctive school in our new hometown of Rochester, New York that was progressive in its educational philosophy and values-based in its delivery. My daughter went on to spend 15 years at Harley where she felt known, valued, challenged and honored for the unique individual she was. She is a thoughtful, confident, committed, and hard-working young woman today due, in large part, to her Harley education.
Harley’s progressive, values-based education is based on several key principles:
1.) Teachers are responsive to the needs of the individual children they are charged to teach. One size does not fit all.
2.) Harley offers hands-on, active learning—teachers understand children learn best through discovery and experience.
3.) Teachers teach to the “whole child”. Teachers are committed to educating thoughtful, compassionate, civic-minded citizens with a global focus who are encouraged to change the world. The faculty offers a relevant, rigorous 21st century college preparatory program that respects tradition while eagerly embracing the future via its dedication to innovation. Teachers instill an imaginative and inventive problem-solving approach to passionate, life-long learning. Children are taught a social curriculum that builds emotional intelligence and is grounded in self respect and respect for others. The “whole child approach” to education is far more than reading, writing and arithmetic.
4.) Children are taught to value equity, goodness and justice.
5.) Teachers model and teach a commitment to healthy sustainable living.
Harley is able to accomplish its lofty goals for its students by creating a rich partnership among its forward-thinking administration, its outstanding faculty, and its dedicated parents. Working together Harley has created a unique school environment that is warm and welcoming where children can meet their highest aspirations. Simply stated, Harley provides the essential building blocks for producing happy, plugged-in, “successful” adults.
Please stop in and visit us at Harley. You will undoubtedly be amazed by the joy that permeates the educational experience at 1981 Clover Street. We unabashedly embrace, and are proud of, Harley’s nearly 100 years of igniting curiosity, creativity, and passion!
Interim Head of School