Why Harley?

In a city of many wonderful school options, some may ask, Why Harley? Our parents, students, and faculty have many answers to this question. Some of them share their stories here.

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Marlene Heuer, Nursery Teacherbuilds deep connections with students in her three-year-old Nursery class, thanks to Harley's year-round program and small class size.


Chuck Rutberg '22 says the transition was easy
even coming from a public school. People at Harley were friendly, he quickly got involved, and was challenged by the adademics.


Primary Teacher Megan Roberts says with Harley's flexibility of curriculum and small class size, she is able to engage each child and establish a positive foundation for learning.

Ashley Stone '01 says giving financially to Harley is important to her, as the School helped make her who she is today.

When we checked in with the Class of 2009we learned that at least seven members were enrolled in Ph.D. or medical programs.

Ashley and Michael Smith weren't sure if they could afford the school experience they wanted for their daughter. But they found that Harley partnered with them through the Acorn Grant Program to make a Harley education possible starting in Nursery school.

Jordan Benjamin '15 a musician, nationally ranked tennis player and strong student, says he didn't have to choose between these areas at Harley--he had the opportunity to be successful at all of them.

The Winslow Family found experienced educators and the right balance of structure and purposeful play in the Harley Nursery Program.

Pat Malone, Ph.D. talks about following her passion and teaching critical thinking.

Dan O'Brien tells why he left being a trial attorney to teach math at Harley.

Beth Fox tells how she builds connection through music for preschool and elementary-aged children.

The Lieberman-Ray Family shares how they explored many school options in Rochester, and once they knew what Harley had to offer they had to send their children.



Fast Facts
School Profile

Founded in 1917, The Harley School is a nationally-recognized, independent school in Rochester, NY, offering an innovative and demanding college preparatory program for approximately 525 day students in Nursery/Preschool (age 3) through Grade 12. Across the curriculum, faculty guide students through idea-driven exploration and problem solving, cultivating curiosity, confidence, and joy in learning. Taking a balanced approach to academic disciplines, the arts, and athletics, Harley teaches critical thinking, creativity, empathy, and civic responsibility. Harley's motto, and hope for each student, is "Become What Thou Art."