Better is possible… At The Harley School, joy in learning is at the center of all we do. We are a community of educators and students who have a passion to learn and to impact the world around us. We encourage curiosity and inspire discovery. Our unique approach delivers a challenging academic program that creates a diverse and close-knit community while nurturing students’ strengths and helping them reach their full potential.
For nearly 100 years, The Harley School has taken a balanced approach to academic disciplines, offering students the opportunity to learn and grow in a diverse setting. Harley teaches critical thinking, creativity, empathy, and civic responsibility.
Getting to Know You and Your Child
The admissions process at Harley is personal. We meet with families individually and take the time to understand your hopes and needs as you consider an Independent School education. At each step, we will be in contact with your family as you learn more about our school and community.
Ready to learn more? We’d love to hear from you.
Join us for an Open House to learn about our programs, tour our facilities, and meet our administration, faculty, and parents.
The Harley School offers a rolling admission process. We encourage interested families to apply throughout the academic year.
At Harley, our attention to individual students and families starts early in the admission process. Our faculty will meet with you and your child to get to know you, to understand your goals, answer your questions, and determine your child’s readiness for our program.
For prospective Nursery and Kindergarten students, visits are informal and fun for prospective students. We enjoy meeting our youngest students as they embark on their educational journey.
Prospective students in Grades 5 through 12 are welcome to visit The Harley School for a day and are paired with a student host. They attend classes and meet other students, faculty, and staff. For admission, your child will complete entrance exams in English and math, and we ask that a current transcript and any other relevant academic records are also provided. In addition, 3 recommendations are required: one in English, one in math, and a personal recommendation.
For each prospective student, we consider their interests, experience, aptitudes, character, motivation, maturity, and previous experiences, along with academic records and teacher recommendations.
Making Education a Priority
It is our goal to make a Harley education accessible to highly qualified and diverse students. The Harley School offers $3 million in financial assistance annually. The Harley School encourages parents who are able to make a contribution, but may not be able to pay the full amount of tuition, to apply for a need-based scholarship.
The Acorn Grant Program is aimed at helping families who may not qualify for need-based scholarships, meet the cost of tuition. This program is designed to recognize the investment of parents and student potential.
Parents are encouraged to complete the simple one page form and return it to our Admissions Office.
We are dedicated to helping our families navigate the process for scholarships or apply for grants. Please contact Ivone Foisy at (585) 442-1770
, Director of Admissions, with any questions.
Need-Based Scholarship Program
Harley believes that an investment in the future of a child is an investment in our community. Since need-based scholarships do not have to be paid back, they help bridge the gap between what families can afford and the cost of their children’s education.
Like most independent schools, Harley uses a standard calculation from the School and Student Service for Financial Aid (SSS) as a guideline for determining what each family can contribute to a Harley education. SSS provides a need-based financial assistance analysis system for families and schools and is operated by Educational Testing Service (ETS) on behalf of the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS).
*Families receiving a need-based scholarship are not eligible for Acorn Grants.
The SSS application is online and can be found here.
Harley’s code is 3712.
Note: Financial assistance for newly-enrolled families is considered on a rolling basis. Supporting documentation for need-based scholarship applications should be sent to the Chief Financial Officer at The Harley School.
The Harley School enrolls international students in Grades 8-12. We limit international enrollment to 5 students per grade, starting in grade 8. Our International students take full advantage of the life of the school, participating in athletics, the arts, music, and student government.
International students are encouraged to begin the application process in January before the entering year. To obtain a Harley School diploma, all students must spend a minimum of two years at the campus. Non-degree/non-diploma candidates wishing to spend one year at Harley as a gap year or as an exchange student may join the senior class.