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.

Become What Thou Art

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. At Harley, we encourage students to think critically, be creative, demonstrate empathy, and understand their 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.

Open House Dates 2019-20

Join us for an Open House to learn about our programs, tour our facilities, and meet our administration, faculty, and parents.

Open House dates for the 2019-2020 are as follows:

Sunday, October 20, 2:30 pm (All School, N-12)

Sunday, January 12, 2:30 pm (Lower School only, N-4)

Thursday, February 6, 8:30 am (All School, N-12)

Friday, March 6, 8:30 am (All School, N-12)

Thursday, April 14, 8:30 am (All School, N-12)

Meet our Admissions Team

Kirsten Allen Reader ’90, P ’23, ’20, Director of Admissions

Amanda Patterson P ’32, Associate Director of Admissions

Cheryl Skiba P ’08, Admissions Assistant

The Admission Process

The Harley School offers a rolling admission process. We encourage interested families to apply throughout the academic year.

Nursery – Grade 4

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.

Grades 5 – 12

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, three recommendations are required: one in English, one in math, and a personal recommendation.

For prospective students, we consider their interests, experience, aptitudes, character, motivation, maturity, and previous experiences, along with academic records and teacher recommendations.

International students

The Harley School enrolls international students in Grades 8-12. We limit international enrollment to five students per grade, starting in grade 8. Our international students take full advantage of the life of the school, participating in athletics, visual 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.


The Harley School school admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national, and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other school-administered programs.

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 may not be able to pay the full amount of tuition to apply for a need-based scholarship.

The Acorn Grant Program

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 contact admissions to receive a simple one-page form to apply.

We are dedicated to helping our families navigate the process for scholarships or apply for grants. Please contact admissions at (585) 442-1770, with any questions.

Need-Based Scholarship Program

Harley believes that an investment in the future of a child is an investment in our community. Need-based scholarships 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.

Apply Now

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 Ken Motsenbocker, Chief Financial Officer at The Harley School.

Please contact admissions directly until online application becomes available.

Admissions to The Harley School

Please contact us to schedule a personal tour or class visit. Click below or call (585) 442-1770.

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