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Applying to Harley

Process and Application

Admissions Process

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

Lower School Admissions Process

At Harley, our attention to individual students and families starts early in the admission process. We 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.  

We enjoy meeting our youngest students as they embark on their educational journey. For Nursery and Kindergarten applicants, visits are informal and fun. After applying, playdates are set up in January through the springtime for admission in the following fall.

For candidates in grades 1-4 after application is received we schedule a classroom visit; this is a morning visit for students entering Grades K-2, and a full-day visit for students entering grades 3 and 4.  All applicants will spend time with their peer group and meet with one of our learning specialists for 30 minutes during their visit for a short assessment of reading, math, and writing skills to help with placement.

Middle and Upper School Admissions Process

Prospective students are welcome to visit Harley 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 a current transcript and other relevant academic records are also needed for consideration. In addition, three recommendations are required: one in English, one in math, and a personal recommendation.

We also 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. We require proficiency in the English language, as we do not offer ESL courses. All international students without family in the area are required to be represented by an agency. Homestays will be provided through the agency.

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.

Cultural Exchanges

Non-degree/non-diploma candidates in any division wishing to spend time at Harley are welcome to join us. An I-20 is required. 

Contact Cheryl Skiba for an international application.

Notice of nondiscriminatory policy for students

The Harley 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.

The Harley School

1981 Clover Street
Rochester, NY 14618
(585) 442-1770

©2019 The Harley School

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