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Spring Break 2020

3 Days of Harley at Home Commons curriculum 

Join Us April 6-8, 2020 for live sessions, enrichment activities, movement and games, and just plain fun for your family, it’s Harley at Home’s Commons School!

All Ages

Nursery

Lower School

Middle School 

Upper School

Full Schedule

Monday

Social Sustainability is Essential, Especially Now

Chris Hartman ’93, P’22, ’24 is an academic, farmer, and founder and president of Headwater Food Hub in Rochester. Headwater is a wholesale food distributor based in Wayne County that links regional farmers and food producers with both individual and commercial consumers.
By managing supply chain logistics, aggregation, distribution, and sales for a network of farms, Headwater can be socially and environmentally responsible, while offering top-quality food. Chris served as Harley’s Director of Social and Environmental Sustainability from 2007 to 2016.

The Bike Boom

Bicycles, used primarily for leisure and exercise, have been around for hundreds of years. Now, new developments in technology, such as bike docking/sharing stations, coupled with an increasing desire to help the environment and people’s changed habits during the COVID-19 pandemic, are making bicycles more popular than ever.

In fact, cycling has proved to be largely pandemic-proof, growing in popularity in many areas.

Working Together for a Sustainable Future

Our Upper School Sustainability Club, along with club advisors Seth O’Bryan, Lisa Barker, and Peter Hentschke collaborated with students from the University of Rochester’s “Global Sustainable Development: Policy and Practice” class to learn more about our school’s greenhouse gas footprint. These students, led by their instructor, Milena Novy-Marx P ’21, ’22, ’26, executive vice president of the Board of Trustees at Harley, worked to calculate our emissions, benchmark us against other similar schools, and provide recommendations for their class project.

Words of Change: Civilization in Crisis

I recently had the pleasure of meeting with Bart White P’21, the Lower School language teacher at The Harley School. He recently finished editing a new poetry book, Civilization in Crisis, and agreed to have a socially distanced meeting with me to discuss his thought process in creating this poetic masterpiece.

Sustainability by Design: Architecture’s Unique Role

Much has been written about sustainability and sustainable architecture.

My wife, Adrian Parr, and I co-edited a book called New Directions in Sustainable Design in 2011 (ISBN 9780415780377), which addressed multidisciplinary perspectives on the future of sustainability. We sought to address the larger issue of what it means to think sustainably. People tend to look to specific ways to “be sustainable”— but sustainability, to me, refers to an approach to living and designing. Buildings are not actually “sustainable” without an intensive use of resources and ongoing maintenance. But buildings and places are essential for our society.

Driver, Writer, Activist, Explainer

John Voelcker ’77 gets paid to drive and write about cars—especially electric cars.

He’s been a journalist since 1985 and now covers auto technology, energy, and climate as a reporter and analyst. His outlets include Car and Driver, Wired, Popular Science, and ,Tech Review, and he appears on NPR’s All Things Considered.

John calls himself a mix of educator and analyst, explaining climate change and the global auto industry to multiple audiences. He spends much of his time on the road, driving more than 50 new cars a year. “It’s a pretty great gig,” he says with a grin.

Food Justice Warrior, Locally-Grown

The corner of Pennsylvania Avenue and First Street, near the Rochester Public Market, is a lively location. First Market Farm, an urban homestead that is working to increase access to locally grown food, community growing spaces, and educational programs, occupies close to 4,500 square feet in this corner of the city. The farm uses raised gardens and a greenhouse to grow food for emergency pantries and for people living in the surrounding area. A part of the Taproot Collective, this nonprofit organization focuses on access to sustainable urban farms, dignified housing options, and educational opportunities. The farm has partnered with multiple local organizations to reclaim the land and reconnect with the way food is grown.

Tuesday

Social Sustainability is Essential, Especially Now

Chris Hartman ’93, P’22, ’24 is an academic, farmer, and founder and president of Headwater Food Hub in Rochester. Headwater is a wholesale food distributor based in Wayne County that links regional farmers and food producers with both individual and commercial consumers.
By managing supply chain logistics, aggregation, distribution, and sales for a network of farms, Headwater can be socially and environmentally responsible, while offering top-quality food. Chris served as Harley’s Director of Social and Environmental Sustainability from 2007 to 2016.

The Bike Boom

Bicycles, used primarily for leisure and exercise, have been around for hundreds of years. Now, new developments in technology, such as bike docking/sharing stations, coupled with an increasing desire to help the environment and people’s changed habits during the COVID-19 pandemic, are making bicycles more popular than ever.

In fact, cycling has proved to be largely pandemic-proof, growing in popularity in many areas.

Working Together for a Sustainable Future

Our Upper School Sustainability Club, along with club advisors Seth O’Bryan, Lisa Barker, and Peter Hentschke collaborated with students from the University of Rochester’s “Global Sustainable Development: Policy and Practice” class to learn more about our school’s greenhouse gas footprint. These students, led by their instructor, Milena Novy-Marx P ’21, ’22, ’26, executive vice president of the Board of Trustees at Harley, worked to calculate our emissions, benchmark us against other similar schools, and provide recommendations for their class project.

Words of Change: Civilization in Crisis

I recently had the pleasure of meeting with Bart White P’21, the Lower School language teacher at The Harley School. He recently finished editing a new poetry book, Civilization in Crisis, and agreed to have a socially distanced meeting with me to discuss his thought process in creating this poetic masterpiece.

Sustainability by Design: Architecture’s Unique Role

Much has been written about sustainability and sustainable architecture.

My wife, Adrian Parr, and I co-edited a book called New Directions in Sustainable Design in 2011 (ISBN 9780415780377), which addressed multidisciplinary perspectives on the future of sustainability. We sought to address the larger issue of what it means to think sustainably. People tend to look to specific ways to “be sustainable”— but sustainability, to me, refers to an approach to living and designing. Buildings are not actually “sustainable” without an intensive use of resources and ongoing maintenance. But buildings and places are essential for our society.

Driver, Writer, Activist, Explainer

John Voelcker ’77 gets paid to drive and write about cars—especially electric cars.

He’s been a journalist since 1985 and now covers auto technology, energy, and climate as a reporter and analyst. His outlets include Car and Driver, Wired, Popular Science, and ,Tech Review, and he appears on NPR’s All Things Considered.

John calls himself a mix of educator and analyst, explaining climate change and the global auto industry to multiple audiences. He spends much of his time on the road, driving more than 50 new cars a year. “It’s a pretty great gig,” he says with a grin.

Food Justice Warrior, Locally-Grown

The corner of Pennsylvania Avenue and First Street, near the Rochester Public Market, is a lively location. First Market Farm, an urban homestead that is working to increase access to locally grown food, community growing spaces, and educational programs, occupies close to 4,500 square feet in this corner of the city. The farm uses raised gardens and a greenhouse to grow food for emergency pantries and for people living in the surrounding area. A part of the Taproot Collective, this nonprofit organization focuses on access to sustainable urban farms, dignified housing options, and educational opportunities. The farm has partnered with multiple local organizations to reclaim the land and reconnect with the way food is grown.

Wednesday

Social Sustainability is Essential, Especially Now

Chris Hartman ’93, P’22, ’24 is an academic, farmer, and founder and president of Headwater Food Hub in Rochester. Headwater is a wholesale food distributor based in Wayne County that links regional farmers and food producers with both individual and commercial consumers.
By managing supply chain logistics, aggregation, distribution, and sales for a network of farms, Headwater can be socially and environmentally responsible, while offering top-quality food. Chris served as Harley’s Director of Social and Environmental Sustainability from 2007 to 2016.

The Bike Boom

Bicycles, used primarily for leisure and exercise, have been around for hundreds of years. Now, new developments in technology, such as bike docking/sharing stations, coupled with an increasing desire to help the environment and people’s changed habits during the COVID-19 pandemic, are making bicycles more popular than ever.

In fact, cycling has proved to be largely pandemic-proof, growing in popularity in many areas.

Working Together for a Sustainable Future

Our Upper School Sustainability Club, along with club advisors Seth O’Bryan, Lisa Barker, and Peter Hentschke collaborated with students from the University of Rochester’s “Global Sustainable Development: Policy and Practice” class to learn more about our school’s greenhouse gas footprint. These students, led by their instructor, Milena Novy-Marx P ’21, ’22, ’26, executive vice president of the Board of Trustees at Harley, worked to calculate our emissions, benchmark us against other similar schools, and provide recommendations for their class project.

Words of Change: Civilization in Crisis

I recently had the pleasure of meeting with Bart White P’21, the Lower School language teacher at The Harley School. He recently finished editing a new poetry book, Civilization in Crisis, and agreed to have a socially distanced meeting with me to discuss his thought process in creating this poetic masterpiece.

Sustainability by Design: Architecture’s Unique Role

Much has been written about sustainability and sustainable architecture.

My wife, Adrian Parr, and I co-edited a book called New Directions in Sustainable Design in 2011 (ISBN 9780415780377), which addressed multidisciplinary perspectives on the future of sustainability. We sought to address the larger issue of what it means to think sustainably. People tend to look to specific ways to “be sustainable”— but sustainability, to me, refers to an approach to living and designing. Buildings are not actually “sustainable” without an intensive use of resources and ongoing maintenance. But buildings and places are essential for our society.

Driver, Writer, Activist, Explainer

John Voelcker ’77 gets paid to drive and write about cars—especially electric cars.

He’s been a journalist since 1985 and now covers auto technology, energy, and climate as a reporter and analyst. His outlets include Car and Driver, Wired, Popular Science, and ,Tech Review, and he appears on NPR’s All Things Considered.

John calls himself a mix of educator and analyst, explaining climate change and the global auto industry to multiple audiences. He spends much of his time on the road, driving more than 50 new cars a year. “It’s a pretty great gig,” he says with a grin.

Food Justice Warrior, Locally-Grown

The corner of Pennsylvania Avenue and First Street, near the Rochester Public Market, is a lively location. First Market Farm, an urban homestead that is working to increase access to locally grown food, community growing spaces, and educational programs, occupies close to 4,500 square feet in this corner of the city. The farm uses raised gardens and a greenhouse to grow food for emergency pantries and for people living in the surrounding area. A part of the Taproot Collective, this nonprofit organization focuses on access to sustainable urban farms, dignified housing options, and educational opportunities. The farm has partnered with multiple local organizations to reclaim the land and reconnect with the way food is grown.

Thursday

Social Sustainability is Essential, Especially Now

Chris Hartman ’93, P’22, ’24 is an academic, farmer, and founder and president of Headwater Food Hub in Rochester. Headwater is a wholesale food distributor based in Wayne County that links regional farmers and food producers with both individual and commercial consumers.
By managing supply chain logistics, aggregation, distribution, and sales for a network of farms, Headwater can be socially and environmentally responsible, while offering top-quality food. Chris served as Harley’s Director of Social and Environmental Sustainability from 2007 to 2016.

The Bike Boom

Bicycles, used primarily for leisure and exercise, have been around for hundreds of years. Now, new developments in technology, such as bike docking/sharing stations, coupled with an increasing desire to help the environment and people’s changed habits during the COVID-19 pandemic, are making bicycles more popular than ever.

In fact, cycling has proved to be largely pandemic-proof, growing in popularity in many areas.

Working Together for a Sustainable Future

Our Upper School Sustainability Club, along with club advisors Seth O’Bryan, Lisa Barker, and Peter Hentschke collaborated with students from the University of Rochester’s “Global Sustainable Development: Policy and Practice” class to learn more about our school’s greenhouse gas footprint. These students, led by their instructor, Milena Novy-Marx P ’21, ’22, ’26, executive vice president of the Board of Trustees at Harley, worked to calculate our emissions, benchmark us against other similar schools, and provide recommendations for their class project.

Words of Change: Civilization in Crisis

I recently had the pleasure of meeting with Bart White P’21, the Lower School language teacher at The Harley School. He recently finished editing a new poetry book, Civilization in Crisis, and agreed to have a socially distanced meeting with me to discuss his thought process in creating this poetic masterpiece.

Sustainability by Design: Architecture’s Unique Role

Much has been written about sustainability and sustainable architecture.

My wife, Adrian Parr, and I co-edited a book called New Directions in Sustainable Design in 2011 (ISBN 9780415780377), which addressed multidisciplinary perspectives on the future of sustainability. We sought to address the larger issue of what it means to think sustainably. People tend to look to specific ways to “be sustainable”— but sustainability, to me, refers to an approach to living and designing. Buildings are not actually “sustainable” without an intensive use of resources and ongoing maintenance. But buildings and places are essential for our society.

Driver, Writer, Activist, Explainer

John Voelcker ’77 gets paid to drive and write about cars—especially electric cars.

He’s been a journalist since 1985 and now covers auto technology, energy, and climate as a reporter and analyst. His outlets include Car and Driver, Wired, Popular Science, and ,Tech Review, and he appears on NPR’s All Things Considered.

John calls himself a mix of educator and analyst, explaining climate change and the global auto industry to multiple audiences. He spends much of his time on the road, driving more than 50 new cars a year. “It’s a pretty great gig,” he says with a grin.

Food Justice Warrior, Locally-Grown

The corner of Pennsylvania Avenue and First Street, near the Rochester Public Market, is a lively location. First Market Farm, an urban homestead that is working to increase access to locally grown food, community growing spaces, and educational programs, occupies close to 4,500 square feet in this corner of the city. The farm uses raised gardens and a greenhouse to grow food for emergency pantries and for people living in the surrounding area. A part of the Taproot Collective, this nonprofit organization focuses on access to sustainable urban farms, dignified housing options, and educational opportunities. The farm has partnered with multiple local organizations to reclaim the land and reconnect with the way food is grown.

Anytime

Social Sustainability is Essential, Especially Now

Chris Hartman ’93, P’22, ’24 is an academic, farmer, and founder and president of Headwater Food Hub in Rochester. Headwater is a wholesale food distributor based in Wayne County that links regional farmers and food producers with both individual and commercial consumers.
By managing supply chain logistics, aggregation, distribution, and sales for a network of farms, Headwater can be socially and environmentally responsible, while offering top-quality food. Chris served as Harley’s Director of Social and Environmental Sustainability from 2007 to 2016.

The Bike Boom

Bicycles, used primarily for leisure and exercise, have been around for hundreds of years. Now, new developments in technology, such as bike docking/sharing stations, coupled with an increasing desire to help the environment and people’s changed habits during the COVID-19 pandemic, are making bicycles more popular than ever.

In fact, cycling has proved to be largely pandemic-proof, growing in popularity in many areas.

Working Together for a Sustainable Future

Our Upper School Sustainability Club, along with club advisors Seth O’Bryan, Lisa Barker, and Peter Hentschke collaborated with students from the University of Rochester’s “Global Sustainable Development: Policy and Practice” class to learn more about our school’s greenhouse gas footprint. These students, led by their instructor, Milena Novy-Marx P ’21, ’22, ’26, executive vice president of the Board of Trustees at Harley, worked to calculate our emissions, benchmark us against other similar schools, and provide recommendations for their class project.

Words of Change: Civilization in Crisis

I recently had the pleasure of meeting with Bart White P’21, the Lower School language teacher at The Harley School. He recently finished editing a new poetry book, Civilization in Crisis, and agreed to have a socially distanced meeting with me to discuss his thought process in creating this poetic masterpiece.

Sustainability by Design: Architecture’s Unique Role

Much has been written about sustainability and sustainable architecture.

My wife, Adrian Parr, and I co-edited a book called New Directions in Sustainable Design in 2011 (ISBN 9780415780377), which addressed multidisciplinary perspectives on the future of sustainability. We sought to address the larger issue of what it means to think sustainably. People tend to look to specific ways to “be sustainable”— but sustainability, to me, refers to an approach to living and designing. Buildings are not actually “sustainable” without an intensive use of resources and ongoing maintenance. But buildings and places are essential for our society.

Driver, Writer, Activist, Explainer

John Voelcker ’77 gets paid to drive and write about cars—especially electric cars.

He’s been a journalist since 1985 and now covers auto technology, energy, and climate as a reporter and analyst. His outlets include Car and Driver, Wired, Popular Science, and ,Tech Review, and he appears on NPR’s All Things Considered.

John calls himself a mix of educator and analyst, explaining climate change and the global auto industry to multiple audiences. He spends much of his time on the road, driving more than 50 new cars a year. “It’s a pretty great gig,” he says with a grin.

Food Justice Warrior, Locally-Grown

The corner of Pennsylvania Avenue and First Street, near the Rochester Public Market, is a lively location. First Market Farm, an urban homestead that is working to increase access to locally grown food, community growing spaces, and educational programs, occupies close to 4,500 square feet in this corner of the city. The farm uses raised gardens and a greenhouse to grow food for emergency pantries and for people living in the surrounding area. A part of the Taproot Collective, this nonprofit organization focuses on access to sustainable urban farms, dignified housing options, and educational opportunities. The farm has partnered with multiple local organizations to reclaim the land and reconnect with the way food is grown.

All Ages

Social Sustainability is Essential, Especially Now

Chris Hartman ’93, P’22, ’24 is an academic, farmer, and founder and president of Headwater Food Hub in Rochester. Headwater is a wholesale food distributor based in Wayne County that links regional farmers and food producers with both individual and commercial consumers.
By managing supply chain logistics, aggregation, distribution, and sales for a network of farms, Headwater can be socially and environmentally responsible, while offering top-quality food. Chris served as Harley’s Director of Social and Environmental Sustainability from 2007 to 2016.

The Bike Boom

Bicycles, used primarily for leisure and exercise, have been around for hundreds of years. Now, new developments in technology, such as bike docking/sharing stations, coupled with an increasing desire to help the environment and people’s changed habits during the COVID-19 pandemic, are making bicycles more popular than ever.

In fact, cycling has proved to be largely pandemic-proof, growing in popularity in many areas.

Working Together for a Sustainable Future

Our Upper School Sustainability Club, along with club advisors Seth O’Bryan, Lisa Barker, and Peter Hentschke collaborated with students from the University of Rochester’s “Global Sustainable Development: Policy and Practice” class to learn more about our school’s greenhouse gas footprint. These students, led by their instructor, Milena Novy-Marx P ’21, ’22, ’26, executive vice president of the Board of Trustees at Harley, worked to calculate our emissions, benchmark us against other similar schools, and provide recommendations for their class project.

Words of Change: Civilization in Crisis

I recently had the pleasure of meeting with Bart White P’21, the Lower School language teacher at The Harley School. He recently finished editing a new poetry book, Civilization in Crisis, and agreed to have a socially distanced meeting with me to discuss his thought process in creating this poetic masterpiece.

Sustainability by Design: Architecture’s Unique Role

Much has been written about sustainability and sustainable architecture.

My wife, Adrian Parr, and I co-edited a book called New Directions in Sustainable Design in 2011 (ISBN 9780415780377), which addressed multidisciplinary perspectives on the future of sustainability. We sought to address the larger issue of what it means to think sustainably. People tend to look to specific ways to “be sustainable”— but sustainability, to me, refers to an approach to living and designing. Buildings are not actually “sustainable” without an intensive use of resources and ongoing maintenance. But buildings and places are essential for our society.

Driver, Writer, Activist, Explainer

John Voelcker ’77 gets paid to drive and write about cars—especially electric cars.

He’s been a journalist since 1985 and now covers auto technology, energy, and climate as a reporter and analyst. His outlets include Car and Driver, Wired, Popular Science, and ,Tech Review, and he appears on NPR’s All Things Considered.

John calls himself a mix of educator and analyst, explaining climate change and the global auto industry to multiple audiences. He spends much of his time on the road, driving more than 50 new cars a year. “It’s a pretty great gig,” he says with a grin.

Food Justice Warrior, Locally-Grown

The corner of Pennsylvania Avenue and First Street, near the Rochester Public Market, is a lively location. First Market Farm, an urban homestead that is working to increase access to locally grown food, community growing spaces, and educational programs, occupies close to 4,500 square feet in this corner of the city. The farm uses raised gardens and a greenhouse to grow food for emergency pantries and for people living in the surrounding area. A part of the Taproot Collective, this nonprofit organization focuses on access to sustainable urban farms, dignified housing options, and educational opportunities. The farm has partnered with multiple local organizations to reclaim the land and reconnect with the way food is grown.

Alumni News: Justin Fox ’15 Making It Happen

Justin Fox ’15 says every time he wants something, he finds a way to make it happen. That was the case when he decided to come to the Harley School. He was a Grade 10 student at Norman Howard School and knew from the time he was a young boy that he wanted to be a...

Alumni News: Connor Frame ’08

Not everything is as it appears. When I learned that Connor Frame ’08 was a lower school teacher in London, I assumed he was following in the footsteps of his mom, Kathy Kearns Frame ’73, a now retired but dedicated teacher for many years at the Pittsford Unified...

Alumni News: Noah Lee ’20

Last March, Noah Lee ’20 was enjoying his senior year at Harley. Accepted into Yale University, he was feeling relaxed, and looking forward to “senior spring” a time filled with fun and meaningful end-of-year activities like the Oak Tree Ceremony, Honors Assembly,...

Alumni News: Chloe Monson ’11

“I don’t regret it, but I wouldn’t recommend it.” This is what Chloe Monson ’11 says about her family’s decision to relocate from England to the United States when she was 16. Originally from Dublin, her family moved around a bit and when her parents decided to move...

Alumni News: Lindsay Zefting ’02

In 2020, Lindsay Zefting Vera ’02 was named one of the “40 Under 40” in the Albany Business Review for her work as a civil engineer and urban planner. Her late father was a traffic engineer and although Lindsay’s brain was geared the same way and all signs pointed to...

Alumni College Day 2021

Nowadays, having a virtual event is pretty common and this year’s Alumni College Day was no exception. The format moved from in-person to virtual, and this year we broke our day up into two separate talks, the first a requirement for Grades 9/10 and optional for...

Oak Tree Soccer

Build your skills by mastering individual footwork, technique and ball work at skill academy. Look forward to tournament-style scrimmages and games after skill development. Ages: Grade 6-8 Time: 9 am - 12 pm AUGUST 2-6 Fees: $190.00

Acorn Soccer

Build your skills by mastering individual footwork, technique and ball work at skill academy. Look forward to tournament-style scrimmages and games after skill development. Ages: Grade 3-5 Time: 9 am - 12 pm Session I: JULY 6-9 Fees: $160.00

Little Nuts Soccer

Build your skills by mastering individual footwork, technique and ball work at skill academy. Look forward to tournament-style scrimmages and games after skill development. Ages: Grade K-2 Time: 9 am - 12 pm Session I: JULY 12-16 Fees: $190.00

Baseball

Come out and play ball! This camp focuses on baseball fundamentals. Campers will spend a portion of the time in small group instruction, learning various aspects of the game. The last hour consists of games utilizing the learned skills. Campers are grouped based on...

Princesses and Princes of the World

Get your passport ready, we’re traveling around the world! We’ll visit Paris to dance like Belle and the Beast, and the ocean to dance like our favorite mermaid princess and sea creatures; along with other magical places. Dancers will learn a dance that represents all...

Submarine School of ROC & Roll

Learn an instrument, form a band, write a song—and get to perform it in your very own music video! This class is hosted by the Submarine School of Music, a local music school built on creativity and seeking joy through music on a personal and collaborative level....

Cooking Camp

Research shows children who are involved with cooking are better, healthier eaters. Have fun as we learn to cook delicious, healthy meals. Together we will research the recipes, plan the menu, calculate serving sizes, prepare ingredients, and cook the food. We will...

Robots, and Code, and Fun – Oh my!

All of Harley’s robots are sad when summer comes. There are no kids to play with them! But now is their chance! Come and help keep our robots from getting bored over the summer months. Campers learn the basics of computer coding, by experimenting with simple...

Junior Engineers: Project Portfolio

Students will explore electrical engineering concepts through Snap Circuits and then complete construction challenges with K'Nex. During the week, they will document their work with video and pictures. We will use a digital tool called Book Creator so each student can...

Math Makers

Students will apply fundamental math skills to engineering and technology projects. The goals of this interdisciplinary course is to review and strengthen math skills while participating in student-centered engineering projects. Register Here Ages: Grades 5-8 Time: 9...

Ice Princesses and Prince Camp

You are royally invited to escape the summer heat with a winter-themed dance camp, inspired by some of our favorite ice princesses, princes, and silly snowmen. We promise it will be a blast! Get ready to dance to new music from the latest princess movies and create...

Introduction to Permaculture Class

Permaculture is an interdisciplinary and holistic design approach, based in and derived from the observation of indigenous practices of nature stewardship and natural ecological systems of relationships, that strives to repair and create regenerative and reciprocal...

Digital Media

Learn to take your image-making skills to the next level! Use Adobe products in our state-of-the-art Mac lab to make better photographs and illustrations. Register Here Ages: Grades 7-12 Time: 9 am - 12 pm Session I: JUNE 21-25 Fees: $190.00 Instructor: Michael Frank

Wheel Thrown Ceramics

In this course, students will go over basic wheel-throwing techniques. We will experiment with thrown forms such as mugs, bowls, plates, and vases. This course will cover surface decoration, glazing, and finishing. NOTE: We will be unable to glaze all pieces during...

Girls’ Basketball Camp

Let’s play ball! Improve your basketball skills at the Girls’ Basketball Camp by working on shooting, dribbling, and invigorating drills. Girls should come prepared each day wearing supportive sneakers, a hair tie, shorts, and a t-shirt. Please bring a bagged lunch...

Painting

In this studio course, students will get a chance to brush up on their drawing and painting skills. We will create work from a variety of sources from portraits, to still life objects, to collages. Students will create both realistic and abstract artwork. We will be...

Ink and Watercolor Exploration

Come learn how to use ink and watercolor to make some beautiful art! We will explore watercolor techniques and different watercolor mediums through several fun projects. Register Here Ages: Grades 3-5 Time: 9 am - 12 pm Session: JUNE 21-25 Fees: $190.00 Instructor:...

SAT/ACT Intensive Class

Get ready for the SAT & ACT at the same time! This special 26-hour Chariot Learning SAT/ACT Intensive Class—offered for the very first time at The Harley School—is perfect for motivated students looking to learn the powerful strategies and content needed for their...

Feeding Ourselves From Nature

How do you define food? Is it something you shop for, grow, or find in your lawn? During this week we will talk about what we consider food, learn to identify "weeds" and other useful plants that we can eat, and work in the Harley MicroFarm garden learning to...

Food Forest Gardening in a Nutshell

Food Forest Gardening (EFG) is an effective way to design home scale gardens in our climate that mimic forest ecosystem structures and functions, but grow food, fuel, fiber, fodder, fertilizer, “farmaceuticals,” and fun while we consciously apply the principles of...

Dance-Diva Camp

Back by popular demand, Dance-Diva Camp! Spend the week getting glamorous with us. We’ll learn about Tap, Ballet, Jazz and Hip Hop while dancing to some of our favorite songs. In addition we’ll stay busy learning about hair and stage makeup, and creating fabulous...

Stitch and String Lab

Learn to sew and weave using fabric, yarn, and other fibers. Projects include a pillow, stuffed creature, woven bracelet, and more! Register Here Ages: Grades 3-5 Time: 9 am - 12 pm Session: July 19-23 Fees: $205.00 Instructor: Ell Hobbs ("Teacher Ell")

Jewelry

Jewelry students will learn a variety of techniques in wire, polymer clay, beading, hemp, and found objects. We will create different types of jewelry ranging from pendants to necklaces, bracelets, rings, and earrings. Enrollment is limited to 12 students per session....

Beginner Knitting

This class will teach your child to knit. We will cover the basics of knitting, and begin a project in a relaxed environment that allows everyone to learn at their own pace. Register Here Ages: Grades 3-5 Time: 9 am - 3 pm Session I: JUNE 21-25; Session II: JULY 6-9...

Bold Leadership

Leadership isn’t about having status or power, it’s confidently showing up and using your influence to impact all areas of your life. In this class, you’ll build your confidence, get comfortable showing up as your authentic self, learn how to navigate difficult...

Day Trips to State Parks

We will drive the Harley bus to nearby parks, such as: Letchworth, Stony Brook, Hi Tor, Watkins Glen, and Chimney Bluffs. Campers will enjoy hiking, climbing, swimming (if available) and sightseeing. This is a great way to get out and about and learn about the...

Wonderful World of Wizarding

Have you ever wanted to be a wizard? Join Wizarding Camp for a week of science, fun, and fiction. Come explore the same subjects that wizarding students study. If you are a fan of a certain boy wizard and his friends, this week will be a chance for you to experience...

How to be a Math-Magician

Learn how to do magic with math—make shapes with one side, draw infinite pictures, solve tricky riddles, send secret messages, and learn how to wow your friends and family with mental math! Perfect for those who love math and want an extra challenge, or those who want...

Juggling Arts Class

What can you do to beat the summer doldrums? Learn to juggle, of course! Join your instructor, Festival, through a plethora of circus arts including: juggling, plate-spinning, diablo, balance boards, and devil sticks. Practice with a professional who has over a decade...

Olympic Fencing Camp

Looking for a fun activity that will strengthen your child's cognitive abilities without them even knowing it? The Olympic sport of fencing is a unique physical and mental workout aptly nicknamed "physical chess" for its ability to provide a full-body workout while...

Readsome, Craftsome, Awesome!

Campers will join us daily to enjoy a book, read aloud. Following storytime, we’ll work together on a craft project that relates to the day’s story. Register Here Ages: Grade 2-4 Time: 9 am - 12 pm Session: July 26-30 Fees: $190.00 Instructors: Amy Brand and Kelly...

Animate Your Art

Using ordinary arts and crafts materials, students design, build, and use code to animate their artistic vision! Hummingbird Kits are small, programable circuit boards with specific, color-coded ports for each component that will help students confidently wire their...

Bike Camp

From our base at Harley, we will cycle to some of the most beautiful and interesting places in the Rochester area. We will use the Erie Canal Towpath, the Genesee River Trail, and other area trails to explore local historic sites and enjoy the region’s natural beauty....

Just Dance Hip Hop Camp

Join us for one of our most popular camps, Just Dance Hip Hop Camp! This high-energy camp will be a week filled with Hip Hop and Jazz classes, along with dance related games and crafts. By the end of the week we will be ready to show friends and family our new moves....

Cake, Cupcakes and Cookies Jr.

Learn the art of baking and decorating! We will create a delicious selection of sweet treats including cakes, cupcakes, cookies, and more! Register Here. Ages: Grades 2-4 Time: 9 am-12 pm Session: July 19-23 Fees: $215.00 Instructor: Amy Brand

Cake, Cupcakes, and Cookies

Learn the art of baking and decorating! We will create a delicious selection of sweet treats including cakes, cupcakes, cookies, and more! Register Here. Ages: Grades 5-8 Session I: JULY 19-23, Time: 12:30-3:30pm Session II: Aug 9-13, Time: 9-12 AM Fees: $215.00...

Lego Mindstorms

Robotics can be found EVERYWHERE in the world today, from self-driving cars to floor-cleaning vacuum bots, home automation, medical procedures, aeronautics, and space exploration! Join us to explore robotics in a hands-on class, working with LEGO Mindstorms kits under...

Writing the College Application Essay

We will work with writing prompts appearing on the Common Application and briefly consider required supplemental essay questions. After discussing the merits of sample essays, students will work through all stages of the writing process—from brainstorming to...

Chess Camp

Come and play chess with us! Chess is a lifelong activity that sharpens the mind by developing logic and analytical skills. Beginners learn the fundamental rules and strategy of the game; more advanced players participate in instruction at their own level. Register...

Glass Working

Enjoy a unique, glass-making experience! Learn the basics of manipulating hot glass in the Harley glass studio. This class introduces beginners to heating and glass control, then how to make simple shapes and figurines. Advanced students will work on projects that fit...

Beginner Origami

This class will teach the basics of origami. Students will work both individually and as a class, setting their own pace to learn and express themselves. Register Here Ages: Grades K-2 Time: 9 am - 3 pm Session I: JUNE 28-JULY 2; Session II: JULY 12-16 Fees: $300.00...

Pokemon: Deck Creation and Game Play

Pokemon has surged in popularity! Come learn how to play, strategize your deck, and learn the mechanics behind the game. Every day students will have time to play, trade, and discuss their strategies. We will also compare Pokemon to other popular deck-building games....

Pokemon Trading Card Training Camp

Enjoy our card game-playing class where participants will learn how to build decks, strategize, and play the Pokemon trading card game that has taken the world by storm. Whether you're a Pokemon fanatic or are brand new to strategic card games, there's lots to learn...

Dungeons & Dragons, Summer Fun!

The group will be playing and enjoying the Dungeons & Dragons role-playing game. There will be a strong emphasis on story and connection instead of rules, rules, rules. A retro flavor will be present because our instructor has been playing for "oh-so-many" years....

Swim Camp

Beginner and competitive swimmers alike will benefit from a focus on stroke technique and turns. Using drills and exercises, we will practice making swimming and turns easier and faster. Register Here Ages: Grades 3-12 Time: 3:15-5:15pm Dates: JULY 6-9 Fees: $160.00...

Hip Hop Color Blast

Join us for our exciting Hip Hop Color Blast Camp! During this high intensity week we’ll learn hip hop moves and combinations, play dance games, and create some messy color-blasting crafts! We will have pre-packaged and individually wrapped crafts and snacks to make...

Ooey-Gooey Science—It’s Slime Time

Ever wonder why solids, liquids and gases do what they do? Why some things mix and some don't? Then slime camp is for you! Each day we will make a different ooey-gooey substance and learn the science behind why the ingredients interact the way they do. Register Here...

Alumni News: Kristina Benjamin ’15

  For over a year Kristina Benjamin ’15 was the Deputy Campaign Manager for newly elected State Senator Samra Brouk and was recently hired to continue her work with Samra in her Senate office as a Community Outreach and Constituent Manager. I had the chance to talk...

Alumni News: Exchange student Chris Dwyer ’93

Chris Dwyer ’93 was a 17-year-old student living in a small English town and a member of the debate team at Colchester Royal Grammar School when he was introduced to the English-Speaking Union, an education charity for international students “working to give young...

Alumni News: Cliff Costello ’07

      Dr. Cliff Costello ’07 didn’t always want to be a doctor, but he was always interested in science. At Harley, he, along with four other determined, science-minded classmates Alex Duckles, Mac Inglis, Eric Dobson, and James Greenebaum battled their way through...

Alumni News: Exchange student Simon Williams ’88

Simon Williams '88 says when he set off for his year abroad at Harley in the late 1980s “Travel was expensive, phone calls were expensive, there was no internet—America was still a long way away.” He’d exchanged a couple of letters with the McLear's, but arrived with...

Alumni News: Talethea Best ’82

Talethea Best ’82 joined Harley in Grade 7. Although she and her sister Nicolle were doing fine at the public city school in their 19th Ward neighborhood, her parents were very education-minded people and were drawn to the idea of the smaller class sizes, the...

In Memoriam: Joseph Curtis Briggs ’48

Joseph Curtis Briggs ’48 passed away on January 22, 2021, at the age of 90.  Joe attended The Harley School until 1945 and was considered a member of the Class of 1948. He was one of a long line of Briggs family members to attend The Harley School: sisters Barbara...

Alumni News: Charly Carter ’82

Charly Carter ’82 says her work as founder and executive director of Step Up Maryland is a culmination of her 30 year career in politics. While she has never run for office (yet!), she has helped to create and encourage some change makers in the political arena in the...

Alumni News: Leslie Knox ’97

Leslie Knox ’97 seems to always follow her heart and is ready to jump at the next opportunity to better the world around her. I asked her why she joined The Harley School in 10th grade and she said, “My mom discovered I was teaching my 9th grade social studies class...

Another Wilcox in the House: Betsy Wilcox ’01

Although it seems like Betsy Wilcox '01 has always been here, she officially joined the lower school faculty at Harley this past September. Betsy is connected to Harley in so many ways. She is an alumna from the class of 2001, is a parent of Winnie in the Class of...

Entrepreneur: Edwin Dorsey ’16

Edwin Dorsey '16 has always been a self-starter and a motivated individual, so it's not surprising that as a graduate right out of Stanford University where he majored in economics, he moved to New York City and started his own business, The Bear Cave, a weekly...

Support to Youth in Crisis: Jordyn Gualdani ’14

For many, college life is the first taste of real freedom. Students work hard and play hard and the long winter break is like a beacon. But for Jordyn Gualdani '14 (formerly Alyssa Gualdani), a transgender youth, winter break freshman year at Rochester Institute of...

Teaching Assistant: Ashley Sankowski ’14

Due to COVID several of our teachers are teaching remotely; and that left our administrators in a bit of a quandary. While we don't want to compromise the health of our faculty, we also can't leave a classroom full of students on their own with no adult supervision....

Teaching Assistant: Katianna Conde ’16

Due to COVID several of our teachers are teaching remotely; and that left our administrators in a bit of a quandary. While we don't want to compromise the health of our faculty, we also can't leave a classroom full of students on their own with no adult supervision....

Music and Blockbuster Movies: Polly Gleason Sweeney ’60

 Polly Gleason Sweeney ’60 has dedicated much of her life to the violin and making beautiful music with some of the most famous conductors, composers, and musicians in the world, and her passion for music started at The Harley School. Back in the 1950’s, there was a...

Harley international student: Yitian “Hubery” Wang ’19

Yitian “Hubery” Wang ’19 joined the Harley community as an international student from China in 9th grade at the age of 15. When I asked him why he chose to come to Rochester with the vast United States as an option, he replied, “I didn’t choose Rochester, I chose...

The art of following through: John Papin ’16

The old adage "Listen to your Mother" means a lot to John Papin '16 because his mom, Mary Ellen Papin, gave her son some great advice that helped him land his dream job. Back in May, John graduated from Alfred University with a bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts with a...

WHAM 13/Fox Good Day Rochester Visits The Harley School

WHAM 13/Fox Rochester Reports Brighton, N.Y. — The new school year is less than one week away, and it's bringing unprecedented changes due to the coronavirus pandemic. Michael Schwartz visited The Harley School Thursday morning to give us an inside look at the...

Nursery

Social Sustainability is Essential, Especially Now

ccording to the United Nations, social sustainability means identifying and managing business impacts, both positive and negative, on people. One part of social sustainability requires involving citizens, which leads to understanding, engagement,...

The Bike Boom

ecoming Magazine checked in with two alums, Paul Barrows and Eric LaClair, who run DreamBikes in Rochester, about what they see happening with this healthy and environmentally friendly mode of transport. DreamBikes: Creating Opportunities with Two...

Working Together for a Sustainable Future

hey dove deeply into our data, including emissions from purchased gas and electricity, staff/student commuting, and other travel such as class trips, alumni visits, conferences and the like. Our students worked with them to gather data on student...

Words of Change: Civilization in Crisis

e sat in the Harley Gallery getting to know each other as he started telling me about his creative process. He had read an article in The New York Times about gas emissions, and it had infuriated him. He immediately reached out to his close friend...

Driver, Writer, Activist, Explainer

was a “lifer” at Harley. In the fall of 1963, my parents enrolled me in Harley’s Nursery program, taught by Miss Wadsworth. I went straight through until Grade 12, except for Grade 3, when we returned to London (where I was born) for a year. I...

Food Justice Warrior, Locally-Grown

ood insecurity affects nearly 30 percent of people in eight of Rochester’s highest-poverty ZIP codes. Urban agriculture and community gardens are a great way to provide sustainable food production and supply those in need. They can help address...

Alumni News: Justin Fox ’15 Making It Happen

Justin Fox ’15 says every time he wants something, he finds a way to make it happen. That was the case when he decided to come to the Harley School. He was a Grade 10 student at Norman Howard School and knew from the time he was a young boy that he wanted to be a...

Alumni News: Connor Frame ’08

Not everything is as it appears. When I learned that Connor Frame ’08 was a lower school teacher in London, I assumed he was following in the footsteps of his mom, Kathy Kearns Frame ’73, a now retired but dedicated teacher for many years at the Pittsford Unified...

Alumni News: Noah Lee ’20

Last March, Noah Lee ’20 was enjoying his senior year at Harley. Accepted into Yale University, he was feeling relaxed, and looking forward to “senior spring” a time filled with fun and meaningful end-of-year activities like the Oak Tree Ceremony, Honors Assembly,...

Alumni News: Chloe Monson ’11

“I don’t regret it, but I wouldn’t recommend it.” This is what Chloe Monson ’11 says about her family’s decision to relocate from England to the United States when she was 16. Originally from Dublin, her family moved around a bit and when her parents decided to move...

Alumni News: Lindsay Zefting ’02

In 2020, Lindsay Zefting Vera ’02 was named one of the “40 Under 40” in the Albany Business Review for her work as a civil engineer and urban planner. Her late father was a traffic engineer and although Lindsay’s brain was geared the same way and all signs pointed to...

Alumni College Day 2021

Nowadays, having a virtual event is pretty common and this year’s Alumni College Day was no exception. The format moved from in-person to virtual, and this year we broke our day up into two separate talks, the first a requirement for Grades 9/10 and optional for...

Book Recommendations from Grade 5

Torpedoed is an eye-catching and mesmerizing book. It is a book about 90 child refugees that want to seek refuge over in North America on a boat. They come from different places in Europe and want to leave because of violence during World War II. The boat they sailed...

Oak Tree Soccer

Build your skills by mastering individual footwork, technique and ball work at skill academy. Look forward to tournament-style scrimmages and games after skill development. Ages: Grade 6-8 Time: 9 am - 12 pm AUGUST 2-6 Fees: $190.00

Acorn Soccer

Build your skills by mastering individual footwork, technique and ball work at skill academy. Look forward to tournament-style scrimmages and games after skill development. Ages: Grade 3-5 Time: 9 am - 12 pm Session I: JULY 6-9 Fees: $160.00

Little Nuts Soccer

Build your skills by mastering individual footwork, technique and ball work at skill academy. Look forward to tournament-style scrimmages and games after skill development. Ages: Grade K-2 Time: 9 am - 12 pm Session I: JULY 12-16 Fees: $190.00

Baseball

Come out and play ball! This camp focuses on baseball fundamentals. Campers will spend a portion of the time in small group instruction, learning various aspects of the game. The last hour consists of games utilizing the learned skills. Campers are grouped based on...

Princesses and Princes of the World

Get your passport ready, we’re traveling around the world! We’ll visit Paris to dance like Belle and the Beast, and the ocean to dance like our favorite mermaid princess and sea creatures; along with other magical places. Dancers will learn a dance that represents all...

Submarine School of ROC & Roll

Learn an instrument, form a band, write a song—and get to perform it in your very own music video! This class is hosted by the Submarine School of Music, a local music school built on creativity and seeking joy through music on a personal and collaborative level....

Cooking Camp

Research shows children who are involved with cooking are better, healthier eaters. Have fun as we learn to cook delicious, healthy meals. Together we will research the recipes, plan the menu, calculate serving sizes, prepare ingredients, and cook the food. We will...

Robots, and Code, and Fun – Oh my!

All of Harley’s robots are sad when summer comes. There are no kids to play with them! But now is their chance! Come and help keep our robots from getting bored over the summer months. Campers learn the basics of computer coding, by experimenting with simple...

Junior Engineers: Project Portfolio

Students will explore electrical engineering concepts through Snap Circuits and then complete construction challenges with K'Nex. During the week, they will document their work with video and pictures. We will use a digital tool called Book Creator so each student can...

Math Makers

Students will apply fundamental math skills to engineering and technology projects. The goals of this interdisciplinary course is to review and strengthen math skills while participating in student-centered engineering projects. Register Here Ages: Grades 5-8 Time: 9...

Ice Princesses and Prince Camp

You are royally invited to escape the summer heat with a winter-themed dance camp, inspired by some of our favorite ice princesses, princes, and silly snowmen. We promise it will be a blast! Get ready to dance to new music from the latest princess movies and create...

Introduction to Permaculture Class

Permaculture is an interdisciplinary and holistic design approach, based in and derived from the observation of indigenous practices of nature stewardship and natural ecological systems of relationships, that strives to repair and create regenerative and reciprocal...

Digital Media

Learn to take your image-making skills to the next level! Use Adobe products in our state-of-the-art Mac lab to make better photographs and illustrations. Register Here Ages: Grades 7-12 Time: 9 am - 12 pm Session I: JUNE 21-25 Fees: $190.00 Instructor: Michael Frank

Wheel Thrown Ceramics

In this course, students will go over basic wheel-throwing techniques. We will experiment with thrown forms such as mugs, bowls, plates, and vases. This course will cover surface decoration, glazing, and finishing. NOTE: We will be unable to glaze all pieces during...

Girls’ Basketball Camp

Let’s play ball! Improve your basketball skills at the Girls’ Basketball Camp by working on shooting, dribbling, and invigorating drills. Girls should come prepared each day wearing supportive sneakers, a hair tie, shorts, and a t-shirt. Please bring a bagged lunch...

Painting

In this studio course, students will get a chance to brush up on their drawing and painting skills. We will create work from a variety of sources from portraits, to still life objects, to collages. Students will create both realistic and abstract artwork. We will be...

Ink and Watercolor Exploration

Come learn how to use ink and watercolor to make some beautiful art! We will explore watercolor techniques and different watercolor mediums through several fun projects. Register Here Ages: Grades 3-5 Time: 9 am - 12 pm Session: JUNE 21-25 Fees: $190.00 Instructor:...

SAT/ACT Intensive Class

Get ready for the SAT & ACT at the same time! This special 26-hour Chariot Learning SAT/ACT Intensive Class—offered for the very first time at The Harley School—is perfect for motivated students looking to learn the powerful strategies and content needed for their...

Feeding Ourselves From Nature

How do you define food? Is it something you shop for, grow, or find in your lawn? During this week we will talk about what we consider food, learn to identify "weeds" and other useful plants that we can eat, and work in the Harley MicroFarm garden learning to...

Food Forest Gardening in a Nutshell

Food Forest Gardening (EFG) is an effective way to design home scale gardens in our climate that mimic forest ecosystem structures and functions, but grow food, fuel, fiber, fodder, fertilizer, “farmaceuticals,” and fun while we consciously apply the principles of...

Dance-Diva Camp

Back by popular demand, Dance-Diva Camp! Spend the week getting glamorous with us. We’ll learn about Tap, Ballet, Jazz and Hip Hop while dancing to some of our favorite songs. In addition we’ll stay busy learning about hair and stage makeup, and creating fabulous...

Stitch and String Lab

Learn to sew and weave using fabric, yarn, and other fibers. Projects include a pillow, stuffed creature, woven bracelet, and more! Register Here Ages: Grades 3-5 Time: 9 am - 12 pm Session: July 19-23 Fees: $205.00 Instructor: Ell Hobbs ("Teacher Ell")

Jewelry

Jewelry students will learn a variety of techniques in wire, polymer clay, beading, hemp, and found objects. We will create different types of jewelry ranging from pendants to necklaces, bracelets, rings, and earrings. Enrollment is limited to 12 students per session....

Beginner Knitting

This class will teach your child to knit. We will cover the basics of knitting, and begin a project in a relaxed environment that allows everyone to learn at their own pace. Register Here Ages: Grades 3-5 Time: 9 am - 3 pm Session I: JUNE 21-25; Session II: JULY 6-9...

Bold Leadership

Leadership isn’t about having status or power, it’s confidently showing up and using your influence to impact all areas of your life. In this class, you’ll build your confidence, get comfortable showing up as your authentic self, learn how to navigate difficult...

Day Trips to State Parks

We will drive the Harley bus to nearby parks, such as: Letchworth, Stony Brook, Hi Tor, Watkins Glen, and Chimney Bluffs. Campers will enjoy hiking, climbing, swimming (if available) and sightseeing. This is a great way to get out and about and learn about the...

Wonderful World of Wizarding

Have you ever wanted to be a wizard? Join Wizarding Camp for a week of science, fun, and fiction. Come explore the same subjects that wizarding students study. If you are a fan of a certain boy wizard and his friends, this week will be a chance for you to experience...

How to be a Math-Magician

Learn how to do magic with math—make shapes with one side, draw infinite pictures, solve tricky riddles, send secret messages, and learn how to wow your friends and family with mental math! Perfect for those who love math and want an extra challenge, or those who want...

Juggling Arts Class

What can you do to beat the summer doldrums? Learn to juggle, of course! Join your instructor, Festival, through a plethora of circus arts including: juggling, plate-spinning, diablo, balance boards, and devil sticks. Practice with a professional who has over a decade...

Olympic Fencing Camp

Looking for a fun activity that will strengthen your child's cognitive abilities without them even knowing it? The Olympic sport of fencing is a unique physical and mental workout aptly nicknamed "physical chess" for its ability to provide a full-body workout while...

Readsome, Craftsome, Awesome!

Campers will join us daily to enjoy a book, read aloud. Following storytime, we’ll work together on a craft project that relates to the day’s story. Register Here Ages: Grade 2-4 Time: 9 am - 12 pm Session: July 26-30 Fees: $190.00 Instructors: Amy Brand and Kelly...

Animate Your Art

Using ordinary arts and crafts materials, students design, build, and use code to animate their artistic vision! Hummingbird Kits are small, programable circuit boards with specific, color-coded ports for each component that will help students confidently wire their...

Bike Camp

From our base at Harley, we will cycle to some of the most beautiful and interesting places in the Rochester area. We will use the Erie Canal Towpath, the Genesee River Trail, and other area trails to explore local historic sites and enjoy the region’s natural beauty....

Just Dance Hip Hop Camp

Join us for one of our most popular camps, Just Dance Hip Hop Camp! This high-energy camp will be a week filled with Hip Hop and Jazz classes, along with dance related games and crafts. By the end of the week we will be ready to show friends and family our new moves....

Cake, Cupcakes and Cookies Jr.

Learn the art of baking and decorating! We will create a delicious selection of sweet treats including cakes, cupcakes, cookies, and more! Register Here. Ages: Grades 2-4 Time: 9 am-12 pm Session: July 19-23 Fees: $215.00 Instructor: Amy Brand

Cake, Cupcakes, and Cookies

Learn the art of baking and decorating! We will create a delicious selection of sweet treats including cakes, cupcakes, cookies, and more! Register Here. Ages: Grades 5-8 Session I: JULY 19-23, Time: 12:30-3:30pm Session II: Aug 9-13, Time: 9-12 AM Fees: $215.00...

Lego Mindstorms

Robotics can be found EVERYWHERE in the world today, from self-driving cars to floor-cleaning vacuum bots, home automation, medical procedures, aeronautics, and space exploration! Join us to explore robotics in a hands-on class, working with LEGO Mindstorms kits under...

Writing the College Application Essay

We will work with writing prompts appearing on the Common Application and briefly consider required supplemental essay questions. After discussing the merits of sample essays, students will work through all stages of the writing process—from brainstorming to...

Chess Camp

Come and play chess with us! Chess is a lifelong activity that sharpens the mind by developing logic and analytical skills. Beginners learn the fundamental rules and strategy of the game; more advanced players participate in instruction at their own level. Register...

Glass Working

Enjoy a unique, glass-making experience! Learn the basics of manipulating hot glass in the Harley glass studio. This class introduces beginners to heating and glass control, then how to make simple shapes and figurines. Advanced students will work on projects that fit...

Beginner Origami

This class will teach the basics of origami. Students will work both individually and as a class, setting their own pace to learn and express themselves. Register Here Ages: Grades K-2 Time: 9 am - 3 pm Session I: JUNE 28-JULY 2; Session II: JULY 12-16 Fees: $300.00...

Pokemon: Deck Creation and Game Play

Pokemon has surged in popularity! Come learn how to play, strategize your deck, and learn the mechanics behind the game. Every day students will have time to play, trade, and discuss their strategies. We will also compare Pokemon to other popular deck-building games....

Pokemon Trading Card Training Camp

Enjoy our card game-playing class where participants will learn how to build decks, strategize, and play the Pokemon trading card game that has taken the world by storm. Whether you're a Pokemon fanatic or are brand new to strategic card games, there's lots to learn...

Dungeons & Dragons, Summer Fun!

The group will be playing and enjoying the Dungeons & Dragons role-playing game. There will be a strong emphasis on story and connection instead of rules, rules, rules. A retro flavor will be present because our instructor has been playing for "oh-so-many" years....

Swim Camp

Beginner and competitive swimmers alike will benefit from a focus on stroke technique and turns. Using drills and exercises, we will practice making swimming and turns easier and faster. Register Here Ages: Grades 3-12 Time: 3:15-5:15pm Dates: JULY 6-9 Fees: $160.00...

Hip Hop Color Blast

Join us for our exciting Hip Hop Color Blast Camp! During this high intensity week we’ll learn hip hop moves and combinations, play dance games, and create some messy color-blasting crafts! We will have pre-packaged and individually wrapped crafts and snacks to make...

Ooey-Gooey Science—It’s Slime Time

Ever wonder why solids, liquids and gases do what they do? Why some things mix and some don't? Then slime camp is for you! Each day we will make a different ooey-gooey substance and learn the science behind why the ingredients interact the way they do. Register Here...

Alumni News: Kristina Benjamin ’15

  For over a year Kristina Benjamin ’15 was the Deputy Campaign Manager for newly elected State Senator Samra Brouk and was recently hired to continue her work with Samra in her Senate office as a Community Outreach and Constituent Manager. I had the chance to talk...

Alumni News: Exchange student Chris Dwyer ’93

Chris Dwyer ’93 was a 17-year-old student living in a small English town and a member of the debate team at Colchester Royal Grammar School when he was introduced to the English-Speaking Union, an education charity for international students “working to give young...

Alumni News: Cliff Costello ’07

      Dr. Cliff Costello ’07 didn’t always want to be a doctor, but he was always interested in science. At Harley, he, along with four other determined, science-minded classmates Alex Duckles, Mac Inglis, Eric Dobson, and James Greenebaum battled their way through...

Alumni News: Exchange student Simon Williams ’88

Simon Williams '88 says when he set off for his year abroad at Harley in the late 1980s “Travel was expensive, phone calls were expensive, there was no internet—America was still a long way away.” He’d exchanged a couple of letters with the McLear's, but arrived with...

Alumni News: Talethea Best ’82

Talethea Best ’82 joined Harley in Grade 7. Although she and her sister Nicolle were doing fine at the public city school in their 19th Ward neighborhood, her parents were very education-minded people and were drawn to the idea of the smaller class sizes, the...

In Memoriam: Joseph Curtis Briggs ’48

Joseph Curtis Briggs ’48 passed away on January 22, 2021, at the age of 90.  Joe attended The Harley School until 1945 and was considered a member of the Class of 1948. He was one of a long line of Briggs family members to attend The Harley School: sisters Barbara...

Alumni News: Charly Carter ’82

Charly Carter ’82 says her work as founder and executive director of Step Up Maryland is a culmination of her 30 year career in politics. While she has never run for office (yet!), she has helped to create and encourage some change makers in the political arena in the...

Alumni News: Leslie Knox ’97

Leslie Knox ’97 seems to always follow her heart and is ready to jump at the next opportunity to better the world around her. I asked her why she joined The Harley School in 10th grade and she said, “My mom discovered I was teaching my 9th grade social studies class...

Another Wilcox in the House: Betsy Wilcox ’01

Although it seems like Betsy Wilcox '01 has always been here, she officially joined the lower school faculty at Harley this past September. Betsy is connected to Harley in so many ways. She is an alumna from the class of 2001, is a parent of Winnie in the Class of...

Entrepreneur: Edwin Dorsey ’16

Edwin Dorsey '16 has always been a self-starter and a motivated individual, so it's not surprising that as a graduate right out of Stanford University where he majored in economics, he moved to New York City and started his own business, The Bear Cave, a weekly...

Support to Youth in Crisis: Jordyn Gualdani ’14

For many, college life is the first taste of real freedom. Students work hard and play hard and the long winter break is like a beacon. But for Jordyn Gualdani '14 (formerly Alyssa Gualdani), a transgender youth, winter break freshman year at Rochester Institute of...

Teaching Assistant: Ashley Sankowski ’14

Due to COVID several of our teachers are teaching remotely; and that left our administrators in a bit of a quandary. While we don't want to compromise the health of our faculty, we also can't leave a classroom full of students on their own with no adult supervision....

Teaching Assistant: Katianna Conde ’16

Due to COVID several of our teachers are teaching remotely; and that left our administrators in a bit of a quandary. While we don't want to compromise the health of our faculty, we also can't leave a classroom full of students on their own with no adult supervision....

Music and Blockbuster Movies: Polly Gleason Sweeney ’60

 Polly Gleason Sweeney ’60 has dedicated much of her life to the violin and making beautiful music with some of the most famous conductors, composers, and musicians in the world, and her passion for music started at The Harley School. Back in the 1950’s, there was a...

Harley international student: Yitian “Hubery” Wang ’19

Yitian “Hubery” Wang ’19 joined the Harley community as an international student from China in 9th grade at the age of 15. When I asked him why he chose to come to Rochester with the vast United States as an option, he replied, “I didn’t choose Rochester, I chose...

The art of following through: John Papin ’16

The old adage "Listen to your Mother" means a lot to John Papin '16 because his mom, Mary Ellen Papin, gave her son some great advice that helped him land his dream job. Back in May, John graduated from Alfred University with a bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts with a...

WHAM 13/Fox Good Day Rochester Visits The Harley School

WHAM 13/Fox Rochester Reports Brighton, N.Y. — The new school year is less than one week away, and it's bringing unprecedented changes due to the coronavirus pandemic. Michael Schwartz visited The Harley School Thursday morning to give us an inside look at the...

Lower School

Social Sustainability is Essential, Especially Now

ccording to the United Nations, social sustainability means identifying and managing business impacts, both positive and negative, on people. One part of social sustainability requires involving citizens, which leads to understanding, engagement,...

The Bike Boom

ecoming Magazine checked in with two alums, Paul Barrows and Eric LaClair, who run DreamBikes in Rochester, about what they see happening with this healthy and environmentally friendly mode of transport. DreamBikes: Creating Opportunities with Two...

Working Together for a Sustainable Future

hey dove deeply into our data, including emissions from purchased gas and electricity, staff/student commuting, and other travel such as class trips, alumni visits, conferences and the like. Our students worked with them to gather data on student...

Words of Change: Civilization in Crisis

e sat in the Harley Gallery getting to know each other as he started telling me about his creative process. He had read an article in The New York Times about gas emissions, and it had infuriated him. He immediately reached out to his close friend...

Driver, Writer, Activist, Explainer

was a “lifer” at Harley. In the fall of 1963, my parents enrolled me in Harley’s Nursery program, taught by Miss Wadsworth. I went straight through until Grade 12, except for Grade 3, when we returned to London (where I was born) for a year. I...

Food Justice Warrior, Locally-Grown

ood insecurity affects nearly 30 percent of people in eight of Rochester’s highest-poverty ZIP codes. Urban agriculture and community gardens are a great way to provide sustainable food production and supply those in need. They can help address...

Alumni News: Justin Fox ’15 Making It Happen

Justin Fox ’15 says every time he wants something, he finds a way to make it happen. That was the case when he decided to come to the Harley School. He was a Grade 10 student at Norman Howard School and knew from the time he was a young boy that he wanted to be a...

Alumni News: Connor Frame ’08

Not everything is as it appears. When I learned that Connor Frame ’08 was a lower school teacher in London, I assumed he was following in the footsteps of his mom, Kathy Kearns Frame ’73, a now retired but dedicated teacher for many years at the Pittsford Unified...

Alumni News: Noah Lee ’20

Last March, Noah Lee ’20 was enjoying his senior year at Harley. Accepted into Yale University, he was feeling relaxed, and looking forward to “senior spring” a time filled with fun and meaningful end-of-year activities like the Oak Tree Ceremony, Honors Assembly,...

Alumni News: Chloe Monson ’11

“I don’t regret it, but I wouldn’t recommend it.” This is what Chloe Monson ’11 says about her family’s decision to relocate from England to the United States when she was 16. Originally from Dublin, her family moved around a bit and when her parents decided to move...

Alumni News: Lindsay Zefting ’02

In 2020, Lindsay Zefting Vera ’02 was named one of the “40 Under 40” in the Albany Business Review for her work as a civil engineer and urban planner. Her late father was a traffic engineer and although Lindsay’s brain was geared the same way and all signs pointed to...

Alumni College Day 2021

Nowadays, having a virtual event is pretty common and this year’s Alumni College Day was no exception. The format moved from in-person to virtual, and this year we broke our day up into two separate talks, the first a requirement for Grades 9/10 and optional for...

Book Recommendations from Grade 5

Torpedoed is an eye-catching and mesmerizing book. It is a book about 90 child refugees that want to seek refuge over in North America on a boat. They come from different places in Europe and want to leave because of violence during World War II. The boat they sailed...

Oak Tree Soccer

Build your skills by mastering individual footwork, technique and ball work at skill academy. Look forward to tournament-style scrimmages and games after skill development. Ages: Grade 6-8 Time: 9 am - 12 pm AUGUST 2-6 Fees: $190.00

Acorn Soccer

Build your skills by mastering individual footwork, technique and ball work at skill academy. Look forward to tournament-style scrimmages and games after skill development. Ages: Grade 3-5 Time: 9 am - 12 pm Session I: JULY 6-9 Fees: $160.00

Little Nuts Soccer

Build your skills by mastering individual footwork, technique and ball work at skill academy. Look forward to tournament-style scrimmages and games after skill development. Ages: Grade K-2 Time: 9 am - 12 pm Session I: JULY 12-16 Fees: $190.00

Baseball

Come out and play ball! This camp focuses on baseball fundamentals. Campers will spend a portion of the time in small group instruction, learning various aspects of the game. The last hour consists of games utilizing the learned skills. Campers are grouped based on...

Princesses and Princes of the World

Get your passport ready, we’re traveling around the world! We’ll visit Paris to dance like Belle and the Beast, and the ocean to dance like our favorite mermaid princess and sea creatures; along with other magical places. Dancers will learn a dance that represents all...

Submarine School of ROC & Roll

Learn an instrument, form a band, write a song—and get to perform it in your very own music video! This class is hosted by the Submarine School of Music, a local music school built on creativity and seeking joy through music on a personal and collaborative level....

Cooking Camp

Research shows children who are involved with cooking are better, healthier eaters. Have fun as we learn to cook delicious, healthy meals. Together we will research the recipes, plan the menu, calculate serving sizes, prepare ingredients, and cook the food. We will...

Robots, and Code, and Fun – Oh my!

All of Harley’s robots are sad when summer comes. There are no kids to play with them! But now is their chance! Come and help keep our robots from getting bored over the summer months. Campers learn the basics of computer coding, by experimenting with simple...

Junior Engineers: Project Portfolio

Students will explore electrical engineering concepts through Snap Circuits and then complete construction challenges with K'Nex. During the week, they will document their work with video and pictures. We will use a digital tool called Book Creator so each student can...

Math Makers

Students will apply fundamental math skills to engineering and technology projects. The goals of this interdisciplinary course is to review and strengthen math skills while participating in student-centered engineering projects. Register Here Ages: Grades 5-8 Time: 9...

Ice Princesses and Prince Camp

You are royally invited to escape the summer heat with a winter-themed dance camp, inspired by some of our favorite ice princesses, princes, and silly snowmen. We promise it will be a blast! Get ready to dance to new music from the latest princess movies and create...

Introduction to Permaculture Class

Permaculture is an interdisciplinary and holistic design approach, based in and derived from the observation of indigenous practices of nature stewardship and natural ecological systems of relationships, that strives to repair and create regenerative and reciprocal...

Digital Media

Learn to take your image-making skills to the next level! Use Adobe products in our state-of-the-art Mac lab to make better photographs and illustrations. Register Here Ages: Grades 7-12 Time: 9 am - 12 pm Session I: JUNE 21-25 Fees: $190.00 Instructor: Michael Frank

Wheel Thrown Ceramics

In this course, students will go over basic wheel-throwing techniques. We will experiment with thrown forms such as mugs, bowls, plates, and vases. This course will cover surface decoration, glazing, and finishing. NOTE: We will be unable to glaze all pieces during...

Girls’ Basketball Camp

Let’s play ball! Improve your basketball skills at the Girls’ Basketball Camp by working on shooting, dribbling, and invigorating drills. Girls should come prepared each day wearing supportive sneakers, a hair tie, shorts, and a t-shirt. Please bring a bagged lunch...

Painting

In this studio course, students will get a chance to brush up on their drawing and painting skills. We will create work from a variety of sources from portraits, to still life objects, to collages. Students will create both realistic and abstract artwork. We will be...

Ink and Watercolor Exploration

Come learn how to use ink and watercolor to make some beautiful art! We will explore watercolor techniques and different watercolor mediums through several fun projects. Register Here Ages: Grades 3-5 Time: 9 am - 12 pm Session: JUNE 21-25 Fees: $190.00 Instructor:...

SAT/ACT Intensive Class

Get ready for the SAT & ACT at the same time! This special 26-hour Chariot Learning SAT/ACT Intensive Class—offered for the very first time at The Harley School—is perfect for motivated students looking to learn the powerful strategies and content needed for their...

Feeding Ourselves From Nature

How do you define food? Is it something you shop for, grow, or find in your lawn? During this week we will talk about what we consider food, learn to identify "weeds" and other useful plants that we can eat, and work in the Harley MicroFarm garden learning to...

Food Forest Gardening in a Nutshell

Food Forest Gardening (EFG) is an effective way to design home scale gardens in our climate that mimic forest ecosystem structures and functions, but grow food, fuel, fiber, fodder, fertilizer, “farmaceuticals,” and fun while we consciously apply the principles of...

Dance-Diva Camp

Back by popular demand, Dance-Diva Camp! Spend the week getting glamorous with us. We’ll learn about Tap, Ballet, Jazz and Hip Hop while dancing to some of our favorite songs. In addition we’ll stay busy learning about hair and stage makeup, and creating fabulous...

Stitch and String Lab

Learn to sew and weave using fabric, yarn, and other fibers. Projects include a pillow, stuffed creature, woven bracelet, and more! Register Here Ages: Grades 3-5 Time: 9 am - 12 pm Session: July 19-23 Fees: $205.00 Instructor: Ell Hobbs ("Teacher Ell")

Jewelry

Jewelry students will learn a variety of techniques in wire, polymer clay, beading, hemp, and found objects. We will create different types of jewelry ranging from pendants to necklaces, bracelets, rings, and earrings. Enrollment is limited to 12 students per session....

Beginner Knitting

This class will teach your child to knit. We will cover the basics of knitting, and begin a project in a relaxed environment that allows everyone to learn at their own pace. Register Here Ages: Grades 3-5 Time: 9 am - 3 pm Session I: JUNE 21-25; Session II: JULY 6-9...

Bold Leadership

Leadership isn’t about having status or power, it’s confidently showing up and using your influence to impact all areas of your life. In this class, you’ll build your confidence, get comfortable showing up as your authentic self, learn how to navigate difficult...

Day Trips to State Parks

We will drive the Harley bus to nearby parks, such as: Letchworth, Stony Brook, Hi Tor, Watkins Glen, and Chimney Bluffs. Campers will enjoy hiking, climbing, swimming (if available) and sightseeing. This is a great way to get out and about and learn about the...

Wonderful World of Wizarding

Have you ever wanted to be a wizard? Join Wizarding Camp for a week of science, fun, and fiction. Come explore the same subjects that wizarding students study. If you are a fan of a certain boy wizard and his friends, this week will be a chance for you to experience...

How to be a Math-Magician

Learn how to do magic with math—make shapes with one side, draw infinite pictures, solve tricky riddles, send secret messages, and learn how to wow your friends and family with mental math! Perfect for those who love math and want an extra challenge, or those who want...

Juggling Arts Class

What can you do to beat the summer doldrums? Learn to juggle, of course! Join your instructor, Festival, through a plethora of circus arts including: juggling, plate-spinning, diablo, balance boards, and devil sticks. Practice with a professional who has over a decade...

Olympic Fencing Camp

Looking for a fun activity that will strengthen your child's cognitive abilities without them even knowing it? The Olympic sport of fencing is a unique physical and mental workout aptly nicknamed "physical chess" for its ability to provide a full-body workout while...

Readsome, Craftsome, Awesome!

Campers will join us daily to enjoy a book, read aloud. Following storytime, we’ll work together on a craft project that relates to the day’s story. Register Here Ages: Grade 2-4 Time: 9 am - 12 pm Session: July 26-30 Fees: $190.00 Instructors: Amy Brand and Kelly...

Animate Your Art

Using ordinary arts and crafts materials, students design, build, and use code to animate their artistic vision! Hummingbird Kits are small, programable circuit boards with specific, color-coded ports for each component that will help students confidently wire their...

Bike Camp

From our base at Harley, we will cycle to some of the most beautiful and interesting places in the Rochester area. We will use the Erie Canal Towpath, the Genesee River Trail, and other area trails to explore local historic sites and enjoy the region’s natural beauty....

Just Dance Hip Hop Camp

Join us for one of our most popular camps, Just Dance Hip Hop Camp! This high-energy camp will be a week filled with Hip Hop and Jazz classes, along with dance related games and crafts. By the end of the week we will be ready to show friends and family our new moves....

Cake, Cupcakes and Cookies Jr.

Learn the art of baking and decorating! We will create a delicious selection of sweet treats including cakes, cupcakes, cookies, and more! Register Here. Ages: Grades 2-4 Time: 9 am-12 pm Session: July 19-23 Fees: $215.00 Instructor: Amy Brand

Cake, Cupcakes, and Cookies

Learn the art of baking and decorating! We will create a delicious selection of sweet treats including cakes, cupcakes, cookies, and more! Register Here. Ages: Grades 5-8 Session I: JULY 19-23, Time: 12:30-3:30pm Session II: Aug 9-13, Time: 9-12 AM Fees: $215.00...

Lego Mindstorms

Robotics can be found EVERYWHERE in the world today, from self-driving cars to floor-cleaning vacuum bots, home automation, medical procedures, aeronautics, and space exploration! Join us to explore robotics in a hands-on class, working with LEGO Mindstorms kits under...

Writing the College Application Essay

We will work with writing prompts appearing on the Common Application and briefly consider required supplemental essay questions. After discussing the merits of sample essays, students will work through all stages of the writing process—from brainstorming to...

Chess Camp

Come and play chess with us! Chess is a lifelong activity that sharpens the mind by developing logic and analytical skills. Beginners learn the fundamental rules and strategy of the game; more advanced players participate in instruction at their own level. Register...

Glass Working

Enjoy a unique, glass-making experience! Learn the basics of manipulating hot glass in the Harley glass studio. This class introduces beginners to heating and glass control, then how to make simple shapes and figurines. Advanced students will work on projects that fit...

Beginner Origami

This class will teach the basics of origami. Students will work both individually and as a class, setting their own pace to learn and express themselves. Register Here Ages: Grades K-2 Time: 9 am - 3 pm Session I: JUNE 28-JULY 2; Session II: JULY 12-16 Fees: $300.00...

Pokemon: Deck Creation and Game Play

Pokemon has surged in popularity! Come learn how to play, strategize your deck, and learn the mechanics behind the game. Every day students will have time to play, trade, and discuss their strategies. We will also compare Pokemon to other popular deck-building games....

Pokemon Trading Card Training Camp

Enjoy our card game-playing class where participants will learn how to build decks, strategize, and play the Pokemon trading card game that has taken the world by storm. Whether you're a Pokemon fanatic or are brand new to strategic card games, there's lots to learn...

Dungeons & Dragons, Summer Fun!

The group will be playing and enjoying the Dungeons & Dragons role-playing game. There will be a strong emphasis on story and connection instead of rules, rules, rules. A retro flavor will be present because our instructor has been playing for "oh-so-many" years....

Swim Camp

Beginner and competitive swimmers alike will benefit from a focus on stroke technique and turns. Using drills and exercises, we will practice making swimming and turns easier and faster. Register Here Ages: Grades 3-12 Time: 3:15-5:15pm Dates: JULY 6-9 Fees: $160.00...

Hip Hop Color Blast

Join us for our exciting Hip Hop Color Blast Camp! During this high intensity week we’ll learn hip hop moves and combinations, play dance games, and create some messy color-blasting crafts! We will have pre-packaged and individually wrapped crafts and snacks to make...

Ooey-Gooey Science—It’s Slime Time

Ever wonder why solids, liquids and gases do what they do? Why some things mix and some don't? Then slime camp is for you! Each day we will make a different ooey-gooey substance and learn the science behind why the ingredients interact the way they do. Register Here...

Alumni News: Kristina Benjamin ’15

  For over a year Kristina Benjamin ’15 was the Deputy Campaign Manager for newly elected State Senator Samra Brouk and was recently hired to continue her work with Samra in her Senate office as a Community Outreach and Constituent Manager. I had the chance to talk...

Alumni News: Exchange student Chris Dwyer ’93

Chris Dwyer ’93 was a 17-year-old student living in a small English town and a member of the debate team at Colchester Royal Grammar School when he was introduced to the English-Speaking Union, an education charity for international students “working to give young...

Alumni News: Cliff Costello ’07

      Dr. Cliff Costello ’07 didn’t always want to be a doctor, but he was always interested in science. At Harley, he, along with four other determined, science-minded classmates Alex Duckles, Mac Inglis, Eric Dobson, and James Greenebaum battled their way through...

Alumni News: Exchange student Simon Williams ’88

Simon Williams '88 says when he set off for his year abroad at Harley in the late 1980s “Travel was expensive, phone calls were expensive, there was no internet—America was still a long way away.” He’d exchanged a couple of letters with the McLear's, but arrived with...

Alumni News: Talethea Best ’82

Talethea Best ’82 joined Harley in Grade 7. Although she and her sister Nicolle were doing fine at the public city school in their 19th Ward neighborhood, her parents were very education-minded people and were drawn to the idea of the smaller class sizes, the...

In Memoriam: Joseph Curtis Briggs ’48

Joseph Curtis Briggs ’48 passed away on January 22, 2021, at the age of 90.  Joe attended The Harley School until 1945 and was considered a member of the Class of 1948. He was one of a long line of Briggs family members to attend The Harley School: sisters Barbara...

Alumni News: Charly Carter ’82

Charly Carter ’82 says her work as founder and executive director of Step Up Maryland is a culmination of her 30 year career in politics. While she has never run for office (yet!), she has helped to create and encourage some change makers in the political arena in the...

Alumni News: Leslie Knox ’97

Leslie Knox ’97 seems to always follow her heart and is ready to jump at the next opportunity to better the world around her. I asked her why she joined The Harley School in 10th grade and she said, “My mom discovered I was teaching my 9th grade social studies class...

Another Wilcox in the House: Betsy Wilcox ’01

Although it seems like Betsy Wilcox '01 has always been here, she officially joined the lower school faculty at Harley this past September. Betsy is connected to Harley in so many ways. She is an alumna from the class of 2001, is a parent of Winnie in the Class of...

Entrepreneur: Edwin Dorsey ’16

Edwin Dorsey '16 has always been a self-starter and a motivated individual, so it's not surprising that as a graduate right out of Stanford University where he majored in economics, he moved to New York City and started his own business, The Bear Cave, a weekly...

Support to Youth in Crisis: Jordyn Gualdani ’14

For many, college life is the first taste of real freedom. Students work hard and play hard and the long winter break is like a beacon. But for Jordyn Gualdani '14 (formerly Alyssa Gualdani), a transgender youth, winter break freshman year at Rochester Institute of...

Teaching Assistant: Ashley Sankowski ’14

Due to COVID several of our teachers are teaching remotely; and that left our administrators in a bit of a quandary. While we don't want to compromise the health of our faculty, we also can't leave a classroom full of students on their own with no adult supervision....

Teaching Assistant: Katianna Conde ’16

Due to COVID several of our teachers are teaching remotely; and that left our administrators in a bit of a quandary. While we don't want to compromise the health of our faculty, we also can't leave a classroom full of students on their own with no adult supervision....

Music and Blockbuster Movies: Polly Gleason Sweeney ’60

 Polly Gleason Sweeney ’60 has dedicated much of her life to the violin and making beautiful music with some of the most famous conductors, composers, and musicians in the world, and her passion for music started at The Harley School. Back in the 1950’s, there was a...

Harley international student: Yitian “Hubery” Wang ’19

Yitian “Hubery” Wang ’19 joined the Harley community as an international student from China in 9th grade at the age of 15. When I asked him why he chose to come to Rochester with the vast United States as an option, he replied, “I didn’t choose Rochester, I chose...

The art of following through: John Papin ’16

The old adage "Listen to your Mother" means a lot to John Papin '16 because his mom, Mary Ellen Papin, gave her son some great advice that helped him land his dream job. Back in May, John graduated from Alfred University with a bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts with a...

WHAM 13/Fox Good Day Rochester Visits The Harley School

WHAM 13/Fox Rochester Reports Brighton, N.Y. — The new school year is less than one week away, and it's bringing unprecedented changes due to the coronavirus pandemic. Michael Schwartz visited The Harley School Thursday morning to give us an inside look at the...

Middle School

Social Sustainability is Essential, Especially Now

ccording to the United Nations, social sustainability means identifying and managing business impacts, both positive and negative, on people. One part of social sustainability requires involving citizens, which leads to understanding, engagement,...

The Bike Boom

ecoming Magazine checked in with two alums, Paul Barrows and Eric LaClair, who run DreamBikes in Rochester, about what they see happening with this healthy and environmentally friendly mode of transport. DreamBikes: Creating Opportunities with Two...

Working Together for a Sustainable Future

hey dove deeply into our data, including emissions from purchased gas and electricity, staff/student commuting, and other travel such as class trips, alumni visits, conferences and the like. Our students worked with them to gather data on student...

Words of Change: Civilization in Crisis

e sat in the Harley Gallery getting to know each other as he started telling me about his creative process. He had read an article in The New York Times about gas emissions, and it had infuriated him. He immediately reached out to his close friend...

Driver, Writer, Activist, Explainer

was a “lifer” at Harley. In the fall of 1963, my parents enrolled me in Harley’s Nursery program, taught by Miss Wadsworth. I went straight through until Grade 12, except for Grade 3, when we returned to London (where I was born) for a year. I...

Food Justice Warrior, Locally-Grown

ood insecurity affects nearly 30 percent of people in eight of Rochester’s highest-poverty ZIP codes. Urban agriculture and community gardens are a great way to provide sustainable food production and supply those in need. They can help address...

Alumni News: Justin Fox ’15 Making It Happen

Justin Fox ’15 says every time he wants something, he finds a way to make it happen. That was the case when he decided to come to the Harley School. He was a Grade 10 student at Norman Howard School and knew from the time he was a young boy that he wanted to be a...

Alumni News: Connor Frame ’08

Not everything is as it appears. When I learned that Connor Frame ’08 was a lower school teacher in London, I assumed he was following in the footsteps of his mom, Kathy Kearns Frame ’73, a now retired but dedicated teacher for many years at the Pittsford Unified...

Alumni News: Noah Lee ’20

Last March, Noah Lee ’20 was enjoying his senior year at Harley. Accepted into Yale University, he was feeling relaxed, and looking forward to “senior spring” a time filled with fun and meaningful end-of-year activities like the Oak Tree Ceremony, Honors Assembly,...

Alumni News: Chloe Monson ’11

“I don’t regret it, but I wouldn’t recommend it.” This is what Chloe Monson ’11 says about her family’s decision to relocate from England to the United States when she was 16. Originally from Dublin, her family moved around a bit and when her parents decided to move...

Alumni News: Lindsay Zefting ’02

In 2020, Lindsay Zefting Vera ’02 was named one of the “40 Under 40” in the Albany Business Review for her work as a civil engineer and urban planner. Her late father was a traffic engineer and although Lindsay’s brain was geared the same way and all signs pointed to...

Alumni College Day 2021

Nowadays, having a virtual event is pretty common and this year’s Alumni College Day was no exception. The format moved from in-person to virtual, and this year we broke our day up into two separate talks, the first a requirement for Grades 9/10 and optional for...

Book Recommendations from Grade 5

Torpedoed is an eye-catching and mesmerizing book. It is a book about 90 child refugees that want to seek refuge over in North America on a boat. They come from different places in Europe and want to leave because of violence during World War II. The boat they sailed...

Oak Tree Soccer

Build your skills by mastering individual footwork, technique and ball work at skill academy. Look forward to tournament-style scrimmages and games after skill development. Ages: Grade 6-8 Time: 9 am - 12 pm AUGUST 2-6 Fees: $190.00

Acorn Soccer

Build your skills by mastering individual footwork, technique and ball work at skill academy. Look forward to tournament-style scrimmages and games after skill development. Ages: Grade 3-5 Time: 9 am - 12 pm Session I: JULY 6-9 Fees: $160.00

Little Nuts Soccer

Build your skills by mastering individual footwork, technique and ball work at skill academy. Look forward to tournament-style scrimmages and games after skill development. Ages: Grade K-2 Time: 9 am - 12 pm Session I: JULY 12-16 Fees: $190.00

Baseball

Come out and play ball! This camp focuses on baseball fundamentals. Campers will spend a portion of the time in small group instruction, learning various aspects of the game. The last hour consists of games utilizing the learned skills. Campers are grouped based on...

Princesses and Princes of the World

Get your passport ready, we’re traveling around the world! We’ll visit Paris to dance like Belle and the Beast, and the ocean to dance like our favorite mermaid princess and sea creatures; along with other magical places. Dancers will learn a dance that represents all...

Submarine School of ROC & Roll

Learn an instrument, form a band, write a song—and get to perform it in your very own music video! This class is hosted by the Submarine School of Music, a local music school built on creativity and seeking joy through music on a personal and collaborative level....

Cooking Camp

Research shows children who are involved with cooking are better, healthier eaters. Have fun as we learn to cook delicious, healthy meals. Together we will research the recipes, plan the menu, calculate serving sizes, prepare ingredients, and cook the food. We will...

Robots, and Code, and Fun – Oh my!

All of Harley’s robots are sad when summer comes. There are no kids to play with them! But now is their chance! Come and help keep our robots from getting bored over the summer months. Campers learn the basics of computer coding, by experimenting with simple...

Junior Engineers: Project Portfolio

Students will explore electrical engineering concepts through Snap Circuits and then complete construction challenges with K'Nex. During the week, they will document their work with video and pictures. We will use a digital tool called Book Creator so each student can...

Math Makers

Students will apply fundamental math skills to engineering and technology projects. The goals of this interdisciplinary course is to review and strengthen math skills while participating in student-centered engineering projects. Register Here Ages: Grades 5-8 Time: 9...

Ice Princesses and Prince Camp

You are royally invited to escape the summer heat with a winter-themed dance camp, inspired by some of our favorite ice princesses, princes, and silly snowmen. We promise it will be a blast! Get ready to dance to new music from the latest princess movies and create...

Introduction to Permaculture Class

Permaculture is an interdisciplinary and holistic design approach, based in and derived from the observation of indigenous practices of nature stewardship and natural ecological systems of relationships, that strives to repair and create regenerative and reciprocal...

Digital Media

Learn to take your image-making skills to the next level! Use Adobe products in our state-of-the-art Mac lab to make better photographs and illustrations. Register Here Ages: Grades 7-12 Time: 9 am - 12 pm Session I: JUNE 21-25 Fees: $190.00 Instructor: Michael Frank

Wheel Thrown Ceramics

In this course, students will go over basic wheel-throwing techniques. We will experiment with thrown forms such as mugs, bowls, plates, and vases. This course will cover surface decoration, glazing, and finishing. NOTE: We will be unable to glaze all pieces during...

Girls’ Basketball Camp

Let’s play ball! Improve your basketball skills at the Girls’ Basketball Camp by working on shooting, dribbling, and invigorating drills. Girls should come prepared each day wearing supportive sneakers, a hair tie, shorts, and a t-shirt. Please bring a bagged lunch...

Painting

In this studio course, students will get a chance to brush up on their drawing and painting skills. We will create work from a variety of sources from portraits, to still life objects, to collages. Students will create both realistic and abstract artwork. We will be...

Ink and Watercolor Exploration

Come learn how to use ink and watercolor to make some beautiful art! We will explore watercolor techniques and different watercolor mediums through several fun projects. Register Here Ages: Grades 3-5 Time: 9 am - 12 pm Session: JUNE 21-25 Fees: $190.00 Instructor:...

SAT/ACT Intensive Class

Get ready for the SAT & ACT at the same time! This special 26-hour Chariot Learning SAT/ACT Intensive Class—offered for the very first time at The Harley School—is perfect for motivated students looking to learn the powerful strategies and content needed for their...

Feeding Ourselves From Nature

How do you define food? Is it something you shop for, grow, or find in your lawn? During this week we will talk about what we consider food, learn to identify "weeds" and other useful plants that we can eat, and work in the Harley MicroFarm garden learning to...

Food Forest Gardening in a Nutshell

Food Forest Gardening (EFG) is an effective way to design home scale gardens in our climate that mimic forest ecosystem structures and functions, but grow food, fuel, fiber, fodder, fertilizer, “farmaceuticals,” and fun while we consciously apply the principles of...

Dance-Diva Camp

Back by popular demand, Dance-Diva Camp! Spend the week getting glamorous with us. We’ll learn about Tap, Ballet, Jazz and Hip Hop while dancing to some of our favorite songs. In addition we’ll stay busy learning about hair and stage makeup, and creating fabulous...

Stitch and String Lab

Learn to sew and weave using fabric, yarn, and other fibers. Projects include a pillow, stuffed creature, woven bracelet, and more! Register Here Ages: Grades 3-5 Time: 9 am - 12 pm Session: July 19-23 Fees: $205.00 Instructor: Ell Hobbs ("Teacher Ell")

Jewelry

Jewelry students will learn a variety of techniques in wire, polymer clay, beading, hemp, and found objects. We will create different types of jewelry ranging from pendants to necklaces, bracelets, rings, and earrings. Enrollment is limited to 12 students per session....

Beginner Knitting

This class will teach your child to knit. We will cover the basics of knitting, and begin a project in a relaxed environment that allows everyone to learn at their own pace. Register Here Ages: Grades 3-5 Time: 9 am - 3 pm Session I: JUNE 21-25; Session II: JULY 6-9...

Bold Leadership

Leadership isn’t about having status or power, it’s confidently showing up and using your influence to impact all areas of your life. In this class, you’ll build your confidence, get comfortable showing up as your authentic self, learn how to navigate difficult...

Day Trips to State Parks

We will drive the Harley bus to nearby parks, such as: Letchworth, Stony Brook, Hi Tor, Watkins Glen, and Chimney Bluffs. Campers will enjoy hiking, climbing, swimming (if available) and sightseeing. This is a great way to get out and about and learn about the...

Wonderful World of Wizarding

Have you ever wanted to be a wizard? Join Wizarding Camp for a week of science, fun, and fiction. Come explore the same subjects that wizarding students study. If you are a fan of a certain boy wizard and his friends, this week will be a chance for you to experience...

How to be a Math-Magician

Learn how to do magic with math—make shapes with one side, draw infinite pictures, solve tricky riddles, send secret messages, and learn how to wow your friends and family with mental math! Perfect for those who love math and want an extra challenge, or those who want...

Juggling Arts Class

What can you do to beat the summer doldrums? Learn to juggle, of course! Join your instructor, Festival, through a plethora of circus arts including: juggling, plate-spinning, diablo, balance boards, and devil sticks. Practice with a professional who has over a decade...

Olympic Fencing Camp

Looking for a fun activity that will strengthen your child's cognitive abilities without them even knowing it? The Olympic sport of fencing is a unique physical and mental workout aptly nicknamed "physical chess" for its ability to provide a full-body workout while...

Readsome, Craftsome, Awesome!

Campers will join us daily to enjoy a book, read aloud. Following storytime, we’ll work together on a craft project that relates to the day’s story. Register Here Ages: Grade 2-4 Time: 9 am - 12 pm Session: July 26-30 Fees: $190.00 Instructors: Amy Brand and Kelly...

Animate Your Art

Using ordinary arts and crafts materials, students design, build, and use code to animate their artistic vision! Hummingbird Kits are small, programable circuit boards with specific, color-coded ports for each component that will help students confidently wire their...

Bike Camp

From our base at Harley, we will cycle to some of the most beautiful and interesting places in the Rochester area. We will use the Erie Canal Towpath, the Genesee River Trail, and other area trails to explore local historic sites and enjoy the region’s natural beauty....

Just Dance Hip Hop Camp

Join us for one of our most popular camps, Just Dance Hip Hop Camp! This high-energy camp will be a week filled with Hip Hop and Jazz classes, along with dance related games and crafts. By the end of the week we will be ready to show friends and family our new moves....

Cake, Cupcakes and Cookies Jr.

Learn the art of baking and decorating! We will create a delicious selection of sweet treats including cakes, cupcakes, cookies, and more! Register Here. Ages: Grades 2-4 Time: 9 am-12 pm Session: July 19-23 Fees: $215.00 Instructor: Amy Brand

Cake, Cupcakes, and Cookies

Learn the art of baking and decorating! We will create a delicious selection of sweet treats including cakes, cupcakes, cookies, and more! Register Here. Ages: Grades 5-8 Session I: JULY 19-23, Time: 12:30-3:30pm Session II: Aug 9-13, Time: 9-12 AM Fees: $215.00...

Lego Mindstorms

Robotics can be found EVERYWHERE in the world today, from self-driving cars to floor-cleaning vacuum bots, home automation, medical procedures, aeronautics, and space exploration! Join us to explore robotics in a hands-on class, working with LEGO Mindstorms kits under...

Writing the College Application Essay

We will work with writing prompts appearing on the Common Application and briefly consider required supplemental essay questions. After discussing the merits of sample essays, students will work through all stages of the writing process—from brainstorming to...

Chess Camp

Come and play chess with us! Chess is a lifelong activity that sharpens the mind by developing logic and analytical skills. Beginners learn the fundamental rules and strategy of the game; more advanced players participate in instruction at their own level. Register...

Glass Working

Enjoy a unique, glass-making experience! Learn the basics of manipulating hot glass in the Harley glass studio. This class introduces beginners to heating and glass control, then how to make simple shapes and figurines. Advanced students will work on projects that fit...

Beginner Origami

This class will teach the basics of origami. Students will work both individually and as a class, setting their own pace to learn and express themselves. Register Here Ages: Grades K-2 Time: 9 am - 3 pm Session I: JUNE 28-JULY 2; Session II: JULY 12-16 Fees: $300.00...

Pokemon: Deck Creation and Game Play

Pokemon has surged in popularity! Come learn how to play, strategize your deck, and learn the mechanics behind the game. Every day students will have time to play, trade, and discuss their strategies. We will also compare Pokemon to other popular deck-building games....

Pokemon Trading Card Training Camp

Enjoy our card game-playing class where participants will learn how to build decks, strategize, and play the Pokemon trading card game that has taken the world by storm. Whether you're a Pokemon fanatic or are brand new to strategic card games, there's lots to learn...

Dungeons & Dragons, Summer Fun!

The group will be playing and enjoying the Dungeons & Dragons role-playing game. There will be a strong emphasis on story and connection instead of rules, rules, rules. A retro flavor will be present because our instructor has been playing for "oh-so-many" years....

Swim Camp

Beginner and competitive swimmers alike will benefit from a focus on stroke technique and turns. Using drills and exercises, we will practice making swimming and turns easier and faster. Register Here Ages: Grades 3-12 Time: 3:15-5:15pm Dates: JULY 6-9 Fees: $160.00...

Hip Hop Color Blast

Join us for our exciting Hip Hop Color Blast Camp! During this high intensity week we’ll learn hip hop moves and combinations, play dance games, and create some messy color-blasting crafts! We will have pre-packaged and individually wrapped crafts and snacks to make...

Ooey-Gooey Science—It’s Slime Time

Ever wonder why solids, liquids and gases do what they do? Why some things mix and some don't? Then slime camp is for you! Each day we will make a different ooey-gooey substance and learn the science behind why the ingredients interact the way they do. Register Here...

Alumni News: Kristina Benjamin ’15

  For over a year Kristina Benjamin ’15 was the Deputy Campaign Manager for newly elected State Senator Samra Brouk and was recently hired to continue her work with Samra in her Senate office as a Community Outreach and Constituent Manager. I had the chance to talk...

Alumni News: Exchange student Chris Dwyer ’93

Chris Dwyer ’93 was a 17-year-old student living in a small English town and a member of the debate team at Colchester Royal Grammar School when he was introduced to the English-Speaking Union, an education charity for international students “working to give young...

Alumni News: Cliff Costello ’07

      Dr. Cliff Costello ’07 didn’t always want to be a doctor, but he was always interested in science. At Harley, he, along with four other determined, science-minded classmates Alex Duckles, Mac Inglis, Eric Dobson, and James Greenebaum battled their way through...

Alumni News: Exchange student Simon Williams ’88

Simon Williams '88 says when he set off for his year abroad at Harley in the late 1980s “Travel was expensive, phone calls were expensive, there was no internet—America was still a long way away.” He’d exchanged a couple of letters with the McLear's, but arrived with...

Alumni News: Talethea Best ’82

Talethea Best ’82 joined Harley in Grade 7. Although she and her sister Nicolle were doing fine at the public city school in their 19th Ward neighborhood, her parents were very education-minded people and were drawn to the idea of the smaller class sizes, the...

In Memoriam: Joseph Curtis Briggs ’48

Joseph Curtis Briggs ’48 passed away on January 22, 2021, at the age of 90.  Joe attended The Harley School until 1945 and was considered a member of the Class of 1948. He was one of a long line of Briggs family members to attend The Harley School: sisters Barbara...

Alumni News: Charly Carter ’82

Charly Carter ’82 says her work as founder and executive director of Step Up Maryland is a culmination of her 30 year career in politics. While she has never run for office (yet!), she has helped to create and encourage some change makers in the political arena in the...

Alumni News: Leslie Knox ’97

Leslie Knox ’97 seems to always follow her heart and is ready to jump at the next opportunity to better the world around her. I asked her why she joined The Harley School in 10th grade and she said, “My mom discovered I was teaching my 9th grade social studies class...

Another Wilcox in the House: Betsy Wilcox ’01

Although it seems like Betsy Wilcox '01 has always been here, she officially joined the lower school faculty at Harley this past September. Betsy is connected to Harley in so many ways. She is an alumna from the class of 2001, is a parent of Winnie in the Class of...

Entrepreneur: Edwin Dorsey ’16

Edwin Dorsey '16 has always been a self-starter and a motivated individual, so it's not surprising that as a graduate right out of Stanford University where he majored in economics, he moved to New York City and started his own business, The Bear Cave, a weekly...

Support to Youth in Crisis: Jordyn Gualdani ’14

For many, college life is the first taste of real freedom. Students work hard and play hard and the long winter break is like a beacon. But for Jordyn Gualdani '14 (formerly Alyssa Gualdani), a transgender youth, winter break freshman year at Rochester Institute of...

Teaching Assistant: Ashley Sankowski ’14

Due to COVID several of our teachers are teaching remotely; and that left our administrators in a bit of a quandary. While we don't want to compromise the health of our faculty, we also can't leave a classroom full of students on their own with no adult supervision....

Teaching Assistant: Katianna Conde ’16

Due to COVID several of our teachers are teaching remotely; and that left our administrators in a bit of a quandary. While we don't want to compromise the health of our faculty, we also can't leave a classroom full of students on their own with no adult supervision....

Music and Blockbuster Movies: Polly Gleason Sweeney ’60

 Polly Gleason Sweeney ’60 has dedicated much of her life to the violin and making beautiful music with some of the most famous conductors, composers, and musicians in the world, and her passion for music started at The Harley School. Back in the 1950’s, there was a...

Harley international student: Yitian “Hubery” Wang ’19

Yitian “Hubery” Wang ’19 joined the Harley community as an international student from China in 9th grade at the age of 15. When I asked him why he chose to come to Rochester with the vast United States as an option, he replied, “I didn’t choose Rochester, I chose...

The art of following through: John Papin ’16

The old adage "Listen to your Mother" means a lot to John Papin '16 because his mom, Mary Ellen Papin, gave her son some great advice that helped him land his dream job. Back in May, John graduated from Alfred University with a bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts with a...

WHAM 13/Fox Good Day Rochester Visits The Harley School

WHAM 13/Fox Rochester Reports Brighton, N.Y. — The new school year is less than one week away, and it's bringing unprecedented changes due to the coronavirus pandemic. Michael Schwartz visited The Harley School Thursday morning to give us an inside look at the...

Upper School

Social Sustainability is Essential, Especially Now

ccording to the United Nations, social sustainability means identifying and managing business impacts, both positive and negative, on people. One part of social sustainability requires involving citizens, which leads to understanding, engagement,...

The Bike Boom

ecoming Magazine checked in with two alums, Paul Barrows and Eric LaClair, who run DreamBikes in Rochester, about what they see happening with this healthy and environmentally friendly mode of transport. DreamBikes: Creating Opportunities with Two...

Working Together for a Sustainable Future

hey dove deeply into our data, including emissions from purchased gas and electricity, staff/student commuting, and other travel such as class trips, alumni visits, conferences and the like. Our students worked with them to gather data on student...

Words of Change: Civilization in Crisis

e sat in the Harley Gallery getting to know each other as he started telling me about his creative process. He had read an article in The New York Times about gas emissions, and it had infuriated him. He immediately reached out to his close friend...

Driver, Writer, Activist, Explainer

was a “lifer” at Harley. In the fall of 1963, my parents enrolled me in Harley’s Nursery program, taught by Miss Wadsworth. I went straight through until Grade 12, except for Grade 3, when we returned to London (where I was born) for a year. I...

Food Justice Warrior, Locally-Grown

ood insecurity affects nearly 30 percent of people in eight of Rochester’s highest-poverty ZIP codes. Urban agriculture and community gardens are a great way to provide sustainable food production and supply those in need. They can help address...

Alumni News: Justin Fox ’15 Making It Happen

Justin Fox ’15 says every time he wants something, he finds a way to make it happen. That was the case when he decided to come to the Harley School. He was a Grade 10 student at Norman Howard School and knew from the time he was a young boy that he wanted to be a...

Alumni News: Connor Frame ’08

Not everything is as it appears. When I learned that Connor Frame ’08 was a lower school teacher in London, I assumed he was following in the footsteps of his mom, Kathy Kearns Frame ’73, a now retired but dedicated teacher for many years at the Pittsford Unified...

Alumni News: Noah Lee ’20

Last March, Noah Lee ’20 was enjoying his senior year at Harley. Accepted into Yale University, he was feeling relaxed, and looking forward to “senior spring” a time filled with fun and meaningful end-of-year activities like the Oak Tree Ceremony, Honors Assembly,...

Alumni News: Chloe Monson ’11

“I don’t regret it, but I wouldn’t recommend it.” This is what Chloe Monson ’11 says about her family’s decision to relocate from England to the United States when she was 16. Originally from Dublin, her family moved around a bit and when her parents decided to move...

Alumni News: Lindsay Zefting ’02

In 2020, Lindsay Zefting Vera ’02 was named one of the “40 Under 40” in the Albany Business Review for her work as a civil engineer and urban planner. Her late father was a traffic engineer and although Lindsay’s brain was geared the same way and all signs pointed to...

Alumni College Day 2021

Nowadays, having a virtual event is pretty common and this year’s Alumni College Day was no exception. The format moved from in-person to virtual, and this year we broke our day up into two separate talks, the first a requirement for Grades 9/10 and optional for...

Book Recommendations from Grade 5

Torpedoed is an eye-catching and mesmerizing book. It is a book about 90 child refugees that want to seek refuge over in North America on a boat. They come from different places in Europe and want to leave because of violence during World War II. The boat they sailed...

Oak Tree Soccer

Build your skills by mastering individual footwork, technique and ball work at skill academy. Look forward to tournament-style scrimmages and games after skill development. Ages: Grade 6-8 Time: 9 am - 12 pm AUGUST 2-6 Fees: $190.00

Acorn Soccer

Build your skills by mastering individual footwork, technique and ball work at skill academy. Look forward to tournament-style scrimmages and games after skill development. Ages: Grade 3-5 Time: 9 am - 12 pm Session I: JULY 6-9 Fees: $160.00

Little Nuts Soccer

Build your skills by mastering individual footwork, technique and ball work at skill academy. Look forward to tournament-style scrimmages and games after skill development. Ages: Grade K-2 Time: 9 am - 12 pm Session I: JULY 12-16 Fees: $190.00

Baseball

Come out and play ball! This camp focuses on baseball fundamentals. Campers will spend a portion of the time in small group instruction, learning various aspects of the game. The last hour consists of games utilizing the learned skills. Campers are grouped based on...

Princesses and Princes of the World

Get your passport ready, we’re traveling around the world! We’ll visit Paris to dance like Belle and the Beast, and the ocean to dance like our favorite mermaid princess and sea creatures; along with other magical places. Dancers will learn a dance that represents all...

Submarine School of ROC & Roll

Learn an instrument, form a band, write a song—and get to perform it in your very own music video! This class is hosted by the Submarine School of Music, a local music school built on creativity and seeking joy through music on a personal and collaborative level....

Cooking Camp

Research shows children who are involved with cooking are better, healthier eaters. Have fun as we learn to cook delicious, healthy meals. Together we will research the recipes, plan the menu, calculate serving sizes, prepare ingredients, and cook the food. We will...

Robots, and Code, and Fun – Oh my!

All of Harley’s robots are sad when summer comes. There are no kids to play with them! But now is their chance! Come and help keep our robots from getting bored over the summer months. Campers learn the basics of computer coding, by experimenting with simple...

Junior Engineers: Project Portfolio

Students will explore electrical engineering concepts through Snap Circuits and then complete construction challenges with K'Nex. During the week, they will document their work with video and pictures. We will use a digital tool called Book Creator so each student can...

Math Makers

Students will apply fundamental math skills to engineering and technology projects. The goals of this interdisciplinary course is to review and strengthen math skills while participating in student-centered engineering projects. Register Here Ages: Grades 5-8 Time: 9...

Ice Princesses and Prince Camp

You are royally invited to escape the summer heat with a winter-themed dance camp, inspired by some of our favorite ice princesses, princes, and silly snowmen. We promise it will be a blast! Get ready to dance to new music from the latest princess movies and create...

Introduction to Permaculture Class

Permaculture is an interdisciplinary and holistic design approach, based in and derived from the observation of indigenous practices of nature stewardship and natural ecological systems of relationships, that strives to repair and create regenerative and reciprocal...

Digital Media

Learn to take your image-making skills to the next level! Use Adobe products in our state-of-the-art Mac lab to make better photographs and illustrations. Register Here Ages: Grades 7-12 Time: 9 am - 12 pm Session I: JUNE 21-25 Fees: $190.00 Instructor: Michael Frank

Wheel Thrown Ceramics

In this course, students will go over basic wheel-throwing techniques. We will experiment with thrown forms such as mugs, bowls, plates, and vases. This course will cover surface decoration, glazing, and finishing. NOTE: We will be unable to glaze all pieces during...

Girls’ Basketball Camp

Let’s play ball! Improve your basketball skills at the Girls’ Basketball Camp by working on shooting, dribbling, and invigorating drills. Girls should come prepared each day wearing supportive sneakers, a hair tie, shorts, and a t-shirt. Please bring a bagged lunch...

Painting

In this studio course, students will get a chance to brush up on their drawing and painting skills. We will create work from a variety of sources from portraits, to still life objects, to collages. Students will create both realistic and abstract artwork. We will be...

Ink and Watercolor Exploration

Come learn how to use ink and watercolor to make some beautiful art! We will explore watercolor techniques and different watercolor mediums through several fun projects. Register Here Ages: Grades 3-5 Time: 9 am - 12 pm Session: JUNE 21-25 Fees: $190.00 Instructor:...

SAT/ACT Intensive Class

Get ready for the SAT & ACT at the same time! This special 26-hour Chariot Learning SAT/ACT Intensive Class—offered for the very first time at The Harley School—is perfect for motivated students looking to learn the powerful strategies and content needed for their...

Feeding Ourselves From Nature

How do you define food? Is it something you shop for, grow, or find in your lawn? During this week we will talk about what we consider food, learn to identify "weeds" and other useful plants that we can eat, and work in the Harley MicroFarm garden learning to...

Food Forest Gardening in a Nutshell

Food Forest Gardening (EFG) is an effective way to design home scale gardens in our climate that mimic forest ecosystem structures and functions, but grow food, fuel, fiber, fodder, fertilizer, “farmaceuticals,” and fun while we consciously apply the principles of...

Dance-Diva Camp

Back by popular demand, Dance-Diva Camp! Spend the week getting glamorous with us. We’ll learn about Tap, Ballet, Jazz and Hip Hop while dancing to some of our favorite songs. In addition we’ll stay busy learning about hair and stage makeup, and creating fabulous...

Stitch and String Lab

Learn to sew and weave using fabric, yarn, and other fibers. Projects include a pillow, stuffed creature, woven bracelet, and more! Register Here Ages: Grades 3-5 Time: 9 am - 12 pm Session: July 19-23 Fees: $205.00 Instructor: Ell Hobbs ("Teacher Ell")

Jewelry

Jewelry students will learn a variety of techniques in wire, polymer clay, beading, hemp, and found objects. We will create different types of jewelry ranging from pendants to necklaces, bracelets, rings, and earrings. Enrollment is limited to 12 students per session....

Beginner Knitting

This class will teach your child to knit. We will cover the basics of knitting, and begin a project in a relaxed environment that allows everyone to learn at their own pace. Register Here Ages: Grades 3-5 Time: 9 am - 3 pm Session I: JUNE 21-25; Session II: JULY 6-9...

Bold Leadership

Leadership isn’t about having status or power, it’s confidently showing up and using your influence to impact all areas of your life. In this class, you’ll build your confidence, get comfortable showing up as your authentic self, learn how to navigate difficult...

Day Trips to State Parks

We will drive the Harley bus to nearby parks, such as: Letchworth, Stony Brook, Hi Tor, Watkins Glen, and Chimney Bluffs. Campers will enjoy hiking, climbing, swimming (if available) and sightseeing. This is a great way to get out and about and learn about the...

Wonderful World of Wizarding

Have you ever wanted to be a wizard? Join Wizarding Camp for a week of science, fun, and fiction. Come explore the same subjects that wizarding students study. If you are a fan of a certain boy wizard and his friends, this week will be a chance for you to experience...

How to be a Math-Magician

Learn how to do magic with math—make shapes with one side, draw infinite pictures, solve tricky riddles, send secret messages, and learn how to wow your friends and family with mental math! Perfect for those who love math and want an extra challenge, or those who want...

Juggling Arts Class

What can you do to beat the summer doldrums? Learn to juggle, of course! Join your instructor, Festival, through a plethora of circus arts including: juggling, plate-spinning, diablo, balance boards, and devil sticks. Practice with a professional who has over a decade...

Olympic Fencing Camp

Looking for a fun activity that will strengthen your child's cognitive abilities without them even knowing it? The Olympic sport of fencing is a unique physical and mental workout aptly nicknamed "physical chess" for its ability to provide a full-body workout while...

Readsome, Craftsome, Awesome!

Campers will join us daily to enjoy a book, read aloud. Following storytime, we’ll work together on a craft project that relates to the day’s story. Register Here Ages: Grade 2-4 Time: 9 am - 12 pm Session: July 26-30 Fees: $190.00 Instructors: Amy Brand and Kelly...

Animate Your Art

Using ordinary arts and crafts materials, students design, build, and use code to animate their artistic vision! Hummingbird Kits are small, programable circuit boards with specific, color-coded ports for each component that will help students confidently wire their...

Bike Camp

From our base at Harley, we will cycle to some of the most beautiful and interesting places in the Rochester area. We will use the Erie Canal Towpath, the Genesee River Trail, and other area trails to explore local historic sites and enjoy the region’s natural beauty....

Just Dance Hip Hop Camp

Join us for one of our most popular camps, Just Dance Hip Hop Camp! This high-energy camp will be a week filled with Hip Hop and Jazz classes, along with dance related games and crafts. By the end of the week we will be ready to show friends and family our new moves....

Cake, Cupcakes and Cookies Jr.

Learn the art of baking and decorating! We will create a delicious selection of sweet treats including cakes, cupcakes, cookies, and more! Register Here. Ages: Grades 2-4 Time: 9 am-12 pm Session: July 19-23 Fees: $215.00 Instructor: Amy Brand

Cake, Cupcakes, and Cookies

Learn the art of baking and decorating! We will create a delicious selection of sweet treats including cakes, cupcakes, cookies, and more! Register Here. Ages: Grades 5-8 Session I: JULY 19-23, Time: 12:30-3:30pm Session II: Aug 9-13, Time: 9-12 AM Fees: $215.00...

Lego Mindstorms

Robotics can be found EVERYWHERE in the world today, from self-driving cars to floor-cleaning vacuum bots, home automation, medical procedures, aeronautics, and space exploration! Join us to explore robotics in a hands-on class, working with LEGO Mindstorms kits under...

Writing the College Application Essay

We will work with writing prompts appearing on the Common Application and briefly consider required supplemental essay questions. After discussing the merits of sample essays, students will work through all stages of the writing process—from brainstorming to...

Chess Camp

Come and play chess with us! Chess is a lifelong activity that sharpens the mind by developing logic and analytical skills. Beginners learn the fundamental rules and strategy of the game; more advanced players participate in instruction at their own level. Register...

Glass Working

Enjoy a unique, glass-making experience! Learn the basics of manipulating hot glass in the Harley glass studio. This class introduces beginners to heating and glass control, then how to make simple shapes and figurines. Advanced students will work on projects that fit...

Beginner Origami

This class will teach the basics of origami. Students will work both individually and as a class, setting their own pace to learn and express themselves. Register Here Ages: Grades K-2 Time: 9 am - 3 pm Session I: JUNE 28-JULY 2; Session II: JULY 12-16 Fees: $300.00...

Pokemon: Deck Creation and Game Play

Pokemon has surged in popularity! Come learn how to play, strategize your deck, and learn the mechanics behind the game. Every day students will have time to play, trade, and discuss their strategies. We will also compare Pokemon to other popular deck-building games....

Pokemon Trading Card Training Camp

Enjoy our card game-playing class where participants will learn how to build decks, strategize, and play the Pokemon trading card game that has taken the world by storm. Whether you're a Pokemon fanatic or are brand new to strategic card games, there's lots to learn...

Dungeons & Dragons, Summer Fun!

The group will be playing and enjoying the Dungeons & Dragons role-playing game. There will be a strong emphasis on story and connection instead of rules, rules, rules. A retro flavor will be present because our instructor has been playing for "oh-so-many" years....

Swim Camp

Beginner and competitive swimmers alike will benefit from a focus on stroke technique and turns. Using drills and exercises, we will practice making swimming and turns easier and faster. Register Here Ages: Grades 3-12 Time: 3:15-5:15pm Dates: JULY 6-9 Fees: $160.00...

Hip Hop Color Blast

Join us for our exciting Hip Hop Color Blast Camp! During this high intensity week we’ll learn hip hop moves and combinations, play dance games, and create some messy color-blasting crafts! We will have pre-packaged and individually wrapped crafts and snacks to make...

Ooey-Gooey Science—It’s Slime Time

Ever wonder why solids, liquids and gases do what they do? Why some things mix and some don't? Then slime camp is for you! Each day we will make a different ooey-gooey substance and learn the science behind why the ingredients interact the way they do. Register Here...

Alumni News: Kristina Benjamin ’15

  For over a year Kristina Benjamin ’15 was the Deputy Campaign Manager for newly elected State Senator Samra Brouk and was recently hired to continue her work with Samra in her Senate office as a Community Outreach and Constituent Manager. I had the chance to talk...

Alumni News: Exchange student Chris Dwyer ’93

Chris Dwyer ’93 was a 17-year-old student living in a small English town and a member of the debate team at Colchester Royal Grammar School when he was introduced to the English-Speaking Union, an education charity for international students “working to give young...

Alumni News: Cliff Costello ’07

      Dr. Cliff Costello ’07 didn’t always want to be a doctor, but he was always interested in science. At Harley, he, along with four other determined, science-minded classmates Alex Duckles, Mac Inglis, Eric Dobson, and James Greenebaum battled their way through...

Alumni News: Exchange student Simon Williams ’88

Simon Williams '88 says when he set off for his year abroad at Harley in the late 1980s “Travel was expensive, phone calls were expensive, there was no internet—America was still a long way away.” He’d exchanged a couple of letters with the McLear's, but arrived with...

Alumni News: Talethea Best ’82

Talethea Best ’82 joined Harley in Grade 7. Although she and her sister Nicolle were doing fine at the public city school in their 19th Ward neighborhood, her parents were very education-minded people and were drawn to the idea of the smaller class sizes, the...

In Memoriam: Joseph Curtis Briggs ’48

Joseph Curtis Briggs ’48 passed away on January 22, 2021, at the age of 90.  Joe attended The Harley School until 1945 and was considered a member of the Class of 1948. He was one of a long line of Briggs family members to attend The Harley School: sisters Barbara...

Alumni News: Charly Carter ’82

Charly Carter ’82 says her work as founder and executive director of Step Up Maryland is a culmination of her 30 year career in politics. While she has never run for office (yet!), she has helped to create and encourage some change makers in the political arena in the...

Alumni News: Leslie Knox ’97

Leslie Knox ’97 seems to always follow her heart and is ready to jump at the next opportunity to better the world around her. I asked her why she joined The Harley School in 10th grade and she said, “My mom discovered I was teaching my 9th grade social studies class...

Another Wilcox in the House: Betsy Wilcox ’01

Although it seems like Betsy Wilcox '01 has always been here, she officially joined the lower school faculty at Harley this past September. Betsy is connected to Harley in so many ways. She is an alumna from the class of 2001, is a parent of Winnie in the Class of...

Entrepreneur: Edwin Dorsey ’16

Edwin Dorsey '16 has always been a self-starter and a motivated individual, so it's not surprising that as a graduate right out of Stanford University where he majored in economics, he moved to New York City and started his own business, The Bear Cave, a weekly...

Support to Youth in Crisis: Jordyn Gualdani ’14

For many, college life is the first taste of real freedom. Students work hard and play hard and the long winter break is like a beacon. But for Jordyn Gualdani '14 (formerly Alyssa Gualdani), a transgender youth, winter break freshman year at Rochester Institute of...

Teaching Assistant: Ashley Sankowski ’14

Due to COVID several of our teachers are teaching remotely; and that left our administrators in a bit of a quandary. While we don't want to compromise the health of our faculty, we also can't leave a classroom full of students on their own with no adult supervision....

Teaching Assistant: Katianna Conde ’16

Due to COVID several of our teachers are teaching remotely; and that left our administrators in a bit of a quandary. While we don't want to compromise the health of our faculty, we also can't leave a classroom full of students on their own with no adult supervision....

Music and Blockbuster Movies: Polly Gleason Sweeney ’60

 Polly Gleason Sweeney ’60 has dedicated much of her life to the violin and making beautiful music with some of the most famous conductors, composers, and musicians in the world, and her passion for music started at The Harley School. Back in the 1950’s, there was a...

Harley international student: Yitian “Hubery” Wang ’19

Yitian “Hubery” Wang ’19 joined the Harley community as an international student from China in 9th grade at the age of 15. When I asked him why he chose to come to Rochester with the vast United States as an option, he replied, “I didn’t choose Rochester, I chose...

The art of following through: John Papin ’16

The old adage "Listen to your Mother" means a lot to John Papin '16 because his mom, Mary Ellen Papin, gave her son some great advice that helped him land his dream job. Back in May, John graduated from Alfred University with a bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts with a...

WHAM 13/Fox Good Day Rochester Visits The Harley School

WHAM 13/Fox Rochester Reports Brighton, N.Y. — The new school year is less than one week away, and it's bringing unprecedented changes due to the coronavirus pandemic. Michael Schwartz visited The Harley School Thursday morning to give us an inside look at the...

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