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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

HAC winter sports

A registered dietitian, Erica combines her passions for nutrition science and mindfulness to help others adopt healthy behavior change. She credits her education for helping her foster an open mind and understanding of where her clients are coming from, recognizing that food is deeply personal and there is no one right way to eat. 

Rapid Response:
Harley’s Shift to Remote Learning

A registered dietitian, Erica combines her passions for nutrition science and mindfulness to help others adopt healthy behavior change. She credits her education for helping her foster an open mind and understanding of where her clients are coming from, recognizing that food is deeply personal and there is no one right way to eat. 

Alumni Feature: Caitlin Richards ’13

Sometimes someone with an independent school education has just the right perspective to help a public school system get back on track. Caitlin Richard ’13 understands, from her Harley School days, strong relationships with students and faculty, along with robust instruction, are the keys to the success of any school.

Alumni Feature:
Rashid Duroseau ’05

Looking back at Harley, and the qualities he learned here—being kind, staying connected to your community, and living a life of great purpose—Rashid is excited to be able to pay it forward to his students.

If Harley students could design their future, what would that future look like?

If they are to achieve success, today’s Harley students—whether or not they choose to become a classical designer, a design officer, or a computational designer—will need to demonstrate these qualities, and more, in order to gracefully adapt to an ever-changing environment. When they do, it will seem as though it’s by design. Because in many ways, it will be.

Tuesday

HAC winter sports

A registered dietitian, Erica combines her passions for nutrition science and mindfulness to help others adopt healthy behavior change. She credits her education for helping her foster an open mind and understanding of where her clients are coming from, recognizing that food is deeply personal and there is no one right way to eat. 

Rapid Response:
Harley’s Shift to Remote Learning

A registered dietitian, Erica combines her passions for nutrition science and mindfulness to help others adopt healthy behavior change. She credits her education for helping her foster an open mind and understanding of where her clients are coming from, recognizing that food is deeply personal and there is no one right way to eat. 

Alumni Feature: Caitlin Richards ’13

Sometimes someone with an independent school education has just the right perspective to help a public school system get back on track. Caitlin Richard ’13 understands, from her Harley School days, strong relationships with students and faculty, along with robust instruction, are the keys to the success of any school.

Alumni Feature:
Rashid Duroseau ’05

Looking back at Harley, and the qualities he learned here—being kind, staying connected to your community, and living a life of great purpose—Rashid is excited to be able to pay it forward to his students.

If Harley students could design their future, what would that future look like?

If they are to achieve success, today’s Harley students—whether or not they choose to become a classical designer, a design officer, or a computational designer—will need to demonstrate these qualities, and more, in order to gracefully adapt to an ever-changing environment. When they do, it will seem as though it’s by design. Because in many ways, it will be.

Wednesday

HAC winter sports

A registered dietitian, Erica combines her passions for nutrition science and mindfulness to help others adopt healthy behavior change. She credits her education for helping her foster an open mind and understanding of where her clients are coming from, recognizing that food is deeply personal and there is no one right way to eat. 

Rapid Response:
Harley’s Shift to Remote Learning

A registered dietitian, Erica combines her passions for nutrition science and mindfulness to help others adopt healthy behavior change. She credits her education for helping her foster an open mind and understanding of where her clients are coming from, recognizing that food is deeply personal and there is no one right way to eat. 

Alumni Feature: Caitlin Richards ’13

Sometimes someone with an independent school education has just the right perspective to help a public school system get back on track. Caitlin Richard ’13 understands, from her Harley School days, strong relationships with students and faculty, along with robust instruction, are the keys to the success of any school.

Alumni Feature:
Rashid Duroseau ’05

Looking back at Harley, and the qualities he learned here—being kind, staying connected to your community, and living a life of great purpose—Rashid is excited to be able to pay it forward to his students.

If Harley students could design their future, what would that future look like?

If they are to achieve success, today’s Harley students—whether or not they choose to become a classical designer, a design officer, or a computational designer—will need to demonstrate these qualities, and more, in order to gracefully adapt to an ever-changing environment. When they do, it will seem as though it’s by design. Because in many ways, it will be.

Thursday

HAC winter sports

A registered dietitian, Erica combines her passions for nutrition science and mindfulness to help others adopt healthy behavior change. She credits her education for helping her foster an open mind and understanding of where her clients are coming from, recognizing that food is deeply personal and there is no one right way to eat. 

Rapid Response:
Harley’s Shift to Remote Learning

A registered dietitian, Erica combines her passions for nutrition science and mindfulness to help others adopt healthy behavior change. She credits her education for helping her foster an open mind and understanding of where her clients are coming from, recognizing that food is deeply personal and there is no one right way to eat. 

Alumni Feature: Caitlin Richards ’13

Sometimes someone with an independent school education has just the right perspective to help a public school system get back on track. Caitlin Richard ’13 understands, from her Harley School days, strong relationships with students and faculty, along with robust instruction, are the keys to the success of any school.

Alumni Feature:
Rashid Duroseau ’05

Looking back at Harley, and the qualities he learned here—being kind, staying connected to your community, and living a life of great purpose—Rashid is excited to be able to pay it forward to his students.

If Harley students could design their future, what would that future look like?

If they are to achieve success, today’s Harley students—whether or not they choose to become a classical designer, a design officer, or a computational designer—will need to demonstrate these qualities, and more, in order to gracefully adapt to an ever-changing environment. When they do, it will seem as though it’s by design. Because in many ways, it will be.

Anytime

HAC winter sports

A registered dietitian, Erica combines her passions for nutrition science and mindfulness to help others adopt healthy behavior change. She credits her education for helping her foster an open mind and understanding of where her clients are coming from, recognizing that food is deeply personal and there is no one right way to eat. 

Rapid Response:
Harley’s Shift to Remote Learning

A registered dietitian, Erica combines her passions for nutrition science and mindfulness to help others adopt healthy behavior change. She credits her education for helping her foster an open mind and understanding of where her clients are coming from, recognizing that food is deeply personal and there is no one right way to eat. 

Alumni Feature: Caitlin Richards ’13

Sometimes someone with an independent school education has just the right perspective to help a public school system get back on track. Caitlin Richard ’13 understands, from her Harley School days, strong relationships with students and faculty, along with robust instruction, are the keys to the success of any school.

Alumni Feature:
Rashid Duroseau ’05

Looking back at Harley, and the qualities he learned here—being kind, staying connected to your community, and living a life of great purpose—Rashid is excited to be able to pay it forward to his students.

If Harley students could design their future, what would that future look like?

If they are to achieve success, today’s Harley students—whether or not they choose to become a classical designer, a design officer, or a computational designer—will need to demonstrate these qualities, and more, in order to gracefully adapt to an ever-changing environment. When they do, it will seem as though it’s by design. Because in many ways, it will be.

All Ages

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 Session I: JUNE 28 - JULY 2; Session II: AUGUST 2-6 Fees:...

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 6-96; Session II: JULY 26-30 Fees: $190.00

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; Session II: JULY 19-23 Fees: $190.00

Baseball

Come out and play ball! This camp focuses on baseball fundamentals. Campers will spend time in small group instruction, learning various aspects of the game. The last hour every day consists of games utilizing the skills we've been learning and practicing. Campers are...

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 Time: 12:30-3:30pm Session: JULY 19-23 Fees: $215.00 Instructor: Amy Brand

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...

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...

Joy In Learning: Episode 24, Bruce A Jacobs

Bruce A. Jacobs As an author and advocate, Bruce A. Jacobs takes apart racism and works for our shared interests against bigoted and authoritarian thought and action. His book RACE MANNERS was called “a must-read” by Los Angeles Times columnist Norine Dresser. On his...

Our Reentry Plan

Dear Parents, Our reentry plan We have been communicating with you quite a bit this summer, so I believe you already know that we have had a Reentry Task Force working since the spring, looking at all of the possible ways we might return to school. Last week, the...

Division News

Upper School Design and Engineering class explored Cold Frames. They first asked a lot of questions: Do cold frames work? Will they keep the temperature high enough during winter? What materials will work best to let in sunshine and insulate the plants from the cold?...

HAC winter sports

A registered dietitian, Erica combines her passions for nutrition science and mindfulness to help others adopt healthy behavior change. She credits her education for helping her foster an open mind and understanding of where her clients are coming from, recognizing that food is deeply personal and there is no one right way to eat. 

Former Faculty Updates

Featured in Becoming 2020 Wishing Len Wilcox the best for a well-deserved retirement One morning, some years ago now, Len was making his way to the front of the theatre for an announcement, and as he approached the center of the floor, a low, gently sibilant sound...

Rapid Response:
Harley’s Shift to Remote Learning

A registered dietitian, Erica combines her passions for nutrition science and mindfulness to help others adopt healthy behavior change. She credits her education for helping her foster an open mind and understanding of where her clients are coming from, recognizing that food is deeply personal and there is no one right way to eat. 

Alumni Feature: Caitlin Richards ’13

Sometimes someone with an independent school education has just the right perspective to help a public school system get back on track. Caitlin Richard ’13 understands, from her Harley School days, strong relationships with students and faculty, along with robust instruction, are the keys to the success of any school.

Alumni Feature:
Rashid Duroseau ’05

Looking back at Harley, and the qualities he learned here—being kind, staying connected to your community, and living a life of great purpose—Rashid is excited to be able to pay it forward to his students.

Center spread: the Photo Gallery

"MLK Day On" is a day for Harley, Horizons, and the Greater Rochester community to come together for a variety of projects, community service, and sharing. This year Middle and Upper School students and their families took part in team-building activities and...

If Harley students could design their future, what would that future look like?

If they are to achieve success, today’s Harley students—whether or not they choose to become a classical designer, a design officer, or a computational designer—will need to demonstrate these qualities, and more, in order to gracefully adapt to an ever-changing environment. When they do, it will seem as though it’s by design. Because in many ways, it will be.

Nursery

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 Session I: JUNE 28 - JULY 2; Session II: AUGUST 2-6 Fees:...

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 6-96; Session II: JULY 26-30 Fees: $190.00

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; Session II: JULY 19-23 Fees: $190.00

Baseball

Come out and play ball! This camp focuses on baseball fundamentals. Campers will spend time in small group instruction, learning various aspects of the game. The last hour every day consists of games utilizing the skills we've been learning and practicing. Campers are...

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 Time: 12:30-3:30pm Session: JULY 19-23 Fees: $215.00 Instructor: Amy Brand

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...

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...

Joy In Learning: Episode 24, Bruce A Jacobs

Bruce A. Jacobs As an author and advocate, Bruce A. Jacobs takes apart racism and works for our shared interests against bigoted and authoritarian thought and action. His book RACE MANNERS was called “a must-read” by Los Angeles Times columnist Norine Dresser. On his...

Our Reentry Plan

Dear Parents, Our reentry plan We have been communicating with you quite a bit this summer, so I believe you already know that we have had a Reentry Task Force working since the spring, looking at all of the possible ways we might return to school. Last week, the...

A Less Predictable Future

Fifty years ago, educators prepared students for the world by giving them a firm foundation in general areas of knowledge and a specific skill set to accomplish defined tasks. Today, educators need to prepare students for a less predictable future. While individuals...

Division News

Upper School Design and Engineering class explored Cold Frames. They first asked a lot of questions: Do cold frames work? Will they keep the temperature high enough during winter? What materials will work best to let in sunshine and insulate the plants from the cold?...

Alumni Feature: Erica Ingraham ’06

Featured in Becoming Magazine, Spring 2020 When Erica Ingraham ’06 was growing up, she wondered if she might have an intolerance to lactose, which spurred her curiosity about how food affects the body. Now a registered dietitian, Erica combines her passions for...

HAC winter sports

by Peter Mancuso, Athletic Director Boys’ Swimming and Diving  The 2019–20 HAC boys’ swimming and diving team set a goal at the beginning of the season to take back the Class D sectional block, and they did just that, outscoring defending champion Campbell-Savona...

In Memoriam

Robert Kane taught at Harley from 2003 to 2014 and was the founder of our Hospice program. Bob received an NAIS Leading Edge Award for his secondary school hospice curricula at The Norman Howard School, and he also developed hospice programs at Mercy High School and...

Former Faculty Updates

Featured in Becoming 2020 Wishing Len Wilcox the best for a well-deserved retirement One morning, some years ago now, Len was making his way to the front of the theatre for an announcement, and as he approached the center of the floor, a low, gently sibilant sound...

Harley in the Community

Key Club Emma Hornak ’18 began Key Club at Harley five years ago, and the club chartered with Key Club International last year. In partnership with the local Kiwanis Club (parent organization), they provide members with opportunities to learn how to lead and stand for...

Rapid Response:
Harley’s Shift to Remote Learning

Monday, March 2, 2020 Head of School Larry Frye convened the administrative team to begin working on a plan in case the coronavirus forced the closure of campus. Given our concern about the potential physical and mental health impacts of COVID-19, the team decided...

Alumni Feature: Caitlin Richards ’13

Featured in Becoming Magazine, Spring 2020   Sometimes someone with an independent school education has just the right perspective to help a public school system get back on track. Caitlin Richard ’13 understands, from her Harley School days, that strong...

Alumni Feature:
Rashid Duroseau ’05

Featured in Becoming 2020 When Rashid Duroseau ’05 was a student at Harley, he was constantly seeking ways to get involved in our community. As a student, he participated in, to share a few examples, speech and debate, HAC soccer, and theater. Academically, he was a...

Center spread: the Photo Gallery

"MLK Day On" is a day for Harley, Horizons, and the Greater Rochester community to come together for a variety of projects, community service, and sharing. This year Middle and Upper School students and their families took part in team-building activities and...

Lower School

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 Session I: JUNE 28 - JULY 2; Session II: AUGUST 2-6 Fees:...

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 6-96; Session II: JULY 26-30 Fees: $190.00

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; Session II: JULY 19-23 Fees: $190.00

Baseball

Come out and play ball! This camp focuses on baseball fundamentals. Campers will spend time in small group instruction, learning various aspects of the game. The last hour every day consists of games utilizing the skills we've been learning and practicing. Campers are...

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 Time: 12:30-3:30pm Session: JULY 19-23 Fees: $215.00 Instructor: Amy Brand

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...

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...

Joy In Learning: Episode 24, Bruce A Jacobs

Bruce A. Jacobs As an author and advocate, Bruce A. Jacobs takes apart racism and works for our shared interests against bigoted and authoritarian thought and action. His book RACE MANNERS was called “a must-read” by Los Angeles Times columnist Norine Dresser. On his...

Our Reentry Plan

Dear Parents, Our reentry plan We have been communicating with you quite a bit this summer, so I believe you already know that we have had a Reentry Task Force working since the spring, looking at all of the possible ways we might return to school. Last week, the...

A Less Predictable Future

Fifty years ago, educators prepared students for the world by giving them a firm foundation in general areas of knowledge and a specific skill set to accomplish defined tasks. Today, educators need to prepare students for a less predictable future. While individuals...

Division News

Upper School Design and Engineering class explored Cold Frames. They first asked a lot of questions: Do cold frames work? Will they keep the temperature high enough during winter? What materials will work best to let in sunshine and insulate the plants from the cold?...

Alumni Feature: Erica Ingraham ’06

Featured in Becoming Magazine, Spring 2020 When Erica Ingraham ’06 was growing up, she wondered if she might have an intolerance to lactose, which spurred her curiosity about how food affects the body. Now a registered dietitian, Erica combines her passions for...

HAC winter sports

by Peter Mancuso, Athletic Director Boys’ Swimming and Diving  The 2019–20 HAC boys’ swimming and diving team set a goal at the beginning of the season to take back the Class D sectional block, and they did just that, outscoring defending champion Campbell-Savona...

In Memoriam

Robert Kane taught at Harley from 2003 to 2014 and was the founder of our Hospice program. Bob received an NAIS Leading Edge Award for his secondary school hospice curricula at The Norman Howard School, and he also developed hospice programs at Mercy High School and...

Former Faculty Updates

Featured in Becoming 2020 Wishing Len Wilcox the best for a well-deserved retirement One morning, some years ago now, Len was making his way to the front of the theatre for an announcement, and as he approached the center of the floor, a low, gently sibilant sound...

Harley in the Community

Key Club Emma Hornak ’18 began Key Club at Harley five years ago, and the club chartered with Key Club International last year. In partnership with the local Kiwanis Club (parent organization), they provide members with opportunities to learn how to lead and stand for...

Rapid Response:
Harley’s Shift to Remote Learning

Monday, March 2, 2020 Head of School Larry Frye convened the administrative team to begin working on a plan in case the coronavirus forced the closure of campus. Given our concern about the potential physical and mental health impacts of COVID-19, the team decided...

Alumni Feature: Caitlin Richards ’13

Featured in Becoming Magazine, Spring 2020   Sometimes someone with an independent school education has just the right perspective to help a public school system get back on track. Caitlin Richard ’13 understands, from her Harley School days, that strong...

Alumni Feature:
Rashid Duroseau ’05

Featured in Becoming 2020 When Rashid Duroseau ’05 was a student at Harley, he was constantly seeking ways to get involved in our community. As a student, he participated in, to share a few examples, speech and debate, HAC soccer, and theater. Academically, he was a...

Center spread: the Photo Gallery

"MLK Day On" is a day for Harley, Horizons, and the Greater Rochester community to come together for a variety of projects, community service, and sharing. This year Middle and Upper School students and their families took part in team-building activities and...

Middle School

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 Session I: JUNE 28 - JULY 2; Session II: AUGUST 2-6 Fees:...

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 6-96; Session II: JULY 26-30 Fees: $190.00

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; Session II: JULY 19-23 Fees: $190.00

Baseball

Come out and play ball! This camp focuses on baseball fundamentals. Campers will spend time in small group instruction, learning various aspects of the game. The last hour every day consists of games utilizing the skills we've been learning and practicing. Campers are...

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 Time: 12:30-3:30pm Session: JULY 19-23 Fees: $215.00 Instructor: Amy Brand

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...

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...

Joy In Learning: Episode 24, Bruce A Jacobs

Bruce A. Jacobs As an author and advocate, Bruce A. Jacobs takes apart racism and works for our shared interests against bigoted and authoritarian thought and action. His book RACE MANNERS was called “a must-read” by Los Angeles Times columnist Norine Dresser. On his...

Our Reentry Plan

Dear Parents, Our reentry plan We have been communicating with you quite a bit this summer, so I believe you already know that we have had a Reentry Task Force working since the spring, looking at all of the possible ways we might return to school. Last week, the...

A Less Predictable Future

Fifty years ago, educators prepared students for the world by giving them a firm foundation in general areas of knowledge and a specific skill set to accomplish defined tasks. Today, educators need to prepare students for a less predictable future. While individuals...

Division News

Upper School Design and Engineering class explored Cold Frames. They first asked a lot of questions: Do cold frames work? Will they keep the temperature high enough during winter? What materials will work best to let in sunshine and insulate the plants from the cold?...

Alumni Feature: Erica Ingraham ’06

Featured in Becoming Magazine, Spring 2020 When Erica Ingraham ’06 was growing up, she wondered if she might have an intolerance to lactose, which spurred her curiosity about how food affects the body. Now a registered dietitian, Erica combines her passions for...

HAC winter sports

by Peter Mancuso, Athletic Director Boys’ Swimming and Diving  The 2019–20 HAC boys’ swimming and diving team set a goal at the beginning of the season to take back the Class D sectional block, and they did just that, outscoring defending champion Campbell-Savona...

In Memoriam

Robert Kane taught at Harley from 2003 to 2014 and was the founder of our Hospice program. Bob received an NAIS Leading Edge Award for his secondary school hospice curricula at The Norman Howard School, and he also developed hospice programs at Mercy High School and...

Former Faculty Updates

Featured in Becoming 2020 Wishing Len Wilcox the best for a well-deserved retirement One morning, some years ago now, Len was making his way to the front of the theatre for an announcement, and as he approached the center of the floor, a low, gently sibilant sound...

Harley in the Community

Key Club Emma Hornak ’18 began Key Club at Harley five years ago, and the club chartered with Key Club International last year. In partnership with the local Kiwanis Club (parent organization), they provide members with opportunities to learn how to lead and stand for...

Rapid Response:
Harley’s Shift to Remote Learning

Monday, March 2, 2020 Head of School Larry Frye convened the administrative team to begin working on a plan in case the coronavirus forced the closure of campus. Given our concern about the potential physical and mental health impacts of COVID-19, the team decided...

Alumni Feature: Caitlin Richards ’13

Featured in Becoming Magazine, Spring 2020   Sometimes someone with an independent school education has just the right perspective to help a public school system get back on track. Caitlin Richard ’13 understands, from her Harley School days, that strong...

Alumni Feature:
Rashid Duroseau ’05

Featured in Becoming 2020 When Rashid Duroseau ’05 was a student at Harley, he was constantly seeking ways to get involved in our community. As a student, he participated in, to share a few examples, speech and debate, HAC soccer, and theater. Academically, he was a...

Center spread: the Photo Gallery

"MLK Day On" is a day for Harley, Horizons, and the Greater Rochester community to come together for a variety of projects, community service, and sharing. This year Middle and Upper School students and their families took part in team-building activities and...

Upper School

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 Session I: JUNE 28 - JULY 2; Session II: AUGUST 2-6 Fees:...

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 6-96; Session II: JULY 26-30 Fees: $190.00

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; Session II: JULY 19-23 Fees: $190.00

Baseball

Come out and play ball! This camp focuses on baseball fundamentals. Campers will spend time in small group instruction, learning various aspects of the game. The last hour every day consists of games utilizing the skills we've been learning and practicing. Campers are...

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 Time: 12:30-3:30pm Session: JULY 19-23 Fees: $215.00 Instructor: Amy Brand

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...

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...

Joy In Learning: Episode 24, Bruce A Jacobs

Bruce A. Jacobs As an author and advocate, Bruce A. Jacobs takes apart racism and works for our shared interests against bigoted and authoritarian thought and action. His book RACE MANNERS was called “a must-read” by Los Angeles Times columnist Norine Dresser. On his...

Our Reentry Plan

Dear Parents, Our reentry plan We have been communicating with you quite a bit this summer, so I believe you already know that we have had a Reentry Task Force working since the spring, looking at all of the possible ways we might return to school. Last week, the...

A Less Predictable Future

Fifty years ago, educators prepared students for the world by giving them a firm foundation in general areas of knowledge and a specific skill set to accomplish defined tasks. Today, educators need to prepare students for a less predictable future. While individuals...

Division News

Upper School Design and Engineering class explored Cold Frames. They first asked a lot of questions: Do cold frames work? Will they keep the temperature high enough during winter? What materials will work best to let in sunshine and insulate the plants from the cold?...

Alumni Feature: Erica Ingraham ’06

Featured in Becoming Magazine, Spring 2020 When Erica Ingraham ’06 was growing up, she wondered if she might have an intolerance to lactose, which spurred her curiosity about how food affects the body. Now a registered dietitian, Erica combines her passions for...

HAC winter sports

by Peter Mancuso, Athletic Director Boys’ Swimming and Diving  The 2019–20 HAC boys’ swimming and diving team set a goal at the beginning of the season to take back the Class D sectional block, and they did just that, outscoring defending champion Campbell-Savona...

In Memoriam

Robert Kane taught at Harley from 2003 to 2014 and was the founder of our Hospice program. Bob received an NAIS Leading Edge Award for his secondary school hospice curricula at The Norman Howard School, and he also developed hospice programs at Mercy High School and...

Former Faculty Updates

Featured in Becoming 2020 Wishing Len Wilcox the best for a well-deserved retirement One morning, some years ago now, Len was making his way to the front of the theatre for an announcement, and as he approached the center of the floor, a low, gently sibilant sound...

Harley in the Community

Key Club Emma Hornak ’18 began Key Club at Harley five years ago, and the club chartered with Key Club International last year. In partnership with the local Kiwanis Club (parent organization), they provide members with opportunities to learn how to lead and stand for...

Rapid Response:
Harley’s Shift to Remote Learning

Monday, March 2, 2020 Head of School Larry Frye convened the administrative team to begin working on a plan in case the coronavirus forced the closure of campus. Given our concern about the potential physical and mental health impacts of COVID-19, the team decided...

Alumni Feature: Caitlin Richards ’13

Featured in Becoming Magazine, Spring 2020   Sometimes someone with an independent school education has just the right perspective to help a public school system get back on track. Caitlin Richard ’13 understands, from her Harley School days, that strong...

Alumni Feature:
Rashid Duroseau ’05

Featured in Becoming 2020 When Rashid Duroseau ’05 was a student at Harley, he was constantly seeking ways to get involved in our community. As a student, he participated in, to share a few examples, speech and debate, HAC soccer, and theater. Academically, he was a...

Center spread: the Photo Gallery

"MLK Day On" is a day for Harley, Horizons, and the Greater Rochester community to come together for a variety of projects, community service, and sharing. This year Middle and Upper School students and their families took part in team-building activities and...

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