Supporting Harley2019-10-03T11:18:56-05:00

Supporting Harley

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Every Student. Every Classroom. Every Day.

The Harley School opened in 1917 with ten mothers creating an educational opportunity for their four year-olds. Today we serve 3- to 18 year-olds, preschool to Upper School commencement. A donation to the school today renews that same spirit, demonstrating your support of a unique educational experience for each of our students. We invite you to join the many parents, alumni, and friends who contribute to the growth and vitality of the place so many call “home.”

Every Student

Your tax-deductible gift (to the full extent of the law) ensures that every Harley student benefits from an exceptional educational experience. It is fundamental to the School’s operating budget and the reason we are so appreciative of your participation.

Every Classroom

Gifts are crucial to foster joy in learning for all of our students by supporting our inspiring faculty and dynamic programming. Investment in our School benefits all Harley students because it helps them engage more deeply in core academic areas with excellent materials and resources.

Every Day

The Board of Trustees and the School Administration are committed to minimizing tuition increases while providing every student the opportunity to reach his or her personal best. The strength of our fundraising efforts comes from the collective participation of parents, alumni, trustees, grandparents, faculty, staff, and other friends of the School.

We are committed to:

  • Provide students small class sizes and individualized attention.
  • Attract superior faculty and staff and support them through professional development.
  • Sustain technology in the classrooms.
  • Offer financial aid to maintain a diverse, inclusive school that builds community.

Annual Report
Thanks to the generosity of our supporters, The Harley School is celebrating its 100th year as the premier independent school in Rochester, NY. At Harley, our students “Become What Thou Art” while experiencing “Joy in Learning.” View our annual report here.

The Harley Fund

Making an Immediate Impact

Faculty Support
At Harley, the faculty create the experience. Their dedication, intellect, and creativity form a defining force as they provide depth and breadth in the curriculum and a rich experience for each child. The close relationships between faculty and students –built on trust and respect- are hallmarks of the School.

Strength of Programs
Unique programs of the highest regard and amazing opportunities are central to student life at Harley. Our students do well by all academic standards; and they also do good in many profound ways.

The Harley School is dedicated to supporting a student body that represents the diverse population of our region, with connections to both the local and global communities. Our students represent 30 towns and cities, five counties, and three countries.

The Harley Circle

100 years after its founding, The Harley School continues the legacy of its visionary leaders. It was the combination of courage, commitment, and revolutionary ideas that brought The Harley School into existence and made it possible for students to experience an exceptional education. Our students become active, extraordinary individuals who help to shape their communities and the world.

The Harley Circle is our philanthropic society recognizing distinction in leadership giving. Members of The Harley Circle give $1,000 or more annually to The Harley fund supporting the Mission of our School. Sustaining members make a three-year commitment. They commit to their role as leaders of continuous support to The Harley School as it prepares our students for lives of great purpose and remains true to its motto, “Become What Thou Art.”

Sands-Stern Award

The first Harley Circle Celebration was held in 2009, created to recognize our leaders in philanthropic support to the Harley School’s Annual Fund. That evening, the Sands-Stern family was awarded the first Sands-Stern Award in honor of their tremendous lifetime of support to the School. The Award recognizes an individual or family who has demonstrated their extraordinary commitment to The Harley School through contribution of their service and passion.

Sands-Stern Award for Philanthropy Recipients
Sands-Stern Families – 2009
Arunas and Pam Chesonis – 2010
Joe ’48 and Nancy Briggs – 2011
Phyllis Bentley ’45 – 2012
Peter Willsea ’72 and Deb Schaller Willsea ’73 – 2013
Scott Frame ’73 and Kathy Kearns Frame ’73 – 2014
Mark Zupan – 2015
Burt August, Robert August, and Elizabeth August ’82 – 2016
Chad and Julie Anderson and Jon McNally and Sue Parkes-McNally – 2017

There are a variety of ways to make a planned gift that will benefit both you and future Harley students. Your planned gift allows you the personal satisfaction of ensuring a Harley experience will be possible for generations to come, and can also provide a number of personal benefits, including the honor of membership into the Harriet Bentley Society, which connects you with other leading donors who share similar values. To learn more, please visit our gift planning page

If you are interested in learning more about how you can support Harley, please contact Whitney Brice at

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