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School Profile

The Harvey School

260 Jay Street, Katonah, NY 10536-3707
CEEB Code: 332644


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School Profile 2018-19

The Harvey School is an independent coeducational boarding and day school located 40 miles north of New York City in Westchester County. The school, founded in 1916, has an enrollment of 358 in grades 6-12. The curriculum is directed toward a mastery of languages, liberal arts, and sciences. All students pursue programs that emphasize the acquisition of skills in writing, reading, mathematics, the sciences, ancient or modern languages, history and political science, and the fine arts.

At a Glance 

  • 280 Students in Upper School.
  • 76 Students in the Class of 2019.
  • 24% of students receive need-based financial aid.
  • 28% racial/ethnic student diversity.
  • Students draw from Dutchess, Orange, Putnam, and Westchester Counties, New York City, Connecticut, New Jersey, and abroad.
  • 18 students in our International Student Program from three countries in a 5/2 boarding program combining dorm-living and family homestay.
  • Students represent various economic, social and racial backgrounds.
  • Emphasize educational diversity within a traditional and disciplined framework.
  • Average class size is 10.
  • Technology integrated into curriculum with multiple labs accessible to students including broadcast/editing, robotics, and 3-D printing labs.
  • Model UN and Robotics teams compete and excel at the state and national levels.
  • Offer 15 varsity sports; have won 25 championships since 2000.
  • Offer 25+ classes in the arts and put on 10 productions a year in theater, music, and dance.

College Placement 2018 

Percent to 4-year colleges/universities 98%
Gap Year Experience 1%
Private University 87%
Public University 13%
In-state 37%
Out-of-state 63%


Curriculum and Requirements

The academic year is divided into trimesters with one credit awarded for a trimester course and three credits for a full-year course. A minimum of 69 credits is required for graduation. The minimum distribution of course requirements for graduation are as follows:

  • ENGLISH: 4 years
  • HISTORY: 3 years, including Global Studies, Modern European History, and U.S. History
  • MATH: 3 years, including Algebra 1, Geometry, and Algebra 2
  • SCIENCE: 3 years, including Science Trajectories as a freshman, and at least one lab science
  • FOREIGN LANGUAGE: 2 years of the same language completed in grades 9-12
  • ARTS: 2 years (6 trimesters)
  • SENIOR BRIDGE SEMINAR: Required of all seniors

Students are expected to go beyond the minimum requirements and take four years of a foreign language (either four years of one language or two years of two different languages), four years of mathematics (Algebra 1 & 2, Geometry, and Pre-Calculus), and additional science courses. We offer classical and modern languages (Latin, Spanish, and Japanese) and a number of elective courses in the arts, English, history, and other humanities. Senior course loads are determined for each senior individually during conferences with the student's academic adviser. Each student must fulfill all academic requirements, be found in good disciplinary standing, and be approved by the faculty before a diploma may be awarded.

We offer Honors and Advanced Placement courses in every discipline (students are typically recommended to participate starting junior year in AP coursework), and encourage all our students to participate in these programs according to their particular abilities and interests. AP courses are offered in biology, American history, calculus, chemistry, English, European history, microeconomics, physics, and statistics.

Grading System

There are five letter grades, A through D and F. D- is the lowest passing grade. The trimester grade in a given course is determined by averaging equally the two marking-period grades and the trimester final examination grade. The full-year grade is determined by averaging the three trimester grades. For purposes of averaging, each letter grade is assigned a numerical value as follows: A = 4.0, A- = 3.7, B+ = 3.3, B = 3.0, B- = 2.7, C+ = 2.3, C- = 1.7, D+ = 1.3, D- = 0.7, F = 0. Cumulative grade point averages and quintile ranks are determined by averaging all major courses. Course in Honors and Advanced Placement will be averaged with an additional weighted value. An Honors course will have a value of .3 added to the final grade and an Advanced Placement course will have an additional value of .7 added to the final grade. Fall term grades will be sent to colleges at the end of November, winter term grades will be sent to colleges in mid-March, and final transcripts will be sent by mid-June (usually a week after commencement).

Class Ranking

Students are ranked by quintile. The scale below represents the cumulative grade-point average of students from this year's senior class in the following quintiles, as of the beginning of Fall Term 2018.

1st Quintile 3.85 - 4.25
2nd Quintile 3.55 - 3.84
3rd Quintile 3.30 - 3.54
4th Quintile 2.95 - 3.29
5th Quintile 2.29 - 2.94
4.0+ Cavalier Scholar
3.7-3.99 Head's List
3.3-3.69 Honor Roll


Co-Curricular Program

The School is a strong co-curricular and athletics program to complement its academic program. The program's purpose is not only to allow the student to pursue his or her individual interests but also to provide a structure in which a student will be able to exercise a position of constructive leadership. The school is committed to expanding its co-curricular offerings and encouraging the participation of its entire student body in sports, co-curricular, and extracurricular activities. Programming ranges from a full host of arts offerings, 15 different varsity sports, Model UN, community service, and most recently the addition of a nationally recognized robotics program. Participation in after-school activities is mandatory for day students in grades 6-12 and all boarding students.

International Program

Harvey currently has a small international student population, with 18 students from two (2) countries. International students take the same curriculum as American students with two exceptions: a foreign language other than English is not required (although it may be taken as an elective), and all students must enroll in an English reading/writing workshop during their first two years. International students at Harvey are not "exchange students," but matriculate at Harvey typically as freshman or sophomores intending to graduate from our school and continue their education at American colleges and universities. The program, currently in its fifth year, has maintained a full 100% retention rate from year one. The first international students graduated from The Harvey School were members of the Class of 2016. Members of the class of 2018 are attending American colleges and universities representing a variety of higher educational school communities, including: Brandeis, Full Sail, New York University, Northeastern University, Ohio Wesleyan University, and University of Southern California.

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