Top 30 High School STEM Programs

Instructor: Olivia Miller
Study.com ranked the following STEM high schools using a system that places different weights on important aspects like student/teacher ratios, AP test participation and scores in STEM subjects, and a special STEM innovation score. The innovation score evaluates the uniqueness, thoroughness, and cutting-edge nature of each school's curricular and extra-curricular STEM offerings.

Top STEM High Schools in the U.S.

In an increasingly networked and technology-driven world, Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) is a promising career area for young people. Rigorous STEM education can give a head start to students interested in pursuing work in these fields before they even reach college. According to the U.S. Department of Commerce Economics and Statistics Administration, STEM jobs grew three times as fast as non-STEM jobs from 2000-2010, and the Department of Education has recommended adding 100,000 more STEM teachers to United States schools over the next decade. Innovative and increasing uses of technology in the classroom mean that the top STEM schools of today provide access to technologies like 3D printers, robotics labs, programming and design facilities, smart boards, and 1:1 laptop programs.

While all U.S. high schools are required to follow national math and science standards, these schools place special emphasis on STEM academics and unique STEM educational experiences. Top STEM high schools provide research and hands-on opportunities as well as preparation for a college degree in a STEM field, giving high school students freedom to explore their passions and interests before they even reach college. The strength of these schools is in large part due to teachers who champion STEM principles, seek the relevant curriculum and professional development resources, and implement the hands-on assessments that provide such exemplary school experiences for STEM students.

1. Stuyvesant High School

• Grades: 9-12

• Type: Public

• Location: New York, NY

• Enrollment: 3,328

• Student/Teacher Ratio: 22:1

Stuyvesant High School offers one of the country's most innovative and exciting computer science programs. The goal of the program is to demonstrate the power of computer science as a problem-solving technique, so their classes teach students about different programming languages and paradigms. Students learn that there is no 'best' language or tool, but will understand the power of finding the best tool for a given task. 43% of their 3,000+ students are economically disadvantaged, and 100% of them achieved proficiency (or higher) on all state exams. Technology Education requirements include 1 term of Tech Graphic Communications, 1 term of Intro to Computer Science, 2 terms of Applied Learning Classes, and either 1 term of Intro to Comp Sci 2 or Technology.

2. Wheeler High School

• Grades: 9-12

• Type: Public

• Location: Marietta, GA

• Enrollment: 2,161

• Student/Teacher Ratio: 17:1

Wheeler High School's STEM magnet program was the first to achieve STEM certification in the state of Georgia in 2012 as well as STEAM certification in 2017. They have also been recognized for their outreach in helping other schools develop STEM programs. The STEM Center offers an accelerated and advanced course of study focusing on medical biotechnology, engineering/robotics, chemical engineering and advanced chemistry. The program culminates in senior research and internships with local business and institution partners. Students have the opportunity to take twice as many math and science courses as they would in a traditional curriculum. Example courses include Honors Multivariable Calculus, Advanced Physics Robotics, Advanced DNA/Genetics Research, Essentials of Healthcare, and Architectural Drawing and Design.

3. Regis High School

• Grades: 9-12

• Type: Private

• Location: New York, NY

• Enrollment: 529

• Student/Teacher Ratio: 8:1

• STEM Coursework

Regis High School prides itself on intensive, accelerated courses that allow students plenty of independent study, unscheduled time, and individualized instruction to self-direct their studies. They are also modernizing education by requiring freshmen and sophomores to complete Computer Technology I and II. Plus, elective courses are available to seniors looking to develop skills in computer programming and dynamic website design. For students skilled and interested in science, Regis sophomores can choose to begin a science research project that could continue through their senior year. It is a lab-oriented class that requires students to work with teachers and mentors outside of Regis. While Regis does not offer AP courses, all of their courses are considered honors level, and many students register for and take AP tests. Elective STEM courses vary by year and include Discrete Mathematics, Advanced Physics, Java Programming, Anatomy & Physiology, and more.

4. Baltimore Polytechnic Institute

• Grades: 9-12

• Type: Public

• Location: Baltimore, MD

• Enrollment: 1,522

• Student/Teacher Ratio: 20:1

Baltimore Polytechnic Institute is on a mission to provide students with rigorous STEM instruction by teachers who are experts in their fields. They offer multiple pathways for motivated students to explore STEM fields in-depth, such as the Honors Poly STEM Program, the Ingenuity Project, Project Lead the Way, and the Computer Science Program. The Honors Poly STEM Program prepares students for college with Honors and AP classes. All students at Poly are scheduled to take 28 credits during their high school career, which is above the state requirement. In addition, 12th graders choose a 4-credit cognate in research, science, or engineering.

5. High Technology High School

• Grades: 9-12

• Type: Public Magnet

• Location: Lincroft, NJ

• Enrollment: 295

• Student/Teacher Ratio: 14:1

At High Technology High School, students are 'taught to be prudent risk-takers and creative problem solvers in a global society.' Their Mission Statement reads: 'High Technology High School, a pre-engineering career academy that emphasizes the interconnections among mathematics, science, technology, and the humanities, prepares students to become creative problem solvers, effective communicators, and tomorrow's leaders through a rigorous, specialized curriculum and collaborative partnerships.' All students at HTHS take at least one AP test, and an impressive 99.5% of the class of 2018 scored a three or higher (out of five) on their AP tests. Their 198 AP students took at a total of 462 AP exams in 2018. Underclassmen and seniors are required to take engineering classes, and juniors can select an engineering elective. Their specialized courses focus heavily on group work and introduce students to real-life engineering norms in fields like architecture, biological engineering, computer science, civil engineering, and electrical engineering.

6. Craft Academy for Excellence in Science and Mathematics

• Grades: 11-12

• Type: Public-Private Partnership, Residential

• Location: Morehead, KY

• Enrollment: 120

• Student/Teacher Ratio: 18:1

Craft Academy is a dual-credit residential high school for academically exceptional Kentucky students. The academic rigor of the Craft Academy challenges students to excel at their highest level through project-based STEM+X courses and hands-on learning experiences, with emphasis on innovation, design and creativity, and civic and regional engagement. In addition, Craft Academy hosts an annual Girls in Engineering, Math & Science (GEMS) event at Morehead State University. GEMS is a one-day event featuring workshops facilitated by local women in STEM. The STEM+X curriculum at Craft takes STEM career interests to new heights by challenging students to explore how STEM knowledge is affected by and impacts technology, business and industry, entrepreneurship, innovation and design, and the medical field.

7. Phillips Exeter Academy

• Grades: 9-12

• Type: Private, Boarding

• Location: Exeter, NH

• Enrollment: 1,085

• Student/Teacher Ratio: 5:1

Phillips Exeter follows the Harkness model of collaborative learning that emphasizes hands-on learning and teaching students that it's OK to fail, and how to recover quickly. The school focuses on creating a 'maker culture' that leads students to discover new areas and projects that interest them. Exeter also offers unique interdisciplinary courses, clubs, and events to prepare students for a lifetime of innovation. For example, the school hosted a 48-hour Maker Fest event to encourage students to use design thinking principles to create real-world products. Phillips Exeter offers 450+ courses, including STEM courses like Algorithms and Public Policy, Bioethics, Data-Driven & Interactive Web Dev, Advanced Ceramics + Chemistry: C-Squared, Foundations of Abstract Mathematics, Multivariable Calculus, Animal Behavior, and Molecular Genetics.

8. Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science & Technology

• Grades: 9-12

• Type: Public

• Location: Lawrenceville, GA

• Enrollment: 966

• Student/Teacher Ratio: 17:1

Designed to house 1,200 students, the Gwinnett School campus features specially-equipped classrooms, science labs, digital media production facilities for sound and video, and large project spaces dedicated to engineering, robotics, and art and design. The building also incorporates features frequently found in university and corporate settings: large lecture halls with videoconferencing capabilities and flexible floor plans, building-wide wireless networking, and comfortable common areas to foster community and collaboration. Teachers and students also have access to Smart interactive whiteboards, overhead LCD projectors, language learning labs, and instructional computer labs with high-powered workstations designed for CAD, 3D design and animation, application programming, and media production. STEM courses include Foundation of Engineering and Technology, Appropriate and Alternative Energy, Accelerated Algebra I, Biochemical Engineering, Computer Science Principles, Nanotechnology and Materials Engineering, Introduction to Animation and 3D Design, Analytical Forensic Investigation, AP Physics C: Mechanics and Electricity & Magnetism, Differential Equations, and Number Theory.

9. Henry M. Gunn High School

• Grades: 9-12

• Type: Public

• Location: Palo Alto, CA

• Enrollment: 1,939

• Student/Teacher Ratio: 19:1

Gunn High School focuses on providing the courses, resources, and faculty needed for students to both excel academically and develop holistically. They are devoted to the social, emotional, physical, and intellectual development of each student. In May 2018, 900 students took an astounding 2,356 AP tests. A total of 93.2% students scored 3 or higher, and 44.2% students scored 5. Elective courses are extensive and diverse, including STEM options such as robotics, biotechnology, and computer science.

10. DeBakey High School for Health Professions

• Grades: 9-12

• Type: Public Magnet

• Location: Houston, TX

• Enrollment: 837

• Student/Teacher Ratio: 16:1

Houston's DeBakey High School for Health Professions (DHSHP) was established in 1972 as a partnership between the Houston Independent School District (HISD) and Baylor College of Medicine (BCM). It was designed to increase student access to careers in medicine, science, and the health professions. A new, $65 million-dollar building was completed during the 2016-2017 school year. The five-floor, state-of-the-art facility, is designed to house 1,000 students and provide a direct connection to the wealth of educational, clinical and research resources available in the world-renowned Texas Medical Center. Students take health science classes all four years, with practicums on dental science, patient care science, world health, biomedical engineering, and more.

11. BASIS Scottsdale

• Grades: 4-12

• Type: Public Charter

• Location: Scottsdale, AZ

• Enrollment: 739

• Student/Teacher Ratio: 11:1

BASIS Scottsdale has a selective Diploma Senior Project Program that gives students the opportunity to select and design an off-campus research project or internship. Students work with a faculty mentor and present findings at the end of the year to peers, staff, and parents. Project topics have included the psychological effects of chemotherapy, the future of mutation, exploring the world of cybersecurity, and the approaching future of the automotive engineering design industry. The accelerated curriculum allows BASIS Curriculum students the option of graduating after grade 11; however, most students choose to continue their studies in grade 12. In the last trimester, these students may conduct an intensive, off-campus research project related to their academic or career goals.

12. Thomas Jefferson High School for Science & Technology

• Grades: 9-12

• Type: Public Magnet

• Location: Alexandria, VA

• Enrollment: 1823

• Student/Teacher Ratio: 17:1

A distinguishing characteristic of Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology is its specialized research laboratories. They are designed to enhance the academic curriculum as well as to provide students with unique learning experiences in state-of-the-art technological environments. Each year, students participate in the Thomas Jefferson Symposium to Advance Research (tjSTAR). This day-long symposium is an opportunity to share student research projects, to learn about future research opportunities at TJ, and to explore potential careers. It also serves as a way for students to inspire each other with new ideas for study, to obtain feedback from peers, and to involve alumni and community partners in our academic programs. The Humanities department offers courses integrated with STEM fields, including ChemistryHUM; Integrated Biology, English, and Technology; Humanities 1 and 2; Language, Power & Politics; and more.

13. Academy of Aerospace and Engineering

• Grades: 6-12

• Type: Public Magnet

• Location: Windsor, CT

• Enrollment: 702

• Student/Teacher Ratio: 13:1

The Academy of Aerospace and Engineering provides students with hands-on professional experiences in the Greater Hartford area's strong engineering, aerospace, and other STEM industries. High school students pair advanced math and science classes with industry internships focused on their area of interest and future careers in Aerospace, Engineering, Biomedicine, Advanced Mathematics, and Science. The Academy also has state-of-the-art laboratories for research on cell cultures, lasers/photonics, molecular genetics, robotics/electronics, Geographic Information Systems (GIS), botanical studies, forensic science, and nuclear physics. Students have the opportunity to take advanced courses in Multivariable Calculus, Linear Algebra, Differential Equations, Classical Mechanics, Nuclear Physics, Thermodynamics, Molecular Biology, Molecular Genetics, and Pharmacology.

14. Dutch Fork High School

• Grades: 9-12

• Type: Public

• Location: Irmo, SC

• Enrollment: 1772

• Student/Teacher Ratio: 16:1

Earning AdvancED STEM Certification, the STEM program at Dutch Fork High School is an honors magnet program that accelerates learning for students who are academically gifted and interested in STEM-related careers. The program features unique courses and was launched in 2005. Students are accepted into the program based on standardized test scores, middle school teachers' recommendations, and interest in STEM. Curriculum at DFHS helps students explore different career interests and abilities. Courses include Marine Science, Networking, Agricultural and Biosystems Science, Aerospace Engineering, Clean Energy Strategies, Civil and Architectural Engineering, Vector Calculus, and Oracle 1 Database Design & Programming.

15. Bergen County Academies

• Grades: 9-12

• Type: Public Magnet

• Location: Hackensack, NJ

• Enrollment: 1059

• Student/Teacher Ratio: 11:1

Bergen County Academies offers seven specialized programs in the areas of mathematics and science, engineering and design, medical science, business and finance, culinary arts and hospitality administration, visual and performing arts, and technology and computer science. At the 2016 World Math Team Championships in Inchon, South Korea, two teams from BCA finished second and third place in the Advanced Division. Four students received individual gold medals, with one placing third place in the Advanced Division. STEM courses include Research in Cell Biology and Medical Science, Research Applications in Molecular Biology Genetics, Nano Research Lab, Analytical Calculus (BC+), Multivariable Calculus, Advanced Math Analysis, Java Programming, Intermediate and Advanced Electrical Engineering, and Computer Integrated Manufacturing.

16. Poolesville High School

• Grades: 9-12

• Type: Public Magnet

• Location: Poolesville MD

• Enrollment: 1205

• Student/Teacher Ratio: 19:1

Poolesville High School participates in Project Lead the Way (PLTW), a national program designed to increase the number and quality of engineering graduates in America. PLTW has developed a four-year high school program that combines with math and science courses to introduce students to the scope, rigor, and discipline of engineering and technology education in preparation for college. PHS offers courses beyond AP, including: Analysis of Algorithms, Biochemistry, Cellular Physiology, Computer Graphics (JAVA), Computer Modeling and Simulation, Guided Research - Robotics, Introduction to Artificial Intelligence with LISP, Guided Research in Cyber-forensics, Introduction to Genetic Analysis, Introduction to Physical Chemistry, Linear Algebra, Optics, Quantum Physics, Thermodynamics, Writing Mobile Applications and Vector Calculus.

17. Biotechnology High School

• Grades: 9-12

• Type: Public IB

• Location: Freehold, NJ

• Enrollment: 327

• Student/Teacher Ratio: 14:1

Biotechnology High School offers a rigorous college preparatory curriculum with an emphasis on laboratory science, research, mathematics, and technology. Two 3,000 square-foot research labs allow students to undertake long-term research projects, and a brand-new tissue culture lab engages students in cutting edge laboratory work. Flexible meeting spaces promote teamwork, a hallmark of the biotechnology industry. Thematic classes focus on genetics, environmental, biomedical and agricultural biotechnology, along with BioEngineering and BioBusiness. Elective courses include Advanced Experimental Design, AP Computer Science A, BioMedical Engineering, Cell Culture and Molecular Biology Techniques, Developmental Biology, Forensic Analysis, Neuroscience and Biopsychology, and Genomics, Proteomics, and Bioinformatics.

18. Union County Magnet High School

• Grades: 9-12

• Type: Public Magnet

• Location: Scotch Plains, NJ

• Enrollment: 298

• Student/Teacher Ratio: 13:1

Students at Union County Magnet High School not only have a challenging, modern course load, they also have various options for extracurricular teams and activities to explore STEM fields. For example, the Magnet High School math team placed first in the Central Jersey Math League contest held at Edison High School on October 17, 2018. In addition, two groups of students placed first at the TransOptions Hydrogen Fuel Cell Model Car Challenge on December 13, 2018, for the categories of speed and documentation portfolio. In addition to four years of science, students also take four years of technology classes: Technology & Design, Introduction to Engineering and Digital Modeling, Introduction to Programming/Advanced Manufacturing and Product Management, and Introduction to Architecture/Architectural CAD Design or Internship.

19. Essex High School

• Grades: 9-12

• Type: Public

• Location: Essex Junction, VT

• Enrollment: 1,217

• Student/Teacher Ratio: 12:1

Essex High School's STEM Academy is designed to support students interested in STEM content areas and to give students the opportunity to explore connections across different disciplines through additional experiences. All STEM Academy students are enrolled in a STEM Advisory that emphasizes teamwork and peer connections. It culminates in a personalized portfolio and final project that encourages independent, creative thought. Students who complete the STEM Academy receive a STEM Endorsement on their diploma to showcase their dedication in the areas of scientific exploration and creativity. Students in the STEM Academy complete a capstone project in one of the following: Advanced Biology, Anatomy and Physiology, AP Environmental Science, Botany, CTE Engineering courses, Designing Solutions to Global Challenges, Electronics, Experimental Science, Entrepreneurship, Mobile App Development, and more.

20. Phillips Academy Andover

• Grades: 9-12

• Type: Private Boarding

• Location: Andover, MA

• Enrollment: 1,150

• Student/Teacher Ratio: 5:1

Andover has students from 49 countries, with only 13 students in the average class. Their Gelb Science Center has three floors of flexible, contemporary lab and classroom space, college-level scientific equipment like a seismometer, digital integration, reptiles and ornithological collections, and an observatory dome with a research-grade telescope used for astronomy discoveries. The school offers a roster of over 300 courses, 150+ electives, plus independent study and study abroad. STEM courses include Art and Mathematics, Environmental Science: Global Climate Change, Astrobiology: Life Among the Stars, Robotics, Fluid Mechanics, Algebra Consolidation, and Precalculus Parametric and Polar Curves.

21. Arkansas School for Mathematics, Sciences and the Arts

• Grades: 11-12

• Type: Public Boarding

• Location: Hot Springs, AR

• Enrollment: 230

• Student/Teacher Ratio: 9:1

Arkansas School for Mathematics, Sciences and the Arts brings students from counties across Arkansas to live and learn with their peers. The residential experience combines college-level coursework, dynamic faculty, advanced research opportunities, study abroad trips, and more. It is also the only school in Arkansas to require a computer science class to graduate. STEM courses include Robotics, Quantum Mechanics, Electric Circuits, Astrophysics, Math Modeling Immunology, Artificial Intelligence, Graphic Design and Business Calculus.

22. Louisiana School for Math, Science, and the Arts

• Grades: 10-12

• Type: Public Boarding

• Location: Natchitoches, LA

• Enrollment: 365

• Student/Teacher Ratio: 15:1

Louisiana School for Math, Science and the Arts utilizes a curriculum that emphasizes conceptual understanding, analytical skills, problem solving, application, and appropriate use of technology. An Excellence in CS program is available for students looking to specialize in computer science. For science classes, students have access to college-level laboratory equipment, for example a genetics lab, infrared spectrophotometer, rotary evaporator, and virtual astronomy. STEM courses include Intro to Cybersecurity, Thermochemistry, Mathematical Modeling Simulation, Topology, Quantum Mechanics, Database Design, Embryology, and Introductory to Nuclear Physics.

23. Itineris Early College High School

• Grades: 10-12

• Type: Public Charter

• Location: West Jordan, UT

• Enrollment: 406

• Student/Teacher Ratio: 25:1

Itineris is a blended institution that provides college-level courses through the Concurrent Enrollment program of Salt Lake City Community College. Juniors and seniors take college coursework that primarily focuses on math and science. In an effort to close the technology gap for low-income students, Itineris offers The Future in Design (FIND), an after-school STEM+Art workforce development program (coding, design). It is available for all students, and they meet for multiple hours after every school day. STEM courses include College Algebra, Math Research, Applied Molecular Biology, Biomolecular Separation and Analysis, and Medical Terminology.

24. Science and Engineering Magnet School (SEM)

• Grades: 9-12

• Type: Public Magnet

• Location: Dallas, TX

• Enrollment: 412

• Student/Teacher Ratio: 17:1

The Science and Engineering Magnet School (SEM) was founded to help underserved communities access careers in engineering and science. 87% of their students are considered minority enrollment, and 65% of their students are economically disadvantaged. 100% of SEM's students are proficient in reading compared to only 62% of students in the district and 60% in the state. Students begin taking AP classes their freshman year, and 98% of students pass at least one AP exam. AP courses range from Environmental Science to Calculus AB/BC to Computer Science.

25. TAG Magnet School for the Talented and Gifted

• Grades: 9-12

• Type: Public Magnet

• Location: Dallas, TX

• Enrollment: 256

• Student/Teacher Ratio: 15:1

The TAG Magnet School has a unique and extraordinary four-year computer science program. This program prepares all our students for success in a digital world that requires strong problem-solving skills. Plus, students can take advantage of unique extracurricular STEM options including Girl Up! (Leadership and Empowerment Club for Girls, in partnership with U.N. Program), UIL Computer Science, UIL Robotics - BEST 'RoboTAG Team', UIL Robotics - FRC, 'RoboBusters' Team, Rocketry Club, and UIL Mathematics. Students are required to take at least 11 AP courses. Options include Physics C - Mechanics and E & M, Computer Science, Calculus AB/BC, and Studio Art 3D.

26. Early College at Guilford

• Grades: 9-12

• Type: Public

• Location: Greensboro, NC

• Enrollment: 200

• Student/Teacher Ratio: 25:1

Early College at Guilford partners with Guilford College to provide high school students with a writing intensive, fast-paced curriculum. Freshmen and sophomores take honors and AP courses; juniors and seniors take college courses with undergraduate students, taught by college professors. Graduating students receive a high school diploma and up to two years of credit from Guilford College. Students are also required to take specific classes that bridge academic divisions. STEM courses include Organic Chemistry, Linear Algebra, Health Economics, Honors Anatomy and Physiology, AP Calculus AB/BC, Environmental Anthropology, and Advanced Computer Programming.

27. Stanford Online High School

• Grades: 7-12

• Type: Private Online

• Location: Stanford, CA

• Enrollment: 804

• Student/Teacher Ratio: 12:1

Students from over 47 US states and 32 countries attend Stanford Online High School to interact with peers and teachers through seminar-style discussions. The OHS curriculum offers advanced coursework in all academic disciplines that includes AP courses as well as alternatives to AP courses that are taught at the same level or higher. The overarching goals of OHS curriculum are to challenge students with the rigor of Stanford-level courses and develop skills in careful reading, evaluation of data, critical thinking, and written argumentation. The majority of courses are interdisciplinary and challenge students to think critically and make deep connections. STEM courses include Computational Thinking and Computer Science, Programming in C++: Techniques and Algorithms, Inquiry-based Physics, Astronomy, Advanced Topics in Biological Research: Writing Option, Advanced Problem Solving and Proof Techniques and Modern Algebra.

28. Harvard-Westlake School

• Grades: 7-12

• Type: Private

• Location: Studio City, CA

• Enrollment: 1598

• Student/Teacher Ratio: 8:1

Students at Harvard-Westlake follow a six-year science curriculum in order to develop an appreciation for science as well as research and investigatory skills. With a broad range of courses to choose from, students learn how to design experiments, collect and analyze data, interpret results, and communicate findings. For sophomores and above, directed study classes give students the opportunity to explore topics beyond their curriculum, from number theory to molecular gastronomy. Two or more students can make a directed study class request, and classes meet at least three times a week. Students can also elect to use the school's laboratory resources to pursue their own scientific research with a faculty mentor. STEM courses include Introduction to Programming II, Design and Data Structures Honors, Algebra II with Analysis, Mathematical Analysis Honors, Genetics and Biotechnology, Geology, Electronics, Principles of Engineering, and Directed Study: Molecular Gastronomy.

29. The College Preparatory School

• Grades: 9-12

• Type: Private

• Location: Oakland, CA

• Enrollment: 363

• Student/Teacher Ratio: 7:1

The College Prep's STEM program provides self-motivated students with opportunities for hands-on research and experience in a variety of STEM fields. It combines bi-weekly seminars where students learn how to analyze scientific research and data with six-week internships over the summer. These full-time internships pair students with research mentors all over the Bay Area. The program culminates with a fall seminar where students produce a scientific manuscript of their research and deliver a presentation. STEM courses include Computer Programming with Python, Multivariable Calculus, Interactive Computing and Electronics, Oceanography, AP Environmental Science, and Astronomy.

30. The Harker School

• Grades: K-12

• Type: Private

• Location: San Jose, CA

• Enrollment: 2040

• Student/Teacher Ratio: 10:1

The Harker School's inquiry-based teaching approach hinges on information literacy - knowing how to find, verify, use and cite information available in print and on the internet. Teachers and library staff work collaboratively to augment classroom lessons and facilitate research with outside resources available in their extensive library. Further, the school has developed a unique professional development plan called the Vegesna Foundation Teacher Excellence Program. It allows selected faculty to travel the U.S. and abroad to hone skills they can bring back to their classrooms to impact student learning. Harker offers an astounding 115 academic elective courses and 26 AP courses.

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