Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

US art students examine their journalsNaturally, many questions will arise throughout the admission process.  We’ve listed some of the most frequently asked questions below.  For other questions or to speak with the Admission Office, please reach us by phone (717-763-7811) or email.  We also recommend you complete the online inquiry form and we will contact you by the next school day.


How old does my child have to be for admission?

Harrisburg Academy begins with a preschool program that has morning, full-day, and full-time options.  If your child will be three years old by Sep. 1, 2020, you may submit an Application for Admission to preschool for the 2020-21 academic year.  Students who will be turning three-years-old during September/October 2020 will be considered on a case-by-case basis.  We take into account factors other than age before admitting a child to our Preschool program; students are not admitted based on age requirements alone.  New student applications to Junior Kindergarten (JK) or Kindergarten (K) for the coming 2020-21 academic year should be 4 or 5, respectively, by Sep. 1, 2020.


Do you have an after-school program or vacation coverage?

Harrisburg Academy offers before- and after-school care for all students, preschool through 8th grade.


Early Childhood and Lower School
As part of the school-year tuition, Harrisburg Academy offers all Early Childhood and Lower School students before-school care beginning at 7:00 a.m. and after-school care until 5:30 p.m. For an additional fee, the Academy also offers extended care for Early Childhood and Lower School students during teacher in-service days and some school breaks. Please consult the online school calendar for the extended day program's (EDP) schedule. If interested in enrolling in the full-year EDP program, including all school-year EDP open days and summer camp, please contact the admissions office for additional details.


Middle School
As part of the school-year tuition, Harrisburg Academy offers all Middle School students before-school supervision beginning at 7:30 a.m. Students remaining in the building between 3:00 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. are required to participate in the Middle School After-School Study Club for a daily fee of $10 per student or a $100 fee per season. The fee is waived for all students participating in athletics and are required to stay after school for practice.


Students wishing to participate in summer programming will have the opportunity to attend one-week mini-camp sessions with Academy faculty or participate in our Counselor-In-Training program associated with our Summer Day Camp.


What are your application and testing deadlines?

Applications are currently being accepted on a space-available basis.  Applications for admission are required prior to a student's attendance at an Admission Play Date (for Preschool, Junior Kindergarten, and Kindergarten applicants) or prior to a full-day shadow visit (for applicants for 1st through 12th grade).  Admission testing for applicants to 2nd through 12th grade will be scheduled in addition to their shadow day.  Merit scholarship testing events are ongoing for students entering 5th through 11th grade.  Because Harrisburg Academy usually has new students at all grade levels, we will accept applications through the entire year on a "rolling admission" basis.  When a class fills, qualified students are placed in a wait pool until space becomes available.  All parents are invited to attend Admission events during the application process.


Can my child get transportation to Harrisburg Academy?

Public school districts within a 10-mile radius of our private school are required by law to provide free transportation for school-age children.  Currently, the following public school districts provide busing to the Academy: Central Dauphin, Steelton-Highspire, Cumberland Valley, Middletown, Susquehanna Township, East Pennsboro, Mechanicsburg, Susquenita, Harrisburg City, Northern York, and West Shore.  While students traveling from outside those districts generally rely on carpooling, Academy-operated morning bus transportation is available for a fee between the Academy and Carlisle (near Dickinson College) and a second route between the Academy and Hershey (at the Medical Center).  Other Academy-operated bus routes may be provided on an as-needed basis for selected geographies, and may change annually. Click here for more information

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