Tradition Begins Here

From its earliest beginnings in 1784, Harrisburg Academy, the 17th oldest non-public school in the country, has been special.  The school was founded by John Harris, Jr. in a room of his downtown Harrisburg mansion.  On April 4, 1809, the State Legislature officially chartered the Academy under the Law of the Commonwealth as “an academy or public school for the education of youth in useful arts, sciences and literature."  The Academy opened for classes at its current location in Wormleysburg, Pennsylvania on September 28, 1959.  Read more about the history of the school and how it continues to change and adapt to best prepare students for a globally connected 21st century.


Harrisburg Academy isn't considered to be the best private school in Central Pennsylvania without good reason -- the success of Academy graduates and the Academy's many traditions and continuing advantages span a remarkable 230-plus years. In short, it is our people who make us great.


As an alumnus or alumna, your story, too, is a part of who we are, and we would love to hear about what you have been doing since you graduated from our high school.  Please be in touch with Stacy Klann to share your success with us, or click here if you'd like to submit a simple class note.


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