2018 Update from School
Harrisburg Area's Only IB World School
Dear Academy Families and Friends,
Now is the time when Boards of Trustees presidents and heads
of independent schools are jointly crafting new-year letters. And
we're all asking ourselves the same questions about the identities and
vision of our schools for the future.
Who is Harrisburg Academy today?
Harrisburg Academy is a unique school community. It
has a proven record of instilling a sense of integrity in our students,
creating educational experiences that sharpen their foundational skills
and "deep thinking," and producing outcomes that reflect their
talents and commitment.
Our faculty and staff are fully committed to your students,
to the mission and core values of the Academy, and to partnering with
you. The Academy is also a safe community. We intend to know
your students well, provide them with a sense of security, and challenge
them while still nurturing them. Our Board of Trustees has a deep
appreciation for our school community and is focused on the Academy's
strategic priorities. We are all committed to the success of your
Now is a dynamic time for independent schools, and we know
the future will be the same. Our Board of Trustees and
administration continuously work together to consider the best strategic
options for the Academy community -- everything from establishing
policies that reinforce the mission and core values of our school,
institutional organization, and tuition pricing, to new options for
revenue enhancement. Now is a time for creativity and innovation,
and we're ready to act in the best interest of the Academy.
What can you look forward to in 2018?
- Expansion of the Early
Childhood (EC) Division (2018-19) - We will roll out our Core &
Explore program in EC with more schedule and programming
options. We recognize the demand for excellent early education
coupled with the convenience of reliable, year-round care (that
includes before- and after-care in addition to the regular school
day) and are excited to meet this need under a single, competitive
- Free EDP for Early Childhood
and Lower School (LS) Divisions (2018-19) - Students in these divisions whose
families choose to enroll them in our after-school program will no
longer pay for this service, as it will be covered through tuition.
- Tuition Freeze in Lower School,
Middle School (MS), and Upper School (US) - We are freezing tuition rates for
LS, MS, and US for students who are re-enrolled on time for the
2018-19 academic year.
- Continuation of the
Longevity Discount (2018-19) - We are continuing our popular Longevity
Discount for rising 9th grade students. Information regarding
this opportunity will be sent to all Middle School families by
Jessica Warren in the next few weeks.
do we know our perceived identity is accurate?
teachers and staff listen to what you say -- whether at our annual
Connection Meetings, personal parent-teacher conversations, parent
forums, Parents Association meetings or surveys. Independent
external reviews also validate what we hear. We're proud that in
2018, Harrisburg Academy was named the 18th best private K-12 school in
Pennsylvania and the 13th best college prep private high school in
Pennsylvania by Niche (a feedback website that tabulates rankings,
reviews, and statistics on 250,000 U.S. colleges, K-12 schools, and
places to live).
can you do for the future success of your student and Harrisburg Academy?
can't succeed without the other. Listen to what your student tells
you about his or her experiences; then communicate what you've heard to
us -- whether it's positive or negative. It's how our mutual
partnership grows. A strong home and school partnership invariably
benefits your student. What are some other ways you can partner
- Re-enroll on time - Tuition dollars drive our
operating budget. By reenrolling your student on time, the
Academy is better able to plan for the coming year's programming and
- Engage with us - Independent school communities
are rooted in a spirit of "all-in." We are fortunate
that many parents volunteer their time and talent at Harrisburg
Academy - THANK YOU! Contact our Parents Association
leadership and fulfill your New Year's resolution to
volunteer! Or perhaps, plan to get your family involved with
Feed the Need and make an impact in our global and local
- Support you school - Did you know that tuition
revenue covers only approximately 80 percent of the Academy's total
operating costs? Raising non-tuition revenue is vitally
important to fill this gap.
- Be an ambassador for the
Academy - Share
your passion for our school and your positive experiences with your
friends! Encourage them to contact our Admission Office.
We appreciate all referrals and recognize this as the single best
way to identify new students who would be a great fit for our
- Continue the conversation - Mark your calendars for two
parent forums: Early Childhood and Lower School parents, Tuesday,
March 13 at 7 p.m.; Middle and Upper School parents, Wednesday,
March 14, at 7 p.m. We want your feedback.
are grateful for the benefits of Harrisburg Academy, but we must not take
them for granted. Much is required for independent schools to be
successful. Be actively involved, support the Academy, and join us
on our path to making the Academy ever better for our students in the
President, Board of Trustees