Bold Ambition Campaign

A Message from Our Leadership

Bold Ambition campaign blueprintToday, Harrisburg Academy sets the standard for academic excellence in Central Pennsylvania.  The educational experiences created by our faculty, the learning outcomes of our students, and the character they demonstrate make the Academy a highly successful and dynamic school.  Because of the commitment of our faculty and the leadership of our administration, Academy students have an unquestionable advantage.  Every day, we become more and more aware of the unique treasure that is Harrisburg Academy.


It is for these reasons and more that we designed the Bold Ambition campaign to be a “comprehensive” one – meaning that it contains three major elements.  The first element is dedicated to raising $5.5 million for renovations and new construction.  We will add 13,000 square feet of instructional space to the current facilities and renovate another 26 percent of existing space.  We are working from a priority list developed during the completion of a campus-wide facilities master plan that provides a growth blueprint for the next 10 years.  The second is directed to expanding our endowment resources by another $1.5 million, thereby augmenting the successful Faculty First Endowment campaign of 2007-09.  The third will add another $1.5 million to annual Academy Fund efforts, thereby boosting resources immediately available to underwrite operating expenses.


We are currently experiencing the success of the first two phases of the campaign.  Now complete is:


  • The $750,000 renovation of four Middle and Upper School science labs and the creation of a fifth lab, designated for robotics learning and technology innovation;
  • The creation of the McCormick Auditorium Commons; and
  • The construction of a 3,200 square-foot music suite with large rooms for orchestral and choral instruction, and four practice rooms for individual instruction and practice.

We are grateful to our trustees, current and past parents, and local foundations that funded the renovation of the both the science labs and gateway to our music and performing arts facilities.  Our faculty is very pleased with its new space and equipment.


The success of the campaign will ensure that we continue to provide the best facilities for teaching and learning for current and future Academy students.  Expanding the Academy’s endowment and increasing annual funding will help secure the financial sustainability of our extraordinary school.  When committing to the campaign, our intent was strategic and practical, but at the same time bold in spirit.  Please join us now on our bold venture by supporting one, two, or all three elements of the Bold Ambition campaign.
The future of Harrisburg Academy has never been brighter.  Now is an exciting time to be involved in the Academy community and invest in the future of what was known at its inception as "Mr. Harris’ school."


With warm regards,


Keith Clark

Jim Newman

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President of the Board of Trustees


Head of School


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Serving Students Preschool - 12th Grade.

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