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Private Independent School Since 1957

Make Every Day Count

Founded in 1957, Harford Day School is the oldest private, independent school in Harford County serving children age 3 to Grade 8. Conveniently located near downtown Bel Air, Maryland, our campus is easily accessible from Baltimore, Southern Pennsylvania, and surrounding counties. Harford Day enrolls over 300 boys and girls with a reputation for graduating smart, well-rounded students who know the value of hard work, perseverance, and teamwork. A challenging inquiry-based academic program that emphasizes strong character, personal responsibility, and creative problem-solving prepares our students for achievement in top high school programs and beyond.

We welcome you to explore our website, but the best way to get to know Harford Day is to visit our campus. Contact Diane Russell, Director of Enrollment Management, to schedule a personalized tour where you will observe our dynamic classes, encounter our passionate faculty, happy students, and see how we–Make Every Day Count. Click on the "Schedule a Visit" button below to get in touch.
“The faculty and staff in early childhood have been amazing, and are so nurturing. Our daughter loves going to school every day and is learning so much. The teachers have also been welcoming to our younger daughter who will be a Little Dragon in the fall—she can’t wait to join her big sister at Harford Day.”
– Alumna ‘98 & Parent ’32, ’34
“One of the most impactful life experiences for our family has been being part of the Harford Day School community. Because the school embraced our son's uniqueness, challenged his mind to grow, and taught him vital lifelong skills…, we had the privilege to watch him flourish not just academically, but emotionally, socially, and physically as well. For this incredible experience, we will be forever grateful.”
– Parent ’23, ’26, ‘28
“HDS has been such a wonderful school and experience for our whole family. Enrolling our son was one of the best decisions we have ever made. There is no greater investment than in the future of our children! Every person we interact with has the best interest of the children's safety and learning in mind.”
– Parent ‘26

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  • 12

    Acre Campus
  • 1957

    Harford Day is founded
  • 8:1

    Student-Teacher ratio
  • 13

    Average class size
  • 1:1

    Student - Technology Device
  • $650,000

    High school scholarships awarded
  • 9

    Athletic teams in 6 sports
  • 95%

    Accepted to first-choice High School
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See How We Make Every Day Count

Our students are encouraged to be independent thinkers, to demonstrate intellectual curiosity, and to work at the edge of their comfort level in a supportive environment. Our students learn independently, collaboratively, and experientially, both on campus and on field trips. Developing healthy minds and healthy bodies is an important aspect of our program.

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By selecting Harford Day, our families make education a priority and in return they find a supportive community of teachers, administrators, and fellow parents.

Harford Day is the only PK3 to Grade 8 independent school in Harford County accredited by AIMS (Association of Independent Maryland/DC Schools) and a member of NAIS (National Association of Independent Schools).
Non-discrimination Statement
Application to Harford Day School is open to all students without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin,
 sexual orientation, or disability. Harford Day School does not discriminate in the administration of its educational policies, financial policies, financial aid programs, and other administered extra-curricular or administrative programs.

The Harford Day Mission
At Harford Day School, learning is a joyful process rooted in respectful relationships, strong traditions, and an innovative program that fosters confidence, imagination, curiosity, and engagement with the world.