Frequently Asked Questions

We often receive similar questions from families interested in our school so we have compiled a list with some general information. If you do not see your question answered below please do not hesitate to reach out to us!

How do I find out more about Harford Day School?

Come for a visit. See Harford Day in action! You may arrange a personalized visit by contacting Diane Russell, Director of Admissions, directly at 410-809-2403 or via email:

When do students begin taking a second language and what second languages are offered?

Spanish and Mandarin (Chinese) are taught in K-Prep 4 to Grade 3.  In Grade 4, students elect whether to pursue Spanish or Mandarin in Grades 4-8. Grade 8 students may also elect to take Latin. Typically, our graduates begin high school placed in the second year of their selected foreign language and often in an honors section.

My child has food allergies. How will he/she be kept safe?

Harford Day School works closely with families to ensure their children’s health and safety. Our school is “allergy aware.” The school nurse, Beth Muller-Hinder, works with parents and teachers to educate everyone about a child’s food allergies. Teachers are aware of children’s allergies and trained to use safety stations located across campus that include auto-inject epinephrine. Lunch is eaten in small groups with faculty supervision and children are not allowed to share food. On days when special “hot lunches” are being served to children in K-Prep and Kindergarten, additional safety measures are being developed such as allergy awareness bracelets and photo identification.

Do children have recess?

At Harford Day School all children, K-Prep through Grade 8, have two (2) recess periods per day. The school retains recess as part of the daily schedule not only to promote physical activity but because it improves attentiveness in the classroom and provides necessary “brain-breaks” that are known to contribute to knowledge retention and greater learning.

What is the daily school schedule?

All students begin their school day at 8:00 a.m. but may arrive on campus as early as 7:15 a.m. K-Prep-Grade 5 dismiss at 2:50 PM, and Grades 6-8 dismiss at 3:00 PM. All students may stay for Extended Day until 6:00 PM

How are admissions decisions made?

The admissions committee, which is comprised of the Head of School, Director of Admissions, and the respective Division Head, carefully assesses each applicant’s readiness for academic, social, and personal success at Harford Day School. All admissions are made at the discretion of the Head of School. Admissions decisions for applications received by the priority deadline. Applications received after the deadline are reviewed on a rolling basis.