Greetings and welcome to the Harford Day School website.
We hope our website gives you a glimpse into our community and provides you with timely and beneficial information. Of course, just browsing the website cannot show you the full depth and scope of our School or program. Current families stop by often and are always welcome, but we encourage prospective families to pay a visit to our beautiful campus, to meet our teachers, and to experience first-hand all we have to offer.
Much has changed in the world of education since Harford Day’s founding in 1957. The School has made great strides in keeping up with current philosophies, methods, and materials to best engage its students. Nevertheless, there are three key elements of the Harford Day experience that remain constant– we challenge our students to master the skills and knowledge necessary for success in upper school; we know that supportive classroom relationships based on respect are central to those expectations; and we believe in partnering with parents to do what is best for every student.
As an independent school, we remain free to build our own exceptional faculty whose content expertise is only exceeded by their love of teaching children. Unique to independent schools like Harford Day, our teachers create our curricula and program, thus having a vested interest in its effectiveness and the success of their students. There is no “teaching to the test” at Harford Day, because our students are not required to submit to state and federal testing.
A Harford Day School education is a gift meant to enrich the mind, body, and spirit of every student; its benefits realized not only while in elementary and middle school, but into high school, college, and life. While the website provides pertinent information about who we are, interacting with our students and faculty is the only way to experience the vitality that characterizes each day at Harford Day. Again, I invite you to come see us in action.
Best wishes and Go Dragons!
Gray Smith, Ed.D
Head of School
The aim of the Harford Day School is to provide disciplined, individualized education by stimulating and fostering the development of each child so that he or she will acquire sound habits of thought and expression and the best traits of personal character. It seeks to encourage respect for hard work and the disposition to do required tasks well by reason of honest effort. Besides thorough training in the essential skills, the program offers each student the opportunity to develop independence, imagination, curiosity, and responsibility.
With every day, we strive to provide a nurturing and inclusive learning environment that emphasizes understanding and appreciation of differing points of view and affirms human diversity as an indispensable component of academic excellence. We work to promote mutual respect among all members of the Harford Day School community, and we appreciate each person's value without regard to age, race, gender, ethnicity, national origin, culture, religion, family structure, sexual orientation, financial resources, or disability. Harford Day School seeks and welcomes a diverse population of students, families, faculty, staff, and trustees who are dedicated to fairness, respect, and compassion in a challenging and changing world.
Our students are expected to take an active role in their learning in order to achieve the hallmark of a Harford Day education, the mastery of fundamental skills and acquisition of core knowledge. By taking their academic responsibilities seriously, students of average to gifted ability can meet with success. Grouped in a variety of ways, and in various class sizes, 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. Every effort is made to ensure each of our student's participation in extra-curricular activities (sports teams, drama, chorus, etc.). Additionally, our students are expected to make contributions to and be good citizens of both the school and the larger community.