Welcome from Ashleigh Wilkes, Interim Head of School

Thank you for your interest in Harford Day School. We welcome the opportunity to meet you and share with you the amazing opportunities awaiting your child and family in our school community. Whether you are searching for a rigorous academic program with small class sizes, character and leadership development, foreign language, exposure to the arts, or competitive athletics, Harford Day School has all of this and more.

Founded in 1957, Harford Day School is the only independent, PreK3 to Grade 8, AIMS accredited school in Harford County. At Harford Day, you will discover a profound commitment to lifelong learning, hands-on experiences, individualized attention, and a caring, inclusive community.

Your child will be taught by highly qualified teachers who nurture and guide their students and get to know you and your family personally. The faculty have a vested interest in the implementation of the curricula and programs, and the autonomy to create their own customized units and lessons. We do not teach to a test, nor do we adhere to Maryland state standardized testing requirements. The teachers, coaches, administrators, and advisors at Harford Day are eager to work in close partnership with our families. Most importantly, your child will participate in a dynamic, comprehensive educational experience - one that cultivates each student’s intellectual, social, physical, emotional, and creative qualities.

Driven by the mission upon which the School was founded, and focused upon inquiry-based learning, a Harford Day education provides a gift meant to enrich the mind, body, and spirit of every student; its benefits evident not only while in elementary and middle school, but for years to come.

The best way to learn about our programs is to visit and see Harford County’s preeminent PreK-3 through Grade 8 academic environment for yourself. Plan your visit today to see how we Make Every Day Count!

Best wishes,


Ashleigh Wilkes
Interim Head of School

The Harford Day Mission

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.

Diversity Statement

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.

School Philosophy

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.

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