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Welcome to Harbor Country Day School

Harbor Country Day School is an independent, co-educational
school for students in Preschool 2 through 8th Grade.


Harbor cherishes childhood, cultivates wonder and inspires confident learners and leaders. These are the core, guiding principles at Harbor, and the source of both our vision and energy!


"Sine labore nihil - Without work nothing"

From its very beginning in 1958, the motto of Harbor Country Day School has been the same, from the Latin poet Horace: “Sine labore nihil,” translated as, "Without work nothing." For six decades, our graduates have remembered the school’s motto as one of life's truths -- that nothing comes without hard work. The students are taught how to work with purpose, and also how to make it fun. Preschoolers may sing songs in Mandarin at the Confucius Institute's annual Chinese New Year Celebration; science students may travel on the school's bus to explore and analyze nearby wetlands; and English class may read, discuss, and write about a complex novel that strikes at the heart of a young adolescent's concerns. Harbor teaches and shows by example that creative, purposeful, enjoyable work is an essential part of a fully-lived life.


Harbor believes celebrating diversity enriches the lives of everyone, and that embracing the essence of each individual makes us stronger as a school community. We honor different perspectives, cultures, ways of life and the beliefs people bring when they walk through our doors. As a result, our students possess the moral and ethical foundation that prepares them to live with compassion and empathy in a global world.


Harbor Country Day Graduates are fearless learners, and reflective leaders who negotiate effectively. They are prepared to exhibit compassion and tolerance in a global community, owing to a solid moral and ethical foundation. They are culturally experienced and conversant in the humanities and the sciences, and they are prepared to achieve their dreams because they view themselves as works continually in progress.

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