Our Mission

“Harbor cherishes childhood, cultivates wonder and inspires confident learners and leaders.”

These are the core, guiding principles at Harbor Country Day School, and the source of both our vision and energy. We measure our performance against a “portrait” of the academic and social development we strive to foster in every Harbor student.

Harbor graduates are:

  • Fearless learners, and reflective leaders who negotiate effectively
  • Possess the moral and ethical foundation that prepares them to exhibit compassion and tolerance in a global community
  • Culturally experienced and conversant in the humanities and the sciences
  • Prepared to achieve their dreams because they view themselves as works continually in progress

These are the aspirations we have for our students. They parallel the values and aspirations of the School's founders, and are reflected in the work and passion of our school leaders, faculty and Board of Trustees. Our mission guides us in making decisions, and in setting the standards by which the curriculum is evaluated. Moreover, these principles provide the touchstone by which the need for change in the future can be assessed.

Our Motto

"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.” For more than five 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 adolescents’ concerns. Harbor teaches and shows by example that creative, purposeful, enjoyable work is an essential part of a fully-lived life.

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"Harbor continues to demonstrate an incomparable environment for young minds to grow and flourish. The energy inside and outside of classrooms is simply inspiring."

-Linda Sjogren

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"I'm so excited to see my daughter grow and make friends for life."

-Preschool 3s Family

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"I just want to tell you we've had a great year. The teachers are so creative and he's learned so naturally. I've loved our preschool here. They've really cemented his love of learning. That's part of his personality but also, that's what they've fostered here."

—Current Parent

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As I dropped my kids off this morning and proceeded to take a flight, I never had a moment's pause about leaving them in the care of the school while I was beyond their reach. That kind of trust is priceless.

—Current Parent

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"Harbor Country Day is all about educating the whole child with teachers and staff who care, small classes that stimulate thought, and a community focused on children's character and leadership development."


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"Students are nurtured as they move through our school, allowing them to feel safe and supported by our staff. As a result, they not only gain the mastery of the basic skills presented in our challenging core and co-curricular offerings, but are also enabled to think creatively and work collaboratively to effectively solve problems that come their way - skills essential for success in the 21st century."

—Mr. Joe Ferber, Former Interim Head of School

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"The field trips, class sizes, curriculum and mentoring nature of the community forged for me a foundation that I rely on today and every day. Some of the best things in my life have come from my Harbor experience."

—Andrew, Alumnus