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An Independent School in Saint James, NY

Founded in 1958 by a group of devoted parents, Harbor Country Day School is a nonprofit, independent private school for preschool through eighth grade in Suffolk County. We are located near West Islip and Setauket on Long Island’s north shore, nestled in the quiet Village of Head of the Harbor. It’s a school where children are encouraged to be who they are and where differences are celebrated. Because of this solid foundation of acceptance and love, students at Harbor are confident, self-aware, and happy -- and they love to come to school.

Harbor students approach learning with a fearlessness that only comes from knowing that they will be safe and accepted regardless of whether they succeed or fail. They embrace the hard work that comes with a rigorous curriculum like Harbor’s because they are taught from the day they enter the school how to work with purpose, and how to make it fun.

Public speaking, community service, athletics, cross-divisional mentoring programs, upper school leadership retreats, social-emotional learning programs -- all of these opportunities, and so many more, help children realize their full potential as individuals and as leaders so that when they leave Harbor, they are fully prepared to master the challenges of secondary school, college, and life beyond.

Harbor Country Day School is chartered by the New York State Board of Regents and is accredited by, and a member of, the New York State Association of Independent Schools (NYSAIS). It is a non-sectarian, non-profit organization under section 501(c)(3) of the IRS Code governed by a self-perpetuation board of trustees.



We invite you to review our five-year Strategic Plan 2018-2023 below.