HARKNESS INSTITUTE

Av. Paseo de los Cocoteros No. 67 Nuevo Vallarta,  Nayarit,

CP63735, Mexico

Tel: 322-297-0603

*Harkness Institute has no official affiliation with Phillips Exeter Academy, the independent, secondary school in Exeter, N.H. USA, where the Harkness method of discussion-based learning originated.

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"We believe in
'results-oriented' education...
and the results are impressive!"

 

The question always is, what results has Harkness Institute achieved and what measurements are used?  These are things we analyze on a regular basis,  and we have ended up using numerous approaches to measure our progress. Yet, by every measure our students seem to come out with unusual success.

      In the SEP-administered  test for seniors, our students have been number one in the Vallarta area for years. That makes us proud, but it is only a partial evaluation.

   So we administer the widely used College Board examinations. By this measure our students have been exceptional.  In 2019 Harkness students came in number one. Not just among all the schools in Mexico.  But all those elite schools in Latin America.  Number One. 

    By another measure, Harkness students taking the SAT exams (the most widely used college entry exam in the U.S.) score hundreds of points higher than the average U.S. student, even though this demanding examination is in their second language. 

      But testing alone isn't the end result.  What happens to our students after they graduate is just as good a measure. Virtually all our students have been accepted to attend Universities in Mexico, Canada and the United States after graduation and many (if not most) have been accepted with scholarships.

   These schools include Cornell College, Whitman College, University of New Mexico, Kettering University, SCAD (Savannah College for the Arts and Design), Embry Riddle, (Arizona), Texas A&M, Miami University, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, ANAHUAC, UAM, University of the Americas, NYU in Abu Dhabi, Florence Institute of Design (Italy),  UNAM, IPN, ITAM, ITESO, and ITESM (both in Guadalajara and Monterrey) as well as Universities in Spain, Sweden, France and England.

   But perhaps most impressive, they report that their education enabled them to make the transition to university studies seamlessly.