Using a variety of materials, teaching styles, and hands-on activities, Harding teachers nurture each student to reach their full potential.
The rigorous academic program is based on California Content Standards for English language arts, mathematics, science, history and social science, physical education and the visual and performing arts.
Harding students receive vocal music, hands-on science, and art enrichment during the regular school day. Upper grade students take computer classes and learn to play musical instruments. All grade levels visit the school library regularly. Students and teachers maintain a garden on the Harding campus.
Harding promotes a positive learning environment. Spirit Week with “pajama day” and “wacky tacky day,” service learning projects, the Spring Concert and the annual variety show build school pride.
Older students are encouraged to participate in the student council, a buddy program, conflict mediation training, and mentoring programs.
After School Enrichment Programs (HASEP)
Harding Elementary has partners with the City of El Cerrito to provide after school enrichment classes, including sports, performing & mixed media arts, language, engineering, science, and technology in three sessions throughout the school year. Non-Harding School Students are welcome to register for classes.
There is a before and aftercare program at the nearby Harding Clubhouse run by the City of El Cerrito and an after school academic tutoring program.
Scholarships are available through the David Hunter Youth Memorial Scholarship, provided by City of El Cerrito, and the Margaret Wolfe Honorary HASEP Scholarship, offered to Harding students through the PTA.
Harding also serves students with special needs through five special day classes. It is the district elementary site for the hearing-impaired. These classes have a smaller teacher to student ratio and, whenever possible, are included in school-wide activities.
Harding Has An Active Parent Community
The PTA hosts many activities throughout the year. Volunteers staff the library, work in the classrooms, go on field trips, do school clean-up days, and raise money to supplement the core subjects.
Performance based education through musical theater. Seele Stars is a children’s theater company that seeks to instill, foster, and improve children’s education and critical skills through the experience of the performing arts and musical theater values.
Playworks is changing the way children experience school every day by leveraging the power of safe and healthy play. Their core values of inclusion, respect, healthy community, and healthy play are the foundation of their organization and are infused in all aspects of our work.
4th-6th Grade Band Program
Stay tuned for details!
4th Grade Science Program
BEAM (Berkeley Engineers and Mentors), a passionate student group of around 100 engineers and scientists at UC Berkeley. They believe that all elementary and middle school students should be able to explore their curiosity of the natural world. By writing their own engaging and hands-on curriculum, providing a small student to mentor ratio, and encouraging problem-based and build-centered learning, BEAM aims to change perceptions of science and engineering – making it more fun and approachable for all students regardless of race, gender, or socioeconomic status to pursue STEM careers.
Stay tuned for details!