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The student news site of The Harker School.

Harker Aquila

The student news site of The Harker School.

Harker Aquila

Pencil in hand and timer set, Junior Jessica Zhou writes a practice test during an AP United States History (APUSH) class yesterday. The APUSH exam is scheduled to take place this Friday.

Upper school students take AP exams with special bell schedule

by Emma Gao, Co-Copy Editor May 5, 2022

Upper school students began taking Advanced Placement (AP) exams on Monday, with exams continuing on campus next week until May 13.  The upper school operates on a special bell schedule during these two...

A technician from Inspire Diagnostics applies a sticker to a mini test vial in the Rotunda, the upper schools COVID-19 testing site, on Feb. 4. BA.2 received the title “stealth variant” due to unique genetic traits that make it difficult to trace since it often appears as the delta variant in tests.

More contagious omicron subvariant BA.2 spreads as mask mandates lift

by Kinnera Mulam, Copy Editor March 9, 2022

The omicron subvariant BA.2 has appeared in over 40 countries, including the U.S, and is much more contagious than its predecessor.  As BA.1, or omicron, cases decline, states such as California, Oregon...

According to the Harker COVID-19 Data Dashboard, 19 students tested positive for COVID-19 from Jan. 2 to Jan. 8. As of yesterday, the upper school is not planning on implementing remote learning for any groups or grades on campus.

Upper school COVID-19 FAQ: Learning format, case numbers and contact tracing

by Lucy Ge, Co-Managing Editor January 12, 2022

This article has been updated on Jan. 16, 2022, to reflect current COVID-19 case numbers from the Harker COVID-19 Data Dashboard. 1. How many students and faculty have tested positive for COVID-19 at...

Upper school students prepare for final exams in the library on Monday, Dec. 13. During finals week, librarians enforced a completely silent study zone in the library for students to focus on their studying.

In-person final exams return for fall semester

by Selina Xu and Michelle Wei December 15, 2021

harkeraquila · Aquila Audible of "In-person final exams return for fall semester" Students took 90-minute in-person final exams yesterday, which will continue until Friday of this week. This...

Claire Su (9) works at her desk during remote learning. Second semester finals will be delivered virtually over the course of three days during the first week of June.

First finals of school year to be delivered virtually, students prepare for final seven AP exams

by Lucy Ge and Vishnu Kannan June 1, 2021

Upper school students are gearing up to take finals from home this week and their last Advanced Placement (AP) exams next week, marking the first finals of the school year and the end of an extended AP...

Junior Carter Chadwick works on math homework after school as upper school students continue to take classes from home. “You get out what you put in. So if you just use other people’s work, what’s the point of it? Why even take the class or go to school? That’s how I feel about cheating in general,” Carter said.

Redefining honor amidst uncertainty

by Emily Tan, Sarah Mohammed, and Sriya Batchu October 27, 2020

Greek philosopher Aristotle argued in his book Nicomachean Ethics that only voluntary actions, or the actual practice of virtue, could create a virtuous person. For Roman philosopher and statesman Marcus...

SAT and ACT prep books lie on a shelf. A judge in Alameda County ruled that the University of California must immediately cease considering SAT and ACT scores in admissions and scholarship decisions.

UCs must go test-blind, Alameda judge rules

by Arushi Saxena and Aditya Singhvi September 4, 2020

An Alameda County Superior Court judge ruled in a preliminary injunction on Sept. 1 that the University of California system must immediately bar all use of SAT and ACT test scores for scholarship and...

In a landmark decision, University of California announced on Thursday their plans to completely eliminate the influence of the SAT and ACT on their admissions process by 2025.

“A pretty big domino to fall”: UC schools to eliminate SAT and ACT testing consideration by 2025

by Lucy Ge, Winged Post Asst. News Editor May 23, 2020

The University of California (UC) Board of Regents unanimously decided on Thursday to take measures to eliminate consideration of SAT and ACT test scores by 2025 to reduce inequity in college admissions,...

Testing locations for both juniors and sophomores are posted on the TV monitors in Main. Both grades were required to be at school at 7:30 a.m.

Freshmen complete service as sophomores and juniors take PSATs

by Kushal Shah, Sports Columnist October 17, 2019

Sophomores and juniors took the PSATs at school on Wednesday from 8 to 11 a.m., while the freshmen travelled to Coyote Creek to sustain its natural environment and preserve it for years to come.  The...

Audrey Liu (10) focuses concentratedly on her work in the library during AP week. AP Exams were help in both the Auxiliary Gym and Nichols Atrium.

Students complete first week of AP testing

by Arushi Saxena, Global Editor May 9, 2019

Students completed their first week of AP exams on May 10, ending the week with the United States History and Physics 2 exams. Another week of AP testing lies ahead, with 17 exams being offered next week,...

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