Families of Current Harmony Public Schools Students Intending to Stay at Current Campus Next Year
Wait for your re-enrollment form to arrive at the start of the second semester, then submit it between January 6-24 to let us know you’ll be coming back in 2020-2021
Families of Current Harmony Public Schools Students Intending to Move Campuses Next Year
Visit HarmonyTX.org/Apply from Nov. 1-Feb. 10 to apply for enrollment to your new intended Harmony campus.
Families of Potential New Harmony Public Schools Students
Visit HarmonyTX.org/Apply from Nov. 1-Feb. 10 to learn more about Harmony and apply for open enrollment.
WHAT WE BELIEVE
Every child isn’t the same. So why should every school be?
Harmony Public Schools believes each student can achieve their own unique, full potential through a caring and collaborative academic environment that emphasizes personalized learning and innovative instructional methods.
WHAT MAKES HARMONY DIFFERENT
Engaging Education: Our project-based learning engages critical thinking skills and makes learning fun with hands-on activities that educate and excite.
Skills for Tomorrow: Our curriculum has been recognized by the TEA & others for providing students the STEM skills they need for the in-demand jobs of the future.
College Ready: Harmony has a 100% college acceptance rate, and almost two-thirds of our students are the first in their families ever to attend college.
COMMONLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Does Harmony Public Schools charge tuition to attend?
Absolutely not. Harmony is a tuition-free, Texas public charter school. We believe every student deserves the opportunity to attend a high-quality public school that fits their individual needs regardless of income.
Who is eligible to attend Harmony Public Schools?
All children residing in a Harmony school’s geographic boundary who meet registration requirements are eligible to attend. Unlike most other schools, though, Harmony’s geographic boundaries are much wider and generally include the entire community in which the school resides, meaning that all students in the area – regardless of neighborhood or family income level – have the same opportunity to attend a high-quality Harmony school.
What documents do I need to apply?
No documents are needed just to apply. However, if your child is selected for enrollment during the lottery process, you will need to provide a few basic documents that verify your child’s identity and home address.
I have a child in Harmony already, and would like to enroll their sibling for the first time. Do I still need to apply?
Yes. Siblings of current Harmony students still need to apply, but are given priority status if a campus lottery is needed.
DATES TO REMEMBER
Open Enrollment for 2020-2021 Begins for New Students
Re-Enrollment Period for Current Students
Open Enrollment for 2020-2021 Application Deadline
Campus Lotteries Held (if needed)
Local Wellness Policy 2019-2020
CE Name: Harmony School of Excellence-District
CE ID: 00508
Schools Operating Under the Local Wellness Policy
Harmony School of Excellence- 001
Harmony School of Endeavor -002
Harmony Science Academy- Bryan- 003
Harmony School of Advancement – 004
Harmony School of Discovery- 005
Harmony School of Technology (formerly known Northwest) – 006
Harmony School of Achievement- 007
Harmony School of Enrichment- 008
Harmony Science Academy – Cypress – 081
Harmony School of Excellence District shall follow nutrition guidelines that advance student health and reduce childhood obesity and shall promote the general wellness of all students through nutrition education, physical activity, and other school based activities.
A- Nutrition Education and Promotion
The school shall implement, in accordance with law, a coordinated health program with nutrition education component and shall use health course curriculum that emphasizes the importance of proper nutrition.
In addition, the district establishes the following goals for nutrition education.
1- Students will receive nutrition education that fosters the adoption and maintenance of healthy eating behaviors.
2- Nutrition education will be a district wide priority and will be integrated into other areas of the curriculum, as appropriate.
3- Staff responsible for nutrition education will be adequately prepared and will participate in professional development activities to effectively deliver the program as planned at least once per semester.
4- The Child Nutrition staff, teachers, and other school personnel will coordinate the promotion of nutrition messages in the cafeteria, the classroom, and school-wide events and other appropriate events.
5- Educational nutrition information will be shared with families and the general public to positively influence the health of all stakeholders. This will include but is not limited to Child Nutrition information in the school newsletter.
B- Physical Activity and Promote Wellness
The district shall implement, in accordance with law, a coordinated health program with physical education and physical activity components and shall offer at least the required amount of physical activity for all grades.
In addition, the district establishes the following goals for physical activity:
1- The district will provide an environment that fosters safe and enjoyable fitness activities for all students, including those who are not participating in competitive sports.
2. Physical education classes will regularly emphasize moderate to vigorous activity.
3. The district will encourage teachers to integrate physical activity into the academic curriculum where appropriate.
4. The district will encourage parents to support their children’s participation, to be active role models, and to include physical activity in family events.
C- School Based Activities to Promote Wellness
The district shall create an environment conducive to healthy eating and physical activity through implementation of the following policies.
Students shall be allowed sufficient time to eat meals.
The lunchroom facilities shall be safe, clean, and visually promote a message of healthy eating and wellness.
Students shall have access to free potable water during mealtimes. The water may be provided through water fountains inside or directly adjacent to the cafeteria, water dispenser, or water pitcher and cups.
Nutrition and physical activity shall be promoted to students and their families at suitable school sponsored events.
The Child Nutrition Assistant will give an annual presentation to teachers and staff informing them about ways to promote healthy living in daily classroom life.
D- Nutrition Guidelines for All Foods Available
The nutrition guidelines for foods served by the district during the school day shall be adequate to advance students health and reduce childhood obesity and shall meet or exceed federal regulations and guidance, and that all foods available on each campus are in accordance with Texas Department of Agriculture policy and school‐established standards.
TDA policy allow for 6 days per school year for fundraising events that are exempt from the USDA Smart Snack Guidelines. These 6 days will be designated independently by the school principals and published in the school website.
-October 31, 2019
-December 19 & 20, 2019
-February 14, 2020
-April 9, 2020
-May 22, 2020
Fundraising Events Other Than Exempt Days:
Fundraising events other than exempt days must be in compliance with USDA Smart Snack Guidelines and Texas Department of Agriculture regulations. The dates for non-exempt fundraising events will be designated by school principals. These non-exempt fundraising events may occur any days of school.
Guidelines for Reimbursable Meals
The district shall ensure that nutrition guidelines for reimbursable school meals shall be at least as restrictive as federal regulations and guidance and that all foods available on each campus are in accordance with the Texas Department of Agriculture regulations.
Negative Balance Policy
All students in the district are allowed to carry a negative balance up to $10 in their lunch and breakfast accounts. Until each student reaches that dollar amount, he or she will continue to get regular lunch and breakfast service.
The Superintendent or designee shall oversee the implementation of this policy and shall develop administrative procedures for periodically measuring the implementation of the wellness policy. The
Wellness Committee will conduct a yearly review of implementation, to (1) determine if the schools are in compliance with the LWP and (2) determine if the CE’s LWP aligns to model local wellness policies which use evidence-based strategies as well as (3) distribution of assessments results to the public with the results published on the schools’ websites.
Revisions and Updating the Policy
The District Health Committee will update or modify the district wellness policy based on the results of the annual progress reports and triennial assessments, and/or as district policies and priorities change; community needs change; wellness goals are met; and new Federal or State guidance or standards are issued. The wellness policy will be assessed and updated as indicated at least every three years, following the triennial assessment.
The district shall also seek to involve parents, students, representatives of the school food authority, the
Board, administrators, physical education teachers, school health professionals, and the public in the continued development and implementation of this school wellness policy
HSAdvancement is closed Friday, September 20. Classes will resume Monday, September 23.
Dear AP Student/Parent,
Taking the Advanced Placement exams is an important part of all AP courses. Harmony School Of Advancement desires that all students take AP exams for the AP classes that they are enrolled. Scoring well on an AP exam can often earn students college credit for their high school class, saving a significant amount on tuition.
For the 2020 AP exams, students at Harmony School Of Advancement will be registering online. This registration will take a few minutes and can be completed from any computer with internet access.
Online Exam registration will begin on Sun, Sep 1, 2019, and end on Fri, Nov 15, 2019. In order to register, students should click on the link provided on the school website or visit www.TotalRegistration.net/AP/443598 .To complete registration, students must answer all of the required questions. Registration is not complete until students have printed the pdf of the confirmation page that is provided at the end. We strongly recommend that parents and students are both present while registering to ensure that the correct exams are ordered.
Harmony School Of Advancement is excited to offer families the convenience of paying exam fees online at the time of registration. Please be sure to have a credit card or debit card available before beginning registration. Paying online is a great way to make sure that payment has been made and will avoid having to order exams late and/or pay late fees.
Here are the important dates for the registration process:
Sun, Sep 1, 2019 at 11:59 PM – Registration Begins
Sun, Oct 6, 2019 at 11:59 PM – Registrations and payments after this date will incur a $10 late fee per exam.
Sat, Nov 16, 2019 at 11:59 PM – Registrations and payments after this date will incur a $40 late fee per exam.
Fri, Nov 15, 2019 at 12:01 AM – Registration Ends
Mon, Nov 18, 2019 at 12:01 AM – Registrations that have not been paid for will be cancelled and exams will not be ordered.
Fri, Nov 1, 2019 – Last day to cancel an exam and receive a full refund.
Fri, Nov 15, 2019 – Last day to cancel an exam with a cancellation fee of $40.00.
Please contact Mrs. Katrina Wms. Brown, email@example.com , if you have any questions.
In accordance with the Texas State Plan for the Education of Gifted/Talented students, Harmony Public Schools will begin taking referrals for kindergarten and newly-enrolled students in grades 1-12 for gifted and talented screening. Anyone interested in the educational welfare of these students may refer them for assessment.
Referral forms are available at the front office and on the school’s web site. Here are the links for the forms;
The forms must be returned to the front office by Friday, September 27, 2019. G/T assessment period will take place in October.
For more information about the screening and identification process, parents may contact the school’s GT coordinator or GT coach/teacher.
Dear Parents and Guardians,
While we want to promote going green and carpooling, we also understand that students will need to be dropped off and picked up. The link below are the areas to drop-off and pick-up students.
You can submit the PE uniforms online or fill out the form below and return it with your payment to the front office.
For online order, go to the link below and create an account, and submit your order. The orders will be ready to pick up the week of August 19th.
Freshman Orientation-Welcome 9th Grade Students!
9th-grade orientation schedule:
9-9:40 General Session in Gym (Intro of Admin, 9th-grade teachers; Basic campus info), ALPHAS presentation
9:45 Rotations begin
Group 1 – Mrs. Brown
9:45 am – Club Fair and School Tour (floors 1-3)
10:15am – Uniforms & Fees (front office); ID pictures (Room 102)
11:30 am – Signing forms & Locker Assignments (4th floor)
Group 2 – Mrs. Do
9:45am – Uniforms & Fees (front office); ID pictures (Room 102)
10:15 am – Signing forms & Locker Assignments (4th floor)
11:30 am – Club Fair and School Tour (floors 1-3)
Group 3 – Mrs. Venson
9:45 am – Signing forms & Locker Assignments (4th floor)
10:15 am – Club Fair and School Tour (floors 1-3)
11:30am – Uniforms & Fees (front office); ID pictures (Room 102)
Hello Advancement Students! Please refer to the chart below to know who your Counselor will be for the 2019-2020 School Year. Counselors are no longer by grade level and instead will split students into 3 groups by name, regardless of grade – this means Mrs. Brown, Mrs. Do, and Mrs. Venson will work with students in all grades. Stop by the Student Center on the 3rd floor (formerly the Library) during the 1st week of school if you have any questions!
|Group 1||Group 2||Group 3|
|9th grade||S. Abbas – K. Garza||A. Gavela – S. Ozorio||C.Palermo – V. Zavala|
|10th grade||K. Abshire – E.G. Lopez||J. Heath – J. Palomares||I. Palomba – K. Yanez|
|11th grade||N. Abusaid – A. Garcia||J. Garcia – Z. Mwamba||M. Nader – T. Zeno|
|12th grade||A. Abideen – A. Franco||K. Freeman – J. Mendoza||A. Mobarak – D. Wynn|
“We are very happy to continue to reward our staff for their dedication to excellence,” said Fatih Ay, CEO of Harmony Public Schools. “Every year our 34,000 plus students consistently exceed state education standards. Our teacher’s hard work is recognized annually by major publications, such as US News Best High Schools, and noted children’s advocacy groups.”
In addition to a base salary increase of between $3,500 & $5,000, teachers will be awarded a stipend of $1,000 if they have between 5 and 9 years of classroom experience. Those with more than 10 years’ experience will receive $2,000. “We see this as an investment not only in our teachers but in our students as well,” Ay said.
The new salary schedule follows Governor Greg Abbott’s signing of the $11.5 Billion school finance reform package. Harmony chose to target additional funding into pay & benefits for teachers and staff. These increases have been presented to the HPS Board of Directors, and will be up for approval after receiving regulations from TEA.
Harmony Proposed Pay Increases
Harmony School of Advancement campus Summer office hours:
June 3 – 28
Monday – Friday, 8:00 am to 4:30 pm (Close lunchtime, 12:00 pm to 12:30 pm)
July 1 – 12
July 15 – 31
Monday – Friday, 8:00 am to 4:30 pm (Close lunchtime, 12:00 pm to 12:30 pm)
- Website Accessibility
Harmony Public Schools (“Harmony”) is committed to making the information on its website accessible to individuals with disabilities in compliance with the requirements of Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.
If you use assistive technology (such as a screen reader, eye tracking device, voice recognition software, etc.) and have difficulty accessing information on the Harmony website, please contact HPS Webmaster by email at firstname.lastname@example.org . Please include the following when communicating with Harmony regarding accessibility issues:
A description of your accessibility concern.
The format in which you prefer to receive the materials.
The web page address of the requested material(s).
The best way to contact you (email address or phone number, or both).
Harmony will make appropriate accommodations to facilitate access to any website content.
Complaints regarding website accessibility may be submitted through the Public Complaint process outlined in Board Policy PG-1.12 (Public Complaints).
Please note that some pages on the Harmony website contain links to third-party sites, which are not within Harmony’s control. If you notify Harmony of problems with accessing a third-party site that is necessary to participate in one of Harmony’s programs or activities, we will make the material or information available in an accessible format.
- Report Bullying
If you are experiencing a problem with bullying at Harmony, or have other discipline-related concerns regarding one of our schools, please fill out the form at the link below for the Dean of Students.
- HPS Child Find Policy
It is the policy of the Harmony Public Schools to ensure that
- All children with disabilities enrolled in the charter school regardless of the severity of their disability, and who are in need of special education and related services, are identified, located, and evaluated; and
- A practical method is developed and implemented to determine which children are currently receiving needed special education and related services.
These requirements apply to:
- Homeless children;
- Children who are wards of the state;
- Highly mobile children (including migrant children); and
- Children who are suspected of being in need of special education but who are advancing from grade to grade.
20 U.S.C. 1412(a)(3)(A); 34 CFR 300.111(a)(1)(i), (c).
- Non-discrimination Statement as Part of the School's Admission Policy
It is the policy of HPS not to discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, age, or disability in its programs, services, or activities as required by Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended; Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972; and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended. For inquiries regarding non-discrimination policies, please contact Section 504/ADA Coordinator at (713) 343-3333 located at 9321 W. Sam Houston Pkwy S. Houston, TX 77099.
- Non-discrimination Statement in Career and Technical Education Programs
HARMONY PUBLIC SCHOOLS offers support to school district for career and technical education programs in Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources; Architecture and Construction; Arts, Audio/Video Technology, and Communications; Business Management and Administration; Education and Training; Finance; Government and Public Administration; Health Science; Hospitality and Tourism; Human Services; Information Technology; Law, Public Safety, Corrections, and Security; Manufacturing; Marketing; Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics; Transportation, Distribution, and Logistics. Admission to these programs is based on enrollment in HARMONY PUBLIC SCHOOLS secondary schools.
It is the policy of HARMONY PUBLIC SCHOOLS not to discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex or handicap in its CTE programs, services or activities as required by Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended; Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972; and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended.
It is the policy of HARMONY PUBLIC SCHOOLS not to discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, handicap, or age in its employment practices as required by Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended; Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972; the Age Discrimination Act of 1975, as amended; and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended.
HARMONY PUBLIC SCHOOLS will take steps to assure that lack of English language skills will not be a barrier to admission and participation in all educational and CTE programs.
For information about your rights or grievance procedures, contact the Title IX Coordinator, CHARLES LAMBERT, and/or the Section 504 Coordinator, IHSAN KARA, at 9321 W. Sam Houston Pkwy S. Houston, TX 77099, Phone: (713) 343-3333.
- Aviso de No discriminación en los Programas de Educación Profesional y
Las Escuelas Públicas Harmony ofrecen programas vocacionales en Agricultura, Alimentación y Recursos Naturales; Arquitectura y Construcción; Artes, Tecnología de Audio / Video y Comunicaciones; Administración de Negocios y Administración; Educación y Entrenamiento; Finanzas; Gobierno y Administración Pública; Ciencias de la salud; Hospitalidad y Turismo; Recursos Humanos; Tecnología de la Información; Derecho; Seguridad Pública, Correccionales y Seguridad; Manufactura; Mercadeo; Ciencias, Tecnología, Ingeniería y Matemáticas; Transporte, Distribución y Logística. La admisión a estos programas se basa en el número de estudiantes de secundaria registrados en las Escuelas Públicas Harmony.
Es norma de las Escuelas Públicas Harmony no discriminar por motivos de raza, color, origen nacional, sexo o impedimento, en sus programas, servicios o actividades de CTE, tal como lo requieren el Título VI de la Ley de Derechos Civiles de 1964, según enmienda; el Título IX de las Enmiendas en la Educación, de 1972, y la Sección 504 de la Ley de Rehabilitación de 1973, según enmienda.
Es norma de las Escuelas Públicas Harmony no discriminar por motivos de raza, color, origen nacional, sexo, impedimento o edad, en sus procedimientos de empleo, tal como lo requieren el Título VI de la Ley de Derechos Civiles de 1964, según enmienda; el Título IX de las Enmiendas en la Educación, de 1972, la ley de Discriminación por Edad, de 1975, según enmienda, y la Sección 504 de la Ley de Rehabilitación de 1973, según enmienda.
Las Escuelas Públicas Harmony tomarán las medidas necesarias para asegurar que la falta de habilidad en el uso del inglés no sea un obstáculo para la admisión y participación en todos los programas educativos y CTE.
Para información sobre sus derechos o procedimientos para quejas, comuníquese con el Coordinador del Título IX, CHARLES LAMBERT, y/o el Coordinador de la Sección 504, IHSAN KARA, a la siguiente dirección: 9321 W. Sam Houston Pkwy S. Houston, TX 77099, Teléfono: (713) 343-3333.
- TX Transition and Employment Guide
The Texas Transition and Employment Guide provides youth, young adults, parents and professionals with secondary transition resources to facilitate a young person’s progress towards post-secondary goals to education, employment, and community living.
Access the guide — in English and Spanish — at the Texas Transition Website.