Describe campus/program, goals, and theory of change

Harmony Public Schools is a high performing K-12 college-preparatory charter school network focusing on Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM).  Harmony Public Schools is an open-enrollment, public charter school network free to all students living in their respective and surrounding school district.  Harmony Public Schools continually strives toward maintaining high academic standards that equip our students to succeed in industries of the future.

• High Expectations:  Every student will learn and grow into a successful and productive citizen.

• Dedicated Staff:  We do whatever it takes to help our students reach their goals.

• Working Together:  Our students, parents, and staff work in harmony to create a strong community of success.

• Character Matters:  We guide our students to value integrity, show respect, and be responsible.

• STEM for All:  Every student will graduate with a strong understanding and appreciation of STEM and how it connects to the real world.

Taking action. Shaping the future.  Strive towards maintaining the high academic standards that will powerfully propel students into the 21st century.  Diligently work to mold responsive, productive, and civic-minded individuals.

Describe Blueprint Benchmark strengths

1.2.B  Develops an academy Leadership Team and identifies the internal role each member will play---The academy has established a strong and structured Design Team.

2.2.C  Creates a professional learning community environment of collaboration, teaming and high expectations---The academy has weekly scheduled content, department, and grade level PLCs.

3.3.A  Develops and implements systemic, tiered strategies for student support and retention---The academy has enrichment/acceleration and remediation/intervention student support programs in place.

 

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What areas of interest do you have for Technical Assistance (up to 3 areas, rank in order of importance)?

3.1.A  Develop a recruitment plan for students into the new academy to build up enrollment.

4.1.A  Recruit and select highly qualified secondary and post-secondary faculty.

4.2.A  Develop a Professional Development Plan for a sustained PD model of continuous learning.

What tools or resources would be valuable to your campus to support your implementation of the blueprint?

4.2.A  The academy would benefit from professional development for current technology hardware and software for both teachers and students.  In a brand new facility with new staff and new students, training on iPads, Chrome Books, Smart Boards and other technology is necessary.

What have been your challenges and how have you addressed them?

The greatest challenge was getting the new facility ready for August to begin classes.  Furniture had not arrived and some sections of the building had not been completed in early August.  New teachers had to participate in Harmony model training and parent orientations had to be held.  The academy opened its doors on time to commence a new academic year but a lot of hard work and effort was made to get everything ready.

School uses Innovative Instructional Strategies (i.e. PBL, CIF, PLTW, Rounds, New Tech) - please evaluate and describe
Strongly Agree
School uses Innovative Instructional Strategies (i.e. PBL, CIF, PLTW, Rounds, New Tech) - describe
The academy utilizes Project Based Learning (PBL) strategies, Professional Learning Communities (PLCs), Project Lead the Way (PLTW), FUSE, Harmony Instrucctional Frameworks, and the "Custom Day" Harmony Model.
School uses technology effectively - please evaluate and describe
Strongly Agree
School uses technology effectively - describe
Every student participates in the one-to-one Chromebook program. All teachers are assigned their personal laptops. SMART projectors are installed and utilized in every classroom. Math teachers use Mimeo pads and TI N-Spire calculators with the clicker attachment. The English Language Arts (ELA) teachers use document cameras.
School develops and offers valuable Work-Based Experiences and Internships - please evaluate and describe
Agree
School develops and offers valuable Work-Based Experiences and Internships - describe
The academy has partnerships with local hospitals and business partners. The academy provides its students with available internships. This past summer Harmony students participated in the Texas Southmost College (TSC) Governor's Summer Camps. Students will apply to the High Scholars Summer Internship Program at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV) that will be held from June 4 to August 3, 2018. March 22, 2018 is the application deadline. They will also apply to TSC one-week long Summer Internship Camps.
School promotes an effective Advisory Board Make Up and Work - please evaluate and describe
Strongly Agree
School promotes an effective Advisory Board Make Up and Work - describe
The academy has assembled a strong, local STEM Advisory Board that has commitment from business, community, college/university, and industry representatives. The academy hosts an Advisory Board meeting in the Fall and one in the Spring. The Board members are also invited to participate in academy events such as Science Fair Judges, Career Day Speakers, and Capstone Project Presentation Panelists/Judges.
School offers effective Student Support and Academic Counseling - please evaluate and describe
Strongly Agree
School offers effective Student Support and Academic Counseling - describe
Student support and academic counseling are part of the curriculum. The academy provides before, during and after school tutorials and intervention programs. From their Harmony model, the academy has embedded "Custom Day" labs daily that provide individualized learning in Math and English. The three Harmony Counselors present during Advisory Period and meet individually with students and parents to discuss individual graduation plans, graduation requirements, graduation pathways, etc. They also invite university representatives for College Nights.
School employs effective Teacher and Staff Development Plan - please evaluate and describe
Strongly Agree
School employs effective Teacher and Staff Development Plan - describe
The academy utilizes Eduphoria's Workshop modules. Teachers log in to participate in content professional development modules that award CPE hours. Harmony district purchased "My Learning Plan", a software, for all Harmonies to utilize. Brownsville Harmony uses TEA's "Texas Gateway" to promote professional development for their teachers. This program also awards CPE credit. Harmony District Specialists meet monthly with content teachers and provide on-going training workshops in cluster meetings.
School employs effective Dual Credit/AP/IB Policies and Procedures - please evaluate and describe
Strongly Agree
School employs effective Dual Credit/AP/IB Policies and Procedures - describe
The academy does not employ an IB policy. It follows the state policy and procedures for AP courses. It does adhere to a Dual Credit policy and its procedures from the Texas Southmost College Dual Credit Handbook. The academy has a strong MOU with this institution of higher education.
School effectively implements DC/AP/IB - please evaluate and describe success/challenges with implementation - please evaluate
Strongly Agree
School effectively implements DC/AP/IB - please evaluate and describe success/challenges with implementation - describe
The academy does not employ an IB policy. It follows the state policy and procedures for AP courses. It does adhere to a Dual Credit policy and its procedures from the Texas Southmost College Dual Credit Handbook. The academy has a strong MOU with this institution of higher education. All dual credit classes are offered on campus by Adjunct Instructors who are certified by Lone Star College. The academy also has MOUs with the University of Texas/Permian Basin and Lone Star College for online dual credit courses.
School offers effective Bridge Program(s) - please evaluate and describe
Agree
School offers effective Bridge Program(s) - describe
Harmony headquarters offer STEM Summer Camps---one for girls in San Antonio for the girls and one in Dallas for the boys. Locally, the academy students participate in the annual Texas Southmost College (TSC) Summer Camps and the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV) High Scholars Program. The was no STEM Camp on campus last summer.
School offers valuable Internship Opportunities - please evaluate and describe
Agree
School offers valuable Internship Opportunities - describe
The academy has partnerships with local hospitals and business partners. The academy provides its students with available internships. This past summer Harmony students participated in the Texas Southmost College (TSC) Governor's Summer Camps. Students will apply to the High Scholars Summer Internship Program at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV) that will be held from June 4 to August 3, 2018. March 22, 2018 is the application deadline. They will also apply to TSC one-week long Summer Internship Camps.
School offers effective Student Capstone Projects - please evaluate and describe
Strongly Agree
School offers effective Student Capstone Projects - describe
The academy has a strong Capstone Project Program on campus. Students have the options to present their engineering design Capstone Projects through Project Lead the Way (PLTW) or through Career and Technology Education elective course Problems and Solution I & II. All Seniors are required to design, present and defend a Capstone Project in the Spring.
School offers effective Mentoring Program(s) - please evaluate and describe
Strongly Agree
School offers effective Mentoring Program(s) - describe
The academy utilizes a strong student mentoring program---College Readiness and Leadership Program (CRLP). Eleven groups, minimally one or more groups per 7th through 12th grades (except 6th grade) were formed this year. Teachers, alums, and parents are paid a stipend to serve as volunteer mentors. They have weekly activities that total three to four hours. They use the character education lesson plans/curriculum before and after school.
School offers engaging and effective Academic Clubs and Extra-Curricular Activities - please evaluate and describe
Strongly Agree
School offers engaging and effective Academic Clubs and Extra-Curricular Activities - describe
Students in the academy participate in positive and productive STEM academic clubs and extra-curricular activities:
Robotics Club---FTC and FLL Yearbook Student Council
Science Olympiad---MS and HS Special Olympics STEM Ambassadors
Math Counts Solar Car
Urban Gardening Club National Honor Society
Advanced Research Society National Junior Honor Society

Describe IHE Partners and level of support including use of facilities

1.  The academy has an MOU with Texas Southmost College for dual credit/dual enrollment.  It does not use the IHE's facilities.

2.  The academy has an MOU with Lone Star College for online dual enrollment and to certify its Adjunct Instructors.

3.  The academy has an MOU with the University of Texas Brownsville for local dual enrollment and online program.   

School provides purposeful and effective Program Pathways (with key courses) - please evaluate and describe
Strongly Agree
School provides purposeful and effective Program Pathways (with key courses) - describe

The academy offers the three following purposeful and effective Program Pathways to its students:

1.  Project Lead the Way (PLTW) Biomedical---All Career & Technology Education courses

2.  Project Lead the Way (PLTW) Engineering---All Career & Technology Education courses

3.  Project Lead the Way (PLTW) Computer Science

Describe established workforce/industry partnerships and level of support

The academy has established strong partnerships with the following businesses that provide a high level of support:

1.  PESA---This import/export printing company makes monetary donations to the academy and participates as Career Day speakers and Science Fair judges.

2.  TEX-US---The employees of this local substation company, that fixes generators and wind fans, serve on the STEM Advisory Board, the Capstone Projects panel of judges and donate funds.

3.  Westlake Dentistry---The employees serve on the STEM Advisory Board, provide internships, and participate as Career Day speakers. 

Provide a preliminary rating for Blueprint benchmark 'Mission-Driven Leadership' (TSTEM)
9
Provide a preliminary rating for Blueprint benchmark 'STEM Culture' (TSTEM)
9
Provide a preliminary rating for Blueprint benchmark 'Student Support' (TSTEM)
9
Provide a preliminary rating for Blueprint benchmark 'Teacher Development and Support' (TSTEM)
9
Provide a preliminary rating for Blueprint benchmark 'Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment' (T-STEM)
9
Provide a preliminary rating for Blueprint benchmark 'Strategic Alliances' (TSTEM)
9
Provide a preliminary rating for Blueprint benchmark 'Growth and Sustainability' (TSTEM)
9
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Rating

Program 16-17 SAT Average (#)
996
Program 16-17 ACT Average (#)
0
Program 16-17 AP Course Credit Awarded (# hours)
400
Program 16-17 DC Course Credit Awarded (# hours)
162
Program 16-17 Students taking TSI math (#)
140
Program 16-17 Students passing TSI math (#)
80
Program 16-17 Students taking TSI reading (#)
140
Program 16-17 Students passing TSI reading (#)
84