Harmony Science Academy is a comprehensive four-year college preparatory public charter high school serving grades 9-12. Its mission is to prepare each student for higher education by providing a safe, caring, and collaborative atmosphere featuring a quality, student-centered educational program with a strong emphasis on Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics.
The school was opened in the fall of 2000 and graduated its first senior class in the spring of 2005. Harmony Science Academy is a designated T-STEM academy and is accredited by Texas Education Agency. Students are enrolled through a lottery process and applications are open to the public. Harmony Public Schools educates nearly 36,000 students in grades K through 12 on 54 campuses in Texas. The school operates on a two-semester system with nine week quarters.
As a STEM academy our ultimate goal is to prepare our students to the STEM related fields, higher education and work life. In order to improve our services every year the campus improvement plan is determined utilizing data gathered from the previous school year. Also, we are doing SWOT analysis as well. All decisions that are made on the campus are data-driven. Programs are evaluated based on the data retrieved throughout the year. Student progress is continually monitored through data analysis; and all programs go through the Demming Cycle: Plan, Do, Check, Adjust.
This Academy has many strengths because of their high expectations and achievement over time with a diverse population. The highlights are as follows:
The College and Career Focus is of utmost importance here. The counselors begin with entering with graders in the spring of 8th grade developing their Individual Graduation Plan with their parents for the plan to graduation. They continue through the use of Naviance that helps them track their path to college and complete their applications.
Summer Program Opportunities are plentiful This campus has targeted the summer to expose their students to STEM and higher education by encouraging their participation in a wide range of opportunities across the country. Over 200 students attend these summer programs.
Community Service is valued by having students use the app in Naviance to sign up for volunteer opportunities throughout the community.
Extracurricular clubs are participation are strong her. They regularly compete in First Robotics Competitions and the Solar Car Challenge just to name a few.
Pathway Opportunities-- The wide range of opportunities offered is vast. they offer both dual credit and AP classes and multiple pathways. They offer
AP PLTW Engineering
Intro to Engineering
AP Physics 1
AP Physics 2
Computer Science and Software Engineering
AP PLTW Computer Science
Introduction to Computer Science
AP Computer Science Principles
AP Computer Science
Principles of the Biomedical Sciences
Human Body Systems
They do not offer on AA opportunity
Assistance with challenges with Houston Community College in providing the dual credit program.
Help with revisiting pathways to look at offering a certification program with HCCS.
Assistance getting the Advisory Board restructured and more active.
Help with resource allocation or grant assistance to help reduce class size for those most in need.
Meetings and liaison with HCCS to help bridge the partnership. It is now complicated by geography since this campus is located in the attendance area of two different colleges at HCCS.
Focus time to help the outreach coordinator target business and community partners and establish the Advisory Program.
Possible field visits to HCCS to look at possible industry certifications they may pursue.
Budget-- lack of resources have caused an increase in the class size in the most critical areas. Upper level classes for example AP class loads are smaller but the students most in need have larger classes. They are looking at creative ways to budget or looking at ways to trim to be able to lower class size.
Pathways and Coursework-- They currently don't offer any industry certifications and are interested in considering other options
Dual Credit -- Still have some problems with dual credit liaisons from HCCS and lack of notification of professors and classes approved. They had a Dual Credit summit last spring but we need to revisit to continue to resolve issues.
AP PROGRAM Participation Rates for 2017 is 36%
They also offer dual credit starting in the sophomore year.
They also give them an opportunity to take TSI and get a baseline score.
They currently partner with HCCS for dual credit.
They also partner with U Of Houston and Rice for various student exposure opportunities
They offer PLTW BioMedical, Engineering and Computer Science
They also offer some other pathways in Business and technology as well as Arts.
This area is underdevelopment. They have good relationships with many of the IHEs in the area but need more business and community involvement.