Harmony School of Advancement is accepting applications for 9th through 12th grades in 2013-2014
academic year. As a public open-enrollment charter school system, we welcome all
students who meet state age and health requirements...
HSA was praised by U.S. News and World Report in 2007. The list names 1,600 of the nation’s 18,000 high
schools. The article recognized specific schools based on factors such as standardized tests, performance of disadvantaged students, and number of seniors taking and passing college level Advanced Placement exams.
HSA students will take their second semester finals in the last week of semester. All teachers work diligently to prepare students for the final week. Please see the final days below
MoHawks Were on News
HOUSTON, TX – The world’s largest science fair is going on downtown this weekend. More than 600 high school students from around the world have converged on the George R. Brown to show the world their greatest creations and wouldn’t you know it, a school from right here in Houston is leading the charge.
“This is my fourth year in it and we’ve been pretty successful,” says Ali Batayneh of Harmony School of Advancement in Houston.
The team from Harmony isn’t messing around at this year’s show, taking no prisoners at the robotics competition.
“They give us a list of materials and they say you can use this, this and this and the rest is up to us,” Ali explains.
The team designed remote-controlled robots able to pick up objects and manipulate them almost as keenly as the mars rover. But they didn’t stop there, the team also designed a fully functional submersible to their arsenal of gadgets at this year’s show.
“There’s so many times when you put it in the water and it doesn’t work so when you’re finally able to get it functioning, it is very fulfilling,” says Jhaelon Edwards.
Fulfilling also is the experience for these kids to meet science head-on. read more . . .
STEM Festival 2013
Great Success at National Forensic League
This past weekend, one of our students, Mandeep P., became the first ever Harmony student to qualify for the National Forensic League's national tournament, the largest academic competition in the world. Only 4 students from our district (South Texas) qualify in his event. Mandeep will compete in Domestic Extemporaneous Speaking and represent Harmony School of Advancement this June in Birmingham, Alabama. Domestic Extemporaneous Speaking focuses on analysis of current events that expects the students to give comprehensive, researched, sourced answers to questions regarding the complex issues facing America and the world with just 30 minutes of preparation prior to the speech. You can learn more about the National Forensic League, the national tournament, and his event at www.nationalforensicleague.org/ We're very proud of Mandeep for his hard work and great success!
Washington Post Ranking
Washington Post has released 2013’s high School Challenge Index. The index formula that's a simple ratio: the number of Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate and Advanced International Certificate of Education tests given at a school each year, divided by the number of seniors who graduated that year. A ratio of 1.000 means the school had as many tests as graduates. Our school is ranked 153 out of 1000 schools in the nation.
Congratulations to all, and we appreciate what you do for Harmony students! read more . . .
2014 National Merit Scholarship Program Semifinalists
This year 86 juniors took 2012 Preliminary SAT/ National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/ NMSQT) from Harmony School of Advancement and 7 of them met requirements to enter the 2014 National Merit Scholarship Program. With a selection index score of 203 or above, these high performers have shown outstanding academic potential. Each of these students is among the 50,000 highest-scoring participants of some 1.5 million program entrants. Congratulations to: Yoosin C., Paul C., Maria L F. N., Zafar H., Pradhith K., Zainab M., Aamer N.
MoHawk Warriors - Underwater Pipeline Inspection and Research Robot
It is a great honor to present our first underwater robot, we named her Sea-Hawk. She was designed and built in Harmony School of Advancement Labs. She is equipped with three high resolution on board live streaming operation cameras, 4 thrust propellers for omni directional movement and 2 diving propellers.
Advancement's Success at our First Texas French Symposium
We are extremely proud to announce that the French Team from Harmony School of Advancement did wonderfully at our first Texas French Symposium. Harmony Science Academy and Harmony School of Advancement were two of only three new schools in competition out of 35 schools represented. Out of the 20 students who competed from Harmony School of Advancement, several made it to semi-finals, a few made it to finals and a couple managed to win top places! Please click here to see results! to see in another format (requires Acrobat Reader.)
Merci to everyone who helped us make our first Texas French Symposium such a success! Please pass along your Félicitations! To these students, especially Maria B. and Daniel N.!
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Counseling Services Now Available
HS Advancement will now have a certified counselor on campus every Friday. Students will need a signed consent form from their parent/guardian to be able to utilize this service if needed. All students need to have a form on file. Please fill it out, sign and return to the DEAR period teacher or front office by Monday, March 25, 2013 For counseling consent form please click here
Summer Camps and Programs Update
Attending summer programs or camps is very crucial for college applications. Starting in Freshmen summer term but more importantly in Junior summer term, students may attend summer programs and camps to explore their interests, future careers and life-time opportunities to be college ready, career ready and life ready.
For the past few years, Harmony School of Advancement has been developing Science Olympiad teams to compete in Tournaments. On February 23, 2013 Harmony School of Advancement Science Olympiad teams competed at the Texas A&M University at Corpus Christi Regional Tournament. HSA’s Team A took 3rd place while HSA’s Team B took 4th place out of the eleven teams competing. With all the hard work, HSA competitors wiped out nineteen medals out of thirty nine in a total of thirteen events.
HSAdv Student Selected as Semi-Finalist to Represents US at The International Physics Competition
Each year, AAPT and the American Institute of Physics (AIP) sponsor a competition for high school students to represent the United States at the 2013 International Physics Olympiad Competition. The mission of the U.S. Physics Team Program is to promote and demonstrate academic excellence through preparation for and participation in the International Physics Olympiad.
400 students passed the pre-elimination test (F=ma contest) and became semi -finalists in UNITED STATES. Paul C. from our school is one of the two finalists from Harmony Schools. Congratulations to Paul and Mrs. Nal for this marvelous achievement! View a list of Semi-finalists click here
University of Chicago Acceptance News
Hafsa B. is accepted to University of Chicago as Class of 2017.
The University of Chicago is a private, nondenominational, culturally rich and ethnically diverse coeducational institution of higher learning and research located in Chicago. Uchicago accepted only 15% of 22,000 applicants. Uchicago is ranked #4 by US News.
Drexel University Acceptance News
Shannon V. are accepted Drexel University as Class of 2017.
Founded in 1891 in Philadelphia, Drexel is a top-ranked, comprehensive university recognized for its focus on experiential learning through co-operative education, its commitment to cutting-edge academic technology and its growing enterprise of use-inspired research. With more than 23,500 students, Drexel is the nation's 14th largest private university and ranked sixth among national universities in the most recent U.S. News & World Report list of "Up-and-Comers."
University of Notre Dame Acceptance News
Hafsa B. is accepted to University of Notre Dame as Class of 2017.
University of Notre Dame is a private institution that was founded in 1842. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 8,452, its setting is city, and the campus size is 1,250 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. University of Notre Dame's ranking in the 2013 edition of Best Colleges is National Universities, 17.
University of California-Los Angeles Acceptance News
Neerja V. and Tabeen H. are accepted to University of Californa at Los Angeles as Class of 2017.
University of California--Los Angeles is a public institution that was founded in 1919. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 27,199, its setting is urban, and the campus size is 419 acres. It utilizes a quarter-based academic calendar. With an acceptance rate of 25%, UCLA is the largest school in UC system. UCLA is ranked #24 by US News.
University of Texas-Austin Acceptance News
Neerja V., Jhaelon E.-S., Tabeen H. and Mandeep P. are accepted to University of Texas at Austin as Class of 2017.
A comprehensive university with a broad mission of undergraduate and graduate education, research, and service to society. With an enrollment of over 48000, UT is one of the biggest universities in Texas. UT-Austin is ranked 46 by US News.
Texas A&M University Acceptance News
Izzah A., Harleen S., Amaka N. and Tabeen H. are accepted to Texas A&M University as Class of 2017.
Texas A&M University is one of Texas's Tier-1 universities, and its first public institution of higher education, this research-intensive university with 10 colleges and a nationally recognized faculty was ranked 3rd by U.S. News and World Report as a 'best value'. It is ranked 66 by US News.
Fordham University Acceptance News
Krystal B. and Neha J. are accepted to Fordham University as Class of 2017.
Fordham University is a private institution that was founded in 1841. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 8,427, its setting is urban, and the campus size is 93 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Fordham University's ranking in the 2013 edition of Best Colleges is National Universities, 65.
Baylor University Acceptance News
Susan N., Neha J., Neerja V., Tabeen H., Shannon V. and Elisabeth S.. are accepted to Baylor University as Class of 2017.
Chartered in 1845 by the Republic of Texas, Baylor is the oldest university in Texas and was one of the first educational institutions west of the Mississippi River. As top Texas Christian University, Baylor is ranked 77 by US News.
University of Houston Acceptance News
Aaron A., Neha J., Diego A., Mariana Q., Harleen S., Roxana S., Krystal B., Yasmin A., Amaka N., Elisabeth S., Izzah A., Gabriel A., Aaminah I., Zainab. A., Susan N., Tarunkumar J., Ryan D., Jugraj P., Henry C., Daazmen T. and Tabeen H. are accepted to University of Houston as Class of 2017.
Founded in 1927, the University of Houston, one of the Tier 1 universities in State of Texas, is the leading public research university in the vibrant international city of Houston. Each year, UH educate more than 39,800 students in more than 300 undergraduate and graduate academic programs, on campus and online.
University of Rochester Acceptance News
Neha J. is accepted to University of Rochester as Class of 2017.
University of Rochester is a private institution that was founded in 1850. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 5,643, its setting is suburban, and the campus size is 707 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. University of Rochester's ranking in the 2013 edition of Best Colleges is National Universities, 33.
Another Success Story by MoHawk Warriors
Our schools was proud to present the MoHawk Warriors as yet another daring victory was made by our Robotics Team this past Saturday, February 9, 2013 at Hamshire Fannet FTC qualifying tournaments. We took home the First Place Winning Alliance Award, and not only this but also the Motivation Award.
Presenting 2013 State Champions!
Please congratulate our own Two Time State Champion Lady Hawks Basketball Team and their devoted Coach Hall! They dominated the Texas Charter School Athletic & Academic League Final four Basketball Tournament in Austin this past Saturday February 2, 2013 to bring home the Trophy for the second consecutive year! GO HAWKS!!!!
MoHawk Warriors Placed 1st in the Houston FTC Robotics Tournaments
ATTENTION ALL HAWKS!!!! This past Saturday, the 19th of 2013, the MoHawk Warriors won first place out of thirteen schools in the FTC Houston Qualifying Competition. With great inspiration and motivation they were ready to show off their winning robots. This is only the beginning, and they will keep winning every match and every competition because with team work and hard work anything is possible. Let’s congratulate them and wish them the best for their next game.
Perfect Score in Advanved Placement Computer Science
Harmony School of Advancement celebrates Paul C. for earning a perfect score on their AP Exam in Spring 2012.
The Advanced Placement Exams are written and scored by college professors from around the world, are typically designed to cover a full -year of intensive, college-level knowledge and skills, so it is very rare for a high school student to earn every point possible on the exam. read more . . .
Harmony Public Schools named as Finalist in the U.S Department of Education Race to the Top – District Competition
Dear Harmony Public Schools Family
We are honored to share the news that Harmony Public Schools recently named finalists in the Race to the Top – District competition. Being considered a finalist for the Race to the Top – District awards is validation of our commitment to a standard of excellence at Harmony. The Race to the Top distinction is a welcome recognition of the hard work and dedication of our teachers, parents and students.
Thank you all for your hard work and best of luck to all of our schools!”
Class of 2013 PSAT/ SAT scores
We are proud to announce recent update for Class of 2013's SAT scores. Unlike other public and charter schools, our participation rate is almost 100%.
Class of 2012 National average Critical Reading:496, Math:514, Writing:488. (Participation Rate:47%) Class of 2012 Texas average Critical Reading:474, Math:499, Writing:461. (Participation Rate: 53%)
Texas A&M University Admission Information Session
Our seniors have attended an information session presented by Eric Watson, senior admission counselor at Texas A&M University-College Station which has been ranked #1 for "pay-back ratio" by Smart Money magazine
Texas A&M is one of the research colleges (Tier-one) in State of Texas and ranked #65 in the national by US NEWS. read more . . .
Freshmen University Trip in Boston, MA
Harmony School of Advancement is a college-oriented high school which prepares students to the best colleges in the nation. We have several students who are accepted to the top 10 universities in the nation such as Harvard, MIT, Columbia and U-Chicago.
To encourage our freshmen to see what they need to accomplish to get in the top colleges, 10 of our freshmen visited: Harvard, ranked #1 by US News MIT, ranked #6 by US News Tufts, ranked #28 by US News
University of Houston Admission Information Session
Our seniors have attended an information session presented by Tiffany Anderson, Freshmen Admission Officer at UH.
University of Houston has become a Tier One state university what we have only three in State of Texas. UH has been funding Engineering and Businees programs which have different admission requirement than other programs. read more . . .
NOW OPEN! "Harmony Hawks Spirit Shop"
The official online store for our very own Hawks! Get your gear in black, red, white, and even a few choices in PE Gray! Get Jerseys, Fleece Zip-up Jackets, baseball tees and much more!!! All Designs have been approved for days specifically "Free Dress Days"! 15% of the proceeds go directly to the activity fund for "Harmony School of Advancement" Follow me!
Seven Harmony Schools Made Newsweek's Top Schools List
Harmony Science Academy - Bryan/College Station, Harmony School of Advancement (Houston), Harmony Science Academy Fort Worth, Harmony Science Academy (Houston), Harmony Science Academy El Paso, Harmony Science Academy Dallas, Harmony Science Academy-North Austin are the campuses that made into Newsweek's list.
Bryan/College Station, El Paso, Houston, and Dallas campuses became America's 25 transformative schools who did the most with the least resources.
Four Harmony Campuses Made into the Challenge Index
Washington Post has announced its Most Challenging High Schools list of 2012. Four Harmony high schools made the Challenge Index and three of them in the top 100 out of 1900 schools in the list. Harmony School of Advancement is ranked 32nd among the national schools.
The Challenge Index of Washington Post ranks high schools since 1998 based on the student achievement on IB, AP, and college level tests (SAT, ACT, etc.) and graduation rates. The index score is the number of college-level tests given at a school in 2011 divided by the number of graduates that year. Also noted are the percentage of students who come from families that qualify for lunch subsidies (Subs. Lunch) and the percentage of graduates who passed at least one college-level test during their high school career, called equity and excellence, (E&E). A (P) next to the school's name denotes a private school.
Harmony Public Schools and 60 Minutes: Setting the Record Straight
A segment of the May 13 television news show 60 Minutes included references to Harmony Public Schools (HPS) of Texas that may have left some inaccurate impressions. Please note the following facts about Harmony Public Schools, all of which were shared with 60 Minutes before the show was broadcast: Read more at Harmony Public Schools and 60 Minutes: Setting the Record Straight
Great Success at HP Codewars
HS Advancement programming teams participated HP Codewars Programming Contest on March 3rd, 2012. HP CodeWars is the most popular computer programming competition for high school students in state, hosted on Hewlett-Packard's Houston campus. 60 schools, 178 teams, and more than 500 students participated in this event. Students tried to solve 19 programming problems in 3 hours. Our novice team Adam, Andrew, and Ryan recieved 4th place award among 100+ novice teams. Our advanced team Leelun,Leon, and Paul ranked in top 10 among 60+ advanced teams.
Science Olympiad Team advanced to Texas Science Olympiad
On February 25th , Harmony School of Advancement Science Olympiad Team competed in the Rio Grande Valley Regional Science Olympiad Tournament held at South Texas College at McAllen, Texas. The competition trip was sponsored by NASA Center for Radiation Engineering and Science for Space Exploration (CRESSE) at Prairie View A & M University.
The team won 3rd place. Of the students competing several won top prizes for their events. Jorge and Gabriel took 2nd place in "Towers" event; Maryam and Hafsa took 2nd place in "Write it Do it" event; Neerja and Anna took 3rd place in "Microbe " event, and Raul with Leeland took 3rd place in "Robot Arm" event.
Congratulations! Harmony School of Advancement Science Olympiad Team is qualified for the Texas State Science Olympiad to be held on the Texas A&M University campus in College Station on April 13 & 14, 2012.
Special thanks go to Dr. Zhou for his support and dedication to our Science Olympiad Team.
MoHawk Warriors to represent Texas at FTC World Championship
All over Texas, there were more than 160 teams that competed in 12 different qualifying competitions and 4 Regional state competitions to qualify for the World Championship. Only the best 4 teams are being sent to the World Championship; team 4454, MoHawk Warriors, was the champion in all three qualifying and state competitions and was invited to represent Texas in the Internationals.
So far our Warriors bought home 6 different Championship Awards, 3 different Finalist Awards, 1 Connect Award, 2 Motivate Awards, and 1 Innovate Award.
Great Success at UT Austin High School Programming Contest
HS Advancement programming team participated in UT Austin Computer Science Department's High School Programming Contest last Saturday, on February 11th. 59 teams from around Texas schools were present at this event. Ryan, Christopher, and Leelund successfully competed in small school division category among 1A-3A schools. Here are the results: 1st place Team Award: Ryan, Christopher, Leelund 3rd place Individual Award: Ryan, Leelund 4th place: Christopher
MoHawk Warriors Swept Up All The Awards and Trophies
Harmony School of Advancement Robotics Team, MoHawk Warriors, Participated in FTC South East Texas Tournaments and competed against more than 30 Schools Here are the results: 1st place in all areas , plus Winning Alliance Award, Best Robot Design Award, Motivate Award, Connect Award, Innovate Award, Inspire Award and more... Total of 11 awards.
Letter to Key Stakeholders Regarding The New York Times Article
From Superintendent Dr. Soner Tarim To the Harmony Public Schools Community: A disappointing article on charter schools in this week's New York Times attempts to put Harmony Public Schools in Texas in a context that is not accurate, necessitating this brief response. Many of us at Harmony Schools cooperated extensively with the Times on this story over the last several months, providing documents, interviews, tours and dozens of detailed responses to specific questions in good faith. But, as sometimes happens, the end result was not entirely what we had hoped. See the rest of Dr. Soner Tarim's response here: http://harmonytx.org/news/122/letter-to-stakeholders-on-ny-times-article/
It is the policy of the Harmony Science Academy Charter School to locate and identify any child who contacts or enrolls in the Charter School who may have a disability and be in need of special education and related services, regardless of the severity of the disability, in accordance with its procedures as reflected in the CHILD FIND legal framework of the Legal Framework for the Child-Centered Special Education Process, located at: http://framework.esc18.net/. read more...