Harmony Public Schools is a network of charter schools that focus on Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM). On November 1, 2020, Harmony Public Schools began accepting applications for enrollment for the 2021–2022 school year, and open enrollment continues through February 10. We have put together a guide to help you learn more about Harmony Public Schools in San Antonio (including Harmony School of Innovation and Harmony School of Science) and take steps to enroll your child for the next school year.
About Harmony Public Schools
Since its founding in Houston in 2000, Harmony Public Schools has focused on STEM education—the fields of study that examine the natural world and how it operates. Project-based learning enables students to master academic concepts by making them work in the real world. Students are encouraged to compete in STEM activities like science fairs and robotics contests to test their knowledge against other challengers. Harmony serves a significant number of economically disadvantaged students, and helps them achieve high rates of graduation and college acceptance.
In late 2019, we toured Harmony Science Academy San Antonio and spoke with high school student ambassadors about their course work, projects, and community service. These students were pursuing different courses of study, but they were all full of joy, curiosity, and optimism about their futures.
The success of the Harmony Public Schools model depends on meticulous planning of curriculum and course sequences, as you can see from the course catalog and handbook. Then all that preparation comes to life in the classroom as students work on their projects. Here are some activities that we observed:
- Architectural models that demonstrated the elements of the Italianate architectural style and the construction techniques of a roof.
- A team approach to writing a chatbot that can respond to a user’s written commands to carry on a sort of conversation.
- A gaming personal computer built by a team of students who are studying computer maintenance.
- Anatomical models of muscles sculpted by students who are studying health science.
All students build a foundation in reading, writing, and math, but as they get older, they can specialize in tracks that fuel their interests and prepare them for college and career. We spoke with a high school student who is interested in law enforcement as a career, and he is able to take courses at Harmony that will help him get started. Students have access to honors, AP, and dual credit courses.
As students work on their projects, they learn how to set an ambitious goal and work towards it in smaller steps. If they experience a setback or failure, they learn how to recover and get back on track. They have to make it work in the real world—whether that’s finding the right materials to run the experiment, or contacting people in the community who have the expertise they need. When students work as a group on a project, they learn teamwork, including how to specialize and coordinate their work. Harmony Public Schools students are encouraged to present and display their work, whether as oral presentations to their classmates, or publicly at a science fair, or in competition with teams from other schools, such as for robotics challenges or racing solar cars.
To read more about Harmony Public Schools in the news, we recommend that you click on the articles linked at the bottom of this post. Also, we invite you to join the San Antonio Charter Moms discussion group on Facebook and ask questions; the group includes current Harmony Public Schools families who can comment with answers based on their own experiences.
Harmony Public Schools in San Antonio
In 2021–22, Harmony Public Schools will have three schools in the San Antonio region, including Harmony School of Excellence, Harmony School of Innovation, and Harmony School of Science. In 2019, on the district’s most recent school report card, which also includes schools in Laredo and Brownsville, the region earned an A rating; the list below includes links to each campus’s school report cards.
- Harmony School of Excellence San Antonio: 2015 SW Loop 410, San Antonio, TX 78227 (map); 210-645-7166; grades PK–5; school report card—rated C
- Harmony School of Innovation San Antonio: 8125 Glen Mont Dr., San Antonio, TX 78239 (map); 210-265-1715; grades PK–8; school report card—rated C
- Harmony Science Academy San Antonio: 8505 Lakeside Pkwy., San Antonio, TX 78245 (map); 210-674-7788; grades 6–12; school report card—rated B
Download the free San Antonio Charter Schools app for an interactive map that includes these campuses and many more. You can also find campus information about Harmony Public Schools (and many other schools of choice) on our page Guide to Charter Schools in San Antonio.
How to Enroll
Families can apply online to enroll their children at Harmony Public Schools. Open enrollment for 2021–22 began on November 1, 2020 and will continue through February 10, 2021. On February 17, 2021, the schools will hold random lotteries for any grades that received more applications than there are spaces. Students who are selected will receive an email inviting them to register; the remaining students will be placed on waiting lists, and will be notified if a spot becomes available. Find more information about applying to Harmony Public Schools in this FAQ.
During application season, the schools will provide opportunities for prospective families to learn and apply. Contacting each school by phone is a good way to gather information. We also recommend following these Harmony Public Schools social media accounts:
- Harmony Public Schools on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube, and LinkedIn
- Harmony Public Schools—San Antonio/Laredo/Brownsville on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter
- Harmony School of Excellence San Antonio on Facebook and Twitter
- Harmony School of Innovation San Antonio on Facebook and Twitter
- Harmony Science Academy San Antonio on Facebook and Twitter
In addition, please join the San Antonio Charter Moms discussion group on Facebook to post questions and search previous discussions about Harmony Public Schools.
Facts About Harmony Public Schools
At Harmony Public Schools, the curriculum is designed to support all students in learning about STEM and understanding how things work in the natural world. The schools also work to build students into adults who will lead with courage, integrity, and kindness. Those core values inform the course work, projects, and extracurricular activities.
The Harmony Public Schools curriculum is designed to give students a solid foundation of knowledge. Gifted and talented students are identified and offered enrichment, including pullout sessions and additional project time. Harmony welcomes students with special needs and English language learners. Through the PATH program, teachers and leaders meet with parents at home visits to listen, build trust, and talk about students’ dreams for the future.
To build community and team spirit, Harmony Public Schools offer a wide range of athletics programs. At HSA, students can choose flag football, softball, basketball, cross country, volleyball, and soccer. Clubs at HSA include STEM activities like coding, Mathcounts, rocketry, and San Antonio Water System Impact Team, as well as liberal arts activities like creative writing, photography, water marbling art. There are multicultural activities like Japanese and Turkish language, and community oriented activities like service clubs and student council. Volunteer hours are required for high school graduation.
The Harmony Public Schools network has 58 campuses across Texas, and these are organized into six districts. San Antonio is the headquarters of a district that also covers Laredo (Harmony Science Academy Laredo and Harmony School of Innovation Laredo) and Brownsville (Harmony Science Academy Brownsville and Harmony School of Innovation Brownsville). Harmony Public Schools has cultural ties to Turkey, but is a non-sectarian public school.
If you like what you have learned so far about Harmony Public Schools, we recommend that you apply for enrollment now. You are also welcome to join the San Antonio Charter Moms discussion group to learn more and interact with current Harmony families.
Charter Moms Chats
Watch Marcy Andrade, District Director of Communications and Outreach, Harmony San Antonio Cluster, speak with Inga Cotton on Charter Moms Chats on November 10, 2020 at 4 PM Central live on Facebook and YouTube.
Marcy Andrade keeps Harmony Public Schools connected with stakeholders in education and STEM fields in her role as the District Director of Communications and Outreach, Harmony San Antonio Cluster. She has experience working in communications and development in the education and health care fields. She has an MPA in nonprofit leadership from CUNY and a BA in journalism from Texas Tech. As a volunteer, she supports the San Antonio Feral Cat Coalition, Big Brothers Big Sisters, and the San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo; she has served as the vice chair and chair of the SAWS Citizens Advisory Panel, and is currently a member of the SAWS Community Conservation Committee.
- “Harmony Public Schools launches Esports program to keep students engaged in extracurricular activities,” Briana Edwards, Click2Houston, October 29, 2020
- “The solutions a charter school found to foster relationships virtually,” Catenya McHenry, KXAN, October 12, 2020
- “Harmony Public Schools awarded $27.8 million federal grant to develop principals,” Andres Picon, San Antonio Express-News, October 2, 2020
- “U.S. Department of Education Awards Harmony $27.8 Million Grant,” Harmony Public Schools, October 1, 2020
- “Harmony Public Schools using 3D printers to create face shields,” ABC 13, April 7, 2020
- “San Antonio Charter School Pre-K Options and Resources,” Amy Johnson, San Antonio Charter Moms, November 27, 2019
- “Harmony Demonstrates How Charter Schools Lead on STEM,” Starlee Coleman, National Alliance for Public Charter Schools, November 19, 2019
- “Katy teacher named Texas Teacher of the Year by Texas Charter School Association,” Katy Times, November 1, 2019
- “Texas Charter School Teacher of the Year 2019,” Texas Charter Schools Association, October 30, 2019
- “Texas Education Agency awards Harmony Public Schools five district A-ratings, two district B-ratings in annual accountability scores,” Roy Kent, Houston Chronicle, August 15, 2019
- “Harmony district proposes pay raises,” Lisa Dreher, Laredo Morning Times, June 22, 2019
- “John Quiñones speaks to San Antonio high school graduates,” Priscilla Aguirre, San Antonio Express-News, June 4, 2019
- “Harmony Public Schools hosting STEM festival, sets open house,” Michelle Iracheta, Houston Chronicle, January 11, 2019
- “Harmony Public Schools receive perfect score on TEA financial accountability ratings,” Houston Chronicle, November 29, 2018
- “Harmony Public Schools awarded federal STEM grant,” Houston Chronicle, October 8, 2018
- “Turkey’s claims against Houston-based charter school dismissed,” Alexa Ura, Texas Tribune, October 17, 2016