Teachers in this school are as a family and they try to do their best for all students.
This school is just plain horrible. It seems exciting when you first start here . But, you will be constantly disappointed here. Everything mentioned negatively in the ratings is true.
I cannot be more please for having my three kids in the school. This is there second year. The teachers are committed and the school offers FREE tutoring when the students need it. The uniform has saved us lots of money and a way for students to all look the same no competition. Great discipline. No bullying. Also great preparation for STAAR. I highly recommend this school especially I have my an elementary, intermediate and high schooler all in one school.
I have two boys one in 3rd grade one in 6th and this is a horrible school. Kids aren't allowed to wear pants without a belt and are stopped in the hall and given DPS points if they forget. This is done in right before school and so then they are tardy from waiting I'm line. They are not allowed to wear hoodies or jackets with hoods. No colored shoe laces. They are all confiscated until the end of the day. The teachers are all Muslim dressed which I wouldn't have a problem with except that the children aren't allow to wear hoods but they all have them around their heads. I have sent emails and called to try to complain all to no avail. You can't even walk through the hall as a parent with your child unless a teacher is present. You aren't allowed to walk through the school without a teacher present. They have these mini computers they call chrome books and teachers have assigned assignments but the school administration took all the sites a kiddos would look to search for information away without telling anyone. The kids were unable to complete their work. My boys have been here 2 years & will not attend next year.
I have three kids at HSPS and I couldn't be more pleased with the level of education they are getting. The curriculum is challenging, the teachers are well qualified in the subjects that they are teaching and with a uniform policy in place I save allot of money on clothes. We've been at this campus since the opening three years ago and I can see where and why this school got criticism but just like any new organization you have a learning curve. The school has come a long way and I am very satisfied with their level of communication, discipline, curriculum and teacher retention. As a parent the number one asset of a school to offer is the quality of it's teachers. I am impressed with how far my middle schooler has come with the help of their on site ELA specialist and the constant and much needed attention that the teachers give to all my kids. We've gone from failing TAKS tests in public schools and not being able to work independently to understanding concepts, working independently, passing the STAAR with high scores not just barely making the cut and reading at higher grade levels. For my family my mind is at ease that my kids are getting the best education they can.
Hate this school! This is from a parent whose child is in kindergardan. Irresponsible school. It is impossible communicate to the teachers. I dont know if teachers are careless or is it just their system being goofed up.
We are very pleased with this school so far. The uniforms have saved us money on school clothes and also helps to limit the distractions within the classroom. Our teacher is great and my son has made some amazing improvements in just a short period of time. I feel like we are getting a private school level education for FREE. My son is happy at this school which makes me happy and I know that he will go to college and do well when the time comes.
My son and daughter attended the Harmony FM 620 for two years, since the school open. The first year parents were told about the rigors STEM education each student was to receive. The teachers and parents where excited about Harmony. The following year the better teaches didn t return and other teachers left throughout the second year. Harmony has no gifted program; all the children are mix in with different levels of education. If you have a gifted or talent child they will not be challenge. Harmony doesn t have any program to accommodate these children. FM 620 Harmony is NOT like other Harmony s in Houston, Dallas or other Austin Campuses. They do not have a medical nurse in their school office. If your child needs medicine or his/her temperature taking then they are at the mercy of the person on phone duties. The two years my children were at Harmony I didn t see any positive gain in their education or social skills. What they did gain was lower self-worth due to bullying, bad langue and learned more about the human body outside the health class room.
The academics are the only reason I would give this school any stars. My daughter has attended since the school opened and will be in 4th grade unless we can find an alternative placement elsewhere. She is a straight A student involved in several extra curricular activities, all of which you have to pay for. The school dress code is Draconian and a double standard. Students are allowed to practice hijab, but no hooded coats are allowed. Girls, even at high school level, are required to wear the same polo shirt and slacks as boys. There is an air of male superiority among the students that extends to bullying of the girls.
Harmony schools are not what they claim to be. Class rataios are not 11:1. My daughters class last year was 22:1 and this year is 26:1. My sons class sizes are similar. It is not math and science intensive. Both my kids qualified for science GT but there is no GT science. Bullies run the school. There is no discipline enforced. The noise level is so loud for lack of proper interior acoustics my children get a headaches every day. My 4th grader has lunch on the sidewalk in a closed courtyard where high school students are playing tag football. Safety is a grave concern. Undocumented (no ID) construction worker roam all over campus. Construction takes place during the school day near students. There is no playground, no gym, no cafeteria. My 2nd grader eats lunch in her classroom where there are now bugs. Her recess is in an auditorium with no acoutical tiles so it is really, really loud. My 4th graders recess is in a courtyard where high school students eat lunch at the same time and bully the elementary students. Most importantly for a school the academic rigor is non-existant. Harmony spends a lot of money on recruiting students with promises that do not exist.
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