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Austin, TX
Students enrolled: 364
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930 East Rundberg Lane
Austin, TX 78753

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(512) 835-7900
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May 13, 2015
As a student growing up with the school for 5 years, I found the school have teachers that cares about you and it want you to become the best of what you can become. I have tons of teachers that encourage me to discover my own passion and to live the goal I want to achieve and to research the things I want to research in science fair. Furthermore, some of them, along with friends and parents, are willing to treat all of us as family members in the school. However, I notice that most of the teachers tend to be Turkish teachers and there are times where I got in trouble for the wrong reason and the administrator is not willing to take another look at the case until a group of teacher are willing to bail me out. Furthermore, I found that probably one of the reason why that the school have strong academic background is first has to do with the American teachers knows how to teach through the project-based learning curriculum and thus, this gives more room for students like myself to learn otherwise. I wish they allow me to express myself as an individual rather than putting me into a box through the uniforms (which i used to appreciate but now it makes me disgusted).

- submitted by a community member

September 28, 2014
This school is not for everyone. It isn't in the best neighborhood, and they don't have the nicest facilities. However, it has been wonderful for my son and his education. Thank you Harmony teachers for going above and beyond to help your students excel!

- submitted by a parent

September 11, 2013
My children have attended this school for the two+ years we have lived in Austin, having attended HSE in Houston prior, and I've found this school to be excellent. It is an exemplary school and the standard is high, and my children are doing very well here. The teachers truly care and give extra effort to making sure all students are successful. THIS is what I look for in a school!!!

- submitted by a parent

December 12, 2011
Being a former employee, I have somewhat of a unique perspective. The majority of the staff is some of the most hard working individuals I have had the pleasure of working with. Then there are the Turkish members of the staff, most of which I am sure have never taken a teaching course or have never held anything close to a teaching position prior to working at Harmony. Numerous times I saw competent American teachers get passed over for positions so they could justify bringing another Turk over on a work Visa. The students do work hard and were a great group of kids. They perform well on the state tests, but I believe that is a direct result of the extra hours of instruction that are assigned only to the American teachers and the numerous extra hours that they put in. It is sad & frustrating that there are only 2 qualifications to meet in order to advance as faculty. One is to be male, the second is to be Turkish. Unfortunately, I did not meet the second qualification, so I spent all of my years working under Turkish first year teachers who were somehow made department chair. Sending your kids here will get good state test results, but don't be surprised by high faculty turnover.

- submitted by a teacher

December 04, 2011
The level of communications out of this school is substandard. Lodging a complaint against the school staff is useless because of the high degree is nepotism at this school. We get notice of a Saturday event less than 18 hours before the (mandatory) takes place. Further, I am beginning to have doubts that a certain science teacher is qualified to teach since she is so poor at speaking clear English.

- submitted by a parent

October 30, 2011
We pulled our daughter out of the Del Valle ISD. Harmony is a far better school than Del Valle; Bastrop schools are worse than Del Valle so I understand the comments of one of the other parents. While I like the curriculum we don't like the lack of physical education, the actions like "no Halloween" due to safety concerns, and we have witnessed but not experienced the awkward discipline. The parents and families of a lot of the students are rough. We stopped participating in any extracurricular activities due to the lack of involvement by other parents and when they do participate we watch our belongings very closely.

- submitted by a parent

October 06, 2010
The teachers focus on learning. The program is about the basics with no fluff. While there are certainly some issues with SOME teachers language skills, those aren't the ones teaching English. They are teaching science and other subjects. And they DO know their stuff. And the teachers here LOVE what they do. We pulled our son from Bastrop last year. Now been at Harmony for two years. We have seen a vast improvement in the education received at Harmony. No more wasted time on social games and drama that you get at Bastrop. Discipline? Yeah. They come down hard. But I like that. If your kid can't fathom getting through school without texting his friends in class then this is NOT the school for you child. He will be kicked out before the year is up. If you want your kid to learn, then Harmony is for you. Thanks, Harmony.

- submitted by a parent

September 07, 2010
My son has only been in this school for two weeks. This school is unfair when it comes to making decisions on discipline. My son and I had a conference with the Dean of Discipline and he brought up an issue that a group of girls wrote a complaint aganist my son. He presented us with the documents the girls had written but he never asked my son to write his side of the story down before going to the committee. I told him there are always two side a story. When you going to discipline someone you need to hear what all involved parties have to say not just what one has to say before making decisions. During the conference I got the feeling the Dean doesnt want my son at his school so I ask him and he replied I dont want him here. Im headed to the attorneys.

- submitted by a parent

August 26, 2010
We will be pulling our daughter out of this school and we are sending her back to her Round Rock ISD school, which was good. They have been completely disorganized from day one. My daughter has been there almost a week and has still not received her class schedule, or a locker that works. The teachers seem nice enough but have no idea what the administration is doing. They have done nothing all week but tell the kids about rules and discipline. We received the syllabus for classes we are still not sure when she has because it changes every day... and most of it has so many miss spellings and incorrect grammar it is amazing that they are teaching my child. It must be that English is their second language. And don't be fooled that this school is free... it isn't... they nickle and dime you to death!

- submitted by a parent

May 13, 2010
This is one of the best schools i have viewed yet and im planning to come here soon so fill me in with the info. please! oh and im a freshman in high school!

- submitted by a community member

September 12, 2009
My son is extremely happy to be at Harmony Science Academy North Austin. He said the teachers here are nice and want you to do good which he did not feel at the Manor ISD. I am glad to have a private school atmosphere tuition free. A fellow friend had the same reading assignment during the summer. My son took the test and his friend did not (in Manor Middle school). The reason Manor didn't is because too many kids didn't read it. I am glad that HSANA did give the test to show to the students that they will be held accountable. Already I see the difference of which school cares if they read their book or not. HSANA does not tolerate distractions in class which makes a better learning environment. However, if the student is having a problem, they take the time to find out why.

- submitted by a parent

September 11, 2009
this has been a terrible school and getting worse every year. my kids complain about the teachers poor attitude, the cafeteria food that is catered who knows where, the smart aleck remarks by the staff. no wonder so many parents have pulled their kids out this year. the office secretaries complain about the attitudes and being over worked and under staffed also.

- submitted by a parent
no rating
April 22, 2009
Teachers are dedicated and so friendly, work hard. HSA is a Perfect school.

- submitted by a parent
no rating
April 14, 2009
This is the best diversed school for a child to go to. I love Harmony, the parents, and staff!

- submitted by a parent

September 11, 2008
Our daughter just started her 4th year at HSA and we couldn't be happier. It was a blessing to find a school populated by true Educators who want to help their students excel. This is a departure from the union 'teachers' found in the local public school districts whose only interest is in indoctrinating the students in a Socialist philosophy. It's true that HSA doesn't have the athletic or liberal arts offerings of the 5A schools in the area, but there are plenty of independent opportunities availble to the students to make up for it. We have only 2 complaints about HSA: 1) it is sometimes difficult to understand some of the faculty and staff. They may want to look into personal development courses to improve their English skills; and 2) the faculty and staff has a bad habit of holding events with virtually no notification.

- submitted by a parent

June 25, 2008
I gennerally like the school. Yeah its small, but thats a benefit that students have to take advantage of. I could only think of one negative aspect-that there are hardly any extra-curriculars for high schoolers, but this school gives so many opportunities, it almost overrules the negatives

- submitted by a student
no rating
December 20, 2007
One of the most positive aspects of this school is the multicultural atmosphere. It creates an open-minded learning environment. Also, the staff is young and serioulsy works round the clock because we aren't just teaching one subject - we are teaching several subjects, tutorials, clubs, UIL, and planning all types of events. This type of envolovement really helps teachers get to know each and every student, not just the ones sitting in your room for 45 mins a day. I have learned a lot from our students. As far as the discipline is concerned, it is strict, but we don't have fights or any severe incidents at Harmony due to our strict rules.

- submitted by a teacher

September 17, 2007
the school is unnecessarily strict and unorganized the teachers are hard to understand it is very stressful mostly because the teachers regularly lose the homework and say the student did not turn it in. there are very little sports and no freedom at all. the high schoolers need to wear uniform. even the seniors for no real reason. most teachers don't teach there way they use pre set power point presentations. so its not the same experience as when a teacher is talking.

- submitted by a student

August 14, 2007
school needs more sports and activities. parents are not involved I am now attending this school and I hate it. it is unassailably strict and not organized

- submitted by a student
no rating
July 18, 2007
Great school the teachers give one on one attention.

- submitted by a student

May 31, 2007
This is a great school. I love the way they actually give grades and not just SatisfactoryExcellentNeeds Improvement scores. My kids love this school too. They really do focus on education and learning.

- submitted by a parent

December 02, 2006
Harmony is providing the best education for free. Great environment, awesome activities and devoted teachers. Highly recommended. Jj

- submitted by a parent

August 12, 2006
I'd say about 75% of this school's focus is on discipline; 10% on the 'respect your elders' philosophy and the other 15% on education. I'd know because I was a student there. That's all I have to say about that.

- submitted by a student

March 28, 2006
This is a great school. High quality teachers, in my view better than Kealing. Strong discipline, and they do great service to the East Austin community.

- submitted by a parent

December 26, 2005
It is a small yet very successful school. They are not only teachers but also educators.

- submitted by a parent

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The faculty and staff at Harmony Science Academy diligently work to mold responsive, productive, and civic-minded individuals. The 1:12 faculty-student ratio ensures a “hands on approach” with attention placed on the details. Because there are no more than 24 students per class, each class has an opportunity to become a prolific community. The HSA faculty and staff have the profound privilege of inspiring our students to follow their dreams while making the world a better place for themselves and others.

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Harmony Science Academy - Austin
930 East Rundberg Lane, Austin, TX  78753
(512) 835-7900
Last modified Harmony Science Academy - Austin is a Charter school that serves grades K-8. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 5 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Harmony Science Academy - Austin Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 37 reviews. Top