My child went to a private school for three years and I can honestly say that this school is yielding far better results. My daughter loves her school and I feel the same way. She is not only learning what she needs but is also learning from the diverse student population, which is greatly needed in this multicultural world.
I have my two kids there for second year They are on top of class, but not because of good teachers,I work with them at home.I am behind the parents who wrote negative comments.School shirts are more polyester than cotton, they tear appart and get lighter after few washes.Most of the teachers are first time teaching,no experience,no guidance,yes lot of them didn't come back after first year.I have to tell teachers to give kids some challenging task,give them choice if they want to learn some harder spelling words or math.School is not organized, they are always behind,first year no library,gym or cafeteria,no playground,so first several months was very frustrating for teachers.Second year still no library.Last year they had several teachers who quit after few weeks there,this year some classes started with sub teachers, they don't have idea on what level kids are. Every year they start with policy no snack for kids(even if kids have own snack),after many emails last year they changed policy, this year snack only K-3rd grade, this is how we teach kids helthy eating habbit.Be carefull, if you come from very good public school, I would not go.Parents from India took kids out.
This is a pretty good school, but most of the classes my child took were far behind compared to other schools. But my child had some difficulty understanding the teachers mostly because of their accent. She was a A+ student but when I tested her outside the school they said she wasn't as good as they said. Most of the teachers grade with ease. Also they don't really pay much attention to the substitutes. My daughter had a sub for more then a month and they wouldn't teacher her anything and when it came time for the STAAR she barely passed. The teachers aren't as strict as you might think, if you simply ask them to change your child's grade to an A, where to it was a low B they would change it. I would recommend to keep them their for elementary and then over the years, research the school see if they improved but other than that you'll be putting your child education on the line. Also if you had just enrolled your child into high school you should be very careful and ask about what they will be teaching before your child attends harmony. Once your high school starts 9th grade it's very dangerous to take him\her out due to what they were taught they might be far behind afterwards.
Harmony School of Business taught my daughter C++ in 3rd grade yes 3rd. Part of her regular class schedule: engineering. Yeah, they built a model maglev train. Economics as well. Finance class for the 8-9 year olds. Next year: robotics. What about science? Her $16K per year private school: little to no science. Harmony: she won the science fair for her grade studying neurons in the brain. Next year: she s interested in Cybernetics so who knows what will happen? Amazing right? Well of course she s a smart kid and she gets it from her mother I think, but that s not the point. Harmony encourages imagination and creativity in all students, pushes children further than they think they can go without going past that point. It s not a factory (though they will probably start teaching them how to run one next year). These kids are having a good time and are learning a copious amount of information to boot. In short with HSB we get everything we have been hoping for in our child s education AND we feel like we are part of something bigger than a huge yearly price tag and an exclusive bumper sticker.
My daughter is currently attending this school and we are very happy with the teachers, and quality of teaching and leadership this school offers to the students . We came from an exemplary school district but we chose this school as it is academically focused and challenges the kids . My daughter is an A student and is in the gifted and talented program. She is doing extremely well and the teachers are always there to assist if needed. They go over and above to make sure the student understands the concept . I do not agree with the other 2 negative reviews - there are kids that I believe do not need to be there and disrupt the class. Obviously those 2 negative reviews have been written by parents whose kids are not succeeding ! Harmony schools are great ! As a parent you need to be involved in your kids education no matter what school it is !!! If you are not happy leave - maybe a child better deserved to attend will get in !!
This school is amazing. It was the first year and there will always be kinks to work out to get things running smoothly. We were very happy with his teachers and they communcicated with us well throughout the year. If there was an issue with our son and his school work,we worked together to conquer the problem. Our son was diagnosed with ADHD this year and he is an A student. Since being treated he did very well in school and I am happy to say the teachers were very supportive along the way. Yes this school is not for everyone but our son is excelling here and we could not be more pleased with the changes we see in him.
Do some research on Harmony Schools aka Cosmos Foundation. HSB hires many alternative certification teachers and first year teachers, then offers no mentor programs. How can they say that they have all "highly qualified teachers" when some don't even have teaching degrees? Ask to see this campus's library, it is totally empty. This school is a STEM school, so you should see technology in every room (you don't). Harmony has a 50% turn over rate of teachers. Why? Lack of curriculum, no training, over scheduling, no resources to help kids. Notice the same teachers at duty daily? They are understaffed. The uniforms the kids wear are cheaply made and fall apart quickly. They run small and rip in the wash. Don't bother enrolling your kids in clubs afterschool - the money you pay for the club doesn't go to the club, it goes to the school. Chess club wound up using the computer labs, choir club used youtube and the teacher's own resources, AR club - once again used the classroom books - notice a theme here? Also notice that very few staff send their own kids to HSB, including the administration. Stay in public or private school - you'll learn more.
Very disappointed I had that very sad experience with a ADHD kids if you have a special need kid this is not the type of school to help them to succeed they are only looking for smart and bright kids nothing wrong with this but they don't have a special program or professional personnel to work with those kids. Very sad they are not there to help.
We love this school. The teachers are very dedicated to their students and they have a great curriculum. My daughter loves her school.
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