I am a parent of two students; prospective parents and students beware. At first, Harmony Science Academy seemed an appropriate choice, comparing it to the public schools surrounding our area; however, the principal and staff are incredibly unorganized, planning their events in a hurried and unorganized manner. The preference in teachers is mostly from Turkish decent. These teachers have not mastered the English language and carry a heavy, incomprehensible accent. We often receive communication such as syllabi or emails from teachers, which are close to illegible. My children are forced to take Turkish classes, when in fact we have selected Spanish as our language of choice. Living in El Paso, Spanish is a necessity, not a preference. We are ready to relocate our children to another school.
Academically, you a school that will provide the proper education and also challenge your child. They did all of this for my son, I am sports mom that wants him to achieve in those areas when he gets older. HSA, proviveds skills that enhance what he needs when he reaches college versus holding him back like most school that refuses to teach. Thr teachers are always readily available if he needs more guidance or if I have a question. The facility is a school that is safe looking, he used to go to a school where just anyone could walk in. Thegfacility is helpful and I have never had a problem, my son is in AP classes in which he last school, Bassett Middle School refused to test him, making him bring home straight As was nice, but he was bored. HSA is challenging and he loves, he mskes honor roll all the time.The is the only school that received any type of recognition for their excellent education in yheir students versus any other school in El Paso.
As a parent of two students , one in high school and another in middle I am posting these thoughts for other prospective parents.My children have a ttended for 3 years. The dedication of the teachers seems to be very good, albeit I understand that some are hard to understand with their heavy accent. Classrooms seem to be well managed and extracurricular events are thoroughly planned and executed well. It seems their is some administrative channeling of students which in the old days would be called tracking but that is just an opinion . Otherwise thumbs up so far.
My daughters have been in this schol for 5 years. My youngest daughter had being bullied most of her life in school and when we transfer her to this school, most of this kind of problems stoped. Their teaching method and leadership were excellent. My oldest daughter has always being very talented, but they did not have much extra curricular corses to help her charllenge herself. They had and excellent science, math, and robotic program, were she was involved until this year she just had the oportunity to placed on Science Fair. The principal was transfered to another HSA around Texas and the vice principal as well. We started seeing changes through the entire school. Especially on my olderst daughters programs mention above. They don't have much sports, H.S. does not provide physical education, Science is not as outstanding. My youngest daughter have improve in many ways. She has no problems with bullies, just typical kids normally arguing but alway school is on top of that. Overall I appreciate HSA for helping my youngest to believe in herself by not having to worry about bullies and the staff always being kind but strict to all students.
I have my children there and they are happy. It s a great school with great teachers.
As a member of leadership team in Harmony Science Academy El Paso, I would like to thank each and every member of school community to make Harmony El Paso the great experience for me as a new resident of this great city. It has been only pleasure to meet with all parents, students and all other stakeholders in El Paso community . This school has grown in enrollment from 300 to 730 in 4 years which ,of course, brought in some growing pains but what I have seen in my short experience is very dedicated faculty and parents who do everthing to make students feeling at home. With all issues any school might have, I think this school has been a good option for parents in public education. Umit Alp
I have two children that attend to this school since 2008. Overall I think this is an excellent school. Not only for the academic quality provided but also for the intrinsic motivation my children have. My children academic growth has exceeded our expectations. Parent involvement is a very important part in students academic life. Teachers are always thinking in supporting and improving the parents community by offering ESL classes, Turkish cooking classes, entertainment. It is so enjoyable that as a parent you always want to get involved. One aspect I am very thankful of is that all teachers are always involve not only with their students but also with their families. They always go for the extra mile. Extracurricular activities are always well organized. Finally, I want to thank all teachers and staff members for everything you do for our children. Guadalupe Yoshimoto
I am currently a student at HSA, and i have attended the school since it opened. I believe that the school is a great oppurtunity if students like to be challenged. The teachers and administration greatly support students, in their academics. This school has opened many doors for me. I would recommend this school for any student who likes science/math/engineering.
Administration does not have a clue how to run a school. Everything is always running on last minute. Dean of Education does not even have a masters degree. If you were to give the 10th grade TAKS test to the Turkish Administration, I guarantee that not a single one would pass it. In addition, the Turkish staff have horrific english writing, reading, and speaking skills. Turkish staff are given better pay, perks, and more access to the school compared to the regular non-turkish teachers. Shame on this school.
My children attended HSA for three years. The first year was very good in spite of the turkish teachers lack of knowledge in English. As the years progressed the quality of teachers continued to decline. The teachers and parents instead of the students made the science fair projects as well as the robotic competition. The idea was for the students to be challenged and do the work not the parents and teachers. I was very disappointed with their leadership and lack of continuity. I feel I was mislead in this school. And for the foreigners, please learn and master the English language, it is very difficult to teach or communicate with these language barriers. The high school students should have a broader and more challenging curriculum and let them explore higher horizons. Extra curricular activities for the high school students would have been great. I would not recommend this school.
The Elementary School is absolutely wonderful!!!!! But Middle and High .. different. Academically, however, excellent and challenging!!! It is a safe school .. no bullies, no drugs. But as you can read below ... you wonder if you live in the USA ... Still ... one of the best choices in El Paso!
Hi, I'm a parent and I couldn't be happier with the way they teach at HSA. The quality of the teachers, they are so caring and understanding. They treat the children like if there family. They teaching the important things of life, manners, respect, ect. My children are so happy to be there and they are learning so much. This is the best school I could find for them.
Hello, my name is Sujin An and I was a former student of Harmony Science Academy and a former valedictorian. I was in that school for 3years, since the school first opened in 2005(i believe), and my experience in that school is undescrible with words only. The faculty members and the students over there were so great that you are never ever going to find another school like this one. Currently I am attending Westwood Highschool in Austin because I wanted to explore the outside world an challenge myself further more but I do regret massively. My memories of Harmony Sciene Academy is so valuable that I am going to cherish until my last breath. Harmony Science Academy is such a excellent school and I believe this school will grow into one of best school in the nation. :]
my son has always been an exceptional student, we sent him to harmony for 2 years and during that time found the administrative staff to be very ethnocentric. I was amazed when the first year they opened the europe trip was to be chaparoned by the turkish teachers only. A few of the girls felt they needed a female teacher to chapparon but this was not allowed. The misogynistic attitude of the teachers left me feeling disenchanted. The test scores were indeed wonderful but my son had aced 2 previous taks scores in a regular school and we decided that he was going to succeed regardless of the school he attends. as for the staff it seems that the turkish teachers were the ones running the place when the teachers that were hired to teach the lower grade levels or local teachers were not given the same authority as the others
Greetings, My name is Brian Abeyta and I am currently the Physical Education Teacher here at Harmony Science Academy. I have been with HSA for two years now and have had a great time with the students and the staff. After reading some of the reviews I wanted to post some information in regards to the physical/extracurricular activities that take place here at HSA. The academic aspect of the school is outstanding as we received exemplary status in 2007-2008, but along with that great achievement we also provide a great sports program. In 2008-2009 we started our first year of Basketball and Volleyball teams. The students had an awesome time and really enjoyed competing with other schools. We will continue again in 2009-2010 with Basketball and Volleyball, and will also be adding a new Football program. Furthermore, HSA provides many other outlets for sports, such as Soccer tournaments, Baseball games, and
I am a 3rd year parent of 3 children at this school, and I have mixed feelings. I agree that the level of education is exceptional, but I don't agree with the all the methods that the administration uses to acheive these goals. I believe that a well rounded person needs not only academics but also electives to enhance their learning capabilities. The students are treated as robots and are used by the administration to 'show off' their accomplishments by any means they can. The communition is great, if you don't question 'why' they do things and go along with what they 'tell' you. Otherwise, you are made to not feel welcome if you question any authority, just like the students. My questions have usually gone unanswered or brushed off by responses that aren't related to the topic at hand. The English language of the adminstrators/staff is not proficient.
Oh Yeah! 100 % of the 8th Graders have passed the reading TAKS! WhooHoo! Now we're ready for Math! (Bring It On Math TAKS!)
Great School,I have my Three Daugthers there. The teachers are very nice persons. Different Activities like Art,Robotic,Turkish lenguage,etc. Thanks Harmony.
My kids have attended HSA since the first year it opened. Now my kids are in seventh and eight grade. I decided to keep them here because their main priority is education. Their curriculum is geared toward intellectualism not sports or extracurricular 'wastes of time.' The teachers are very responsive to parents questions and concerns. They maintain an open line of communication through emails and phone calls. Their TAKS scores also speak louder than words.
Continued.... Other such electives are not chosen by the student. Engineering class or sociology were the only other two electives we have and we even didn't get to choose those. We were merely given a test to see which one got to meet the standards to the engineering class so the others could be put into sociology. The first year my parents were given a pamplet contaning all the extracurricular classes in which none exist today. The teachers and classes contain alot of learning and help your child exceed, but that is all there is. No sports or relaxing classes, such as physical education, art, or music, are allowed for the students in the higher levels. They only want them to earn more credits and have an exaggerated discipline system. With the shirt tucked in problem its not thats its hard, but students feel more relaxed when using untucked.
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