Having been in this "school" for all four years of my high school career, I can personally say that having attended this school was one of the greatest mistakes in my life. In case you haven't seen it already, I strongly recommend you watch CNN's 60-minute segment on Harmony Public Schools. Some of its claims are a bit questionable, but all of them have an air of legitimacy to them. Enrolling your child to this school will not give him/her an advantage. The Harmony name means absolutely nothing in the eyes of College Admissions officers. Harmony is not some kind of safe haven for students. Admission is based on a lottery system, NOT by merit or behavior. That means Harmony is NOT immune to drugs, sex, fights, or violence. With limited faculty and smaller classes, it is harder for your child to do well here. There is more competition for advanced classes, and administration will show favoritism to students who make the school look better. Smaller classes means it will be harder to be in the top 10% of the class. In my graduating class the top 10% was a total of 8 students. Administration does not care about the student, it cares about what the student can do for them.
I used to go to Harmony School of Advancement but then got moved to Magnolia West High because we moved houses. Worst thing to ever happen to me. The kids are 100% nicer and friendlier and I have time to complete all my homework, which is a lot, because of block class which is an hour 45 instead of the typical 45 minute period. That means I have 4 classes a day alternating every other day. I'm not as physically tired and the teachers have personality. The only thing is, that it requires a bit of money here and there and they accumulate. But otherwise, I am ahead of other kids my age and I have more academic opportunities. I get to be more culturally diverse and learn things that are otherwise unclear in a public school. As far as school food goes, please bring your own lunch and trust me, once you wear the uniform for about a week or two, fashion is going to be a pleasure for you. I've met my best friends here and by personal experience, I know that we are friendly and helpful to new kids. We are the easiest group of kids to warm up to. Harmony is great.
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