About This School
Charter schools are public schools, but differ from traditional public schools in that they are independent and are operated by educators, parents, community leaders, educational entrepreneurs, or others. Funding for charter schools is based on designated local or state educational organizations. Those organizations are responsible for monitoring and assessing the quality and effectiveness of education, but permit the schools to operate outside of the traditional public school education system. See Harmony Science Academy (San Antonio)'s test results to learn more about school performance.
In 2011, Harmony Science Academy (San Antonio) had 13 students for every full-time equivalent teacher. The Texas average is 15 students per full-time equivalent teacher.
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Harmony Science Academy (San Antonio) Reviews
Harmony, just like any other school, has its pros and cons. It offers many advanced classes, dual enrollment, Alamo Academies enrollment and many stem related pathways. The downside is that they don't have a lot for fine arts. But that's okay. Each school has there strong points. Personally, the years I've spent at Harmony were great. I will start college as a sophomore. I'm so excited.
Many Issues Here, Going Back to Public
We took our children to Harmony as our only other option to SWISD schools. We are selling our home now and moving to NISD so our kids can go to a good public school. Harmony has **some** excellent teachers. However, their administration is lacking all ability to do anything correctly. First, you cannot just go to visit anyone in that building. You can request an appointment with someone, like the Principal. However, they are more likely to push your request off to someone else or deny it altogether. There are a lot of issues here, but the one that made us leave is the administration requesting $200 for my 4th grader (who passed the 4th grade but failed the STAR test) to go to summer school. Then they will **maybe** allow him to go to the 5th grade. The STAR test is not mandatory until the 5th grade. They also have zero ability to help my child with real learning issue. The school is lacking.
This school is horrible, a majority of the teachers are rude, and are extermely hard to understand, due to their accent. Also the dress code is ridiculous. I was given DPS for having a small, subtle mustache(its more just thick peachfuzz). On top of that, the lunch taste just plain digusting. I would not recommend parents sendin their kids here for their highschool years.
Ok I've got to say that the first few years were great, but after the other school was made, it just fell apart. My most favorite teacher, a science teacher, was immediately whisked off to HSI, Harmony School of Innovation. This school first of all is completely disorganized, the teachers are telling our class that we are allowed to use chrome books for personal uses,however today I was blocked from all the entertaining web sites like You Tube, and worst of all GOOGLE?!!! Um I thought google was the main search engine for chrome books. Also their prices are very unfair, I wanted to be in Anime Club, this was going to be my last year, but the club's cost $80!!!!!! Terrible. Also the teachers, my science teacher has a very strong accent that I cannot understand all I hear is Babylonian. Oh yeah can we forget the lunch? Dog food basically, at least the hot dogs are not green like last year. Today we had what they call Nachos for lunch. What I call it is dog food on 4-5 chips. Also I'm lactose intolerant and guess what?!! All they have is either chocolate or white milk!!! Speaking of unfairness, the highschoolers always get something extra to eat or better, for example us middle schoolers get a rotten banana while they get a shiny red apple and a bag of chips. Also as an 8th grader we have to do 4 PBL projects AND do the science fair project. Also some of our subs are people without a certificate and are not even certified for that subject.
Sorry about my rambling, but that pretty much all of it and I'm glad to say that I will be leaving this cheap, Styrofoam made school and my only regrets are leaving my great friends behind. I cannot wait to go to NISD next year!!!
This school needs to be audited by the state. I was not pleased to find out that they hire teachers who are not certified. These are the teacher whom I had issues with. They shouldn't be teaching. They don't have the skills to deal with students. They pick on students. One teacher even went as far as stepping on a students foot for a dress code violation. I had reported it to the school. Now that teacher is bully my son. The principal is never available to speak with the parents. I would advise everyone to avoid this school.
My son is currently enrolled in harmony for the first year. he is in 4th grade and i have to say even though the first semester is not over , he has already had so many problems. nothing about the way they do things here make any sense. they are very disorganised and not only teachers but the principal and office staff make themselves unavailable. They treat kids as if they are in highschool and give alot of responsability. This is a science academy but the science teacher have such a strong turkish accent , i as an adult have trouble understanding him, i can imagine my child. If i have my son finish out the year , he will most certainly not be returning.
I was very impressed with the " college" frame of mind and the strong academic mind set. I think it will prepare my child for college. They use college lingo and methods so when the students get to college, they will already be comfortable with the environment. The strong emphasis on academic is a postive point for me. The school is a beautiful place and I see the staff and the students take a great deal of pride to keep it that way
In the past, HSA-SA was a wonderful school! My children had a well rounded educational AND cultural experience. We were so happy with the school that we were certain that our children would stay at HSA-SA through high school.
Unfortunately they decided to open a new school in San Antonio this year and we lost many, many wonderful teachers to the new school. Since then, the atmosphere has completely changed. Many of the teachers are rude, lethargic, unavailable to help and full of excuses. They are out of touch with parents and students and it seems as thought the school is falling apart.
What was once the best experience my children had ever had in the educational system has turned into a nightmare. I am very happy to say that we will soon be moving on.
HSA-SA.... 2010-2011 school year is their fall from from grace. HUGE numbers of students have been withdrawn from the school. If you are thinking about putting your child in school here, please talk to other parents and make an educated decision before you decide to place your children there.
This is my son's 2nd year at Harmony and he loves it. We couldn't have asked for a more diversified school. My husband and I appreciate the many activites the school offers their student body (such as Karate, school sports, Boy Scouts etc).
The teachers are great and are always willing and able to help. This has been crucial for my son as he had a horrible Pre-K experience at another school.
It has been a great experience for us all. We look forward to the coming years. We can truly appreciate how our child learns and continues to learn through the various groups and programs offered.
HSA is a great school and has something to offer to everyone. Thank you HSA.-SA
HSA-SA is a wonderful school.
My children love attending school there. I do not feel that they could be receiving a better education anywhere else. So glad we took a chance on this charter school
This has been the most wonderful educational experience ever! I have three children who are all exceptional students. While they did fine in traditional school, my husband and I watched them blossom at HSA. The teachers truly care about their students and are more dedicated than any other educators that I have ever seen before.
The diversity at school: social, economical, religious and cultural is wonderful! Children in this school prove that no matter where you come from, what religion you are or how much money you have, you deserve to be treated as an equal! It's a shame that everyone cannot be as respectful and kind as the children in this school.
HSA-SA is the best. Our entire family has learned s much during our time at the school and we are all better people (and students) because of HSA.
My daughter has benefited immensely by attending HSA. She went from reading at an 8.5 to a 12.9 in six months, scored 91% and above on all her TAKS and won the school spelling bee.
Mr. Aykac is our principal always makes time for parents when he is needed. Teachers are also always readily available.
Tutoring is offered at no cost for students struggling in class.
This school also strives to send a message to students making college seem like a natural transition after high school but is also supportive of the military families who attend HSA.
We are a prior military family and HSA-SA was our 5th school. I've never seen a school so dedicated to the well being of the students who attend as well as the community.
Pros: Dedicated staff, great goals and accomplishments
Cons: Not enough parent involvement
WE LOVE HARMONY! KIDS GET BETTER EDUCATION AND 2 HRS OF FOREIGN LANGUAGE. GREAT EXTRA ACADEMIC ACTIVITIES AND I GET FREE TURKISH CLASSES. WE BOTH GOT THE OPORTUNITY TO TRAVEL TO TURKEY AT INCREDIBLE PRICE, AWESOME EXPERIENCE!
Both of my children are gifted and were bored in traditional public school. While the curriculum is also advanced at HSA (or just the expectations are higher), the after school activities have so much depth and are so much more enriching. Plus, I love the multi-cultural element. The school assumes a 100% graduation rate and a 100% college acceptance rate instead of focusing on trying to decrease drop outs. It's that simple paradigm shift that makes all the difference.