Harmony Public Schools is a
system of 56 Texas public charter schools
that provides rigorous, high-quality education focused on Science,
Technology, Engineering, and Math. Through a caring and collaborative
environment, Harmony provides students from traditionally underserved
communities the opportunity to excel through project-based learning
where they learn the skills necessary to become a contributing global
In the year 2000, Harmony Public Schools opened its first school in
Houston, Texas and still houses central administration in the Houston
area. Since expanding, Harmony has grown into all major areas of Texas,
forming six distinct regions (or districts).
Harmony prepares each student for higher education by providing a safe,
caring and collaborative atmosphere. Our curriculum features a quality,
student-centered educational program with a strong emphasis on Science,
Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.
Harmony’s vision is to lead our students from the classroom into the
world as productive and responsible citizens.
Every student will learn and grow into a successful and
We do whatever it takes to help our students reach their goals.
Our students, parents, and staff work in harmony to create a
strong community of success.
We guide our students to value integrity, show respect, and be
STEM for All
Every student will graduate with a strong understanding and
appreciation of STEM and how it connects to the real world.
Harmony Schools have been recognized for excellence throughout the United States, receiving the National Distinguished school award from the U.S. Department of Education.
The Harmony schools are an excellent example of how we can use innovative teaching methods to challenge students and help them reach their highest potential.
You have really done a great job to establish an environment which is conducive to students receiving an exceptional educational experience.
I am very impressed with the quality and the expertise you have here for robotics.
You are showing a whole lot of people that it doesn't take a lot of money to develop an excellent program. But it does take the triad that you have: students, dedicated teachers, and parents. Put all three of these together and excellence will result.
This highly successful education model places emphasis on math and science and equips our own students with the skills to compete in a global environment.
The commitment on behalf of the staff at Harmony is incredible. That other schools learn not only from the educational curriculum, but really from that dedication that comes from the leadership at Harmony.
Harmony Charter Schools have amassed an impressive record of numerous state, national and international academic achievements by their students. Congratulations on this remarkable decade of academic excellence.
The students of Harmony succeed due to the devotion of the teachers and staff. Every instructor makes a personal investment in each child, resulting in the student's enthusiasm of unquenchable desire to learn and become the best they can be.
Harmony Science Academy has given my children an enriched academic environment and structure that has encouraged their growth and maturity.
Mr. Fatih Ay brings decades of experience in both the
classroom and the office as an educator and administrator to the position of Chief
Beginning as a graduate assistant at the University of Houston, and
later as a science teacher at our first Harmony campus in Houston, a
principal in El Paso and most recently as our Dallas Area
Superintendent, Mr. Ay is poised to continue the implementation of
Harmony’s 2020 Strategic Plan as a 14-year veteran of Harmony.
Ay coordinated HPS T-STEM initiative statewide and adopted PLTW
Pre-Engineering program at middle and high school level during his
tenure as the Principal at HSA El Paso.
Board of Directors
Harmony Public Schools Board of Directors serve as unpaid
volunteers to guide the policies and direction of the organization.
Potential members can be nominated by anyone and are
selected by the existing board, which seeks individuals who have
expertise, experience or leadership abilities that will contribute
to maintaining Harmony’s standard of excellence in education.
eginning as a graduate assistant at the University of Houston, and later as a science teacher at our first Harmony campus in Houston, a principal in El Paso and most recently as our Dallas Area Superintendent, Mr. Ay is poised to continue the implementation of Harmony’s 2020 Strategic Plan as a 14-year veteran of Harmony. Mr. Ay coordinated HPS T-STEM initiative statewide and adopted PLTW Pre-Engineering program at middle and high school level during his tenure as the Principal at HSA El Paso.
Mr. Ay coordinated HPS T-STEM initiative statewide and adopted PLTW Pre-Engineering program at middle and high school level during his tenure as the Principal at HSA El Paso.
Dr. Oner Ulvi Celepcikay
r. Oner Celepcikay is the Founder & CEO of CyberSecurityED.com, an educational technology company that focus on cybersecurity education and coding camps and curriculum. Dr. Celepcikay also teaches Data Science, Data Mining, Big Data Analytics, and Cybersecurity courses at University of Houston College of Technology, University of Houston Downtown, and Texas A&M Commerce. His main teaching and research fields are Data Science, Data Mining, Machine Learning and Regression. He received his bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering from Istanbul University in Istanbul, Turkey, and his master's and doctorate degrees in Computer Science specializing in Data Mining.
Dr. Celepcikay worked at the University of Houston Educational Technology Outreach Department from 2000 to 2007, and is a member of the Institute of Electrical & Electronics Engineers, the world's largest professional association dedicated to advancing technological innovation and excellence. Dr. Celepcikay has been with Harmony since the beginning including participation in recruiting students, running after school program, and grant writing for the first Harmony school. Dr. Celepcikay is current Chairman of the Board of Harmony Public Schools, the largest charter school system in Texas with a STEM focus with 56 campuses in Texas. He also served for 3 years with the appointment of the Texas Education Commissioner as the charter representative board member at the Region 4, which serves a seven-county area composed of 50 public school districts and 45 public charter schools, representing more than 1.1 million students and 1,500 campuses.
Mr. Homer Stewart
Vice - Chair
r. Stewart is an electronic engineering technologist, a certified teacher in the state of Texas, and a curriculum development specialist and trainer. During his career he has served in the Fort Bend ISD, and as a faculty member at the Houston Community College Northeast Campus. Currently, Mr. Stewart, is employed at Subsea Solutions. LLC, where he develops service curricular for subsea well equipment and subsea control systems targeting training of well completion, petroleum, and subsea engineers. Mr. Stewart's interest is empowering students by correlating critical-thinking academic skills with the hands-on implementation, integration, and translation of academic skills and activities to real world applications. Mr. Stewart serves as an advisory member on several committees in the cities of Houston and Sugar Land.
Second Vice - Chair
aisy Morales has served in the insurance industry for over twenty years, twenty–four years with Prudential/Aetna and 5 years with Humana. Daisy’s passion is women and children and her current role as Vice-President of Community Affairs with Community Health Choice is a perfect fit., biotext2: Community Health Choice is a non-profit HMO that offers access to coverage in Children Health Insurance Plan (CHIP), Children’s Medicaid and Marketplace (Affordable Care Act)., biotext3: Daisy is known as an innovator and change agent, her specialty is strengthening organizational operations to yield improvements in service delivery, membership retention and growth., biotext4: Daisy is the president of the Hispanic Health Coalition and former board member of The Women’s Fund. She is also an involved member with The Hispanic Women’s Network of Texas, The Houston Hispanic Chamber and Houston Association Health Underwriters.
Dr. Hakduran Koc
r. Koc is currently chairman and associate professor of Computer Engineering Program at University of Houston - Clear Lake. After receiving his B.S. degree in Electronics Engineering, he worked in the industry for two years. Then, he joined Syracuse University where he received his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Computer Engineering. During his graduate study, Dr. Koc was at The Pennsylvania State University as visiting scholar. His research and teaching are in the areas of digital system design, embedded systems, and computer architecture. His research work is published in prestigious academic conferences and journals. Dr. Koc is also very active in professional service. He regularly reviews scientific papers for several academic journals and conferences. He has served as executive committee member for Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Galveston Bay Section at various capacities including chair, vice chair, and secretary; and he has been the counselor of IEEE Student Brach at UHCL. He regularly serves in science fairs for middle and high school students. Dr. Koc is the recipient of several teaching and leadership awards including IEEE-USA Professional Achievement for Individuals Award, UHCL Piper Nominee Finalist, IEEE Outstanding Student Branch Counselor Award and IEEE MGA Outstanding Small Section Award. He is a member of IEEE and ACM.
Dr. Osman Kanlioglu
r. Kanlioglu is a research and development engineer at L3 Technologies. He has 20+ years of experience in engineering and education. He had a chance to work in diverse settings such as in industry, public schools and universities with different roles. He taught courses mainly in the STEM area and worked as a dean in a university administration where he specialized in student retention and success.
He received his Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from the Middle East Technical University in Ankara. He received his Ph. D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from University of Houston. His research interests include Applied Electromagnetics, Wave Propagation and Antenna Design. Dr. Kanlioglu’s passion is using his expertise from higher education and industry in helping public education system to better prepare students for college.
Mrs. Ellen MacDonald
rs. MacDonald is the Executive Director/CEO of the Senior Guidance Directory. It is a Caregiving Handbook, available free to elders and their caregivers and it provides a comprehensive listing of resources and services that can help improve the lives of seniors and their caregivers as they strive to resolve their health, lifestyle, and safety issues.
She has also previously served as program manager for care consultation and support groups at the Houston and Southeast Texas Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association and as Vice President for Health Services at Sheltering Arms Senior Services in Houston.
In 1999, Mrs. MacDonald retired from the University of Texas at Houston, School of Nursing, where she served in a number of important roles, including Division Head for Gerontology in the Department of Systems and Technology at the UT-Houston School of Nursing, and Associate Director for Community Affairs and Operations at the UT-Houston Center on Aging.
She received her bachelor’s degree in History from Houghton College and her master’s in Nursing from Case Western Reserve University.
Mr. Cengizhan Keskin
r. Keskin is currently working as Technical Authority on flow assurance at Shell Oil Company. He has 15+ years of experience in operations and projects support for Shell assets, consulting services to many clients worldwide assisting onshore/offshore projects at Schlumberger and, project management and team leading experiences for multidisciplinary projects at SPT Group.
After receiving his BS and MSc degrees in petroleum engineering from METU in Ankara, he joined University of Tulsa Fluid Flow Projects (TUFFP) group as a researcher where he received his Master of Engineering degree.
He has several publications in peer reviewed journals and prestigious conferences on multiphase flow and thermal analysis. He is an active member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE). Mr. Keskin is currently serving as the secretary of the Harmony Public Schools Board of Directors.
Board Meeting Agendas
Meetings Act, the Texas Government Code, Chapter 551
board to give a
public advance written notice of the subjects it will consider
special, or called
meeting. The notice must also state the date, hour and place of
must post notice of meetings at a place at the central
office of the
that is generally accessible to the general public for at least
time of the meeting. The only exception to the 72 hour posting
requirement is for
meetings and those meetings must meet the requirements of Texas
In cases of emergency, the board must post notice of the date,
for not less than 2 hours prior to the meeting.
Harmony Public Schools Board Agendas are posted on the glass
the front gate
entrance of the Harmony School of Innovation building at 9321 W
Houston Pkwy S.
Harmony Public Schools is
excited to announce that all campuses statewide met or exceeded state standards on the
annual State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) exam.
100% of Harmony Public Schools
(HPS) districts were rated
Met Standard compared to 95.4% that of all Texas schools.
100% of Harmony campuses achieved
the rating of Met
Standard compared to 89.6% that of all Texas schools.
77% of HPS campuses have earned at
least one distinction
designation compared to 52% of all Texas campuses. Of the 8,757 campuses in Texas, 7,591
(86.7%) were evaluated for at least one distinction designation.
15% of HPS campuses earned
distinctions in all seven
categories that were evaluated for that campus compared to 2% in Texas.
Three of the 58 districts in Texas – out of the 1,203
districts evaluated – to receive a distinction designation for postsecondary
readiness are Harmony Districts. Postsecondary readiness is the only distinction at the district level.
The three districts are:
Harmony Science Academy – Houston
Academy – El Paso
Harmony School of
To access accountability reports and search for your district/campus, please visit the TEA
website, and follow the instructions.
Federal Report Cards for the state, district, and campuses
are available on the Texas Education Agency’s (TEA) website.
Each LEA that receives Title I, Part A funding
is responsible for disseminating the State, LEA and campus-level report cards to all LEA
campuses and parents of all enrolled students and making the information widely available
through public means such as posting on the Internet, distribution to the media, or
distribution through public agencies.
At a minimum, the LEA must —
post direct links to the State, LEA, and campus report cards
make hard copies available to parents on request,
make hard copies available for viewing in public locations,
notify parents of ALL students about the availability of the report cards and the
options for obtaining them.
LEAs must make the federal report card information readily accessible to the public and
parents must be notified of the availability of the federal report card information no later
than March 5, 2018.
To search for campus/district Federal Report Card visit the TEA website,
The Texas Education Code (TEC), §39.306, requires each
trustees to publish an annual report that includes the TAPR,
accreditation status, campus performance objectives, information
criminal incidents, and information on the performance of the
graduates in their first year of college, as reported by the
Education Coordinating Board.
Harmony Public Schools annual reports can be found
the links below. Paper
copies are available at the district’s administration office and
Texas Academic Performance Reports were compiled by TEA for
campus using PEIMS and student assessment data. The TAPR
district and campus academic performance with financial reports
about staff, programs, and demographics. Prior to the 2012–13
was known as the Academic Excellence Indicator System (AEIS)
The Texas Education Code (TEC), §39.306, requires each
trustees to hold a public hearing to discuss the district’s
90 days (winter break
Within two weeks following the public meeting, each district
its annual report, including posting it on the district website
places. The hearing may be combined with a regularly scheduled
meeting of the
local board of trustees.
A public hearing was held in conjunction with the
Meeting on Wednesday, January 31st, 2018 at 6:30
p.m. in the
Schools Central Office Building, 9321 W Sam Houston Pkwy S,
2016 - 2017 Annual Reports for Harmony Public Schools were
Paper copies are available at the district’s administration
House Bill 5 of the 83rd Texas Legislative Session included a local
requirement that is referred to as Community and Student Engagement.
requires each district to evaluate and designate a performance
district and each of its campuses in the district based on criteria
local committee (TEC 39.0545). The law requires that each district
campus be assigned a rating of exemplary, recognized, acceptable, or
unacceptable. The district and campus performance ratings must be
annually to TEA through PEIMS, and made publicly available by August
year beginning with the 2013–14 school year.
The statute provides nine factors for which the district and
must be evaluated:
Fine arts, wellness and physical education, community and
involvement, 21st century workforce development program, 2nd
acquisition program, digital learning environment, dropout
strategies, educational programs for GT students, and compliance
statutory reporting and policy requirements.
Chapter 552 of the Texas Government Code, also known as the Public Information Act (PIA), gives the public the right to access certain government records, including records that pertain to the operation of Harmony Public Schools’ open-enrollment charter schools.
All requests must be submitted in writing and should contain:
Fax Number (if available)
Description of the information and/or document being requested.
Requests must be sent as follows:
Harmony Public Schools
9321 W Sam Houston Parkway S
Houston, TX 77099