About Us

About Us

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 citizen.

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).

Our Mission

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.

Our Vision

Harmony’s vision is to lead our students from the classroom into the world as productive and responsible citizens.

Core Values

High
Expectations

Every student will learn and grow into a successful and productive citizen.

Dedicated
Staff

We do whatever it takes to help our students reach their goals.

Working
Together

Our students, parents, and staff work in harmony to create a strong community of success.

Character
Matters

We guide our students to value integrity, show respect, and be responsible.

STEM
for All

Every student will graduate with a strong understanding and appreciation of STEM and how it connects to the real world.

CEO

Fatih Ay

CEO

Headshot of CEO Fatih Ay Mr. Fatih Ay brings decades of experience in both the classroom and the office as an educator and administrator to the position of Chief Executive Officer.

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.

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.

 

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.

Fatih Ay

CEO

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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

Board Chair

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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

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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.

Daisy Morales

Second Vice - Chair

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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

Secretary

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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

Treasurer

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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

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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

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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

Texas Open Meetings Act, the Texas Government Code, Chapter 551 requires a school board to give a public advance written notice of the subjects it will consider in a regular, special, or called meeting. The notice must also state the date, hour and place of the meeting. A school district must post notice of meetings at a place at the central administrative office of the district that is generally accessible to the general public for at least 72 hours before the scheduled time of the meeting. The only exception to the 72 hour posting requirement is for "emergency" meetings and those meetings must meet the requirements of Texas Government Code Chapter 551.045. In cases of emergency, the board must post notice of the date, place and subject of the meeting for not less than 2 hours prior to the meeting.

Harmony Public Schools Board Agendas are posted on the glass window by the front gate pedestrian entrance of the Harmony School of Innovation building at 9321 W Sam Houston Pkwy S. Houston, Texas 77099.

HPS Board Agendas are posted here as a courtesy.

Board Meeting Schedule

Date Agenda Video
August 29th, 2018
September 29th, 2018
October 27th, 2018
November 17th, 2018
December 15th, 2018
January 26th, 2019
 
February 23rd, 2019
  
March 30th, 2019
  
April 27th, 2019
  
May 18th, 2019
  
June 15th, 2019
  
July 27th, 2019
  
August 24th, 2019
  

Academic Committee Agendas

Date Time Agenda
January 11th, 2019
12:00PM
December 14th, 2018
12:00PM
November 9th, 2018
12:00PM
October 12th, 2018
12:00PM
September 14th, 2018
12:00PM

Finance Committee Agendas

Date Time Agenda
January 11th, 2018
1:30PM
December 14th, 2018
1:30PM
November 9th, 2018
1:30PM
October 12th, 2018
1:30PM
September 14th, 2018
1:30PM

Governance Committee Agendas

Date Time Agenda
January 11th, 2018
10:30AM
December 14th, 2018
10:30AM
November 9th, 2018
10:30AM
October 12th, 2018
10:30AM

Research & White Papers

 

Board Meeting Videos
2017 - 2018

Video Archive

Media Relations



 

Media Inquiries

For media requests, please send an email to   with details of the request.

Fast Facts

 

We may already have answered some of your questions about us – please check out our One Pager for a quick overview of Harmony Public Schools!

 

One Pager

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Accountability

2017 Accountability Ratings

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
    • Harmony Science Academy – El Paso
    • Harmony School of Science – Houston

To access accountability reports and search for your district/campus, please visit the TEA website, and follow the instructions.

TEA website: Accountability Rating System

2017 Federal Report Cards

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 on its web site,
  • make hard copies available to parents on request,
  • make hard copies available for viewing in public locations, and
  • 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, and follow the instructions.

TEA website: Federal Report Cards

Harmony Public Schools Annual Reports

The Texas Education Code (TEC), §39.306, requires each district’s board of trustees to publish an annual report that includes the TAPR, district accreditation status, campus performance objectives, information on violent or criminal incidents, and information on the performance of the previous year’s graduates in their first year of college, as reported by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board.

Harmony Public Schools annual reports can be found at the links below. Paper copies are available at the district’s administration office and at HPS Central Office.

Texas Academic Performance Reports

Texas Academic Performance Reports were compiled by TEA for every district and campus using PEIMS and student assessment data. The TAPR combines details of district and campus academic performance with financial reports and information about staff, programs, and demographics. Prior to the 2012–13 school year, TAPR was known as the Academic Excellence Indicator System (AEIS) reports.

Public Hearings

Notice of Public Hearing: Harmony Public Schools held a public hearing on January 11th, 2019 at 1:00PM.

Notice PDF Meeting Video

The Texas Education Code (TEC), §39.306, requires each district’s board of trustees to hold a public hearing to discuss the district’s annual report within 90 days (winter break not included). Within two weeks following the public meeting, each district must widely publish its annual report, including posting it on the district website and other public 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 regularly scheduled Board Meeting on Wednesday, January 31st, 2018 at 6:30 p.m. in the Harmony Public Schools Central Office Building, 9321 W Sam Houston Pkwy S, Houston, Texas 77099.

2016 - 2017 Annual Reports for Harmony Public Schools were presented and discussed. Paper copies are available at the district’s administration office and HPS central office.

2016 - 2017 School Report Cards:

Report cards are in pdf format. To download Adobe Reader, please visit the Adobe Link will open in new window site

Community and Student Engagement Reports

House Bill 5 of the 83rd Texas Legislative Session included a local evaluation requirement that is referred to as Community and Student Engagement. The statute requires each district to evaluate and designate a performance rating for the district and each of its campuses in the district based on criteria set by a local committee (TEC 39.0545). The law requires that each district and each campus be assigned a rating of exemplary, recognized, acceptable, or unacceptable. The district and campus performance ratings must be reported annually to TEA through PEIMS, and made publicly available by August 8 of each year beginning with the 2013–14 school year.

The statute provides nine factors for which the district and each campus must be evaluated:

Fine arts, wellness and physical education, community and parental involvement, 21st century workforce development program, 2nd language acquisition program, digital learning environment, dropout prevention strategies, educational programs for GT students, and compliance with statutory reporting and policy requirements.

 

Finance

The Finance Department is responsible for the financial accounting for all Harmony Public School funds. This includes Accounting, Accounts Payable, Budget, Purchasing, and Payroll.


Salary Information 2018/2019

Gross annual salary of CEO: $195,000

Financial Information

HPS - Form 990 | Year: 2016
HPS - Form 990 | Year: 2015
HPS - Form 990 | Year: 2014
HPS - Form 990 | Year: 2013
HPS - Form 990 | Year: 2012
HPS - Form 990 | Year: 2011
HPS - Audit Report | Year Ended June 30th, 2018
HPS - Audit Report | Year Ended June 30th, 2017
HPS - Audit Report | Year Ended June 30th, 2016
HPS - Audit Report | Year Ended June 30th, 2015

Budget Information

HPS - Statewide | 2018 - 2019 Budget
HPS - Statewide | 2017 - 2018 Budget
HPS - Statewide | 2016 - 2017 Budget

Purchasing Department

Harmony Public Schools Purchasing Department extends a warm welcome to those wishing to do business with Harmony Public Schools and the affiliated schools that utilize our services.

HPS Purchasing Department requests that all prospective vendors register on our e-bid site in order for them to be notified of upcoming bids and submit bids in their respective fields.

Fill out the Vendor Registration Form.
Current Bid Opportunities.

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Public Information Request

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:

  • Your name
  • Address
  • Phone Number
  • Fax Number (if available)
  • Description of the information and/or document being requested.

Requests must be sent as follows:

By mail:

Harmony Public Schools
Legal Services
9321 W Sam Houston Parkway S
Houston, TX 77099

By fax:

(713) 777-8555

In person:

Harmony Public Schools
Legal Services
9321 W Sam Houston Parkway S
Houston, TX 77099


A response should be expected 10 business days after the request has been submitted.

Charges to the Requestor: HPS will assess fees to the requestor in accordance with applicable state law.


For more information about the Texas Public Information Act, please refer to the following link: Office of the Attorney General Open Records Division


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