Newsweek names 13 Harmony Public Schools high schools among Top STEM High Schools for 2020

Newsweek has announced its ranking of the top STEM high schools for 2020, honoring 13 Harmony Public Schools campuses for excellence in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.

Those campuses are:

  • Harmony School of Advancement – Houston
  • Harmony Science Academy – Houston
  • Harmony Science Academy – Pflugerville
  • Harmony School of Discovery – Houston
  • Harmony Science Academy – El Paso
  • Harmony School of Innovation – Fort Worth
  • Harmony Science Academy – Dallas
  • Harmony School of Innovation – El Paso
  • Harmony School of Innovation – Dallas
  • Harmony School of Innovation – Garland
  • Harmony Science Academy- Beaumont
  • Harmony School of Political Science and Communication – Austin
  • Harmony Science Academy – San Antonio

With its long history of reporting on scientific breakthroughs, technological revolutions, and societal challenges, Newsweek partnered with to rank America’s Best STEM High Schools. The list includes schools in every region of the country that offer skilled teachers who keep up with developments in these fields and who create dynamic learning environments to engage their students.

The top 5,000 schools were curated from Educational Research™ (SER) using a proprietary scoring logic that took into consideration a broad set of quantitative and qualitative data inputs collected from Q2 2015–Q3 2019. The purpose was to determine which primary/secondary institutions in America best offer students experiences in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM)—as defined by the Congressional Research Service—while preparing them for post‐secondary outcomes. Additional factors, including affluence and median household income, were taken into consideration in compiling the rankings.

“Children don’t realize it, but they’re natural STEM students,” says Nancy Cooper, Newsweek Global Editor in Chief. “We need to make sure that innate drive, curiosity, and creativity aren’t lost along the way. These high schools are helping to ensure America’s future in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics is in good hands.”

Harmony Public Schools is a free, open-enrollment public charter school serving 35,000 PreK-Grade 12 students in communities across Texas. From its founding, Harmony has emphasized a strong foundation in STEM as a pathway to academic achievement and post-secondary opportunity.

“A solid foundation in STEM allows our students to better understand the world around them, as well as connects them with the future careers and opportunities that can make that world a better place,” Harmony Public Schools CEO Fatih Ay said. “That’s why STEM is at the heart of Harmony’s academic model.”

Twenty-three Harmony campuses were also recognized this spring by the U.S. News and World Report as among America’s Best High Schools overall.

Open enrollment for the 2020-2021 school year is now under way.

About Harmony Public Schools

Harmony Public Schools are 58 high performing PreK-12 college preparatory charter schools throughout Texas. Harmony blends the highest standards and expectations, with a rigorous math- and science-centered curriculum and dedicated and engaged teachers and families to cultivate excellence and prepare students to succeed in college, careers and life. At Harmony Public Schools, we believe every child can succeed, and we are committed to helping them realize their full potential. To learn more about Harmony Public Schools and our 58 campuses across Texas, please visit:, and follow us on Twitter at @HarmonyEdu and ‘Like’ us on Facebook:


About Newsweek

Newsweek is a premier news magazine and website that has been bringing high‐quality journalism to readers around the globe for over 85 years. Newsweek provides the latest news, in‐depth analysis, and ideas about international issues, technology, business, culture, and politics.


About Educational Research™ Educational Research™ is the longest continually operating, privately held STEM education research and credentialing organization in America, based in Southfield, Michigan.

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