The first Harmony school was launched in Houston in 2000, with 200 students. Its purpose was simple: transform the way students, especially minority students, engage with math and science. Harmony has since grown to 54 schools serving over 33,500 students, and there is a statewide waiting list in Texas of about 40,000 students.
As Harmony enters its third growth phase (2014-2020), it is focused on deepening its impact in Texas, expanding to Washington D.C., and continuing to build the organizational strength and capacity to support the growing system of schools. By the end of this period, Harmony will be serving more than 40,000 Texas students across approximately 60 schools, and will have successfully launched a K-12 model in Washington, D.C. serving 500-1,000 students. Harmony’s school performance and academic results have remained strong as it has grown, and Harmony has consistently earned national recognition for the performance of its schools. Harmony schools have been ranked in U.S. News & World Report’s “Best High Schools in the Nation” every year from 2007-2013 and seven Harmony schools were included in Newsweek’s “America’s Best High Schools 2013” list with five receiving gold medal rankings, one receiving a silver medal ranking, and one receiving a bronze medal ranking. This year (2013-14), eleven Harmony schools made The Washington Post’s Challenge Index, which ranks high schools based on student achievement on IB, AP, college level tests such as the SAT and ACT, and graduation rates. Seven Harmony schools were in the top 10 percent of the more than 2,000 schools on the list.