Harmony School Of Innovation - Austin

Public, Charter K-5

 2124 E St Elmo Rd A
       Austin, TX  78744


 (512) 330-0895

 School Website

District: Harmony Science Academy (Austin)

SchoolDigger Rank:
2316th of 4,359 Texas Elementary Schools


Student/teacher ratio:  16.5
Number of students:  450

Racial breakdown:
Hispanic:
82.0%
White:
8.4%
African American:
6.9%
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Free/discounted lunch recipients:  74.9%

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We updated the 2017-18 rankings and test scores for this school on Tuesday, July 17, 2018.


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Compare Details In 2018, Harmony School Of Innovation - Austin ranked worse than 53.1% of elementary schools in Texas. It also ranked 2nd among 3 ranked elementary schools in the Harmony Science Academy (Austin) School District. (See more...)
Compare Details In 2018 the calculated Average Standard Score was 43.91. (See more...)
Student Body
Compare Details Harmony School Of Innovation - Austin has the smallest elementary school student body size in the Harmony Science Academy (Austin) School District. Racial makeup is: Hispanic (82%), White (8.4%), African American (6.9%). (See more...)
Compare Details 74.9% of students are receiving a free or discounted lunch. (See more...)
Teachers
Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at Harmony School Of Innovation - Austin is 16.5, which is the lowest among 3 elementary schools in the Harmony Science Academy (Austin) School District! (See more...)
Compare Harmony School Of Innovation - Austin employs 27.2 full-time teachers.
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Schooldigger 2018 Rankings:

Harmony School Of Innovation - Austin:

SchoolDigger ranks Harmony School Of Innovation - Austin 2316th of 4359 Texas public elementary schools. (See Harmony School Of Innovation - Austin in the ranking list.)

Harmony Science Academy (Austin):

SchoolDigger ranks Harmony Science Academy (Austin) 382nd of 973 Texas school districts. (See district ranking list.)


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Rank History for Harmony School Of Innovation - Austin

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Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools TX State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2017 48.78 2038th 4329 52.9%
2018 43.91 2316th 4359 46.9%

Data source: test scores: Texas Education Agency, rankings: SchoolDigger.com

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by a parent
Friday, October 27, 2017

Open Quote We transferred our two children into the Harmony school system 5 years ago. When we did, we were very happy with what they offered compared to the public school we left. There as a commitment to math and science, a great student to teacher ratio (our daughter's kindergarten classes had two teachers and less than 20 students), and as much communication as we could hope for. Teachers working as crossing guards would take a moment to mention what was going on in class, giving pats on the back or course corrections as needed.

As you can tell by the star rating, that has changed. While my older child in high school now is doing well enough, the Harmony School of Innovation has suffered greatly. This year, the 4th grade math teacher sent out a note about how ALL of her students were behind where they needed to be in multiplication and asking us to work on this more at home. Well I can certainly do that, but how did the entire 4th grade class fall behind? It sounds like third grade didn't cover what it should. I mean there is a bottom 10 in any class, and I wouldn't want my child there. But, if the whole class is behind, it doesn't sound like a student issue.

Then, I get a similar story from the Language Arts teacher about writing. Everyone scored low on their assessment. Once again, if every student is behind, who is at fault? This didn't show up in the third grade scoring or requests.

Then there was Social Studies. With no warning before hand, I find that my daughter had a failing grade. The progress report at the mid point showed a B, and now she is failing. When I asked what happened, I was told there were only 5 assignments and she failed to turn in 3 of them. Other parents I was speaking with reported the same problem. How do you have "several students" failing to turn in more than half their work and NOT contact parents? I asked the teacher what I could do to correct this. His response was that it was all in class work, and so it wasn't something he or I could address. It was something my daughter needs to fix herself (only paraphrasing to leave out names. That is very nearly a word for word quote). Seriously? How was that working out. I asked him if maybe he should try something a little different. He responded that "if 45-50 of my 85 students had this problem, I would see the need to change something." You think? There is that Miyagi quote "There is no such thing as bad student, only bad teacher" (itself based on a Buddhist proverb about blaming a lettuce seed for failing to grow). So don't tell me there is nothing either the teacher or the parent can do to help my child do better in school.

I realize there is only so much they can say, but it seems to me that something went wrong with their third grade program last year. It is unfortunate, but mistakes do happen. That said, correcting that mistake has been hitting all the wrong notes. They do NOT seem to be involving parents properly. They certainly are not notifying us of issues.

There is the Skyward grade system. In theory, it allows parents to keep up with their children's grades daily, but even the teachers are having trouble understanding it. Some parents never even got the log in information. For those of us that do, the assignments get posted by the teacher late, but the system record a "0" until it gets updated. So your A student's grade frequently drops into the mid 50's until the teacher gets around to posting an update. No cause for alarm, until they really ARE struggling, but there was no prior indication.

In a nutshell, I would wait until that got their program back on track. Look for the student teacher ratio to drop below 15 before considering this school. The school has grown rapidly over the last 5 years, expanding into a new building and they appear to be having trouble keeping staff. Several good teachers have go on to other jobs, and it shows in class sizes and available teachers. Close Quote


Enrollment information for Harmony School Of Innovation - Austin

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Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
2015 34 22 7 324 0 0 7 0 394
2016 31 21 9 400 0 0 7 0 468
2017 38 31 5 369 0 0 7 0 450

Data source: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Dept of Education.

About Enrollment/Ethnicity
For more information about how the Department of Education defines ethnicity, see Defining Race and Ethnicity Data, National Center for Education Statistics

Students eligible for free or discounted lunch at Harmony School Of Innovation - Austin

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Year # Students Fulltime Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
2015 394 20.0 19.7 67.3
2016 468 25.0 18.7 74.4
2017 450 27.2 16.5 74.9

Data source: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Dept of Education.

About Students eligible for discounted/free lunch
For information about the National School Lunch Program, see the USDA Website

Student/Teacher Ratio Harmony School Of Innovation - Austin

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Year # Students Fulltime Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
2015 394 20.0 19.7 67.3
2016 468 25.0 18.7 74.4
2017 450 27.2 16.5 74.9

Data source: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Dept of Education.

About Student-Teacher Ratio
Student/teacher ratio is calculated by dividing the total number of students by the total number of full-time equivalent teachers. Please note that a smaller student/teacher ratio does not necessarily translate to smaller class size. In some instances, schools hire teachers part time, and some teachers are hired for specialized instruction with very small class sizes. These and other factors contribute to the student/teacher ratio. Note: For private schools, Student/teacher ratio may not include Pre-Kindergarten.




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