Harmony wins 5 more State ‘School of Character’ honors

Five campuses from Harmony Public Schools were named official Texas “State Schools of Character” Monday for their outstanding efforts in promoting cultures of character in their schools and communities.

The awards were announced this week by Character.org, a national advocate and leader for character development in schools. 

Each year, Character.org certifies schools and districts at the state level that demonstrate a dedicated focus on character development, which the organization says has a positive effect on academic achievement, student behavior and school climate. 

Only 12 campuses total in Texas earned the honor. The five Harmony campuses selected are:

  • Harmony School of Advancement – Houston
  • Harmony School of Excellence – Houston
  • Harmony School of Innovation – Garland
  • Harmony School of Innovation – Sugar Land
  • Harmony Science Academy – Dallas Middle

“We are tremendously proud of the effort these schools and their leaders put into creating cultures of character each day for their students and team members,” Harmony CEO Fatih Ay said. “Creating a culture of character has been critical to our schools’ success always, and especially during the COVID-19 pandemic. Character is what allows us to build collaboration between parents, students and teachers; solve tough challenges together; and lift up those around us in both good times and bad.”

Eight other Harmony campuses previously earned the honor, which remains with campuses for five years after designation. Four of those campuses also won National School of Character honors. Those campuses are:

  • Harmony Science Academy-Cedar Park*
  • Harmony Science Academy-Pflugerville
  • Harmony School of Innovation-Fort Worth*
  • Harmony Science Academy-Garland
  • Harmony School of Endeavor-Houston
  • Harmony School of Innovation – Houston*
  • Harmony School of Science-Houston*
  • Harmony School of Innovation-Katy

*Both a State School of Character and National School of Character recipient


Eighteen other Harmony campuses received “Honorable Mention” recognition, while another 28 were recognized as “Emerging” campuses. Both distinctions are generally considered precursors to future State School of Character designation. (Full list below.)

Each of these schools has put into place a comprehensive, multi-year approach to character education that inspires their students to understand, care about and consistently practice a set of core values that will enable them to flourish in school, in relationships, in the workplace, and as citizens. The schools then underwent a rigorous evaluation process to achieve their certification, documenting how they have implemented character education best practices and structures at each school.

Harmony Public Schools is a Texas-born, Texas-wide public charter school system with campuses serving PreK-12 students in 23 cities across the state, including Greater Houston, DFW, San Antonio, Austin, El Paso, Waco, Lubbock, Odessa, Bryan, Beaumont, and the Rio Grande Valley. Harmony’s curriculum places a heavy focus on STEM skills, Character Education, project-based learning, and college readiness. 

Harmony is now accepting applications for both students and team members for the 2022-23 school year.



  • Harmony School of Science-Austin
  • Harmony School of Excellence-Dallas
  • Harmony Science Academy-Dallas High School
  • Harmony School of Innovation-Dallas
  • Harmony School of Innovation-Euless
  • Harmony Science Academy-El Paso
  • Harmony School of Discovery-Houston
  • Harmony School of Achievement-Houston
  • Harmony School of Technology Houston
  • Harmony School of Exploration-Houston
  • Harmony Science Academy-Houston
  • Harmony School of Excellence-Sugarland
  • Harmony Science Academy-Beaumont
  • Harmony Science Academy-Katy
  • Harmony School of Excellence-Laredo
  • Harmony School of Innovation-Brownsville
  • Harmony School of Innovation-Laredo
  • Harmony School of Excellence-Laredo



  • Harmony School Of Excellence-Austin
  • Harmony School of Innovation-Austin
  • Harmony Science Academy-Austin
  • Harmony Science Academy-Dallas Elementary
  • Harmony Science Academy-Carrollton
  • Harmony School of Innovation-Waco
  • Harmony School of Innovation-Carrollton
  • Harmony Science Academy-Waco
  • Harmony Science Academy-Fort Worth
  • Harmony Science Academy-Euless
  • Harmony School of Innovation-Grand Prairie
  • Harmony Science Academy-Plano
  • Harmony Science Academy-Grand Prairie
  • Harmony School of Excellence-El Paso
  • Harmony School of Innovation-El Paso
  • Harmony School of Science-El Paso
  • Harmony Science Academy-Lubbock
  • Harmony Science Academy-Odessa
  • Harmony Science Academy-Bryan
  • Harmony School Of Enrichment-Houston
  • Harmony Science Academy-Cypress
  • Harmony School of Ingenuity-Houston
  • Harmony Science Academy-Sugar Land
  • Harmony Science Academy-San Antonio
  • Harmony School of Excellence-San Antonio
  • Harmony School of Innovation-San Antonio
  • Harmony Science Academy-Brownsville
  • Harmony Science Academy-Laredo
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