Harmony Public Schools is the first public charter school to win the prestigious Award of Excellence in Financial Management by the Texas Association of School Business Officials (TASBO), the organization has announced.
The award is given to Texas school districts, open-enrollment charter schools, and education services centers that demonstrate professional standards, best practices, and innovations in the area of financial management and reporting.
The criteria to qualify for the Award of Excellence in Financial Management is stringent, based on financial accounting and reporting guidelines identified by the Texas Education Agency (TEA) Financial Accountability System Resource Guide (FASRG). Applicants must submit documents across 11 key areas, which are reviewed by a TASBO accounting subcommittee.
“Making sure that each of our financial decisions is efficient, effective, and, most importantly, ethical is among our greatest operational priorities,” Harmony CEO Fatih Ay said. “In doing so, we are able to maximize our resources and provide our students with the most robust educational experience that can be offered.
“We are extraordinarily pleased to be honored with this award,” Ay said, “and are grateful to our finance team for putting our schools in a prime position to succeed.”
Harmony also was awarded its second Award of Merit for Purchasing Operations by TASBO. The Award of Merit was established in 2009 to recognize Texas school districts, open-enrollment charter schools, and education services centers that are committed to following professional standards in the acquisition of goods and services. Harmony remains the only charter school system to earn the award.
“These organizations have gone above and beyond to demonstrate transparency by meticulously documenting their districts’ policies and procedures,” said Tracy Ginsburg, TASBO Executive Director. “Not only have they showcased the ways they monitor spending, improve budgeting, implement controls, and enhance financial reporting, but they have shared their best practices with colleagues throughout Texas, helping even more educational organizations to better utilize taxpayer dollars.”
Members of the district’s finance team will be honored at an awards reception sponsored by Frontline Education in San Antonio, Texas, on February 15 during the 2023 TASBO annual conference.
Led by Chief Financial Officer Ebru Akyildiz, Harmony’s finance department includes 30 team members specializing in six separate subdepartments: purchasing, payroll, grants, budgets, accounting and capital management.
The department has implemented a number of industry-leading best practices, including working with the Texas Education Agency, TASBO and independent, external auditors to ensure transparency and accountability in all financial operations.
For the department’s efforts, Harmony also was awarded seven “A” ratings by the TEA in its annual FIRST Financial Accountability Ratings during the most recent award cycle in 2022.
Harmony also was the first double-rated charter school system in the U.S. to be highly rated (“BBB”) by Moody’s and S&P Global with (“AAA”) long-term program rating that reflects Harmony’s qualification for the Texas Permanent School Fund (PSF) Bond Guarantee Program.
“We are one of the largest Texas charter management organizations, but we don’t want to just speak about our size – we want to be able to speak about our quality and the accuracy in our processes,” Akyildiz said.
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 2023-24 school year.
UPDATE: For the safety of our students, their families, and our staff, and out of an abundance of caution, all Harmony campuses in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex, as well as its District offices, will remain closed Friday, Feb. 3, 2023. All extracurricular activities on Friday are also canceled.

Please stay safe and warm, and we’ll see you on Monday!

UPDATE: All Harmony campuses in Dallas/Fort Worth, as well as the District Office, will be closed on Thursday, Feb. 2, due to continued unsafe road conditions. All extra-curricular activities are also canceled for tomorrow.
Further updates or changes to school operations will be communicated through our school Messenger system, school website, and official Facebook pages.

UPDATE: All Harmony North Texas & Waco schools, as well as the District Office, will be closed on Wednesday, Feb. 1, due to continued winter weather conditions. All extra-curricular activities are also canceled for tomorrow.

We will continue to closely monitor roadway reports for Thursday, Feb. 2. Any additional updates or changes to school operations for Thursday will be communicated through our school Messenger system, school website, and official Facebook pages.

Stay warm and safe!

All Harmony North Texas & Waco schools, as well as the District Office, will be closed on Tuesday, Jan. 31, due to anticipated winter weather this evening and overnight. All extra-curricular activities are also canceled for tomorrow.
We will continue to closely monitor the weather for Wednesday, Feb. 1. Any additional updates or changes to school operations for Wednesday will be communicated to our Harmony families through our school Messenger system, school website, and official Facebook pages.

Good morning Tiger Families,

The 2021-22 Federal Report cards are now posted on the Harmony website at the link below (About -> Accountability -> Federal Report Card tab):


Thank you and have a great day.

Good Afternoon HSAG Families,

Our HSAG PTO has officially kicked off our Read-a-thon Campaign!  Please register your student on this website so that you can start tracking Reading Time and Donations: https://www.getmovinfundhub.com/event-webpage/63b6c61d50652  What a fun way to track reading progress!  The money raised will be used to fund future teacher, family, and student events.  Don’t miss out on a Kindle Fire, Pizza Parties, Extra Recess Time, Dress Passes, and more! Happy Reading!

It is National School Choice Week and we are asking you to join us to celebrate what makes our school great! We are having a contest as part of our celebration. K-2nd grade schools can use the template below to tell us why they love our school. 3rd-6th grade students can write an essay to tell us why they love our school. All work needs to be turned in to hgregory@harmonytx.org by Feb. 1.  Judging on drawings and art work will take place next week.


See this week’s Wednesday ROAR for more info:  https://www.smore.com/4dp3u

Thank you!

Good Afternoon Tiger Families,

You still have time to get signed up for an after school club.  Registration will run until Jan. 22.  Don’t miss out, this will be your last chance to sign up.  Use this link to register/pay:  https://harmonytx.revtrak.net/gr-dfw/harmony-science-academy-garland/harmony-science-academy-garland-clubs/#/v/technology-club

We have some super fun events coming up like a Read A Thon, a Friendship Dance, and the Kid’s Heart Challenge.  Please see this week’s newsletter for more information:  https://www.smore.com/h8dcf

Thank you!

Good afternoon Tiger Families,

Please join us for our family BINGO Night!  It is tonight from 6-7 pm in the gym.  Please see this week’s newsletter:  https://www.smore.com/b1nzg

Be on the lookout for information about clubs.  Registration will open up again next week for clubs that are not full.  Please remember that spots are limited.

Thank you!

Good evening HSAG Families,

We hope that you all had a wonderful break and a Happy New Year!  The second semester is off and running.  Please see this week’s newsletter for any information about upcoming events on campus. https://www.smore.com/67knq

Also, please remember that this Friday is the deadline to register and pay for this semester clubs.  Use this link to RevTrak:  https://harmonytx.revtrak.net/gr-dfw/harmony-science-academy-garland/harmony-science-academy-garland-clubs/#/list

If you have any questions, please email hgregory@harmonytx.org.

Thank you!

In accordance with the Texas State Plan for the Education of Gifted/Talented students, Harmony Public Schools will begin taking referrals for all interested students in grades K-12 for Gifted and Talented (G/T) screening.
Anyone interested in the educational welfare of these students may nominate them for assessment. Students in grades 1 & up who were tested in Fall 2022 are not eligible to test in Spring 2023. Referral forms are available at the front office and on the school’s website (see below).
The referral forms must be returned or emailed to the front office by January 31, 2023. The Spring GT testing window is set by the campus in February or March. Campuses may elect to use NWEA MAP scores as a prescreening criterion for GT Testing.
For more information about the screening and identification process, parents may contact the school’s GT Coordinator/Teacher.

Parent GT Referral Form in English

De acuerdo con el Plan Estatal de Texas para la Educación de Estudiantes Dotados / Talentosos, Harmony Public Schools comenzará a tomar referencias para todos los estudiantes interesados en los grados K-12 para la evaluación de estudiantes dotados y talentosos.
Cualquier persona interesada en el bienestar educativo de estos estudiantes puede nominarlos para dicha evaluación. Los estudiantes en los grados 1 y superiores que fueron evaluados en el otoño de 2022 no son elegibles para la prueba en la primavera de 2023. Los formularios de referencia están disponibles en la oficina y en el sitio web de la escuela.
Los formularios de referencia deben devolverse a la oficina de la escuela antes del lunes 31 de enero del 2023. Los campus pueden optar por utilizar las puntuaciones de NWEA MAP como criterios de preselección para las pruebas de GT.
Para obtener más información sobre el proceso de selección e identificación, los padres pueden comunicarse con el entrenador / maestro de GT de la escuela.

Parent GT Referral Form in Spanish

Dear HSAG Family,

Hope you are all doing well this afternoon! Hard to believe this semester is almost coming to an end! It wouldn’t be successful without your continued support!

Just a few friendly reminders:
-No clubs or tutoring this week
-Club registration is open for the second semester and will close on Jan 7th (please pay club fees on RevTrak)
-Passport Night is this Thursday from 5pm-7pm!! We can’t wait to see you all there!
-Friday, 12/16 is a Half Day – Dismissal will begin promptly at 12:15pm and end at 12:35pm

– See this week’s newsletter:  https://www.smore.com/dz9s6

-Our front office will close this Friday, 12/16 at 1pm
-Please help us out by voting for your favorite door/bulletin board on Facebook

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out!

Kind Regards,

HSAG Administration

Good afternoon HSAG Families,

This week’s newsletter has information about the upcoming Passport Night and Reindeer Lane Holiday Shop.  These are two fun events that you don’t want to miss. Check them out here:  https://www.smore.com/4k8fh

If you would like to volunteer or help with either of these events, please email me at hgregory@harmonytx.org.

Thank you.

Good afternoon HSAG Families,

It is hard to believe that this semester is almost over.  Don’t forget that tomorrow starts the Holiday Spirit Countdown.  Be sure to check the newsletter for information about this and passport night:  https://www.smore.com/7qhb5

December will be a busy month at our campus. End-of-semester testing will take place as well as STAAR Interim Testing Dec. 6-8 for 3rd-6th grade students.  We are kindly asking all our parents to refrain from scheduling doctor appointments during that week to prevent any conflict with students missing instruction and exams. The campus will be closed to outside visitors. All food deliveries will not be permitted, so please plan accordingly.

Thank you so much for your continued support. Please let me know if you have any questions, or ways that I can help your child succeed through this testing period.

Kind Regards.

Good afternoon HSAG Families,

We are so excited to be hosting our first ever HSAG Soccer Club Showcase this Thursday from 5:30-6:30 PM at our soccer field between HSAG and HSIG.  This is a free event for all of our HSAG family and friends. Please remember to bring your foldable chairs and bundle up because it will be cold.  Concession stands will be available and a variety of snacks and food items can be purchased.

Please see this week’s newsletter:  https://www.smore.com/j15ta.  It includes info about upcoming activities like our 12 Days of Holiday Spirit Countdown and our annual Passport Night.

Thank you!