Harmony Science Academy-Cedar Park has been named a National School of Character by Character.org, a nationwide education advocacy organization.
The rare honor, bestowed to less than 50 schools in North America and only six campuses in Texas, recognizes HSA-Cedar Park for its multi-year effort to build a sustainable culture of character for its students, staff members, and community members.
“I am so happy and excited that our school is being named a National School of Character,” principal Ilker Yilmaz said. “As a team here at Harmony Science Academy-Cedar Park, we believe that the future success of our nation depends on our children’s ability to understand the difference between right and wrong and to have the strength of character to make the right choices. To help them reach their full potential and live with integrity and pride, we must teach our children to be kind, responsible, honest, and self-disciplined. These important values are very important to teach our students and make them live with those values. Character Education helps to create an environment for caring and learning in schools.I am so proud to be part of this team.”
The schools and districts selected as a National School of Character must meet the rigorous standards articulated in Character.org’s character framework. Each school is evaluated by a team of trained educators and includes a site visit to assess how a school’s “shared values” are motivating students to do the right thing.
“While Harmony has always been known as a great academic school, a whole-child approach to education that emphasizes both strong minds and strong hearts is critical to our primary goal of helping students lead happy and successful lives long after their time at Harmony,” said Harmony CEO Fatih Ay. “That’s why we put so much focus on character traits like integrity, responsibility, honestly, self discipline, self-respect, community mindedness, and empathy toward others. We are extraordinarily proud of our students, teachers, and school leaders for all their work in achieving National School of Character designation.”
HSA-Cedar Park was one of two Harmony campuses to earn the honor in 2021, along with Harmony School of Science-Houston. Two other Harmony campuses – Harmony School of Innovation-Fort Worth and Harmony School of Innovation-Houston – earned National School of Character honors in 2020. The designation remains active for five years.
The campus was also named an official State School of Character by Character.org in January, along with five others.
“The educators at these schools model and reinforce the core values of respect and dignity,” said Dr. Arthur Schwartz, President of Character.org. “They are teaching their students to be honest and trustworthy, to contribute their time and talents to the common good, and when necessary, to show the courage to stand up for what is right.”
Harmony Public Schools is a Texas-born, Texas-wide public charter school system with campuses serving PreK-Grade 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.
Founded in 1993, Character.org is a non-profit organization based in Washington, D.C. Our mission is to provide the voice, visibility, and resources for educators to build nurturing and supportive school cultures that focus on core values and character strengths vital to student and school success. Character.org is widely known for its 11 Principles, a comprehensive framework developed by school leaders and character development researchers. During the past 20 years, more than 900 schools and school districts – after an independent and rigorous evaluation process – have been certified a National School of Character. The vision for Character.org is to expand our work to families, sports, and the workplace. Visit www.character.org to learn more.
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: www.harmonytx.org, and follow us on Twitter at @HarmonyEdu and ‘Like’ us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/HarmonyTexas.