Educational Institutions

Cosmos Foundation Inc

  • Houston, TX
  • www.harmonytx.org

Mission Statement

Harmony Public Schools are high performing K-12 public charter schools in Texas that focus on STEM (science, math, engineering, and computer technologies) to provide opportunities for underserved communities.

Main Programs

  1. Harmony Public Schools
Service Areas

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Texas

Cosmos Foundation currently operates 33 high performing public charter schools in the following cities; Houston, Dallas/Fort Worth, Austin, San Antonio, El Paso, Brownsville, Laredo, Waco, Bryan, Lubbock, Odessa, and Beaumont.

ruling year

2000

Principal Officer since 2000

Self-reported

Dr. Soner Tarim

Keywords

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Charter school, public charter school, high performing, Harmony, Harmony charter, Harmony Science Academy

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EIN

76-0615245

Physical Address

9321 W. Sam Houston Pkwy S.

Houston, TX 77099

Also Known As

Harmony Public Schools

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Elementary, Secondary Ed (B20)

Education N.E.C. (B99)

Other Youth Development N.E.C. (O99)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Overview

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The success of the students at our schools is based on a program which emphasizes academic excellence while motivating student achievement. The Harmony School model is rigorous (prepares students for college), relevant (reinforces math and science skills) and is underpinned by a tight web of relationships (a strong culture reinforced by teachers and parents). Harmony attributes its strong outcomes to three core principles within the school model: a challenging math and science curriculum supported by theory; a focus on assessment; and a culture of constructive competition, discipline and parental engagement. Harmony utilizes technology across all of these dimensions to reinforce its school model and curriculum.

Objectives

1.      Enable students to succeed in school and in workplace, and to provide options for students to enter math, science, and engineering careers.

2.      Maintain high level of student achievement as measured by state wide and national tests.

3.      Uphold 100% high school graduation rate.

4.      Successfully prepare our students for college.
5.      Harmony plans to make a big impact to increase the number of high school graduates that go to college in underserved communities. To reach this goal, Harmony grows its network to serve 24,000 students in 35 schools across Texas by 2012, with a steady state enrollment of 28,000 students by 2017.

Programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

Harmony Public Schools

Harmony Public Schools currently serves 16,000 children in 33 high performing charter schools throughout Texas. As of 2010, Harmony schools are in the following cities; Houston, Dallas/Fort Worth, Austin, San Antonio, El Paso, Brownsville, Laredo, Waco, Bryan, Lubbock, Odessa, and Beaumont.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

Ethnic/Racial Minorities -- General

Budget

$96,508,001.00

Service Areas

Self-reported

Texas

Cosmos Foundation currently operates 33 high performing public charter schools in the following cities; Houston, Dallas/Fort Worth, Austin, San Antonio, El Paso, Brownsville, Laredo, Waco, Bryan, Lubbock, Odessa, and Beaumont.

Funding Needs

Harmony has developed a lean school operating model that has allowed rapid school growth. By 2012, Harmony will increase its operation to serve 24,000 students in 35 schools across Texas. Harmony will tightly manage the financial health of the network by diligently focusing on three areas: 1. Tightly managed expenses at the school level particularly with regards to personnel costs and facilities expenses; 2. A lean central/cluster office “overhead” as a result of a distributed leadership model; 3. Tightly managed and monitored working capital processes.   Harmony’s projected funding gap is $39 million dollars over the next three years. Harmony’s goal of financial sustainability by year four of this plan underscore its ability to use investment capital efficiently.

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HARMONY PUBLIC SCHOOLS
Fiscal year: Jul 01-Jun 30
Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant.

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Operations

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Cosmos Foundation Inc

Leadership

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Principal Officer

Dr. Soner Tarim

BIO

Soner Tarim is the founder of Harmony Public Schools and has been working as the superintendent of schools since its inception in August 2000. Under Soner’s leadership, Harmonies grew from 1 school in 2000 to 33 high performing charter schools in merely 10 years. Harmony Public Schools currently serves 16,000 students throughout Texas.

 

Soner received his Ph.D. from Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas. He is a trained biologist and ecologist. In addition to his background in biological sciences, he has taught many courses in the field of biology, ecology, management, general science, and physical education over the years at the high school, college and graduate school levels. He has organized scientific symposiums, science projects, and international science fairs for college professionals and high school students and developed successful after school programs.

 

Soner currently serves in the Board of Directors of Education Service Center, Region IV, which provides services to 54 school districts representing over 1,000,000 students in Harris County.

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Dr. Oner U. Celepcikay

University of Houston

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