Parents/Guardians and Students,
It is my pleasure to welcome you to the 2023-2024 school year. During this summer break, your faculty and staff are preparing diligently. The faculty continues to develop engaging and meaningful projects and performance tasks. In 2022-23, HMA students shined: The National Academy Foundation once again recognized both performing arts and engineering as “Distinguished Academies.” Students also excelled at the Regional MESA competition and received superior ratings for string orchestra and symphony. The Academic Decathlon Team won the Tulare County crown and advanced to the state competition. HMA has continued to provide students with opportunities maintaining our National Blue-Ribbon distinction by being named a national Project Lead the Way distinguished school, California Pivotal Practice award winner, in 2022 and being recognized as a top 10% school nationally by the U.S. News and World Report. I am confident we will rise to the same level of accomplishment this coming school year. The incoming 9th grade class will begin their journey, at Harmony, with the expectation of continued academic excellence “college and career ready.” We are also excited that our students will benefit from a well-rounded experience, which includes a strong activities program. Whether it is clubs, ASB, link crew, or sports at Strathmore High School, we are confident students will find many opportunities to connect to HMA.
Harmony is dedicated to the Link-Learning model of instruction includes the implementation of integrated projects and a systematic hands-on approach connecting students to the curriculum in a meaningful way. This also is the method that allows us to maintain A-G (college) curriculum at a much higher level. History has confirmed that HMA is maintaining fidelity to the model by producing college and career qualified students’ year in and year out. As part of the 12-year graduation summary; 44% of students attended a 4-year college or university; 48% 2-year college; all others chose the military, technical school or employment. The graduating class of 2023 received nearly $500,000 dollars in scholarship funding.
Harmony Magnet Academy’s success is a result of our campus community working together with parents, advisory boards, and business partners ensuring our students have every opportunity to succeed. We must take the time to celebrate our accomplishments but we must also understand that it is through hard work and continued commitment, that we will achieve consistent success. Additionally, I would also encourage you to become involved by joining the parent Harmony Magnet Academy Foundation, which will be engaged in activities throughout the year in support of student programs. Parents may also enroll in the Parent Institute for Quality Education (PIQE) program this fall gaining a deeper understanding of high school procedures and college transition. The PIQE program is tentatively set to begin on Tuesday September 12, 2023.