Harmony Public Schools to open a new campus in Midland

MIDLAND Harmony Public Schools is expanding with a new campus, Harmony Science Academy Midland is expected to open in the fall of 2024 in temporary classroom space while construction is underway.

Construction is anticipated to be completed for a fall 2025 grand opening. The land has been donated by Pioneer Natural Resources and is located near Loop 250 Frontage Road and Meadowside Street. The Midland campus will be the first Harmony school in Midland County and the second campus in the Permian Basin Area.

The Permian Strategic Partnership, along with the Abell-Hanger Foundation, announced last month a $15.6 million initiative to expand the Harmony Public School system in the Permian Basin. The investment will help address the critical need for high-quality seats in the Midland community.

Harmony Public Schools is a system of 62 Texas public charter schools that provides rigorous, high-quality education focused on Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math. Through a caring and collaborative environment, Harmony provides students from traditionally underserved communities the opportunity to excel through project-based learning where they learn the skills necessary to become contributing global citizens.

As world energy demand grows, so does the need for access to superior PreK-12 education in the Permian Basin to grow the workforce and attract talent from across the country whose children will attend school in the region. A high-quality and rigorous curriculum is a “cornerstone of a thriving community,” Tracee Bentley, president and CEO of the PSP, said in a news release.

“By continuing to invest in public education, whether through public charters or further bolstering our Independent School Districts, we are investing in the long-term prosperity of the Permian Basin,” Bentley added.

“The initiative to establish Harmony Science Academy in Midland signifies a commitment to nurturing young minds and preparing them for a future driven by STEM fields,” said CEO Fatih Ay. “We are excited to continue to be a part of the Permian Basin community, and we extend our gratitude to our partners, Permian Strategic Partnership and the Abell-Hanger Foundation for their dedication to shaping a brighter educational landscape.”

This school will be part of the TEA-recognized “A” rated West Texas district and will house 200 students from grade levels PreK to 2nd grade in its first year and expand enrollment to 1,500 PreK through 12th grade students over the next decade.

Harmony Public Schools West Texas District is a tuition-free, open-enrollment public charter school system providing high-quality education with a focus on Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) for students in PreK – Grade 12 with schools in El Paso, Lubbock, and Odessa.

Applications for open enrollment for the 2024-25 school year start Nov. 1.