Dr. Soner Tarim is a founding member and current superintendent of Harmony Public Schools, high performing K-12 public charter schools located in Texas with a strong focus on science, technologies, engineering, and math (STEM) providing opportunities for underserved communities. He is the driving force in creating STEM academies with an emphasis on college-readiness and the tracking of performance metrics of its high caliber students.
A luminary in the Charter School Community, his leadership philosophy recognizes the need to develop meaningful partnerships, maintain open collaborative lines of communication, and leverage relationships with high-level corporate, business, civic, legislative and international leaders to advance the mission of Harmony and opportunities for its beneficiaries.
Over his 24 year professional career, Dr. Tarim has developed innovative educational programs geared to K-12 schools. He is highly sought after as a consultant and as a speaker in state charter & STEM conferences and has distinguished himself as a results-oriented educator with unrivaled expertise and knowledge in developing and managing innovative charter schools.
Under Dr. Tarim's leadership, Harmony has grown to 36 schools and 20,000 students from throughout the state of Texas, many of which have been recognized as academically competitive schools in the nation. Harmony has received numerous outstanding awards and recognitions including the National Title I Distinguished School Award for closing the achievement gap and a Broad Prize nomination.
Dr. Tarim holds a Ph.D. from Texas A&M University and 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, general science, and physical education at the high school, college and graduate school levels. Dr. Tarim has spearheaded scientific symposiums and international science Olympiads including I-SWEEEP (the International Sustainable World Energy, Engineering, and Environment Project), the largest science fair event of its kind comprising over 1,000 top-ranked high school students representing 43 states and over 70 nations world-wide presenting and sharing their ideas, experiences, and knowledge to promote maintaining global sustainability. He has also has developed and directed successful after school programs.
Dr. Tarim has published numerous peer reviewed scientific articles, policies, procedures, and guidelines for charter schools in the areas of Admissions, Governance, and Human Resources. He is a certified school board member and school administrator trainer and sits on the Board of Directors of the Region 4 Education Service Center, which is the largest Texas educational service center providing services to 54 school districts representing over 1,000,000 students and more than 83,000 professional educators.
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This letter is to inform you that your student is currently enrolled in one or more Advanced Placement classes and can take the AP test(s) to earn college credit.( Please refer to this link to find required scores for specific colleges your student may be interested in, https://apstudent.collegeboard.org/creditandplacement)
The regular fee for each AP test is $91 per test. Fortunately, federal, state and school compensations have lowered testing fees for our students.
The fees for the AP tests are:
• $50 per AP test for students with regular paid lunch
(after $41 Harmony compensation)
• $7 per AP test for studnets with free /reduced lunch
(after $84 Federal, State and Harmony compensation)
Payments can be made through the front office. The deadline for all AP exam payments is Wednesday April 1, 2015. Exams will be ordered on this date and no additional order will be available.
Should you have any questions, please contact us in your earliest convenience.
College and Career Counseling Department,
Harmony Science Academy-San Antonio
May 27, 2015 Wednesday
8th Grade Completion Ceremony. 6:30pm @ Gym
May 28, 2015 Thursday
5th Grade Completion Ceremony 6:30pm @ Gym
May 29, 2015 Friday
Kinder Completion Ceremony 9:30am @ Gym
May 30 Saturday
Senior Class of 2014 Graduation. 10:00am @ Place for Life (Limited invitations per Graduate)