Harmony Public Schools, University of Houston-Victoria announce new partnership to improve college completion for HPS alumni

Graduates from the Harmony School of Advancement listen intently to the commencement address during graduation day ceremonies. Harmony Public Schools and the University of Houston-Victoria will be announcing a new partnership that will provide an affordable, high-quality college opportunity to more Harmony graduates in coming years.

Harmony Public Schools and the University of Houston-Victoria will announce a new partnership agreement on Tuesday that will expand access to affordable, high-quality college education to new graduating Harmony seniors each school year.

The partnership will be announced 3 p.m. Tuesday, May 25 at a joint event at the Harmony Central Office.

As part of the partnership, the University of Houston-Victoria will admit and enroll any Harmony senior or alumni who graduates within the top 50 percent of their class and holds at least a 2.5 GPA average during high school. Together, the institutions will collaborate on college retention and completion initiatives to further increase the rate at which Harmony grads finish their college degree.

“At Harmony Public Schools, our primary mission is to help our students develop both the academic knowledge and life skills they will need to be successful in college and far beyond,” Harmony CEO Fatih Ay said. “We are extraordinarily proud to have a partner in the University of Houston-Victoria who shares those values and can offer our graduates the kind of affordable, high-quality education that will connect them to the careers and futures for which they work so hard.”

The opportunity is available to Harmony graduates from across the state, including Greater Houston, DFW, San Antonio, Austin, El Paso, Waco, Beaumont, and the Rio Grande Valley.

“UHV is proud to partner with Harmony Public Schools to offer students a path toward higher education,” UHV President Bob Glenn said. “Harmony Public Schools has a legacy of excellence, and UHV is excited to continue that commitment by offering resources to encourage students to equip themselves for the future and pursue their educational and career goals.”

The University of Houston-Victoria, a public university located in the heart of the Coastal Bend region since 1973 in Victoria, Texas, offers courses leading to more than 80 academic programs in the schools of Arts & Sciences; Business Administration; and Education, Health Professions & Human Development. UHV provides face-to-face classes at its Victoria campus, as well as an instructional site in Katy, Texas, and online classes that students can take from anywhere.

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.

Harmony Public Schools & University of Houston-Victoria

Partnership Agreement Signing


3 p.m. Tuesday, May 25


Harmony Public Schools Central Office

9321 W. Sam Houston Pwky S, Houston, TX 77099