A LETTER FROM THE FOUNDING SCHOOL LEADER

Dear New Harmony Family,

Welcome to the third year at New Harmony High School! We are thrilled you’ve decided to return to, or to become part of, the New Harmony family. We know this year we will be chartering unknown waters during this global pandemic, with continuing high tensions around race and equity. Thank you in advance for your patience, your trust, and your belief in us as we get to know each other, ourselves, our community. We believe in you too, and can’t wait to spend the year together.

In this handbook you’ll find resources and information to make your experience the best it can be. First you’ll find our vision and mission– the piece that binds us to our greater community and each other. Next you’ll find Board Member and Staff/Faculty information that will allow you to get in touch with teachers and helpful staff members. The calendar as we know it is published too, but always check newharmonyhigh.org for the latest version. You’ll get to read our Graduate Profile– our greatest hopes for skills our students will have when they graduate from New Harmony. Academic policies follow. You’ll find a matrix for our planned credit progression for students who enter as 9th graders with no high school credits. We recognize our students have individual needs, and will conference with families around individual graduation plans. Our school policies should clear up any other questions you may wonder about, especially dress code, attendance and technology use. Finally, we address behavior norms and discipline, including state law that keeps us in compliance as a Type 2 public charter school in Louisiana. And of course, we have included all of our compliant COVID policies, following all recommendations from BESE and the Centers for Disease Control and Louisiana Department of Health.

We value our relationships. Please reach out if you have questions or concerns. Your child’s advisor will always be your first stop, but administration is here to support as well. The school is open for visits, and my door is always open for conversation!

Looking forward to a beautiful year,

Sunny

STUDENT HANDBOOK

Our 2020-2021 student handbook is located here.

Student Fees

As per Act 240 of 2019, our student fee policy below is as follows:

Authorized Fees: none

New Harmony is a free, public, open-enrollment school and does not currently collect fees of any type for curricular or extracurricular activities. New Harmony does not require the payment of any fees in order for students to enroll, to receive their records, or to participate in curricular or co-curricular activities. No fees that are not authorized by this policy will be assessed.

Each year, recommended student supply lists will be published on the New Harmony web site and/or supplied to parents and families upon enrollment. These recommended supply lists are approved by the School Leader. The supplies listed are not required to enroll or participate, and the total cost per child will not exceed $100 per year.

Because New Harmony does not collect any fees, there is no process for requesting an economic hardship waiver, nor are there waiver criteria or an appeals process for waiver decisions. Questions about this policy may be directed to Operations Coordinator Rae Banks at rae.banks@newharmonyhigh.org.

Families who have the means to do so are invited to make an annual contribution toward community engagement programming such as Leaving to Learn outings. Families may be asked to send money to school with their student on occasion to cover the cost of field trips, if they have the ability to do so; these contributions are not mandatory and no student will be prohibited from attending field trips on the basis of non-payment of field trip costs.

If a school ID is lost or damaged beyond use, the school assesses a replacement fee ($10) which can be paid to the Operations Coordinator in the main office.

Student Concerns

Student voice is a cornerstone of the New Harmony experience. We value relationships, but also know that things aren’t always perfect. Student need help navigating socially, and adults at the school are here to help. If this is an emergency, if you are in imminent danger, you or someone else has been or may be harmed, abused or threatened, please report to a staff member immediately.

Employees of New Harmony are mandated reporters. A mandated reporter is a person who, because of his or her profession, is legally required to report any suspicion of child abuse or neglect to the relevant authorities. View criteria for reporting here. The DCFS toll free hotline is 1-855-4LA-KIDS (1-855-452-5437) 

Online and Outside of School Homework Assistance

You can access online homework assistance through the State Library of Louisiana by clicking here or through your local public library by clicking here.

You can also find access to free online tutoring, homework services, test prep, and more on Homework Louisiana by clicking here.