Dedicated to the Development of the Whole Student.

Harmony School’s mission is to prepare young people to live in and contribute to a heterogeneous democratic country. We do this by sensitizing young people to the delicate balance needed in a democracy between individual growth and community responsibility. 

We teach critical thinking and academic skills, nurture each student’s unique voice, all while promoting physical, social, emotional, and creative growth.

Since its founding in 1974, Harmony School has been dedicated to the historic purpose of schooling: preparing young people to participate thoughtfully and actively in our democratic society. Harmony School provides a setting in which teachers, students, researchers, administrators, parents, and community members come together to develop creative yet sensible educational theories, practices, and materials.

Under the direction of Steve Bonchek, M.Ed., Harmony’s early childhood, elementary, middle, high school, and community youth programs have pioneered imaginative approaches to:

  • student/teacher relationships,
  • integration of social services into the school environment,
  • curricular and instructional design,
  • student learning,
  • school governance.

State officials, business leaders, professional associations, and numerous educators from around the nation have recognized Harmony School for its highly successful policies and programs.

Harmony School is accredited by AdvancED and is one branch of Harmony Education Center, a nonprofit 501c3 organization. Another branch is the National School Reform Faculty (NSRF) which works to increase student achievement through professional learning communities called Critical Friends Groups, or CFGs.

The Harmony Education Center partners with the Deborah Meier Archive at Lilly Library and the IU School of Education Living-Learning Center as the Harmony-Meier Institute for Democracy and Equity in Education.

For Visitor Tours, please email [email protected] or call (812)334-8349 to inquire about registering for upcoming tours.

Learn More About our Programs

Harmony’s History … 

Founded in 1974 with four students, Harmony School has served over three thousand young people. Harmony School Corporation is an independent, non-profit organization operating early childhood, elementary, middle, high school and community youth center programs.

Harmony School is designed for the development of the “whole person”. The Harmony program enables students to achieve academic excellence, to feel good about themselves, and to see learning as a lifelong activity. It gives them a sense of personal control over their lives.

In 1985, the public school system demonstrated its support by selling to Harmony, for ten dollars, the 25,000 sq. ft. historic Elm Heights school building one block from Indiana University. The renovation of this historic building allowed Harmony to house its entire program under one roof for the first time in its history. Harmony’s 17 faculty and staff members serve around 200 full-time students ranging in age from 3 to 18.



We love our parents … 

Events and Groups for Grown-ups

Coming soon! We hope to have more content here about events, discussions, and groups specifically for parents and adults involved in the Harmony community. Expect more to come about adult-exclusive events. Book clubs? Critical Friends Groups? Carpools? Meal trains? Are you a parent who is also alumni? We have started building an Alumni page for you! Are you interested in starting a parent group or do you need to make connections? We can help! Call the office at 812-334-8349 or email [email protected].

Parent Involvement Program (PIP)

Harmony thrives thanks to AMAZING parent involvement! Harmony families help with maintaining the school environment. They also help on field trips, with fundraisers, as parent coordinators, as substitutes and club leaders, and as drivers. Harmony School thanks all our families for their contributions to the school through the Parent Involvement Program. Your involvement helps the school keep tuition costs down!

Read more about PIP in our School Policies.

Tuition, Support, and Rhino Gear!

We offer you easy ways to pay student tuition and fees. You can pay in the office, open five days a week 8AM-5PM, in person or by phone. You can PAY TUITION easily through this website. You can also submit welcomed DONATIONS and read more about other ways to contribute on our SUPPORT US page.

Visit our STORE to purchase your family’s Harmony gear to show your Rhino spirit!