Harmony students call their teachers by their first names. Visitors say they can feel the relaxed atmosphere the minute they enter the building. It’s believed that students can learn better when they are comfortable, so even though expectations are high, anxiety is low. A primary purpose of the school is to be a happy and joyful place.To create learning atmospheres that are inspiring and stimulating teachers try to connect curriculum to things that are relevant to students. There are many hands-on activities that tap all of the students’ ways of learning. Field trips are very common, and there are two school buses that are used several times a week to take students out into the community. Some people consider the community as a big part of the classroom. Harmony is fortunate to be located so close to Indiana University, and students take frequent field trips to I.U. labs, the greenhouse, geological sites, displays, plays, presentations, demonstrations, lectures, and multicultural events. Some high school students audit or take classes at the University.
Students often take day trips around Indiana, and once or twice a year they also take extended field trips for 2 – 10 days depending on the age of the children. This might be a city trip to St. Louis, Cincinnati or Chicago or a rural trip to a park, the Red River Gorge or an ocean beach.
Besides core classes that are offered by homeroom teachers mostly in the mornings, students take Exploration and Creation classes in the afternoons. These classes are offered on a monthly basis by teachers, parents and students and cover a wide variety of subjects and activities to many different combinations of ages.
Special days and special months are a vital part of our curriculum. Multicultural Day, Art Day, and Science/Math/Technology Day are all preceded by a month of classes that lead up to a culminating, celebratory day of each of these themes. During the month and on the special days there are a variety of experiences and guests who are experts in their field visit from the community.