Harding Fine Arts Academy
3333 N. Shartel Blvd.
Oklahoma City OK 73118-7277
Tax Exempt Status Public Supported Charity
Organization Does Business As (DBA) Name(s)
Organization DBA
Harding Fine Arts Academy
Mission Statement

Preparing students for college in an academically challenging, arts-integrated environment.

Contact Information
Contact Name Barry Schmelzenbach
Contact email bach@hfaaokc.org
Address 3333 N. Shartel Blvd.
Oklahoma City, OK 73118 7277
Phone (405) 702-4322
Fax 405-601-0904
County Oklahoma County
Alternate Address P O Box 18895
Oklahoma City OK 73154 0895
How to Give
Donate with Credit Card http://www.hardingfinearts.org/donate
Donate to Endowment http://occf.org/hfabae/
Other ways to donate, support or volunteer Anyone wishing to donate to Harding Fine Arts Academy is encouraged to contribute to our endowment fund held at the Oklahoma City Community Foundation.

Another way to donate is to mail a check directly to the school at PO Box 18895, Oklahoma City, OK  73154. You can specify a particular program you would like to support or choose to apply it to general funds or our scholarship fund for graduating seniors.

We also love volunteers! You can volunteer to be an after school (3:45 to 5:00 p.m.) tutor, help with school workdays every second Saturday morning of the month from 9 a.m. to noon, provide in-kind services such as painting, plumbing, electrical work, heating and air conditioning service. Please also consider donating items such as office furniture, Smart boards, i-pads, still useable laptops and computers, projectors, photography and art equipment, musical instruments, and free admission to area plays and concerts for our students.

We also love to host artists and performers once a month at an all-school assembly we call Performance and Exhibition Time. Another much needed volunteer service is grant-writing.  If you would like to help our school acquire much needed supplies for science and math classes, library books, we need you!
Financial Summary
Projected Revenue $2,067,667.00
Projected Expenses $2,125,208.00
History and Background
Former Names
Harding Fine Arts Center2007
Year Founded 2004
IRS Ruling Year 2004

Preparing students for college in an academically challenging, arts-integrated environment.

Background Community leaders and fine arts advocates with the belief that a comprehensive education requires more than book knowledge created the vision for HFAA. In addition to the traditional required academic subjects, including mathematics, English, science, and social studies, students may select as many as three elective classes in dance, music, theatre or visual arts programs. Some of Oklahoma City’s finest artists and musicians are available as instructors, advisors and artists-in-residence.

An important element of the success and uniqueness of the Harding Fine Arts Academy is the recognition of the school as the first A+ high school in Oklahoma. Our teachers receive special ongoing training in ways to integrate the arts throughout the curriculum. They are committed to daily arts instruction, experiential learning, and the idea of multiple intelligences in creating learning opportunities for students.
Impact The vision of the Harding Fine Arts Academy (HFAA) community is to develop the confidence that excellence is assured when we exemplify creativity, passion, respect, and self discipline. HFAA is committed to educating all students to become compassionate, inspirational, artistic, and academically-prepared participants of the global society.

Our goal this year is to dramatically increase hands-on opportunities for students in the sciences by creating laboratory spaces that are ready to prepare our students for the challenges of college. Your donations will help purchase new consumable supplies, lab supplies & equipment, and classroom furnishings. In addition, your support helps us to continue to offer an excellent fine and performing arts education! We always need musical instrument donations and gifts to help fund our computer/computer software programs.

CEO/Executive Director Statement Harding Fine Arts Academy, a public charter high school located in mid-town Oklahoma City, is the vision of a group of civic leaders who love the arts and recognize its vital place in the education of a well-rounded, community-oriented citizen. As the state’s first Oklahoma A+ high school, we follow an educational model that promotes written and verbal communication, critical thinking, creativity, and collaboration-- skills that the business community tells us are essential for today’s successful employee.
And it works! Our innovative and creative teachers make learning like life. By merging the arts with academic content, students enjoy an educational process that is fact-filled, but complemented by the emotion that only the added component of the arts can bring. The use of technology to foster problem-solving of real-life situations engages students and helps them find relevance to what they are learning. This combination results in creating deeper memories and greater retention. Our students annually score in the top 5-10% statewide on the required end of instruction exams, resulting in a grade of “A” on our statewide report card. Particularly noteworthy is the percentage of gain that our students make when their current scores are compared to their testing at previous schools...97% performance index! Last year, 93% of our students went on to higher ed, with the remaining 7% joining the military, doing mission work, or going directly into business.
Although our charter allows us to enroll 500 students, we are maxed out of space in our building with an enrollment of 350. We will be enrolling students via a lottery this spring as our demand exceeds our available spaces. While this is a good problem to have, we would love to be able to serve more students in the Oklahoma City area and look forward to renovating a currently unused space in the building to create more classroom space.
Area Served
Area Served
Geographic Area Served
Oklahoma City
We serve students in grades nine through 12 from all over the greater Oklahoma City metropolitan area, however students who reside in an area served by Oklahoma City Public Schools have priority. Then if we have space, we are allowed to take transfer students from other school districts, private and parochial schools, and home-schools. HFAA has students who come to us from as far away as Yukon, Luther and Guthrie because they seek the unique program we offer.
Service Categories
Secondary Organizational Category Arts,Culture & Humanities/Arts Education
Tertiary Organizational Category Education/Charter Schools
Description Harding Fine Arts Academy was founded as an Oklahoma A+ School. This whole school model is based on eight essentials: robust curriculum, arts integration, multiple intelligences, experiential learning, enriched assessment, collaboration, a warm and supportive climate, and the infrastructure to provide support the other seven essentials. As the first OK A+ high school in the state, we have been pioneers in combining the arts and academics with a result of high student achievement and are recognized as a demonstration high school for Oklahoma A+.
Population Served Adolescents Only (13-19 years)
Program Long-term SuccessHelpDescription of the ultimate change(s) that will result from this program. This may be far into the future or represent an ideal state. Although we lack empirical data that specifically pinpoints the Oklahoma A+ model as the sole factor responsible for our students' success, we believe it plays a significant part. While we draw from the same population as the Oklahoma City Public Schools, our students consistently score considerably higher on their State End of Instruction Tests. For example, for Oklahoma City Public Schools the averaged scored of the seven required tests taken for high school graduation in 2012 was 67% compared to the Harding Fine Arts students' average which was 91%. Our students leave well-prepared for continuing their education at the college level. Of the 2013 graduating class, 90% have plans to attend a two-year or four-year college or university and have received approximately $600,000 in scholarships. We are told by our students and their parents that our unique educational methodology has kept them engaged and motivated in ways that more traditional approaches have not.
CEO/Executive Director
CEO/Executive Director Barry Schmelzenbach
Start Date July 2014
Email bach@hfaaokc.org
Senior Staff
Keith CampbellVice Principal
Hannah Lu WatsonDirector of Operations
Number of Full-time Staff 26
Number of Part-time Staff 5
Number of Contract Staff 3
Number of Volunteers 800
Staff Retention Rate 75
Are professional development opportunities provided? Yes
Does CEO/Executive Director have formal evaluations? Yes
Management reports to board? Yes
Staff Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 28
Hispanic/Latino 2
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Staff Demographics - Gender
Male 10
Female 21
Organizational Plans
Fundraising Plan Under Development
Policy against commission-based compensation for fundraising consultant Yes
Communication Plan Under Development
Strategic Plan Yes
Number of Years Strategic Plan Considers 5
Date Strategic Plan Adopted Apr 2009
Management Succession Plan No
Organization Policies and Procedures Yes
HFAA currently enjoys or is developing collaborations with the following schools and organizations:
Oklahoma City University: We have worked on a collaborative community service project between some of our seniors and their freshmen English class to benefit Edgemere Elementary School and Positive Tomorrows.  We are currently working on a collaborative theater project. OCU has also provided us with speakers and lecture opportunities.
University of Central Oklahoma: We regularly have their teacher candidates as observers and student teachers at our school.  We are working with their dance department to share an artist in residence for this upcoming school year.
Oklahoma Contemporary: We are currently working with this organization to provide additional arts opportunities for our students in sculpture and ceramics. They have hosted an arts show for our students. 
Area elementary and middle schools:  We host ArtsSpark, an art contest for local elementary and middle school students each March as part of our Spring ArtsFest.  We will be providing history curriculum and inviting schools to our fall performance of "To Kill A Mockingbird."
Paseo Arts Association: We have worked with them on several events including Friday Gallery Walks and our own HFAA Arts Show at the Paseo Art Gallery. 
External Assessments and Accreditations
Oklahoma A+ School2013
Blue Ribbon School AwardU.S. Department of Education2015
A+Oklahoma State Public Schools Superintendent A-F Report Card2013
A+Oklahoma State Public Schools Superintendent A-F Report Card2014
America’s Top High Schools 2015Newsweek2015
Top 10 High School in OklahomaU.S. News & World Report2014
Comments on Staff & Management
CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments
Sharing our building with another school has presented some challenges in terms of management. The two schools must coordinate daily and hourly schedules for the use of shared facilities such as the cafeteria, the gymnasium, the auditorium, and the outdoor areas. Occasionally, the schedules conflict and the two principals negotiate to resolve the situation.
Our school occupies approximately 40% of the building and the other school has 60% of the space.  Both schools are using every available nook and cranny and are still out of space. The other school has reached the maximum capacity allowed by its charter, 500 students. Our school, however, could legally enroll more students and the demand is there, but we do not have any more classroom space to accommodate them.  In order to grow either school, one of the schools will have to eventually move out of the building. In the meantime, if Harding Fine Arts Academy could complete the renovation of the unused pool area to a media center, it would allow the school to add four more classrooms, thus permitting the enrollment of 75 to 100 more students.
Board Chair
Name Ms Susan Gabbard
Company Affiliation Former Director of Fine Arts, Oklahoma City Public Schools
Term July 2016 to June 2018
Email j4749@swbell.net
Board of Directors
List Current as of July 01, 2017
Board of Directors List
Ms. Kaye Adams Harding High School Alum, Journalist/Public RelationsVoting
Ms. Lisa Austerman Parent and Community VolunteerVoting
Mr. Rod Baker Baker First Commercial Real EstateVoting
Ms. Kelley Barnes OCCFVoting
Ms. Sally Bentley Community VolunteerVoting
Ms. Cheryl Borelli Sr. Vice-President of Private Banking, BancFirstVoting
Mr. Randall Compton Certified Public Accountant
Ms. Susan Gabbard Retired, Dir. of Fine Arts, Oklahoma City Public SchoolsVoting
Ms. Kallena Haynes HFAA Parent, Health Research InstituteVoting
Ms. Jean Hendrickson Former Exec. Director Oklahoma A+SchoolsVoting
Ms. Glenda Jensen HFAA Parent/PTO President
Mr. Seldon Jones Staff Attorney for the Oklahoma Supreme Court, HFAA Parent
Mr. John Dexter Marble Ret. Vice President for Academic Affairs, University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma
Ms. Carol McPheeters Wilshire Garden MarketVoting
Mr. Kenyon Morgan Harding Alumnus, Kenyon Morgan Architects, PLLCVoting
Mr. Nathan Powell Harding Fine Arts Parent RepresentativeVoting
Dr. Joy Reed-Belt Joy Reed Belt Search Consultants, JRB Art at the ElmsVoting
Mr. Matthew Schein Vice President of Operations, SONIC, America’s Drive-In
Ms. Rosalynn Wade Program Director, Oklahoma A+ Schools
Mr. John Yoeckel KPL ProductionVoting
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 20
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 1
Other 0 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 10
Female 12
Standing Committees
Advisory Board / Advisory Council
Board Development / Board Orientation
Board Governance
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Advisory Board
Advisory Board Members
Lyn Adams Oklahoma Children's Theatre
Robyn Hilger El Sistema Oklahoma
Sue Ann Hyde Community Volunteer
Fritz Kiersch Oklahoma City University
Irene Lam Optometrist
Susan McCalmont Creative Oklahoma
Mark Parker
Kelly Pearson
Jerry Richardson
Jane Sutter Oklahoma County Boys & Girls Club
Mike Wimmer Oklahoma City University
Comments on Board & Governance
CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments
HFAA's major challenge since opening in 2005 has been making our existence, Mission and program known to the broader community. Secondly, growing our student population and creating the spaces in the building to serve our students and deliver our arts oriented program. We have spread the word about our unique high school through our publications, Facebook, our school website and through word of mouth and informational meetings.

We share our school building with Harding Charter Prep, another charter high school.  Over the last few years we've worked with their board and staff as well as the Oklahoma City Public School District to ensure that HFAA has a long-term lease in the building. Our school has grown from 95 students to 350 students. Our next challenge is to raise $500,000 to renovate the old pool area, converting it into a media center and computer classroom, and giving us added space to increase our enrollment to 450 students.
Current Fiscal Year
Fiscal Year July 01, 2017-June 30, 2018
Current Year Budgeted Total Income $2,067,667
Current Year Budgeted Total Expenses $2,125,208
Financial Documents
IRS Letter of Determination
Prior Three Years' Financial History
Revenue and ExpensesHelpFinancial data for prior years is entered by foundation staff based on the documents submitted by nonprofit organizations.Foundation staff members enter this information to assure consistency in the presentation of financial data across all organizations.
Fiscal Year201520142013
Total Revenue$2,585,901$2,118,357$2,090,110
Total Expenses$2,410,710$2,169,363$2,098,585
Revenue Less Expenses$175,191($51,006)($8,475)
Revenue SourcesHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available) and revenue sources may not sum to total based on reconciliation differences. Revenue from foundations and corporations may include individual contributions when not itemized separately.
Fiscal Year201520142013
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
Government Contributions$2,578,872$2,118,357$2,083,609
Individual Contributions------
Investment Income, Net of Losses------
Unrealized Gain/Loss------
Membership Dues------
Special Events------
Revenue In-Kind------
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201520142013
Program Expense$1,292,336$1,258,727$1,199,473
Administration Expense$1,118,374$910,636$899,112
Fundraising Expense------
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.070.981.00
Program Expense/Total Expenses54%58%57%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%0%0%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201520142013
Total Assets$503,868$255,764$273,415
Current Assets$503,868$255,764$273,415
Long-Term Liabilities------
Current Liabilities$269,467$197,058$165,224
Total Net Assets$234,401$58,706$108,191
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities1.871.301.65
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Funding Sources
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201520142013
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountGovt - State $1,857,341Govt - State $1,755,490Govt - State $1,746,566
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountGovt - Unspecified $250,120Govt - Fed $256,027Govt - Fed $176,168
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountGovt - Local $246,249Govt - Local $106,840Govt - Local $160,875
Endowment? Yes
Endowment Spending Policy Percentage
Endowment Spending Policy Percentage (if selected) 5 %
Credit Line? No
Reserve Fund? Yes
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Campaign Purpose Our goal this year is to dramatically increase hands-on opportunities for students in the sciences by creating laboratory spaces that are ready to prepare our students for the challenges of college. Your donations will help purchase new consumable supplies, lab supplies & equipment, specialized equipment such as microscopes and sensors and science classroom furnishings. We always need musical instrument donations and gifts to help fund our computer/computer software programs.
Campaign Goal $75,000
Campaign Dates Oct 2016 to Dec 2016
Amount Raised To Date $15,000 as of Dec 2015
Comments on Financials
CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments
Our greatest financial challenge lies in the legal limitations that have been placed on charter schools regarding state funding. Unlike district public schools, we do not receive any facilities funding as part of our funding formula. That means that we must use money from the per student amount we receive for teacher salaries and benefits, books, teaching materials, etc. to educate our students, pay for our rent, utility bills, maintenance, and repair our school building. We are also not allowed to borrow money, nor are we allowed to issue bonds, so making any kind of capital improvements is extremely difficult. We have to rely solely on gifts and grants. It would be hard to imagine what Oklahoma City Public Schools' facilities would look like if that were the case for the district.

Because we try to stay true to our mission and offer extensive arts opportunities for our students, we do have a rather large faculty for such a small number of students.  Our faculty to student ratio is approximately 1:13. As such, almost 80% of our income is spent on salaries, leaving a less than desired amount for acquiring and replacing textbooks, library materials, and classroom furniture.
Foundation Staff Comments
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Address 3333 N. Shartel Blvd.
Oklahoma City, OK 73118 7277
Primary Phone 405 702-4322
Contact Email bach@hfaaokc.org
Give to Endowment http://occf.org/hfabae/
CEO/Executive Director Barry Schmelzenbach
Board Chair Ms Susan Gabbard
Board Chair Company Affiliation Former Director of Fine Arts, Oklahoma City Public Schools