The previous post is baffling to us. Our child attended HCLC for 11 years, graduated as a National Merit Scholar, with over 40 credits toward college (through dual-enrollment and AP), and is thriving at Barrett Honors at ASU. ...with writing and public speaking skills that rock. If prep for college was not rigorous enough for the student, it's because the child/parents did not pursue it...not because the opportunities aren't there. Add performing arts, school newspaper, National Honor Society, student gov't, varsity sports, community service, etc., and there's really not much missing here. The administrators, staff, families, kids, programs at Horizon are pretty tough to beat. There is no one single school (or individual teacher) that fits all: knowledge, research, encouragement, and advocacy are things we wish for every child out there.
As an Horizon alum, I would strongly advise you to think more than twice before enrolling students. I'm a Sun Devil now and in no way was I prepared for college. High School classes are not college prep, students are NOT well rounded and virtually no-one goes to an out of state selective college, reason being students arent good enough and the school does not prepare you well, may be OK for K-5, I only joined later, but heck you had better run fast to Desert Vista High School, if you want to be college prepped and have the chance to go OOS
Great School, great teachers, great families. When you live in Arizona and you have young children, it's not always easy to find the right fit. I feel as an Ahwatukee resident, we are so fortunate to have so many outstanding choices in education. Horizon was the right fit for our family. We have a 1st and 2nd grader. They are both doing so well. They are challenged and assisted and cared for. The teachers are so hands on, so thoughtful and so wonderful at communicating and working with each child so they maximize their learning and development.
My child started at Horizon this year in the 9th grade and has had a very rough time with the student and the teacher being very rude to him, if your child need a little help with school work don't put your child in this school, all they are worried about his the student that will make the test score look good.Very bad school.
I am very surprised by the bad reviews especially considering the high school is ranked #17 in the state by U.S. News and World Report. Of the other High Schools in the area, Corona del Sol is #29 and Desert Vista is #33. Mountain Pointe wasn't in the top 50. When we decided to leave the Christian school we considered a lot of different schools for our three girls and Horizon came highly recommended by some teachers. So we packed up and moved to be closer to Horizon Honors. As is the case with every school it is not perfect so if that is your measuring stick you will need to look elsewhere, though I'm not sure there is a High School in Heaven. My girls are in 3rd, 5th and 8th grades. The two youngest our both in 5th grade math with different teachers. I appreciate how kids of different ages can be challenged in a way that is subtle yet encourages each student to succeed at whatever level they are at. For the most part the teachers and administration are doing a great job. Anytime I have needed to contact a teacher for any reason they have always been quick to response. I feel very strongly that you would be Blessed to have your kids at Horizon Honors. We are.
terrible. k-5 is just ok, but after that - put your kids in public school, they will accelerate like you won't believe. this school is definitely NOT geared towards junior high Or High school - teachers have favorites and everyone will know it. I had two kids there and my oldest graduated from there 8 years ago and he Still holds it against me. my other had so much trouble there - failing in most classes and the teachers were Not there to help, so I pulled her out and she went to Mtn Pointe and shot straight to A's and B's. I now wish I had sent both of my kids to mtn pointe for high school. trust me, if you love your kids and want the best for them and want them to be happy - get them out of horizon.
I have nothing good to say about that school. You need to be on lottery list then waiting list then... what? This is not the best school to be waiting for. People who works there are not very friendly, arrogant and not helpful. Please check all the facts before you register your child to this school. The best advise - skip that school if you love your kids.
I have attended a total of 4 schools in my entire life and I can honestly say this was the worst. On contrary to popular belief, the academics here are very poor. I am now a sophomore at a public school in the Chandler district and I can say that not only are the honors classes at my public school more interesting, educational, and challenging than the "honors" classes at horizon, but there is an amazingly larger amount of classes to choose from than there are at Horizon. Also, Horizon has no extracurricular activities and I mean NONE. They don't even have a football team. Finally, the people there are generally unlikable. While I did meet some nice people, the majority of the students are kids who have been going there and known each other since kindergarten and they are not overly friendly to newcomers. There are also tons of cliques and as another reviewer said, the kids there act like they are better and smarter than everyone else when, to say the least, they aren't. Also, the teachers are generally unapproachable and uncaring. Excepting, of course, the ones that date their students. Long story short, skip this school.
I attended from 1-9 grade but I'm going to describe my high school experience. Teachers are rude and harsh on kids for no reason. You could have a 100% and still be treated like a delinquent. Administration is incredibly rude especially if you're a student. Getting my attendance records when transferring was a nightmare for my mom. As for academics, don't convince yourself they are above average. I transferred to a public school, was out in all honors (I had taken some honors at HCLC) and struggled. My public school was much more challenging. At the public school we covered much more material and much sooner than HCLC (like reading a book freshman year instead of junior). Additionally there is no diversity. Everyone is very closed minded and judgmental. There are very few electives and they're all taught by the same 4 teachers. There are no good sports, everyone makes the team (and no football). There are very few clubs and the ones offered are poorly run and lack any uniqueness. Honestly don't put your kid through this place. Even younger grades have similar issues and some of their own.
I am a successful, well-adjusted graduate of this school. I attended from K-12th and have never regretted my choice to stay there. I greatly enjoyed that my school was a smaller community than most. I felt that the students were very supportive of each other, and very frequently made friendships that went beyond the expected cliques. It s true that small schools are not the right fit for every student. Some kids seek more sports and elective opportunities and would rather not know everyone in their grade. Students who left Horizon went searching for the public school experience. For me the benefits outweighed the things I "missed out" on. I had teachers, passionate about their subjects, who cared about my individual education and did whatever they could to help me succeed. I am who I am today because of my experience at this school and my interactions with the community there. If you are a parent searching for a good school for your kids, I highly recommend HCLC. *Also, the drama program throughout the grades is phenomenal. If your students are musically or dramatically inclined, they will find this experience nowhere else.*
I love this school! I looked dozen of schools for my daughter now that she started Kindergarden. Since the beginning I loved Horizon we were in the waiting list and was luckly called at the beginning of the year, she started on August 2012 and so far it has been a great experience. She loves to go to school every day, she started behind of what she was supposed to know when starting Kindergarden and I was amazed on how fast she was learning and now she is exceding her grade lavel. Teachers are lovely, and care alot for the kids. They do teach students at their level which is great since some know more than others and the ones behind they advance tremendously and the ones that are knew more are continously challeged! I would definetly recommend this school. Take this from a parent that did not care to drive 30 min only so that her daughter would get the best possible education !!!!
If your student has already chosen his career and wishes to take classes that tailor to his choice, Horizon is definitely not the place. No other classes are offered than those that are general for graduation. Very little outside what is required for graduation is offer with the exception of musical/choir classes.
There is so much I can say about this school. I went there from 2nd grade until the middle of 7th. At first I assumed this school was much better than public schools. This is false as I was learning at the same pace as the local public schools. This school is full of sheltered children, believing that horizon is better than others. All the kids I knew were extremely arrogant, close-minded, and rude. The same with the teachers. The office is very biased against kids that don't do as good or are not as well behaved. Once you do something wrong they expect that everything that is bad is your fault. The teachers favor specific students and sometimes even make fun of some ounto other students. This school is way over dramatic and i was miserable the whole time. Eventually my family got fed up and pulled me. Now I am more successful in public school and people are more respectful there. I would never recommend anyone to this school.
As a current high school student at Horizon, I can definitely say this school is not for everyone. The school has a higher expectations of student behavior than the other high schools in the area, so be prepared for that. The school lacks many electives that others offer and there are not that many clubs, but there are some. (the best is the HS travel club, taking an overseas trip every year!) There are some great teachers, and some not so good ones. The office staff is mediocre, always have had a rude experience when I needed to visit the front desk. Parents are involved in the school, which is good. The sports teams are okay, nothing great compared to big high schools (which is expected). My biggest complaints with the school are: the lack of school pride amongst the students, which is completely terrible and a general dislike of the school is popular, how the school tries to keep its student body sheltered, and the lack of programs and electives for students. For these reasons, I plan on moving to DV next year, where I believe I can obtain a more rounded education than at horizon. However, the social environment at DV is probably a wreck compared to Horizon.
Very Please with this school. As I only have experience with the K-4, I can only comment on this portion of the school. I do think the HS is lacking some extra activities and not sure is it's a great fit for select students. However the early years have been fantastic! Yes poor behavior is dealt with firmly, consistently and fairly. Curriculum is so much better then the rote learning at public schools. My child loves the Thematic learning style of the school.
For years I thought this school was great. Had friends there, everyone knew each other, teachers cared, and small classes. Now I'm a freshman and I want to go to a big HS. It hardly has any clubs or elective classes that someone would desire. Honestly, the dress code is not high on the long list of cons. They're also very closed minded, (ex, homophobic, freak out about every little thing). The drama is amplified because the school is so small. Everyone acts like it's academically amazing, but a lot of kids fail there, and as you get older the teachers get more strict, cruel, and difficult to communicate with. I'm fed up with this school. Being an honors student, I feel if I went to a big school I'd have a better experience, more opportunities, and enjoy classes more. For example, I used to love english, it was my passion, I wanted to even teacher english in a HS one day, but I had a teacher, one who was very arrogant and expected too much, and now I hate going to the class. Honestly, think it over before you decide on it. They have no funding, they freak out if you say "gay" or "kiss", and the dances are horrible. I want a real HS exp. I'm also tired of everyones judgement there.
My children were lucky enough to get in on the Lottery 3 years ago. The staff are all happy, passionate about education, and dedicated (Quite different from our previous school). My children are always learning at their level. They are not tied into the general learning track for their entire grade and if they are prepared to move up to the next learning group, they can.They don't have to wait for the rest of the class or group to catch up. Also, I don't have to worry about kids with behavior problems detracting from my children's learning time or negatively influencing my children. The children are eager to learn, polite and respectful to adults and each other. The PE program is unparalleled. My children's instructor just wont the best teacher in AZ award.The Music and Spanish programs are good, but not stressful K-4. The Music/Performing Arts Program is exceptional 5-12th. The Master Teachers are wonderful and I think the key to maintaining high expectations from the Teachers and students. I am so thankful we have found this school
Majority of students here have failed at the Prep schools of Desert Vista and or Brophy, teaching is OK, but again most of the adjusted, smart kids in the Awhatukee area go to Desert Vista. Always been considered the school drop outs and ill adjusted kids go to if they fail at Brophy or DV, that said it is a good choice for those who may not succeed at a better prep school and therefore offers a good alternative, although in the community it does appear to have a certain stigma attached to those who attend.
The group work & enrichment programs are good. Students learn to cooperate & communicate in groups. The phonics program is very weak, which has been frustrating. In addition, subjects are taught by theme, which doesn't always lead to a good review of previously learned material. The best example of this teaching method is illustrated in the way the 'specials' subjects (technology, music and Spanish) are taught. The students may have Spanish for 3 weeks, tech for 3 weeks & then music for 3 weeks before repeating the cycle. Consequently, there is no Spanish review for 6+ weeks until the next session. I have found this same pattern in most core subjects (math & phonics). This doesn't lead to high retention or the ability to build upon concepts. There seems to be no logical foundation for teaching math & phonics. Be prepared to review and teach your child what the teachers
The education level is above average. The interest in the school to assist and help excel the children is above and beyond the call of duty.
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