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7-12
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Phoenix, AZ
Students enrolled: 655
Before care: Yes
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16233 S. 48th St.
Phoenix, AZ 85048

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(480) 659-3000
(480) 659-3022
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December 08, 2014
We reviewed this school among other top charter (BASIS) and private schools (Phoenix Country Day and New Vistas) for it's elementary program. We were disappointed. The tour was given by two fifth grade students which we felt was unprofessional. Any serious school offers tours by teachers or faculty members. We are seeking a school with some diversity as we feel this enhances the educational process. Upon first glance, some of the classrooms were all white while other classes had only 1 or 2 minority students. The kindergarten classes appeared small with 25-30 kids cramped into one class. They had 4 of these rooms. Hot meals are also not provided to kindergarten students. I also didn't appreciate how grade levels are merged into the same classroom. Kindergarten was separate but the other classes were arranged with 1-2, 3-4, 5-6 being in the same class rooms. I had the opportunity to observe one of the first grade teachers reading a book. It was a picture book with large big print. My child is 4 yo and can read that now. I can't imagine that they would read that to 6-7 year olds. It's a fine school but not for families seeking the most academically rigorous one.

- submitted by a parent
August 13, 2014
I have three children in High School attending Horizon Community Learning Center. I am extremely happy with the education they are receiving. The teachers and staff are excellent. All of my children are thriving!!! Anyone can make negative comments, but the US News rankings speak louder! Way to go Horizon, #8 in the state and climbing! I'm proud to say my children attend this school.

- submitted by a parent
May 04, 2014
The constant assault on HCLC in favor of Mountain Pointe and DV should be put to rest now that the US News rankings are out. Contrary to what so many seem to claim, Horizon is not just a top school in the state. It's a top school in the country -- gold medal and in the top 3%. I'm sure that Mountain Pointe is a fine school. But it does not outperform Horizon, It is ranked lower in all measures - tests, college readiness, all of it. Easily fact-checked at US News and World Reports. It's too bad an organized smear campaign is rendering the ratings here meaningless.

- submitted by a parent
April 04, 2014
School for misfits and parents who believe in protecting their kids, not a match for other High Schools, Mountain Pointe and DVHS wipe the floor with them, their students are no match for Tempe High School students, look at Nat Merit, SAT scores, EC's. Horizon is a school for ill-fitting, mal-adjusted, otherwise home-schooled students

- submitted by a community member
March 27, 2014
I love the school. My daughter loves the school. My daughter is now in 6th grade and I have made it clear to her she can always go somewhere else and she has no desire to leave. Her grades are excellent, she is engaged in her education and if it gets too easy, they bump her up and make it harder.

- submitted by a parent
February 07, 2014
Rude teachers and obvious favoritism in the classrooms. The teachers are uncaring esp. to those who are struggling. My child comes home crying. I witnessed a teachers make fun of a student in front of other students during class. Some Teachers exhibit bullying behaviors. Heartbreaking.

- submitted by a parent
November 27, 2013
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.

- submitted by a parent
October 04, 2013
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.

- submitted by a parent
September 23, 2013
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.

- submitted by a parent
September 14, 2013
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.

- submitted by a parent
September 04, 2013
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.

- submitted by a parent
September 04, 2013
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.

- submitted by a parent
August 10, 2013
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.

- submitted by a community member
August 04, 2013
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.

- submitted by a community member
March 28, 2013
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.*

- submitted by a community member
February 04, 2013
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 !!!!

- submitted by a parent
July 31, 2012
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.

- submitted by a community member
July 25, 2012
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.

- submitted by a community member
April 22, 2012
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.

- submitted by a community member
May 25, 2011
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.

- submitted by a parent
April 03, 2011
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.

- submitted by a community member
December 07, 2010
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

- submitted by a parent
May 05, 2010
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

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 22, 2010
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.

- submitted by a parent
April 15, 2010
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- submitted by a parent
March 24, 2010
We were very enthusastic about sending our student to HCLC. Our experience was largely negative and we moved our student to another school. The teachers were cold and unprofessional. Our student has always loved his teachers in pre-school and kidnergarten and he did not like his teachers at this school. Neither did we. The homework approach is unorganized and frustrating for kids and parents alike. It is an aggressive learning program which requires intimate parent involvement. If you are not personally visiting the school often to make sure you understand the concepts being taught, your student will get lost and you will be unable to successfully tutor them. We provided feedback to school administrators on multiple occasions, but nothing happened. To make matters worse, picking up your student takes forever due to a largely unorganized traffic flow. And there are very few parking spaces available to parents.

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September 13, 2009
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June 15, 2009
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- submitted by a student
June 13, 2009
My family has to move out of state after one year at Horizon and it breaks my heart. 4 years here and 3 schools and we finally were at the right one. The bar is set high. The don't tolerate discipline problems. The goal is to help the child, but when that isn't happening, they do not let it disrupt the learning environment. My child has flourished there. He feels safe & he isn't teased. His classwork was challenging and made him think. Project group is a great concept and I love to see what kids are capable of when inspired. There is no art program in the lower grades, but his creativity has not suffered and he writes beautifully now. And my thanks go out to all the teacher who have made this seemingly big school feel like family. We are very sad to leave.

- submitted by a parent
May 03, 2009
i have benn at HCLC for all of my learning time and i am nit impressed the teachers pick on 'popular' kids and over react for little bad things but when something big happens they ignore it until 2 or 3 weeks later and by then it might be too late. And the dress code it proposterous you cant wear shorts shorter than your fingertips placed at your sides.

- submitted by a student
April 05, 2009
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- submitted by a student
March 31, 2009
I am stunned at some of the negative comments here and have had kids at Horizon long enough to recognize that some of these parents didn't like it when their kids were disciplined -- there is no tolerance for 'crap' at Horizon. As for the teachers, I know many, many long-term members, but I also know that if you are not a good teacher you don't get a contract the following year. You want to know the bottom line? The school, like all smaller schools, lacks in extracurricular variety. But... its test scores are off the charts, it posted a ZERO failure rate on the AIMS and the last graduating group of 78 kids posted $3.2 million in scholarships and tuition awards. There is a lot of jealousy about this school and what it has accomplished. Its scores and prominence speaks for themselves.

- submitted by a parent
March 25, 2009
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- submitted by a student
no rating December 19, 2008
I have a Kindergartner at HCLC. I searched very hard last year for the right school for my son. I am thrilled with Horizon. I am impressed with their attention to my son's abilities. He entered K reading at a 3rd grade level and 1st grade math. There were other K's his age with the same skills and the teacher has tailored their reading and math lessons to their ability level. They use positive reinforment for discipline. The teachers and parents are kind to each other and supportive of each other. The drop-off/pick-up situation is handled well, not the horror I had heard about.

- submitted by a parent
December 15, 2008
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- submitted by a student
November 19, 2008
i think its fun and love the one on one attention

- submitted by a student
October 01, 2008
Outstanding academic curriculum/Excellent preparation for college. Small classes, challenging courses, and friendly teachers and staff. 40 yours of community service per year is required to graduate. This school is best fit for academically focused students that want to have a lot to put on their college application. Now for the cons: There aren't that many extra-curricular activities available and there is a dress code. Spanish is the only foriegn language offered but after completion of this course you will be speaking like a native. There is also no football team but the basketball and volleyball teams are good and exciting to watch. This school makes you feel more than just a number like public schools and overall is a solid education facility.

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September 19, 2008
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- submitted by a student
August 26, 2008
I taught at HCLC for one year. I can only speak about the elementary school. If you are considering sending your child to HCLC or are considering teaching there, proceed with caution. Yes, there are some good things about the school, but it is certainly not for everone. I found that well-behaved, academically gifted, motivated students seem to do very well at HCLC. However, students who are average or struggle acedemcally easily fall through the cracks. There are 55 - 60 children in a classroom. Although there are 3 teachers in the room (typically 2 certified teachers with an aide), this creates a very chaotic, noisy enviornment, where many students become a face in the crowd. Also, some things to consider: *Teacher turnover rate is VERY high. *Teachers develop their own curriculum *The majority of the administration has middle school & h.s. background only

- submitted by a teacher
August 07, 2008
Both of my children have been Horizon students since kindergarten, the eldest entered ninth grade this year, the youngest eighth grade, and they plan to continue there through their high school career. We have been very happy with their academic performance and their behavior as Horizon students. We find the teachers to be supportive and creative with individual situations to help maximize learning. There seems to be more turnover then there used to be, however, and that concerns us. I would recommend this school to anyone whose student is academically focused. I would not recommend this school to those who seek strong extracurricular activities and sports.

- submitted by a parent
August 01, 2008
The thing I love most about Horizon is that my children can be challenged if they are good in one subject and can be in a lower level if they are struggling. This is because of the combined grade classes. I also love the project group and summative experience my kids have received here. The only quam I have with this school is the extremely large class size and the fact that they don't have a cafeteria.

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July 15, 2008
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- submitted by a student
July 11, 2008
This school is the lowest paying around. With high numbers (60 kids per class) and no office support it is not worth it. High teacher turn over rate because of this. If it werent for the great parents no one would work there.

- submitted by a teacher
July 09, 2008
This is an excellent school with plenty of oppurtunities for the adult years.

- submitted by a student
June 04, 2008
I have three kids in Horizon. The first just graduated this year from high school, having earned the AIMS scholarship (free tuition at any state university), as well as the Presidents scholarship from NAU. She passed the AIMS test as a sophmore. I have a daugher who will be a Junior in high school next year. She is also excelling. Both have played on the basketball team (which, by the way, was in the 2A state tournament this year, finishing in the top 8 2A teams in the state), the senior played softball, and the Junior is playing volleyball . Both are in the school's orchestra, as well as the chorus. They couldn't be busier. My third daughter is in 5th grade. She is doing very well and loves the school. My kids love Horizon, and they have received an excellent education, as their state scores prove out.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 15, 2008
This school has a dress code. If a shirt has no collar you hve to tuck it in, even if it is a baby doll shirt. No logos are allowed either! So, if you don't want to follow a dress code don't pick here. The student ambassidors are GREAT though! They'd be happy to give you a tour at any time!

- submitted by a student
April 15, 2008
Horizon has now cliques either. We're very safe, and people aren't ever afraid to come to school. YES, we DO have a strict dress code. No logos, no non- collared shirts untucked, no violent word, no pictures, no athletic wear, and a lot more specific things. But once you've been attending for longer than a few months, you understand, but it can get annoying. But we have it to look casual, but in a way, proper.

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February 17, 2008
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August 08, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
January 19, 2007
I'm an alumn from Horizon, having attended high school there. Horizon is definitely not for everyone. That being said, it can be great for a student who wants to be there and whose learning style matches the school. Class sizes are universally small, and the teachers know everyone's name--it's easy to approach them after class with questions or even ask for personal advice. The student body is also small, so it's a pretty close community, although there is little circulation--you go to class with the same 30 people your whole student career. One downside to Horizon is that its activities and clubs are very limited, as well as its budget. Students may come to despise the dress code, which is fairly arbitrary and is focused on too much by the staff. Also, the administration can (sometimes) be less than supportive (or even friendly) toward students. Overall good, though. I reccomend it.

- submitted by a former student
December 05, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
October 25, 2006
HCLC is one fantastic school with the very best in teachers, administration and active parents. My son has attended the school since 1st grade, he's in 9th grade now and will complete high school here. The academics and small community environment are fantastic for these young people. It's a place where academics, confidence and independence are developed within each young person. It's an amazing school!

- submitted by a parent
September 08, 2006
I'm a student at Horizon and I couldn't enjoy it more. I've made some strong freindships,aand as for the ones that weren't as strong, the teachers helped me work through them. I feel challenged academically and socially. I feel like I've really grown during my time at HCLC. EAGLES SOAR!!!!

- submitted by a student
August 28, 2006
I wish I had my child in horizon from kindergarten. Caring teachers, relevant lessons, dress code enforced (maybe a little too enforced, though), financially viable even for financially challenged (like me), my child is thriving, blossoming, and college bound. Parental involvement, quality sports, reasonable homework, easy teacher communication, intelligent projects, smart place to educate my child. Thank you hclc /and great yearly schedule, too.

- submitted by a parent
August 25, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
July 28, 2006
This school was a great school for me to go to. I am very surprised at the negative reviews here because the staff was always nice, and the class sizes go down as you enter the higher grades. I went here from first to eighth grades, but unfortunately, as a honors student and math standout, I had to put in a lot of work on my own to get ready for my next class at a public high school, because the high school's math program is not very advanced at all. However, this school made learning fun, the staff were young and energetic, and interacted with the students. ANother problem was the lack of extracurricular activities. Thee is a fair share, but not as much as a public school. There is no football in high school, and there are just not enough sports. Despite all of this, I loved it.

- submitted by a former student
June 20, 2006
Would not recommend this school. Disorganized. Staff is rude and disrespectful to parents and students.

- submitted by a parent
June 18, 2006
My child attended 8th grade in the 2005/06 school year. I thought this school was exactly what my child needed. Smaller school, smart kids, good teachers.

- submitted by a parent
May 01, 2006
Great school, community feeling for families, dedicated teachers and involved parents.

- submitted by a parent
April 08, 2006
This is a great school if your elementary school child likes crowded, noisy classrooms. If you want your child to be just a face in the crowd, this the school for you! Be prepared to spend lots of time voluteering. My child spent two years at this school. I felt like I should have been on the payroll, I was there so often! By 11 am I was so exhausted, I could only imagine how the kids felt. Why we left? This school has no tolerance for behavior problems. If it wasn't for the wonderful Mr. Harank, the school would rank all 1's.

- submitted by a parent
March 23, 2006
This is a very good Charter School, but has some limitations. Althought the staff are very nice and try very hard, my student seems to behind some other friends that go to the public shools near Horizon. We have 3 years into Horizon so far and have been fairly happy. I would give the school a grade of B+ only and think there is some room for improvement.

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March 13, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
March 13, 2006
I appreciated the education my child recieved. Top notch teachers of academics, enthused my son with use of integrated learning. Technology soars here. Afterschool sports programs are inclusive of all levels and ability. My second child had a difficult time here, lack of teacher patience with her. Slow learners are not accomodated very well. Second child is very artistic and hands on tactile learner and although the curriculum states it is multi sensory learning, it is less so and not applied to individual learning style. Parents are highly involved and motivated to be a part of school. Loved the dress code, enthusiasm of teachers and general safety of students is very reassuring. First child/high academic achiever did great. Second/slower learner had to move to a different school. Parent experience with first child awesome, with second child discouraging.

- submitted by a parent
February 28, 2006
The academics are good, with good electives. The culture/philosophy/values are wonderful, but the decision in recent years to increase class sizes is counterproductive to the school goal of providing a high quality individualized 'honors' program. The curriculum is individualized only when the parent is able to monitor and stay involved, or if the student is extremely self motivated. The teachers are caring and talented, but must work very hard. With 62 kids crowded at small tables in small classrooms, keeping everyone performing meaningful tasks is a challenge for two teachers. Some teams do this well, but not all. There is a high staff turnover rate. The staff will listen to your input as a parent. If you can be a strong advocate for your child, and stay involved, this is the school for you. If not, your child could disappear into the crowd. There is only one extracurricular activity (chess) for k-4.

- submitted by a parent
February 16, 2006
This has been the best choice I have made for my childrens education.

- submitted by a parent
February 01, 2006
This is a great school as long as you have big bucks. The school fees have gown each year that my children have attended. Each year I have to ask can we afford this public school.

- submitted by a parent
January 24, 2006
Our first year in Fountational Kindergarten with Mr. Harank is phenomenal. Our child counts to fifty, writes his name, reads above level for his age. Currently, we are half way through the year, and we've learned more than expected, and our child enjoys, and has the love of learning.

- submitted by a parent
January 12, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
September 07, 2005
This school has a great atmosphere for children. They are taught to respect others and to work together, like in project group. The picking up at the end of the day seems to be the only draw back. My oldest son gaduated from Horizon with honors two years ago.

- submitted by a parent
August 27, 2005
My children have attended Horizon since it started nine years ago. Overall, Horizon is a safe and creative place for children but does have very large class sizes. The staff has become more bureaucratic as the years have rolled on and the enrollment has soared. The emphasis on fundraising can be a bit overwhelming to new families -- just ignore it if it gets too much. Children who have a propensity toward gifted or honors programs, in the end, will fair very well at Horizon. Your average or less-than-average student may not, due to lack of resources. I am forever grateful to the strict dress code at Horizon and the focus on community and values. My son just reached high school age and decided to leave Horizon; it was a good change for him because he is not an honors student. I wish the school would increase its math scores.

- submitted by a parent
August 20, 2005
I have had children @ HCLC for 5 years now. The class sizes continue to grow and this sometimes is not great for student attention. Most of the teachers are great and will bend over backward to do what they can for your child. The majority of the students are respectful and compassionate towards others.

- submitted by a parent
August 20, 2005
We took our child out of this school because he was not learning. The class rooms are chaotic, the teachers were not very experienced with children in general it seemed. I often wondered if his teachers even cared for children. He is now attending public school and doing wonderfully. It has taken a while for him to recover from the negative experience he had at horizon but he now loves school and is excited to go every day. I am really suprised at the positive posts here. When we left we knew many other parents who were withdrawing students and these parents were unhappy with the experience they had.

- submitted by a parent
August 16, 2005
In sum, I did not enjoy the time my child spent in this school. Too many kids left to their own device. Recess was pure chaos with not enough adults overlooking children.

- submitted by a parent
May 31, 2005
We've just finished our 5th year with Horizon and we believe in them. It's a great shcool & a great community. Our son has accelled academically and socially.

- submitted by a parent
May 24, 2005
We are having to leave Horizon CLC because we are moving and we are very sad about it. We have been extremely happy with Horizon because they show that they care. They give the children confidence as they are learning all subjects. The whole school staff carries the 'I CARE' attitude about your child. The presentation of the curriculum and how it is incorporated with the other classes is great. So many good things to say about this school and not enough room to type it all.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 07, 2005
needs better college counseling.

- submitted by a parent
April 18, 2005
This is both my daughters first year here at HCLC. Changing from a Catholic Private School to HCLC was a tough decision. We are so glad we made the right decision. At HCLC the children come first. Each child is challenged to do their very best and they also have accelerated learning opportunities. The teachers are great and always have open communication with the parents. I am very happy for all the opportunities HCLC has for my daughters.

- submitted by a parent
February 21, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
February 21, 2005
It's an overall great school.

- submitted by a administrator
February 21, 2005
It's an overall great school.

- submitted by a parent
February 18, 2005
Great school for younger children! Unique view of teaching lots of extracurricular activities!

- submitted by a parent
January 21, 2005
Pueblo I feel was academically challanged. I heard from other parents who took their children out of there that the school taught to the middle and didn't take into consideration the individual needs of the few that were of higher academic skill levels.

- submitted by a parent
September 16, 2004
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- submitted by a parent
September 12, 2004
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- submitted by a parent
August 27, 2004
I have four of my children attending this school. I am so pleased with the teacher interest in my children's complete learning experience. They hold them accountable to meet their work requirements and they set the bar high which makes my children reach to attain it.

- submitted by a parent
August 25, 2004
This is our 8th year at Horizon and we are very happy we made the decision to attend. We had previously attended other schools in the area and feel there is a huge difference between the other schools and Horizon. The teachers and administration take a personal interest in the students and have always been willing to discuss our concerns. At times we have made adjustments to classes after careful consideration by teachers, parents, administration and the student. We feel our children are getting an excellent education, both academically and socially. The emphasis on values and teamwork is so important. Our children are excelling in many areas due to the challenging and encouraging environment at Horizon. Every time we attend and ILP or Summative we come away feeling so thankful we found this school. We are involved as parents and enjoy spending time at the school. We would highly recommend Horizon.

- submitted by a parent
July 08, 2004
Horizon is a wonderful place for kids to be creative and practice leadership skills. What an amazing place!

- submitted by a parent
May 26, 2004
Horizon is a decent school, but as a charter school they do have a few problems. In my opinion, the high school teachers are rather young, and in particular the math department could use a bit of refinement and at least one more teacher. There is only one teacher for geometry, for example. This translates into difficulty for students that do not connect with the methods of this teacher. Overall, we have had a decent experience with the school, and when we have had problems the administration has been helpful and problem resolution has been relatively painless.

- submitted by a parent
March 31, 2004
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- submitted by a parent
March 18, 2004
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- submitted by a parent
February 15, 2004
This is the second year my son has attended Horizon. We chose Horizon because of the Individual Learning Plans for each student, the importance the school places on values and leadership, and for the Summatives at the end of each quarter. The summative gives the students the opportunity to present what they've learned that quarter to family and friends. My son has thrived at Horizon. Most importantly, they foster a love of learning in the students by challenging each student at their own pace! It truly works. They also have a great Spanish, PE and Technology curriculum.

- submitted by a parent
January 23, 2004
This was my childs first year at Horizon. For the most part the teacher were great. The curriculm was interesting and very hands on. After school pick up is really hectic due to the lack of parking space. After school programs could use a lot of work.

- submitted by a parent
November 03, 2003
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- submitted by a community member
October 26, 2003
Can't say enough about Horizon. Our child has thrived due to challenging curriculum & caring environment. Fantastic teachers; substantive curriculum; parent input welcomed. Students divided into varying groups, with up to three teachers in the room. Parent volunteers play an important role. Larger, multi-age classes mean every child has a peer group. In district school, our son was pulled out for enrichment (also true for remedial students)--an isolating experience. At HCLC, students primarily remain with classmates while receiving individualized learning. Amazing! Fosters atmosphere of respect/camaraderie among students. Advanced work consists of above-grade-level work, plus more in-depth work on a particular theme (not done at previous school). Character, problem-solving (great having family values reinforced at Horizon). All schools and children have challenges/problems; at Horizon there's almost nothing we can't solve together, for the sake of our kids.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 11, 2003
I pulled my son out of Horizon in his 4th week of 1st grade after I volunteered in his class twice. His class had 60 kids with 3 teachers. Each of the teachers spent much of their time working with a small number of students (e.g. at one time one teacher might have 7 for reading, another 15 for math, and another 1 for advanced math), leaving the rest of them to do their own assignments without much supervision. Kids were talking about hairstyles, playing with erasers, or just lost. My son was too distracted by the presence of so many bodies nearby.

- submitted by a parent
August 03, 2003
HCLC has been great for my children. My daughter is in high school and the small school atmosphere has been great. All of her teachers know her personally. She has gone from an average student to the honors curriculum. My son (5th grade) is receiving a great education. I can compare what he is learning in fifth grade to what my daughter did at a nearby public school. I feel that Horizon is definitely superior. Downsides = drop off and pick up of children - since there are no buses this is a real traffic pain. Fund raising = the school has seemed to recently downsize some of it's growth plans so hopefully this will relieve the need for the donations that were hoped for from each family. HCLC is a tuition free public school, but each family is strongly encouraged to donate to the school. Hopefully those who can afford to donate will, but there will always be families that cannot afford the extra expenditure.

- submitted by a parent
July 10, 2003
My children have been at Horizon for 5 years and will return this year. I feel that Horizon has been a good fit for my family. The teachers at Horizon love my kids and it shows in the way my children love them back and love school. The character development, individualized learning plan for each child, parent involvement and quality teachers are a few of the reasons we stay at Horizon.

- submitted by a parent
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Horizon Honors Secondary School
16233 S. 48th St., Phoenix, AZ  85048
(480) 659-3000
Last modified Horizon Honors Secondary School is a Charter school that serves grades 7-12. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 9 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Horizon Honors Secondary School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 100 reviews. Top