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K-12
Public charter
Lincoln, CA
Students enrolled: 1,428

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2800 Nicolaus Road, Suite 100
Lincoln, CA 95648

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(916) 408-5200
(916) 408-5223
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August 31, 2014
This charter school pays less than most of the other charter schools in the area. I've also heard their teachers are paid less than most of the other charter schools.

- submitted by a parent
August 06, 2014
This will be our 5th year with Horizon Charter. We really love our ST, but the school itself is laughably - and frustratingly - unorganized a lot of the time. We do the 100% homeschooling program, so we are less affected by that than I suppose we would be if we utilized any of the core classes. I have never found a good reason to trust my children's core subjects to the Auburn site - I'll leave it at that. We have, in the past, utilized Friday enrichment classes there (which dwindle down every year - this year there is only one, and currently it shows as merely "tentative"), which were OK, though I must admit I was annoyed that the teachers offered my kids soda, candy, and/or other junk food every single week. My kids refused the soda upfront, but eventually I had to tell them to quit taking the candy as well. Heavy pressure to teach-to-the-test, even in the 100% Homeschooling program. We may quit soon. The school seems able to offer us less and less of anything educationally valuable or useful (there isn't a single enrichment class left for my youngest child, now a 4th grader, for the second year in a row). School gets worse every year, IMHO.

- submitted by a parent
October 23, 2013
I have been going to Horizon since 7th grade and I am currently in 11th. The school is very laid back, and mostly all the kids in my class have always been close. This is a great school if you want your kid to feel comfortable and avoid getting bullied, but the education isn't the best. Everything has always been very easy, and when it comes to the state testing everyone always looks confused a bit. I enjoyed my time here and met some of the greatest people I wouldn't have met elsewhere. --a student

- submitted by a community member
August 06, 2013
We love this school, this will be my fifth year. My children are educated at home and they attend the Friday classes at the Roseville site. My oldest daughter has special needs and their Special Education dept. is the best! She attends once a week: OT, speech and resource. The teachers and therapists are awesome. Received my curriculum early this year - I'm ready before school starts. Awesome school library - lots of support in however you choose to educate at home. My Supervising Teacher is wonderful, my kids love her.

- submitted by a parent
June 18, 2013
We love this school. We have been a part of the home school programs and Lincoln Montessori, they both are excellent and have provided our children with a fantastic education. The staff at both are dedicated and caring; they live out personalized learning. The upper teachers at LMCC proved their commitment to us and I would highly recommend them. Parents need to step up and be part of a solution than a problem, both programs are built on parent involvement. Charter schools do not have all the bells and whistles of regular schools; if that is what you are looking for than don't look to charter schools. Thank you Horizon for giving us excellent choice and quality programs.

- submitted by a parent
May 01, 2013
well after looking at all the other parent comments it sounds like its a different school. my daughter attends HCA Elk Grove. We have had some trouble with keeping a regular school administrator and teachers for the math classes. however, mrs Judith hayes has been a godsend. she is engaged, listens and has worked very hard to bringing the school up to par. I am satisfied and hope that there will still be an elk grove chapter by the time my daughter graduates. all the problems began with the previous administration. now the current admin has to clean up the mess left behind and sadly the children have to pay the price. hopefully next year things will start to calm down and smooth out. I for one am very happy!

- submitted by a parent
February 22, 2013
My child attended a local public school and was left alone to go to the restroom and other places on the campus, the children at the public school were out of control and the Principle did nothing. After working with the staff at LMCC I found them to be extremely attentive to the children and concerned for the well being of them when speaking with the office and volunteering in the classrom as a parent. The Montessori Meathods need to be learned by parents to understand how the children learn in this self directed independent way. It has been a pleasure to have lower class size and freedom for my child to explore rather than be hearded lack cattle (children are given a number at public school) and my child is not sitting at a desk listening to teacher for six hours a day and being told to do one worksheet after another. Now she does PE and art projects and children are disciplined if they step out of line....Something I did not see at the local public school.

- submitted by a parent
February 05, 2013
Not the best experience for our family. Just pulled our kids. Kids have a lot of time on their hands to finish boring worksheets and not engage. School constantly had outbreaks of head lice (and yes I know this happens everywhere) but it seemed that every month I got a notice about head lice, and it wasn't like that at other schools. My advice is keep looking around there has to be a better option.

- submitted by a parent
February 05, 2013
I have had two experiences at Horizon with LMCC and homeschooling. First, when I went to enroll at the office on Nicholaus Road, the secretary seemed like it was the first time someone had asked to enroll in a school; it was very disorganized from the start. I chalked it up to her having a bad day. Then we took our kids to LMCC. There are two strong teachers, but the rest have the reputation (and we had the first-hand experience) of not being that great, or parents tolerate the weak teachers to get to the two good ones. I was in the classrooms, and it was overcrowded and cluttered. Only one teacher per class for a full class did not work out well. I thought Montessori had an assistant in every classroom, so a lot of kids are left on their own, unless they were misbehaving and got most of the attention. Not okay in our book so we went to homeschooling. I had a very hands-off type of supervising teacher so that was fine, but both LMCC and homeschooling lacked structure which may be fine for some families. Just not for us. The reputation of LMCC older grades and teacher is not very good; parents tend to pull their kids at some point.

- submitted by a parent
February 04, 2013
Fantastic school that supports parental choice! The teachers are caring and passionate. We love the opportunities afforded to us by this school .

- submitted by a parent
January 07, 2013
My daughter Attends Lincoln Montessori Community Co-op (LMCC) which is part of Horizon Charter Schools. She loves it and so do I. This is her second year and she has grown by leaps and bounds both academically and socially. The children learn at their own pace so that they are always challenged, but never overwhelmed. The principle, teachers, and other staff are all awesome from my experience. I've seen some of the other reviews on here and I notice that the poor ones are referring to the ALA program that closed down. I understand the anger and frustration that those families feel. I just hope that those reviews won't shed a negative light on LMCC because I would hate for anyone to miss out on such a great opportunity. It's basically like getting the benefits of a small private school without the cost since it's a charter. This school is one of the best things that has happened to our family. We started out at our local public school and there's just no comparison as far as I'm concerned.

- submitted by a parent
January 03, 2013
I home-schooled with this organization for two years and was extremely happy. When the opportunity arouse to get my children in an exceptional site-based school they offered, I jumped at the chance. We were in love, until the administration completely failed us and closed the doors in an extremely questionable and unprofessional manner. The same leadership is in charge of the home-school program. They have taken no ownership in the situation and have destroyed the amazing experience for many children. I hope you do not choose this school on principal. I thoroughly expect for them to close the whole program at some point with no warning. I wouldn't be surprised if they attempt to re-open in another name. Research the leadership and make sure you don't sign up for any school they are associated with! Oh yeah, and remember this is your tax dollars they are abusing.

- submitted by a parent
December 19, 2012
I have been an employee of Horizon Charter school since 1998. It is a great job to have. It is a wonderful school with caring teachers and staff. We have a variety of programs to educate your child. They receive a personalized education. Our 2 administrators at the present time have my full respect and appreciation. .

- submitted by a teacher
December 13, 2012
Lincoln Montessori (LMCC) is one of many Horizon programs. It is a wonderful, small school with the most approachable and kind principal I have ever met. She has been involved with the school since it's start over 13 years ago and making this school an excellent academic community is her top priority from my experience. The campus is very nice and so well-run. The secretary is amazingly well-organized and information distribution is great. Any students' need for more or less academic challenge can be accommodated because classrooms are generally multi-level. We are very fortunate to be a part of Lincoln Montessori!

- submitted by a parent
December 05, 2012
CEO and administration only care about their paycheck and don't care about the students and teachers at all. My son didn't get math textbook until 5th week into session (and shut down at the end of 6th week). I heard some teachers purchased textbooks using their own credit cards because the administration won't provide. With 391 students with ADA funding, how is it possible not to have the textbooks ready for the students? I am sure the CEO and administrations were always paid on time while my son lost school site and most of his friends in the middle of school year. Don't believe the administration! They only want your money.

- submitted by a parent
December 03, 2012
It is not surprising to me that the Accelerated Learning Academy has closed its doors. The leadership of the CEO as well as many of the administration has been horrendous. I feel horrible for the teachers, parents and students involved in this mess. I do, however, fail to understand why so many people would choose to remain at a sub-par school when we have so many excellent public schools in Placer County. Hopefully, the good that may come out of this is that some of the parents will try these schools and find out that the leadership and organization far exceeds anything that Horizon could ever offer. I made the mistake of enrolling my child last year, only to find that he was bullied there FAR MORE than at any public school that he had been enrolled in prior to attending ALA. The administration did not address our concerns and didn't seem to care that our son was being emotionally and physically bullied on a daily basis. So thankful that we used our brains and pulled him out before this huge mess began this school year. I will never recommend Horizon to anyone again. FYI- He is thriving and having a wonderful school year at our local public school :)

- submitted by a parent
December 01, 2012
The Horizon administration is NOT to be trusted. They have abruptly shut down an extremely successful and beloved program, their Accelerated Learning Academy, with no clear justification. This despite great promises all last summer about expansion and new facilities. The teachers are amazing, the family commitment has been unstinting, but the administration has been intransigent. Make sure you Google Craig Heimbichner and Cynthia Verdugo Wood to see further questionable background on these two lead administrators before you waste any more time considering entrusting your child's education to them.

- submitted by a parent
November 30, 2012
Something is REALLY wrong at this school--it is looking for profit at the cost of children. Be very careful--the administration is the problem--they do not think they need to communicate with parents, media, teachers, or students. They forget that they are a CA public school --taking CA money--there needs to be accountability and transparency.

- submitted by a community member
November 29, 2012
At first this school and the Core Curriculum program were a dream come true. Then the CEO stepped in and ruined everything. Destroyed hundreds of kids educational lives and decimated a program that was stellar -- especially when based on ALA test scores. So sad greedy people had to come in and ruin what turned my son's education and motivation around. Will never attend any Horizon program ever again.

- submitted by a parent
November 28, 2012
Disastrous bare covers it. The teachers and "Core Curriculum" taught at the school are first rate. It is clear that the teachers love their jobs and are committed to the students. The management & administration is bottom of the barrel. After misrepresenting student enrollment in lease and county permits, the school abruptly shuts down and blames it on the parent community. The same parent community that spent hundreds of hours seeking alternative solutions.

- submitted by a parent
November 28, 2012
UNBELIEVABLE teachers, they are just fantastic ...awful awful administration! Don't go to this school it will destroy your soul! Craig Heimbichner in charge of Horizon Charter schools. I HAVE NO IDEA HOW HE STILL HAS A JOB!??? He is a COMPLETE selfish narcissistic weirdo...Google him.....

- submitted by a parent
November 28, 2012
This school is VERY unstable. The administration, Craig Heimbichner and the board are impossible to work with and programs locations and solvency change monthly. Campuses are always shutting down leaving kids and families devastated. I honestly could not advise anyone to take the chance, even though we love the teachers, and they have been victims of this poor leadership too.

- submitted by a parent
November 28, 2012
The Teachers are incredible and Core Knowledge curriculum was fantastic. Our children thrived at ALA, a program Horizon Charter Schools offered... until the CEO, CRAIG HEIMBICHNER closed it down leaving students, teachers and staff with no explanation, and with little hope in the middle of the school year! What a devestation to so many incredible families!! We will NEVER reccomend Horizon again. I have NEVER seen such poor leadership (if I would even call it leadership) displayed by the CEO...

- submitted by a parent
November 28, 2012
Although the teachers and education at Horizon Charter (ALA) were amazing- the administration and way of handling business were horrible to say the least. Sadly, I would strongly discourage enrollment with Horizon. We were repeatedly disappointed with the lack of professionalism, communication and consideration for the families and children.

- submitted by a parent
November 28, 2012
A solid teaching staff and an involved passionate group of parents normally would guarantee a child the best learning environment. Unfortunately, the administration of Horizon Charter School ruined what could have been the most amazing year for my children. With the abrupt closing of the ALA program, we are now left to scramble for another school mid year. I do not recommend this school to anyone. The people in charge of this school do not care about the kids. Save yourselves the heartache and look elsewhere.

- submitted by a parent
November 28, 2012
I couldn't recommend this school/program to anyone. Our experience with the Horizon Charter ALA's administration was nothing short of disastrous. The administration shut down 3 schools in 1 school year crushing hundreds of students and families. The teachers were amazing, and curriculum was incredible. The administration shoots from the hip without considering ramifications, and unfortunately the teachers and students paid the price. The CEO's character is deeply within question, specifically in regards to honesty, and transparency. There is little communication that transpires from the top ranks to the actual real life school operations that happen every day. (Unless of course you have been given 48-72 hours notice that your school is closing.) The things that transpired this year are unimaginable. Please don't put your kids anywhere near this CEO or his administration. If you are looking at schools, look up at the chain of command, not just the teachers. The teachers can be amazing but if leadership is poor, than everyone looses.

- submitted by a parent
November 27, 2012
Run far and run fast. Not a good program or experience for our family. Our children are very bright and I felt that a certain program in Horizon met our expectations, but the administration and leadership lacked sorely. The teachers were the best around, but they are not around anymore and have found jobs elseware. Please go to a different program; there are so many high-quality programs around. Horizon will disappoint.

- submitted by a parent
October 14, 2011
I went to Horizon for my middle school years (sixth, seventh, and eighth). I did a regular four day a week program at the center in Roseville, and then on Fridays would homeschool. I liked the school because instead of kids everywhere there was only around 30-35 kids in one grade instead of these huge middle schools! You didn't have to waste any time doing things that most other middle schools do like P.E. Because it was so small we even got field trips like elementary school! There is zero pressure to do anything here than at public schools. I loved Fridays because occassionally if I finished my work early Friday was a free day, so sometimes I even got three day weekends! However, I suppose I took a star off because Horizon can get nerdy and you can miss not having a regular school environment, plus, since the center in Roseville is located in a buisness park, I never quite got used to seeing buisness people when I had to walk between buildings.

- submitted by a community member
September 27, 2011
First street lincoln montessori community co-op(AKA: LMCC) has the worst communication I have ever seen in my life. We don't find out about half of the events that go on until the day of or day before despite the fact that there are 3 school calendars(school year, snack, event). They rely on no less than $100 worth of school supply donations per child/year. They expect every parent to donate 10 hours of time per month in some way shape or form. My student comes home with a bunch of homework with no indication of when it is due.

- submitted by a parent
no rating January 23, 2010
I was at first excited about having my daughter attend Horizon Charter School but since she was enrolled late she could not get in on any of the Roseville class, so she was put on a waiting list until an opening becomes available..in the meantime i had her enrolled on their online school program called APEX class- had some pros and cons, my daughter craves classmate and teacher interaction and she got bored with just facing a computer with limited interaction...it was frustrating that she is not getting the right answer to her inquiry at times making it look like she did not get it..one of the teacher was even defensive on the e mail response that my daughter got..i just got so frustrated too..maybe it's different in the campus program that they have, but im not pleased & unsatisfied with the teacher support,got her to a diff. charter school now.

- submitted by a parent
January 21, 2010
I am a student and Horizon Charter School and it is amazing! I've been in public school my entire life until now. I am a junior in high school and since it requires less credits to graduate i will graduate this May instead of next year! I work on my own time at my own rate. I am very social and it hasnt affected my social life at all because i have friends that I am with daily. The school pays for my voice lessons! Also, I was unable to take driving school because it was so expensive. However, now that I've joined Horizon it is listed as a vendor and i can now attend a dirving school! i love it!

- submitted by a student
October 19, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
June 09, 2009
I love this school!!!!!!!!!!!!! Horizon Charter gave my daughter an opportunity to learn to her learning strengths. The administration and teachers are qualified and caring. I thank the Lord for this school.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 10, 2008
I think that Horizon Charter School is one of the best home schools that I have ever had my children in I have had 8 kids and all of them except 2 of them went to reg school my kids just love being here and there Teacher is wonderful this school is way above a 5 star school I really can't say eough about it Thanks

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September 07, 2008
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September 02, 2008
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- submitted by a student
July 16, 2008
Ive had my kids in so many diferent schools in the area and my all time favorite would definitely be horizon charter school.this is an amazing school and they always make sure that you are taken care of and happy,never neglect you.the teachers are so helpful and kind.

- submitted by a parent
April 14, 2008
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- submitted by a student
February 20, 2008
We had our older daughter in private school for three years. When our younger daughter was ready to start school, we just couldn't afford private school for two children. We were not comfortable with traditional public school and traditional homeschooling seemed a bit overwhelming. We enrolled our two children in this program and it fits our needs perfectly. We were assigned a supervising teacher to oversee and assist us. We also have funding available to us for curriculum, classes and field trips. Everyone has been helpful and friendly. There is parental choice and parental control, but I really appreciate having oversight and help available to me being someone new to the homeschooling scene. This was a perfect choice for our family.

- submitted by a parent
January 13, 2008
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- submitted by a student
January 12, 2008
The best school ever! I have gone to other schools and have never seen anything close to this. The kids are nice and the teachers. The teachers are very helpfull and willing to be patient with slower children. You will not be dissapointed!

- submitted by a student
November 13, 2007
This is a wonderful school for those who want to homeschool with support, or must homeschool for reasons beyond their control. My son has such severe food and environmental allergies that he cannot attend a regular school campus. Horizon Charter was a God send. The staff was always professional, and friendly. The facilities are very nice - especially the new learning center in Roseville. Having the ability to allow my son to take classes three times a week (paid by school funds) really helped. There are some things kids just learn better in a group or taught by someone other than 'Mom'. This reinforced many things already taught at home. Vendor classes were great for classes such as PE. He did karate for one year, and a class through 'Fit Kids' the next year. We have recently moved to AZ, and wish there was a school like Horizon here.

- submitted by a parent
August 23, 2007
When I was homeschooling two of my sons through Horizons my experience was professional and supportive. As a current educator, Horizons Charter School would be an excellent place to work. Working with families to address a wide variety of learning styles and differentiated strategies is a strong component of home education. Through home schooling, each student can have an individual plan to best support their success.

- submitted by a teacher
June 05, 2007
This school has greatly increased my children's extra-curricular activities by funding the programs my children are involved in. This has led to happier, better rounded chidren! Also, I was able to purchase the curriculum for each of my children that I felt best met their learning abilities while meeting state standars. The staff has been extremely helpful in answering my questions about curriculum.

- submitted by a parent
May 24, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
May 24, 2006
This is a independant study/homeschool charter school. Parents are the main teacher in their child's education. They have a teacher to support them.

- submitted by a parent
March 29, 2006
The group classes are great to get out of the house. My son has enjoyed taking drums through the school as well as horseback riding lessons. The parental involvement is high as we are the primary teachers.

- submitted by a teacher
March 24, 2006
We have loved Horizon! It is a wonderful alternative to traditional public school--I love being able to homeschool my daughter (First Grade) and also have the support of a certified teacher, funds to spend on curriculum each semester, field trips, classes at the learning center, and a library where we can find books and manipulatives etc. for curriculum or just for fun. For those that want to homeschool but are overwhelmed at where to begin or what to do when you get started, I strongly suggest Horizon. It has been a wonderful experience for us.

- submitted by a parent
March 15, 2006
We are very satisfied with our current ES. It seems like a great school, but we are still not sure if we will stick with it next year.

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February 01, 2006
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November 30, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
September 13, 2005
Progressive home schooling paradigm that combines traditional school academic approach. Tremendous parent involvement with every aspect of student academics.

- submitted by a parent
August 16, 2005
I love this school, I was a student there for 2 years inwhich I graduated high school in 2 years instead of 4. Great teachers and many options availible! They even paid for drivers training.

- submitted by a former student
April 18, 2005
Great school, with many academic choices. parents are very involved. Teachers are willing to help with everything. I have had 2 children graduate from HIS and currently have an 8 year old grandson enrolled. He is now finishing the 3rd grade and started in the 1st grade. I couldn't be happier with this school.

- submitted by a parent
December 29, 2004
This is the second Home, Charter School that my daughter has been associated with. The appealing aspect of homeschooling is the varied methods of learning and the wide range of learning experiences. This Charter School provides excellant Education Specialist's to assist the parents efforts to a degree selected by the parent and child together. Some of the specific opportunities that my daughter enjoyed was Horseback Riding and care and Dolphin Experience, which involved classroom and hands on learning. Cluster classes are available for a measure of 'in class' exposure. Regular required Sat 9 testing and physical development testing are scheduled and required. This may not be suitable for all families. Much self-discipline is involved and social activities must come from other sources. It is very helpful in curtailing exposure to undesirable traits or language that can exist in the public school setting.

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December 20, 2004
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Horizon Charter School
2800 Nicolaus Road, Suite 100, Lincoln, CA  95648
(916) 408-5200
Last modified Horizon Charter School is a Charter school that serves grades K-12. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 4 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Horizon Charter School Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 56 reviews. Top