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.
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
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
Fantastic school that supports parental choice! The teachers are caring and passionate. We love the opportunities afforded to us by this school .
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.
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.
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. .
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!
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.
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 :)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.....
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