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Horizon Middle School

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Posted Friday, August 15, 2014

This school is really great they have wonderful teachers that care and you can make friends really fast and easy my frist day I already made 3 or 2 friends sure there might be bullys but they do the best they can to stop that if i were a parent I would want my kid to go to horizon.


Posted November 7, 2013

This is a great school the teachers are so friendly it's just that the students aren't so friendly they are kind of mean.otherwise it's a great school the teachers really care


Posted July 22, 2013

Worst three years of my life. Teachers didn't care. I don't remember who the principal was she never came out of her office. You don't thrive in this school, you survive it and leave the first chance you get.


Posted April 11, 2013

In the past this school was really in the bottom list. In the beginning of school year I see that they were so many understanding between students and staff. And as a parent my husband and I got involve. I see that a lot of parents don t get involve here. I can see how many students that don t have discipline here (which is really start from home). Now and then, I have been visiting, meeting the teacher's and ask for my kid s progress. Substitute teachers are not great in-fact they are horrible with kids and hoping someday I get a chance to observe this subs. Teachers are wonderful, willing to assist and help the kids succeed.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 17, 2012

Horizon is a good school. The teachers are very supportive and have good methods. The principal and vice principal are amazing. This school definitely deserves 4 stars.


Posted October 11, 2012

This school has been a great experience for me AND my child. The staff is all very approachable - from administrators, to teacher, to lunch ladies! I was worried about my child getting lost in such a big school but they do a great job of keeping the 6th graders "looked after" and really do know all the kids by name. It feels like a small school in a big setting. The teachers are engaging, ad administration is supportive. What a great middle school experience! :)
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 10, 2012

I am very impressed with this school.I'm only in 7th grade, but so far it has been a GREAT learning experience. I am a current AVID student and we demonstrate our school.We are proud of who we are.The teachers are great!!!!!


Posted August 29, 2011

Horizon has excelled over the last few years and the leadership has really taken charge. I would encourage parents to throw away their school of choice forms. The kids from the elementary feeder schools are bright and ready to learn. This school has been an VERY positive experience for my son and daughter. Horizon is a hidden gem that does not get the credit it deserves. So glad we didn't transfer them to the "other" middle school in the area!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 2, 2011

My son has been attending HCMS for the last two years and he has done very well. I believe the importance of education and acceptable social behavior starts at home. We parents must encourge our children not just once in awhile but everyday that school is their job and it's in their best interest to excel and appreciate their accomplishments. With that being said even the worst school in the city can have some GREAT students. Yes it helps with the principal and teachers are more professional and encouraging with those the deal with on a daily basis but need to remember that are ALOT of children in one school now days. Parents really have to be the number one support group for the kids. Praise them daily for their good work and encourage them when they don't do well, help them and they will have success no matter where they go to school!! Horizon has and does try very hard to provide quality teaching and award these tweens with trips and ceremonies-yes there are other middle schools in the area that are newer and have more money to spend but overall it will work if you have faith in your child and keep an eye on who they are becoming and if your lucky they will be just like you!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 1, 2011

This school is absolutely horrible. If you have any ability of taking your child to another school - do it! There is bullying going on daily and there is nothing done about it even when reported. The superintendent will be of no help so don't try going to her either. You might find one or two good teachers, but that's about all you will find at Horizon. Try home schooling if you can.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 17, 2010

My son is in 6th grade, and transferred into Horizon M.S. from Mrachek. I have been very disappointed! When your child attends an Aurora Public School, all you hear is how great the Cherry Creek School District is, and you should try to get your child into one of their schools. My child was getting better grades at Mrachek, and this is the school that people love to hate! I find that very ironic....The teachers are VERY slow in returning calls or emails, and the counselor shows little motivation in researching avenues that could help a child in school. I regret my decision to send my son to Horizon. They do not deal well with children who have learning disabilities, and need extra help with their studies.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 23, 2010

This is not good place for learning. The teachers seems to be just counting their days to get out. There is many fights. There is a great lack of communication between parent and teacher. I would not send my other kids to this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 16, 2010

I love this school. I have to admit that I was nervous when my son started here in the fall but at the end of this year I was very happy with the education he has recieved so far! He is active in a lot of the extra activities offered, as well as band and the AVID program. He has also managed to mantain a 3.86 gpa and a 4.0 for the 4th quater!! I liked all the teachers and his honors language arts teacher Mr. Goyea was awesome!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 26, 2010

My child is in ELA class program. frist year at Horizon. This school is not a good school for kids that have some kind of trouble on reading and math the teacher are no help at all and my child has to pay the price for teacher that don't take the time to really help kids that what to learn the right way. I called the 6th grade counselor and teacher's that may child has problems with and no asnwers and I had to call the front office to try to get answers. I am trying to get my child transfer to a different school for next school year. I think that some the teacher's don't really care about the student and that is not a very nice way for parent to send they kids to school. I believe in school education that is what I believe in.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 25, 2010

My Child is in the Edge program. This is his first year at Horizon (6th grader) and although he has done well in classes (A's & B's) I am still concerned with the quality of leadership. I have made several phone calls over the year to his Dean, counselor and or teacher's and the response time is not as quick as I would like and I believe that there should be more parent/student activities as well as parent involvement in the class rooms and class trips.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 24, 2010

i curently go to hcms it is so much fun. lots of fights.but the techers are so cool.they have forensic science withe mr.Coperstien and the best techer in team 7-3 and 6-3 ever.
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 11, 2010

There is an extreme lack of educational fundamentals and motivation derived from the school staff. The focus is established as a prison for discipline versus positive & creative measures to engage the students to learn. I requested homework for my nephew who was expelled and it was only a week later when I escalated, that there was any response. Had I not stepped in, he would have been disciplined, with no requirements to meet educational goals. If a student requires correction, enforce education as a means to meet objectives, dont just expel... hello?? that sends the wrong message.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 2, 2009

The staff and teachers at Horizon middle school are great. this school make leaning fun for kids.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 5, 2009

Over crowded, lots of fights in the halls, unsafe!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 10, 2008

When I attended this middle school, Its not a place where I liked to learn. The teachers were not encouraging, just discipline being shoved down our throats. I transferred from Horizon my 6th grade year to Falcon Creek and my grades and my attendance in school spiked, but once I was sent back to Horizon for my 8th grade year, I didn't have an interest in learning anymore and quit showing up on a regular basis because I knew I wouldn't be missing anything in class and I'm still taking advance classes in high school, and the classes I took through 8th grade there was irritating because I knew what they teaching me. Don't send our children here unless they have a good head on their shoulders because if they don't they will end up getting in trouble. The students have no respect for the teachers and the principal is very selfish and doesn't stick to her words and pretty much flakes out on the school.
—Submitted by a student


Community ratings and reviews do not represent the views of GreatSchools nor does GreatSchools check their accuracy or verify the reviewers' identities. Use your discretion when evaluating these reviews.

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The Community Rating is the school’s average rating from its community members (e.g., parents, students, and school staff). The highest possible rating is five stars; the lowest is one star.

The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.
Math

The state average for Math was 62% in 2013.

322 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
53%

2012

 
 
0%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2013.

322 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
64%

2012

 
 
77%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 58% in 2013.

322 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
47%

2012

 
 
54%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Colorado used the Transitional Colorado Assessment Program (TCAP) to test students' skills in reading, writing and mathematics in grades 3 through 10, and in science in grades 5, 8 and 10. The TCAP is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Colorado. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test. The TCAP replaced the CSAP as Colorado's state assessment program effective for the 2011-2012 school year.

Source: Colorado Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 55% in 2013.

308 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
47%

2012

 
 
43%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 68% in 2013.

308 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
67%

2012

 
 
70%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 61% in 2013.

308 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
56%

2012

 
 
61%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Colorado used the Transitional Colorado Assessment Program (TCAP) to test students' skills in reading, writing and mathematics in grades 3 through 10, and in science in grades 5, 8 and 10. The TCAP is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Colorado. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test. The TCAP replaced the CSAP as Colorado's state assessment program effective for the 2011-2012 school year.

Source: Colorado Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 52% in 2013.

344 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
40%

2012

 
 
41%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 67% in 2013.

344 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
66%

2012

 
 
58%
Science

The state average for Science was 52% in 2013.

344 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
51%

2012

 
 
45%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 56% in 2013.

344 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
51%

2012

 
 
46%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Colorado used the Transitional Colorado Assessment Program (TCAP) to test students' skills in reading, writing and mathematics in grades 3 through 10, and in science in grades 5, 8 and 10. The TCAP is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Colorado. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test. The TCAP replaced the CSAP as Colorado's state assessment program effective for the 2011-2012 school year.

Source: Colorado Department of Education

Math

All Students53%
Female54%
Male53%
Black (not Hispanic)41%
Asiann/a
Hispanic45%
Multiracial50%
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)61%
Free lunch eligible47%
Reduced lunch eligible53%
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch57%
Students with disabilities (IEP)17%
Students without disabilities62%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)35%
Proficient in English54%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant54%

Reading

All Students64%
Female69%
Male60%
Black (not Hispanic)52%
Asiann/a
Hispanic58%
Multiracial60%
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)71%
Free lunch eligible56%
Reduced lunch eligible63%
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch69%
Students with disabilities (IEP)11%
Students without disabilities77%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)23%
Proficient in English68%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant65%

Writing

All Students47%
Female55%
Male40%
Black (not Hispanic)44%
Asiann/a
Hispanic34%
Multiracial47%
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)52%
Free lunch eligible36%
Reduced lunch eligible38%
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch55%
Students with disabilities (IEP)9%
Students without disabilities56%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)15%
Proficient in English49%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant47%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Colorado used the Transitional Colorado Assessment Program (TCAP) to test students' skills in reading, writing and mathematics in grades 3 through 10, and in science in grades 5, 8 and 10. The TCAP is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Colorado. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test. The TCAP replaced the CSAP as Colorado's state assessment program effective for the 2011-2012 school year.

The different student groups are identified by the Colorado Department of Education. If there are fewer than 16 students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Colorado Department of Education

Math

All Students47%
Female48%
Male46%
Black (not Hispanic)27%
Asiann/a
Hispanic42%
Multiracial65%
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)55%
Free lunch eligible37%
Reduced lunch eligible44%
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch55%
Students with disabilities (IEP)6%
Students without disabilities54%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English49%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant47%

Reading

All Students67%
Female71%
Male63%
Black (not Hispanic)58%
Asiann/a
Hispanic57%
Multiracial77%
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)75%
Free lunch eligible54%
Reduced lunch eligible72%
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch76%
Students with disabilities (IEP)12%
Students without disabilities77%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English69%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant67%

Writing

All Students56%
Female64%
Male48%
Black (not Hispanic)42%
Asiann/a
Hispanic43%
Multiracial53%
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)70%
Free lunch eligible42%
Reduced lunch eligible56%
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch66%
Students with disabilities (IEP)10%
Students without disabilities64%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English60%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant56%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Colorado used the Transitional Colorado Assessment Program (TCAP) to test students' skills in reading, writing and mathematics in grades 3 through 10, and in science in grades 5, 8 and 10. The TCAP is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Colorado. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test. The TCAP replaced the CSAP as Colorado's state assessment program effective for the 2011-2012 school year.

The different student groups are identified by the Colorado Department of Education. If there are fewer than 16 students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Colorado Department of Education

Math

All Students40%
Female40%
Male41%
Black (not Hispanic)22%
Asiann/a
Hispanic31%
Multiracial55%
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)57%
Free lunch eligible29%
Reduced lunch eligible49%
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch47%
Students with disabilities (IEP)4%
Students without disabilities47%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English42%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant41%

Reading

All Students66%
Female73%
Male59%
Black (not Hispanic)51%
Asiann/a
Hispanic64%
Multiracial64%
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)78%
Free lunch eligible49%
Reduced lunch eligible66%
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch79%
Students with disabilities (IEP)15%
Students without disabilities76%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English68%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant67%

Science

All Students51%
Female51%
Male51%
Black (not Hispanic)36%
Asiann/a
Hispanic40%
Multiracial68%
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)65%
Free lunch eligible36%
Reduced lunch eligible49%
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch63%
Students with disabilities (IEP)17%
Students without disabilities58%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English53%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant51%

Writing

All Students51%
Female58%
Male44%
Black (not Hispanic)36%
Asiann/a
Hispanic41%
Multiracial68%
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)64%
Free lunch eligible37%
Reduced lunch eligible46%
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch62%
Students with disabilities (IEP)7%
Students without disabilities59%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English53%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant51%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Colorado used the Transitional Colorado Assessment Program (TCAP) to test students' skills in reading, writing and mathematics in grades 3 through 10, and in science in grades 5, 8 and 10. The TCAP is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Colorado. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test. The TCAP replaced the CSAP as Colorado's state assessment program effective for the 2011-2012 school year.

The different student groups are identified by the Colorado Department of Education. If there are fewer than 16 students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Colorado Department of Education

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23%
of schools in the state are Below average
52%
of schools in the state are Average
24%
of schools in the state are Above average

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Math growth at this school

Average

Reading growth at this school

Above average


1 Test scores are based on 2012-13 TCAP results from the state of Colorado.

2 This rating is based on 2011-12 and 2012-13 Median Growth Percentiles in Math, English Language Arts, and Writing from the state of Colorado.

Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 44% 56%
Hispanic 25% 32%
Black 19% 5%
Two or more races 6% 3%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 4% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 1%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 46%N/A41%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

School facilities
  • Computer lab

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Nurse(s)
School facilities
  • Kitchen
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School basics

Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • After school
School Leader's name
  • Dr. Tony Davis

Programs

Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish

Resources

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  • Art teacher(s)
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
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School facilities
  • Computer lab
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  • Library
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  • Basketball
  • Track
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Track

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Music
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  • Choir / Chorus
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