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Horizon Christian School

Private | PK-12 | 300 students

We are best known for faith and character formation

 
 

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Situated in a suburban neighborhood. The median home value is $157,500. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $720.

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4 stars

Community Rating by Year
2014:
Based on 1 rating
2013:
Based on 13 ratings
2012:
Based on 1 rating
2011:
No new ratings

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Posted March 24, 2014

My children attend this school and I cannot put into words what a blessing it has been for our family. From the staff, to the leadership, to the Christ centered curriculum...I have only been encouraged and impressed. We wanted our kiddos in a place where Truth is taught...and God said yes. We are so thankful that we get to be a part of a growing school that excels academically and still cares about each student and nurturing their love for Jesus!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 9, 2013

I have had wonderful experiences with this school. My son started last year coming from Crestview Elementary school. He absolutely loves it and no longer has to worry about being bullied. He has wonderful teachers that keep me informed. He was behind academically when he came; but with the better ratios of teachers to students (1:20), has been able to get more attention and thrive at this school. I highly recommend this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 18, 2013

Horizon has been such a blessing to me and my family. My kids are getting a great quality education in a Christ centered environment. I could send my kids anywhere and having completed my doctorate, I know what it takes to succeed in school. I have four of my children enrolled, five next year, because Horizon pays much individual attention to each child and makes much effort so that kids LEARN and don't just get passed along. Their math and english department is top notch, my kids (sophomore, 8th grade, 5th grade, 3rd grade)standardized test scores are incredible thanks to the dedicated teachers and administration at Horizon. I know that Horizon will prepare my children for whatever university (graduate and post graduate) they wish to attend. The Christ centered environment at Horizon allows students to learn and grow in their faith. Teachers and administrators will routinely pray with my children, teaching them, by example, that we need to communicate with our Creator daily to help us get through life's challenges. Horizon Christian delivers a superb education and also guides kids in developing their own walk with Jesus.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 14, 2013

As an Elementary Teacher at Horizon, I cannot think of a better place to work. The families that attend here are wonderful, God-fearing people and it is a joy to work with their children each day and help mold them into fully devoted followers of Jesus Christ. As teachers, we work hard EVERY day to ensure our students are getting individual, quality instruction while making learning fun! If you are thinking of sending your child to a private school, I encourage you to come take a tour and experience Horizon first hand.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted July 12, 2013

We were so blessed to find Horizon! They have gone out of their way to minister to the needs of our children both educationally and spiritually. Although Horizon is a smaller school they offer a wide variety of classes and activities. The teachers display Christian character and a love for my children that we have not found any place else. We have been impressed with the graduation rate as well as the number of graduates that go on to higher education. We are one of many families that have been very excited about Horizon!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 12, 2013

Our children have attended Horizon since 2010. We love the school and the caring staff. I have seen my children grow both academically and spiritually. The staff know my children and care for them. The school is not only spiritually and academically strong but the principal has a vision for the future. I am blessed to have qualified and caring staff guiding my children. I would highly recommend Horizon because I believe they are academically strong and fiscally responsible. Not only do they hold state certification, but they care for each student in the school. We are so thankful for Horizon!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 2, 2013

This school only cares about how much money they can bring in. If you choose this school. I would suggest that you contact previous parent's to find out why they pulled their student out of this school. You will be very disappointed.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 1, 2013

This school is horrible, my child was accused of taking pictures of another student that should not had been posted at a school. The principal tried to blame him and he was treated poorly by other students. They only care for certain students and boys are always wrong at this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 1, 2013

This school is not what it is cracked up to be. I thought all the teachers were state certified that is what they lead you to believe until you find out differently. Even the principal doesn't have no educational background.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 1, 2013

Horizon is an amazing school. Both of my kids attend elementary school and I can't say enough about the teachers and staff as well as the other parents. Parents are involved and they care!! The teachers are amazing - we have never had one that wasn't what I would consider outstanding! My children learn about God - come home singing the same bible songs I sang as a child! They learn how to treat others with love and respect. There is no bullying or ridiculing. I also love the cirriculum and feel my children are excelling academically.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 1, 2013

Horizon school is amazing school. We have Two kids that attent. They both are doing very well. The teacher are very attentive and caring. They listen to the kids and care about what the have to say.My kids grades are great. They are confident about the going to school and want to go. They get to talk about the Lord and prey in class My daughter has alway wanted to pray in school and now she can. This school is a second home to them. They are always doing projects and they love that. Lots of hads on learning. We love this school and I hope and prey when you are looking for a school you will come an tour our wonderful school Horizon .
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 1, 2013

We have grandkids attending Horizion. What a blessing this school has been for us, the teachers love and encourage the kids as if they are their own. A great school to learn and talk about God. What a blessing.


Posted February 28, 2013

Horizon Christian School is an answer to prayer for our family. In today's harsh and uncertain times, Horizon offers a safe, caring, and outstanding educational environment for my children. The staff looks at the student as a whole person. They are not just concerned with grades, behavior, or sports. Each student is like one of their own children; loved, encouraged, and raised to discover their full purpose from the Lord. They offer activities for all interests! Sports, dance, chess, and robotics name just a few ways to get your student involved. The broad range of classes offered encourage students at all academic levels to succeed. My children love their teachers and have very open communication with them. My children are better students, friends, athletes, and people because of the leadership at Horizon Christian School.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 19, 2013

This school cares only about generating money. I never saw any evidence from the school staff that they even remotely cared about the best interests of each student. My son, who has ADHD, was treated incredibly poorly at this school. He was constantly separated from his peers to the point where they were making comments calling him a "bad kid." I have legitimately never seen a more unkind, uncaring group of "educators." No one at this school seemed remotely interested in helping our son succeed. We have since moved him to a new school with an incredibly supportive staff who genuinely care about his well being and ensuring he has the best experience possible. He is now thriving and enjoying school instead of coming home in tears every single day. I was incredibly disappointed in this school and wholeheartedly regret my decision to ever send my son here.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 20, 2012

As a student, Horizon is way too strict, the administration is way too strict, cussing gets you expelled is an extremely stupid rule, don't go there


Posted July 13, 2009

Horizon has a fantastic athletics program and a full time athletic director. Sports available include volleyball, basketball, soccer, baseball, and more. With such an amazing campus, this school has something in which every student can excel.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 30, 2007

Terrific Private Christian School Grades Pre-k-12th(adding 12th in Fall 2007)with enrollment at 320+ students. Beautiful 96 acre campus, in conjunction with Horizon Christian Fellowship Church. Just completed 22,000 sq ft addition for student growth. Close 'family feel', excellent curriculum, full time athletic director, Camp Indy summer day camps. Active Parent Teacher Fellowship. Our family has been truly blessed by being hear where our children have excellent teacher and are loved and accepted as God made them.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 10, 2006

Our son went to Horizon last year for the first time. He was in 6th grade and will go to 7th this year at Horizon. Horizon is a godsend for us. It really is a family there. He is nurtured, encouraged, loved and extremely well-educated at Horizon. The small classes are wonderful and character education is everywhere in this school. We fully intend to send him to Horizon all the way through high school. It is a wonderful match for us. Thank you, Horizon! I am very at peace with the decision to have him there.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 12, 2005

I enrolled my son whom was homeschooled for 3 years previous. I was worried how he would blend in with the students at Horizon and how well he would do academically. I am so pleased and thankful for Horizon and the teachers there. They have been so supportive and so have the parents. My son has loved everyday of school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 14, 2005

Horizon is an outstanding school that God is blessing in so many ways. Last year we added 9th grade and are adding 10th grade this year. We are growing a rate that can only be God blessed. I love the samller classes for my children and personal attention they receive. The teachers and staff really do love our children, whether they are their students or not. It is awesome to watch our principal greet each of our students by name as he meets them at the door each morning. Even the first day of school, he does everyone by name. Over 50% of our families are involved in volunteer work for the school.
—Submitted by a parent


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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.
English/Language Arts

The state average for English/Language Arts was 85% in 2013.

22 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
69%

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
84%
Math

The state average for Math was 80% in 2013.

22 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
59%

2012

 
 
54%

2011

 
 
79%

2010

 
 
76%
Scale: % passing

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Indiana used the Indiana Statewide Testing for Educational Progress-Plus (ISTEP+) assessment to test students in grades 3 through 8 in English language arts and math, grades 4 and 6 in science, and in grades 5 and 7 in social studies. The ISTEP+ is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Indiana. The goal is for all students to score at the passing level on the test.

Source: Indiana Department of Education

English/Language Arts

The state average for English/Language Arts was 84% in 2013.

20 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
85%
Math

The state average for Math was 84% in 2013.

20 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
70%

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
86%

2010

 
 
93%
Science

The state average for Science was 74% in 2013.

20 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
45%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
85%
Scale: % passing

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Indiana used the Indiana Statewide Testing for Educational Progress-Plus (ISTEP+) assessment to test students in grades 3 through 8 in English language arts and math, grades 4 and 6 in science, and in grades 5 and 7 in social studies. The ISTEP+ is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Indiana. The goal is for all students to score at the passing level on the test.

Source: Indiana Department of Education

English/Language Arts

The state average for English/Language Arts was 79% in 2013.

16 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
100%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
68%
Math

The state average for Math was 87% in 2013.

18 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
100%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
96%

2010

 
 
76%
Social Studies

The state average for Social Studies was 74% in 2013.

17 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
100%

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
87%

2010

 
 
56%
Scale: % passing

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Indiana used the Indiana Statewide Testing for Educational Progress-Plus (ISTEP+) assessment to test students in grades 3 through 8 in English language arts and math, grades 4 and 6 in science, and in grades 5 and 7 in social studies. The ISTEP+ is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Indiana. The goal is for all students to score at the passing level on the test.

Source: Indiana Department of Education

English/Language Arts

The state average for English/Language Arts was 78% in 2013.

33 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
82%

2010

 
 
65%
Math

The state average for Math was 84% in 2013.

34 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
74%
Science

The state average for Science was 69% in 2013.

34 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
62%

2012

 
 
65%

2011

 
 
53%

2010

 
 
41%
Scale: % passing

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Indiana used the Indiana Statewide Testing for Educational Progress-Plus (ISTEP+) assessment to test students in grades 3 through 8 in English language arts and math, grades 4 and 6 in science, and in grades 5 and 7 in social studies. The ISTEP+ is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Indiana. The goal is for all students to score at the passing level on the test.

Source: Indiana Department of Education

English/Language Arts

The state average for English/Language Arts was 74% in 2013.

24 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
57%

2011

 
 
71%

2010

 
 
68%
Math

The state average for Math was 81% in 2013.

24 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
71%

2011

 
 
61%

2010

 
 
65%
Social Studies

The state average for Social Studies was 69% in 2013.

24 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
71%

2012

 
 
52%

2011

 
 
58%

2010

 
 
61%
Scale: % passing

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Indiana used the Indiana Statewide Testing for Educational Progress-Plus (ISTEP+) assessment to test students in grades 3 through 8 in English language arts and math, grades 4 and 6 in science, and in grades 5 and 7 in social studies. The ISTEP+ is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Indiana. The goal is for all students to score at the passing level on the test.

Source: Indiana Department of Education

English/Language Arts

The state average for English/Language Arts was 76% in 2013.

23 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
52%

2012

 
 
67%

2011

 
 
67%

2010

 
 
82%
Math

The state average for Math was 81% in 2013.

23 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
61%

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
63%

2010

 
 
86%
Scale: % passing

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Indiana used the Indiana Statewide Testing for Educational Progress-Plus (ISTEP+) assessment to test students in grades 3 through 8 in English language arts and math, grades 4 and 6 in science, and in grades 5 and 7 in social studies. The ISTEP+ is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Indiana. The goal is for all students to score at the passing level on the test.

Source: Indiana Department of Education

Algebra I

The state average for Algebra I was 70% in 2013.

28 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
68%

2012

 
 
69%

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
77%
Scale: % passing

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Indiana used the End-of-Course (ECA) assessment to test students in middle and high school in Algebra I, Biology I, and English 10. The ECA is a criterion-referenced assessment developed specifically for students completing their instruction in Algebra I, Biology I, or English 10. The goal is for all students to score at the passing level on the test.

Source: Indiana Department of Education

Biology I

The state average for Biology I was 48% in 2013.

19 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
32%

2012

 
 
n/a

2011

 
 
n/a

2010

 
 
13%
English

The state average for English was 76% in 2013.

29 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
72%

2010

 
 
85%
Scale: % passing

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Indiana used the End-of-Course (ECA) assessment to test students in middle and high school in Algebra I, Biology I, and English 10. The ECA is a criterion-referenced assessment developed specifically for students completing their instruction in Algebra I, Biology I, or English 10. The goal is for all students to score at the passing level on the test.

Source: Indiana Department of Education

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Math growth at this school

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Reading growth at this school

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Graduation rate

87.5%


1 Test scores are based on 2012-13 ISTEP and End of Course Assessment results.

2 This rating is based on 2011-12 and 2012-13 Median Growth Percentiles in Math and English Language Arts

3 This rating is based on composite SAT scores, SAT participation (% of graduates taking the SAT), and four-year adjusted graduation rates from 2011-12.

Starting College

How many graduates from this school ...


Enroll in college immediately after high school graduation

This school

 
 
83%

State Average

 
 
64%
Source: Indiana Commission for Higher Education, Indiana Dept. of Education, National Student Clearinghouse, 2011-2012

Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 92% 74%
Black 5% 12%
Multiracial 2% 4%
Asian/Pacific Islander 1% 2%
American Indian N/A 0%
Hispanic 0% 7%
Source: IN Dept. of Education, 2009-2010

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
English learners 0%N/AN/A
Special education 7%N/AN/A
Students participating in free or reduced-price lunch program 0%N/AN/A
Source: IN Dept. of Education, 2009-2010

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Art teacher(s)
Computer specialist(s)
Cooking/Nutrition teacher(s)
Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Math specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
Nurse(s)
PE instructor(s)
Reading specialist(s)
Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
Foreign languages spoken by school staff American sign language
Spanish
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Source: Provided by a school official.

Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular special education needs

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Staff resources available to students
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Science lab
Clubs
  • Robotics club

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Photography
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
Performing and written arts
  • Drama
Clubs
  • Drama club
  • Yearbook

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • American sign language
  • Spanish
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • American sign language
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Cooking/Nutrition teacher(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym
  • Kitchen
  • Swimming pool

Gifted & talented

Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • Advanced placement courses
  • Honors track
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College presentations or information sessions
  • Community college courses
  • School-sponsored trips to college campuses
School leaders can update this information here.

School basics

School start time
  • 8:10 a.m.
School end time
  • 3:30 pm
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • Before school: starts at 7:00 a.m.
  • After school: ends at 6:00 p.m.
School Leader's name
  • Mr Jim Downey
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Phone
Age at which early childhood or Pre-K program begins
  • 3 years old
Gender
  • Coed
Boarding options
  • Day school
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Affiliation
  • Christian
Associations
  • ACSI
Fax number
  • (317) 823-2396

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

Don't understand these terms?
  • Advanced placement courses
  • Honors track
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

Don't understand these terms?
  • Religious
Level of special education programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular special education needs
Foreign languages taught
  • American sign language
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • None

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Cooking/Nutrition teacher(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Reading specialist(s)
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • American sign language
  • Spanish
Extra learning resources offered
  • Career/college counseling
  • Mentoring
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College presentations or information sessions
  • Community college courses
  • School-sponsored trips to college campuses
Transportation options
  • None
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Audiovisual aids
  • Cafeteria
  • Chapel/spiritual reflection center
  • Computer lab
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Kitchen
  • Library
  • Playground
  • Science lab
  • Swimming pool
School leaders can update this information here.

Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Soccer
  • Track
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Photography
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
Performing arts
  • Drama
Media arts
  • None

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Chess club
  • Community service
  • Drama club
  • Robotics club
  • Student council/government
  • Yearbook
School leaders can update this information here.

School culture

Dress Code
  • Dress code
Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Coach sports teams or extracurricular activities
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Present special topics during curricular units
  • Volunteer in the classroom
School colors
  • green, gold
School mascot
  • lion
School leaders can update this information here.

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What does it cost?

Tuition range for the 2012-2013 school year
$4000 - $6000
Vouchers accepted
Yes
Financial aid offered
Yes.
School-based aid
Tax credits
Application fee
Yes. $30.

Planning ahead

College preparation / awareness offered
College presentations or information sessions
Community college courses
School-sponsored trips to college campuses
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7702 Indian Lake Road
Indianapolis, IN 46236
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Phone: (317) 823-4538

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