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PK-5
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Sterling, VA
Students enrolled: 742
 

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46665 Brdmore Dr
Sterling, VA 20165

(571) 434-3260
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May 14, 2015
Horizon is a great school. I have 2 kids there, and they have excelled at this school. The guidance counselors are awesome, and do so much to make sure your child is happy there. The teachers are very caring, and communicate all the time to the parents. I love the PTA, they have so many activities and ways to participate in the school. I have not had any interaction with the principle, but everything has seemed to be well organized and efficient.

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May 05, 2015
This is our second year here and I have to say it's on eof the best schools that I have ever encountered. Great teachers and staff. My child is so happy. At my child's previous school (a private school) there were so many sad days. Here, my child want's to go to school everyday! Such an improvement! Even the bus driver is amazing and so friendly. My child has learned so much in just one year. We are very, very happy!

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May 04, 2015
School is kind of ok.Both my kids went there for like 3 years. The search program here is a joke. Can't believe they'll say No to a kid who scores 99 percentile in cogat and Nnat, who is a straight A student, reads like 2 grades above her current grade. Not exactly sure how the class room teacher and the Search teacher can't recommend such a kid. Really did not have a clue on what they expected. I just pulled my kid out and went to a neighboring county which welcomed my kid into full time GT with open arms. And that was the best decision I took. The 2 stars I gave was for the strong PTA community in this school.

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March 12, 2015
All three of my children and my nephew have attended Horizon Elementary School over the past 7-8 years. The teachers are consistently willing to work with kids and parents to help students succeed. Guidance counselors are excellent and promote responsible behavior. Support staff is happy, efficient and friendly. The principal and vice principal are also very good, I have seen repeated evidence of caring, concern, and character (one of the messages communicated to students) across the board at Horizon. As my kids attend(ed) Horizon I feel they are in a safe, structured, fun learning environment that helps prepare them for middle school. The school also holds many activities that are great for families including the spring fun fair, bingo & movie nights, fun runs; helps educate our kids on the importance of caring for others (sweats for vets, food drives); encourages physical fitness (after-school running club is one of the best!) and promotes a tangible sense of community that seems pretty rare for this busy area.

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May 22, 2014
I love this school! My old 5th grade teacher loved to challenge us but still be fun. I would highly recommend it. The fourth grade team is amazing. the third grade I feel could be a little bit better though, same for first and second grade. The art teacher Mrs. Quinn is just plain amazing.The music teacher, Mr. Gravtitii very fun. The P.E Teachers, Mrs.Booth and Mr. Funkcousr are okay .

- submitted by a community member

February 21, 2014
big disapoitment. moved from fairfax public school and we terribly miss the very wise teachers we had. i feel that horizon is not helping my child succeed. the amount of homework is unbelievable for the age. to the point that my child is loosing interest and feeling overwhelmed. the child is in school for almost 6 hours already every day! tons of pressure on the kid, stress. no time for extra school activities yet... really considering changing schools. if you are considering horizon for your kids, go visit and meet the principal/teacher first, ask all of your questions and good luck. we are not having a good experience.

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April 11, 2013
My son really enjoys all this school has to offer. I don't know how many schools there are in the US that focus on children's strengths and challenges, but this is definately one of them! I have seen my son excel not only at school but at home as well with guidance from the amazing staff of Horizon Elementary.

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October 05, 2012
I have two children that go here and it has been good. I have not heard a single complaint or "gossip" about the teachers, principal, other kids or families. I do not engage in that behavior myself so that might explain it.

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October 04, 2012
I know some of the teachers here and they are really great. However, the principle has created such a negative work environment here that it has seriously become a really bad place for both teachers and students. Many teachers left when they discovered she had been hired as the principal. She is rude and spends all her time gossiping about teachers and other students. She consistently shows poor judgment in her dealings with staff and parents.

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August 29, 2012
We love this school! It is our fourth year here. The teachers and staff are great! We had only one glitch with an unexperienced, first-year teacher. But it seems the principal and staff are aware an working with that teacher.

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July 11, 2012
This is hands down one of the worst schools you could possibly send your child to. The staff and faculty are un-interested and just plain rude. The principle is always too busy gossiping to worry with speaking with parents or students. The front office staff is among the worst I have ever seen. We moved just so our child could attend this school because we had so many good rec's about it. After 6 months we pulled our child and sent him to a private school that we are thrilled with. I would not send my dog to Horizon let alone my child. our child will NEVER go to public school again. Thanks Horizon for being the worst school possible.

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April 07, 2011
New this year at Horizon is this ridiculous effort to pin every kids' action as bullying. In my child's class, they pulled a number of kids out on 2 occasions to talk to them about the dangers of bullying because some parent wrote a letter. They did not bother verifying if that parent was exaggerating or if the statements were true or not. The tenure teacher was yelling at one crying boy "Yes, you _were_ a bully!" His friends knew he was not. My child was traumatized by all this false drama even though he was not the one involved and could not concentrate on school work for the whole week because looking at his friends that he knew were innocent, he felt afraid. And this happened twice in one school year! This was the same tenure teacher who at one point was replying to a parent email on the projector in front of the whole class, embarrassing the child whose parent had emailed the teacher. Academically, the school teaches to the test so the test scores remain high. The quality of teaching is at best mediocre. They no longer do switch-match per county directive, so the math curriculum is now below average.

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March 30, 2011
I have had 2 children at Horizon. The staff is amazing! Energetic and skilled working with the kids. I have had staff at the middle schools tell me how prepared the kids are coming from Horizon. My kids loved all of the extra activities that the PTA provides.

- submitted by a parent

March 28, 2011
Horizon, River Bend and Potomac Falls high School was one of the main reasons I moved to the Sterling area.

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March 26, 2011
We have 2 kids at Horizon for 5 years now and we are very happy overall with the school. Ms. Daniel is an excellent 1st grade teacher - she has high expectations and the kids really perform up to them. The academic growth is unbelievable in 1st grade! My kids have both had some very creative teaching and enthusiastic teachers. Our family loves and attends all of the fun afterschool PTA sponsored events too. Our kids love going to Horizon!

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March 25, 2011
Excellent teachers and very responsive administrative staff. Mrs. Ewing, the Vice Principal is responsive to all academic and social concerns. Ms. Paolo is the best 2nd grade teacher - she offers enhancements to the curriculum that allow her students to excel. Mrs. Hatton is the best 1st grade teacher. Mrs. Lee, the reading specialist is a blessing to the school!

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March 25, 2011
Have had students in 2 other schools in the area. Horizon, by far has been the best experience. Great teachers and extra curricular activities.

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March 25, 2011
Great school - excellent staff and great after school activities. I highly recommend to any family looking for a great elementary school!

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February 21, 2010
The staff ,the teachers and the principal are awesome.The afterschool enrichment program is fantastic.My son is in 5 th grade and he has the best teacher ever Mr.OBrien

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September 08, 2009
I find the principal to be detached and indifferent. One day last year my child was sent home on the wrong bus even though we specified which bus for him to take home in writing that day. When picking him up from the office I spoke with the teacher about it, I didn't get an apology from her and wasn't contacted by the principal; something you think would concern him or would want to talk to the parents about. This year, first day of school, again my child was sent on the wrong bus. We stated on their transportation form where he should go. I received a call from his 7 yr old sister who was waiting on the right bus that her bother was missing. I would have preferredthe school call me, which they didn't, not my daughter and an apology for this 2nd mishap! We got neither!

- submitted by a parent

June 09, 2009
This is our second year at Horizon & we feel blessed to have such an excellant staff & program right in our neighborhood. Our son has special needs & everyone seems to bend over backwards to educate him & make him feel great about the environment he is in.

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June 01, 2009
Homework is not challenging. The SOL scores may be high but the standards are pretty low. I'm happy with my daughter's current 4th grade teacher.

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January 19, 2009
Administration at this school is probably the worst I have ever been exposed to in the 19 plus years that I have had my children in school. Concerns that are brought to their attention are not addressed. It also seems that they under-challenge the students to attain these 'high test scores'. I could give many examples but I fear I would take up the entire web page. If you are looking for a quality education for your child I would not recommend this school.

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January 10, 2009
This is our first year in this area and we are very disappointed in this school. The administration does not address complaints. Instead they do their best to cover them up or work around the issue instead of fixing it. The school is ranked high, but you must realize that in Virginia the higher ranking schools teach to the SOL so rankings is skewed. If you have an oppertunity to go to a different school I would strongly consider it.

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September 11, 2008
Having come from a customer service background I was initially shocked with the apathetic and rude responses I would receive from administration. I pretty much gave up trying to bring anything to their attention. If your looking for a quality education for your child you may want to look elsewhere. On the positive side the PTA is great, the after-school programs are fantastic, the school is clean and has all the bells and whistles that one would expect from such a high income area. Tons of PTA sponsored events like after-school enrichment programs that are just awesome!

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November 14, 2007
This is our first year, my son is in Mrs. MacEachin's class room. We love the school, teacher and the wonderful PTA. From the first month teacher's evaluated the kids strength and weakness...they group the kids according to the academic ability. Kids can learn at their own pace but at the same time challenged according to their level. My son is very happy. Great incentives in the the class to keep them manners and respect. PTA has all range of activities from sports, craft and cooking. I highly recommend this school.

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October 23, 2005
We are very happy with my daughter's new teacher Mr. Racke he is doing great job!

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September 19, 2005
Fantastic school. Great teachers, staff and huge parental involvement. Services for special needs, and gifted and talented. Art, music, after school programs. My children are very happy there.

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Horizon Elementary School
46665 Brdmore Dr, Sterling, VA  20165
(571) 434-3260
Last modified Horizon Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades PK-5. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 8 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Horizon Elementary School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 34 reviews. Top