Mission & Vision

Our vision is to share a commitment to educational excellence that supports parents, students, staff, and community members in creating a stimulating and supportive learning environment. Students and adults work together to strengthen their skills and maximize their potential.

Our mission is to guide K-8 students to become self­-directed learners and community contributors in a respectful and caring learning environment.

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School Description and History

Horizons K-8 School is a public charter school located within the Boulder Valley School District. Our charter school is publicly funded and was established by teachers, parents, and community members in May of 1996 after a five year tenure as a focus school of the Boulder Valley School District.  The charter was granted a ten year renewal in December 2009.  In 2012, Horizons K-8 underwent a significant remodeling and addition due to being awarded a BEST (Building Excellent Schools Today) Grant from the State of Colorado.  In 2013, Horizons K-8 was established as an independent 501(c)(3) and initiated the Horizons Board to support the overall financial and governance operations of the school.  Enrollment at Horizons K-8 occurs through the BVSD Open Enrollment process (http://www.bvsd.org).

Horizons was founded, and continues to lead the way, in order to:

  • Have a dynamic, K-8 school of choice that has the sustainable capacity to prioritize and maintain a focus on individual learners and their needs.
  • Allow for committed, professional educators to have the autonomy to make choices, based on the most current research, as to how to develop and implement relevant, challenging and innovative curriculum K through 8.
  • Build and maintain an innovative, caring, and rigorous learning environment where the needs of the whole child are addressed in support of high academic and behavioral expectations.
  • Utilize strong community partnerships, which provide students opportunities to make positive contributions to their community as a whole.

We Strive to Engage Students to Become

Self-directed learners who…

  • Take responsibility for their learning
  • Set goals, reflect, and evaluate their own progress
  • Plan, initiate, develop, and follow through on activities
  • Gather information through listening, observing, inquiring, and collecting data
  • Read and write for a variety of purposes
  • Utilize a variety of multidisciplinary skills as tools for thinking and learning
  • Employ logical reasoning, imagination, and creativity to analyze, synthesize, and evaluate information
  • Devise a variety of strategies for problem solving
  • Communicate ideas, opinions, feelings, and information through inquiry, discussions, presentation, writing, models, charts, maps, graphs, art forms, and performance


Community contributors who…

  • Value and care for themselves and others
  • Explore possibilities and respond flexibly to change
  • Utilize inner resources to maximize physical, intellectual, and interpersonal skills
  • Recognize, sense, and appreciate differences
  • Take responsibility for their actions
  • Cooperate with others
  • Participate effectively in decision­making and group activities
  • Take responsibility for the environment

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  • Recipient 2011 BEST Award (Building Excellent Schools Today) – $5 million grant for remodeling and an addition to our school to address health and safety needs
  • 2014 & 2018 John Irwin Schools of Excellence Award
  • 2013 Impact on Education Classroom Grants Award
  • Recognized by Colorado School Grades as a #1 School in Colorado in 2013/14/15
  • 2013 Great Outdoors Colorado recipient of $100,000 grant
  • 2011 Governor’s Distinguished Improvement Award
  • 2011 Boulderganic from Eco-Cycle and Boulder Weekly
  • Horizons parents offered over 6000 hours of volunteer time in 2017/18
  • Over ten years as a Green Star School with a focus on reducing our school-wide carbon footprint on an annual basis