Our Unique Community of Learners
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. At Horizons, students and adults work together to strengthen their skills and maximize potential.
Our mission is to guide students to become self-directed learners and community contributors in a respectful learning environment.
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
- 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 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 2013/14.
- Ten Years as a Green Star School with a focus on reducing our school-wide carbon footprint on an annual basis.