Aug
1991

Born as Paddock Elementary School

Horizons K­-8 School first opened its doors as Paddock Elementary School to 92 Boulder Valley students in the fall of 1991 as the result of a Boulder Valley Schools “Education for the New Decade” grant. The school was founded upon careful study and community discussion, and reflected the efforts of numerous teachers, parents, and community members. The new program was a thoughtful response to the conclusions and recommendations of district and state professionals, educational researchers, experienced alternative school participants, and schools engaged in current restructuring efforts. It addressed the challenge of meeting the educational needs of all children while preparing them to become caring, confident, and competent participants in the 21st century. Horizons was established by the school district to maximize the strengths of teachers and the participation of the community, and to provide an innovative new model of teaching and learning in Boulder Valley. The founders envisioned a school program in which parents, staff, and students chose to participate, which valued diverse populations of students, and was committed to ensuring educational success. The student body has grown from 92 to 348 students since the founding of the school.

Aug
1994

Middle School Added

In the fall of 1994, Horizons expanded to include middle ­school students.

Aug
1995

Move to Burke Campus

The school was moved to the Burke Campus in the fall of 1995.

May
1996

Asked to Join BVSD

In May 1996, the Horizons community was asked by the Boulder Valley School Board to put forth a proposal to become a charter school within the Boulder Valley School District. Specifically, Horizons’ reasons for seeking charter status were:

  1. To ensure that small homeroom class sizes of 18-­19 students in grades K-8 could be maintained, thus protecting class sizes from fluctuations in the district’s staffing allocation ratios.
  2. To maintain a stable and qualified teaching staff.
  3. To continue to design curriculum and assessments which support the highest level of student achievement, while maintaining focus on the priorities and needs of our students, parents, and teachers.
Jul
1997

Horizons Joins BVSD

Horizons was granted approval of its charter school proposal and began operation under a Boulder Valley School District charter school contract on July 1, 1997.

Dec
2009

Another 10 Years

The charter was renewed in December 2009 for ten years.

Jun
2012

Major Remodel

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.

Aug
2013

Nonprofit Status

In 2013, Horizons K­-8 was established as a 501(c)(3) and initiated the Horizons Council Board to support the overall financial and governance operations of the school. Throughout its story, at its core, Horizons has been and remains a faculty-led school where professional educators have the autonomy to take the lead in making key decisions regarding curriculum and instruction. In addition to this through line, Horizons K­-8 has maintained and values and ensures true and lasting parent involvement.