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Horizon Charter School History
Begun in 1993 as Home Independent Study, the school soon changed its name to Horizon Instructional Systems. In order to make the name more synonymous with its purpose, the name was again changed in 2006 to Horizon Charter School (HCS). In July 2010, Partnerships for Student-Centered Learning Charter School (PaSCL) was added to the Horizon family. 

During the early years, HCS was entirely a homeschool program. In response to parent requests to supplement the homeschool program, core and enrichment classes were developed and offered. In 1998, the Montessori Community Cooperative was added. Since then the  Distance/Virtual Learning (online) options, and homeschool resources in Auburn and Roseville have all enhanced the educational options available through HCS.

Both Horizon Charter Schools are publicly funded  and no fees or tuitions are charged.              
What are Horizon Charter Schools?

Horizon Charter Schools (HCS), are public charter schools authorized by the California State Board of Education.  HCS are personalized learning independent study programs serving students from Kindergarten through 12th grade. We are chartered through Western Placer Unified School District and provide free high quality educational choices to students in Placer, El Dorado, Sacramento, Sutter, Nevada, and Yuba counties. You can view our current charters
here. HCS Charter     PaSCL Charter

Quality Education through Personalized Learning

At HCS we believe every child can excel academically and personally. A Personalized Learning Plan is developed for every child based on California Academic Content Standards and the child’s abilities, interests, and aptitudes. Students are largely responsible for their educational inquiry and pursuits.

The schools are founded on the principle of parental choice. Parents have the opportunity to work with a credentialed teacher in designing a classical course of study or a more personalized, student-centered learning approach. A “one-size-fits-all” curriculum is not required and the schools allow for differences in student learning styles, abilities, and interests.

Homeschool/Independent Study
HCS’ focus is developing and implementing homeschool and independent study programs that expand educational opportunities for public school children. In the Homeschool program, parents are the day-to-day teachers of their children under the guidance and support of a credentialed teacher. In the High School Independent Study program known as Additional Educational Services (AESS), students meet weekly or bimonthly with their Supervising Teacher and study independently on their own. Academic and elective classes are available in several locations. Virtual Learning is widely used, and many Field Trips are offered. Special Education services are provided to eligible students.

Students with Disabilities
It is the policy of Horizon Charter Schools to identify and evaluate students with disabilities who might need special education and/or related aids and services in order to provide them a Free Appropriate Public Education (FAPE) as required under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (Section 504). Students may be disabled and entitled to services under Section 504 even though they are not eligible for services pursuant to the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).

Under Section 504, parents/guardians of a student with disabilities have the right to: Receive written notice of Horizon Charter Schools’ actions regarding the identification, evaluation, and/or educational placement of their child who has, or is suspected of having a disability; Examine all relevant records regarding their child and obtain copies of those records at reasonable costs; Request an impartial hearing if they disagree with their child’s identification, evaluation, or Section 504 plan, with opportunity for participation in the hearing and representation by an attorney the parents’/guardians’ expense (with reimbursement for attorney's fees only as authorized by law); and a review of the decision of the impartial hearing office in federal court.

For more information or a copy of the Horizon Charter Schools Section 504 policies and procedures for referral and evaluation, contact Special Education at: 916-408-5200, or access the policies and procedures directly HERE. For further information about Section 504 or for assistance with requesting an impartial hearing if you should disagree with Section 504 decisions regarding your child, please contact: Special Education at 916-408-5200.

Horizon Charter Schools Education Foundation (HCSEF)
HCSEF is a non-profit organization, separate from the schools, created to support the students, parents, teachers, and staff of HCS, expanding educational opportunities and assisting in furthering and achieving educational goals.

Each year the foundation gives scholarships to graduating students who want to continue their education in either college or trade school. Since its creation in 2004, the foundation has given many scholarships to help students further their education. HCSEF also helps with testing incentives, the school prom, and other school-wide functions.

HCSEF receives donations from various fundraisers including Car Program, Inc. If you have a vehicle you would like to donate please call 1.800.513.6560 and specify HCSEF as your charity.

If you are interested in becoming an HCSEF board member, making a donation, or holding a fundraiser, please contact Linda Bentley at lbentley@hcs.k12.ca.us, or 916.408.5200 x 5111 or toll free at 800.338.8003 x 5200 x 5111.