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Horizon Charter Schools (HCS) are public schools serving Placer, Sacramento, El Dorado, Nevada, Yuba, & Sutter Counties. HCS was founded on the principle of parental choice. Utilizing a variety of educational options, 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. No tuitions or fees are charged. As with traditional public schools, HCS are funded through the State of California based on average daily attendance (ADA).

Beginning in 1993, Horizon Charter School 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 programs for at-risk students in grades 8-12, Learning Centers in Roseville, Auburn, Sacramento, Elk Grove, Placerville  and Virtual Learning (online) options have all enhanced the educational options available through HCS.

1. Demographics
    Horizon Charter School
  • Charter #15, Chartered in 1993 by the Western Placer Unified School District and the State of California
  • Serving students in 6 counties: Placer, Sacramento, El Dorado, Yuba, Sutter, Nevada
  • Homeschool and Independent Study
     Partnerships for Student-Centered Learning
  • Charter # 1227, Chartered in 2010 by Western Placer Unified School District and the State of California
2. Mission
  • Quality education through personalized learning
3. Goals/Ends


Revised & Adopted September 16, 2010

Horizon Charter Schools exist to ensure students achieve academic excellence that meets or exceeds state standards. Horizon Charter Schools will support parental choice, exercise fiscal prudence, and provide a safe environment.

As a result of our efforts, students will:
  1. Demonstrate reading, writing, mathematics, history, and science content understanding that meets or exceeds the state standards. Effective use of technology and the integration of critical thinking strategies are essential skills woven throughout all content areas.
a.       Reading/Language Arts
Demonstrate understanding of reading, writing, written and oral English language conventions, and listening and speaking within a balanced and comprehensive language arts program.
b.       Math
Demonstrate understanding of mathematical concepts in the elementary and middle grades through the five mathematical strands:
• number sense,
• algebra and functions,
• measurement and geometry,
• statistics, data analysis and probability,
• mathematical thinking as well as through the disciplines of algebra, geometry, and calculus in secondary school.
c.       History
Demonstrate knowledge, understanding, comprehension of the political process; and awareness of people, events and movements in history.
d.       Science
Demonstrate an understanding of earth, life, and physical sciences through subject matter study and well as the application of the scientific method through investigation and experimentation.
     2.   Pursue their own special interests and talents while challenging and improving
 their abilities in the following areas:
 a.      Effective use of technology
 b.      Problem solving and critical thinking strategies
 c.      Visual and performing arts

4. Programs
  • Homeschool
  • Independent Study
  • Montessori
  • At-Risk
  • Virtual Learning
  • Area classes: Roseville, Auburn, Sacramento, Elk Grove, Placerville 
5. Relationships with others
  • Chartered by WPUSD
6. Governing Board
  • Governing Board utilizes the Carver Policy Governance Model
  • 4 Parent Representatives from Service Area (elected by parents & staff)
  • 1 Parent Representative from WPUSD Area (elected by parents & staff)
  • 1 Business/Community Member (appointed by the Board)
  • 1 Education Community Member (appointed by the Board)
7. Leadership
  • Chief Executive Officer/Superintendent: Craig Heimbichner
  • Chief Academic Officer/Deputy Superintendent: Cynthia Wood
  • Chief Business Officer: TBA
8. Staff
  • Highly Qualified Credentialed Teachers/Administrators
  • Classified Support Staff
9. Contact Information

916.408.5223 (fax)
Web: www.horizoncharterschool.org
Email: info@hcs.k12.ca.us