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.
Horizon Charter School
Partnerships for Student-Centered Learning
- 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
- Charter # 1227, Chartered in 2010 by Western Placer Unified School District and the State of California
- Quality education through personalized learning
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:
- 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.
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.
Demonstrate knowledge, understanding, comprehension of the political process; and awareness of people, events and movements in history.
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
5. Relationships with others
6. Governing Board
- Independent Study
- Virtual Learning
- Area classes: Roseville, Auburn, Sacramento, Elk Grove, Placerville
- 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)
- Chief Executive Officer/Superintendent: Craig Heimbichner
- Chief Academic Officer/Deputy Superintendent: Cynthia Wood
- Chief Business Officer: TBA
9. Contact Information
- Highly Qualified Credentialed Teachers/Administrators
- Classified Support Staff