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Individual Student Learning Plans

Individual student learning plans are developed for every student who enrolls in Horizon Charter School. These plans allow creative opportunity to plan academic and personal outcomes based on individual student aptitudes and talents. During your initial meetings with your Supervising Teacher this plan will begin to take shape.

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Your Supervising Teacher (ST) will develop a Master Agreement and discuss the following:

  • The course of study defined on the Master Agreement.
  • Appropriate courses/classes.
  • How academic progress will be measured.
  • Discussion of appropriate textbooks, instructional materials, resources, and tools, such as calculators and laptops.
  • Discussion about procedures and parent/student responsibilities.
  • Discussion of required Student Learning Logs and explanation of procedure for documenting work.
  • Discussion of Horizon Charter Schools' resources, including the school calendar, Curriculum Resource Center information, website, area classes, and field trips.
  • Discussion of regular Learning Period meeting times and locations.

Determining Coursework and Classes

Your ST will help you and your student(s) determine the course of study that will best meet your student(s)' needs.

K-8: Each K-8 student needs to be enrolled in a minimum of five courses including Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, and Physical Education.

High School: High school students should be enrolled in a minimum of 20 credits per semester (4 classes) unless considered a fifth-year senior. If the student is taking courses at a community college, he/she may take no more than 7-12 credits per semester at the community college while still taking 4 courses through Horizon Charter Schools.

Required Courses for All Grade Levels*:

  • English-Language Arts
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Social Studies/History
  • PE (Required for grades K-8 and for at least two years for high school)
  • Students in grades 11-12 may not need all of these subject areas.

Four-Year Plan for High School Students: Supervising Teachers will develop a four-year plan for each high school student in conjunction with the first Master Agreement of the school year. Recommended High School Schedules for each career path are posted on our website. The plan will be reviewed by the Guidance Counselor and/or Regional Administrator and revisited yearly.

NOTE: Four-year plans are not set in stone and can be adjusted to meet the changing needs of the student. However, to ensure the student is meeting graduation and college (if applicable) entrance requirements, this plan needs to be reviewed annually. For a sample of the four-year planning sheet, see the Guidance section of our website.

The Four-Year Plan needs to include:

  1. Courses the student intends on taking.
  2. Courses completed.
  3. A course of study that leads to meeting graduation requirements.
  4. Career path, if determined Please note the new Graduation Requirements for students graduating during the current school year and thereafter.

College Preparatory or Non-College Preparatory High School Coursework

HCS and PaSCL offer college preparatory courses, Advanced Placement (AP), and non-college prep courses (general education). Courses offering remediation are reserved for those students who have an IEP.

Students planning on entering a four-year college or university must be enrolled in college preparatory classes or at a community college that address the a-g requirements. These requirements are explained on the Guidance section of our website.

Those planning on entering a community college, vocational school, the military, or directly into the workforce may enroll in general education courses. To keep options open, consider enrollment in college preparatory classes. College prep courses are strongly encouraged for all students and differentiated instructional strategies may be employed to meet the varying abilities of students enrolled in these courses. Subject Matter Specialists are available to support successful learning of all secondary courses. Also, area classes, distance learning (web-based courses), and community college classes may be taken to earn college prep credit.

What They're Saying

Horizon has a very special place in the lives of so many people, giving them the opportunity to educate in the way that is best for their personal situation and needs.

— Ross Hougham
HCSEF 2010 Scholarship Winner




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