About our School


Discover the Horizon Charter Schools Difference

Horizon Charter Schools (HCS) is one of the region’s oldest and largest public charter schools. We’re also one of the most innovative. We offer multiple learning options and more support for parents and students than most other charter schools.


A free, publicly-funded charter school, we provide more student funds to each child – $3,000 per student. These added funds mean you have more choices for educational materials, and your children have more opportunities to take elective and enrichment classes from our educational partners. Plus, we allow families to share funds within their immediate family, giving you even more flexibility. 

Unique in the region, HCS offers:

  • Parent Educator Mentors who present workshops and provide one-on-one training to help parents teach specific classes and work with different learning styles.
  • A Parent Support Department that connects families for enrichment events, workshops, and activities
  • Grade Level Academies, so you can be confident your child has credentialed experts who understand their grade level standards and can guide you with your child’s academic journey.


In addition, each family partners with knowledgeable and caring Supervising Teachers to support and ensure all their needs are met.

We have a Counseling Department and advanced placement, honors, and college prep courses to guarantee all high school students' requirements are fulfilled. We are a University of California A-G pathway school, providing courses that satisfy UC entrance requirements for high school students planning to enter the UC system.

HCS is a fully Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) accredited K-12 school with a 30-year history. We serve Sacramento, Placer, El Dorado, Nevada, Sutter, and Yuba counties offering quality education through personalized learning.

Horizon Charter Schools. Quality Learning Options. Strong Partnerships with Parents. Caring Connections.


Founded in 1993, several families were looking for a home study alternative to traditional public schools; the school was initially known as Home Independent Study. The name was changed to Horizon Instructional Systems within a few years. Then in 2006, the name was changed to Horizon Charter Schools (HCS) to make our name more synonymous with our mission. In July 2010, we added Partnerships for Student-Centered Learning Charter School to provide even more resources for families located outside of Placer County.

During the early years, HCS was entirely a home study program. In response to parent requests to supplement the homeschool program, core, enrichment, and elective classes were developed and offered through educational partner businesses.

Use our interactive online search tool to find our educational partners and approved vendors. You can access this tool on our Vendor Search page.


Horizon Charter Schools' Values

Our values revolve around fostering collaborative, personalized, and inclusive education that promotes comprehensive academic opportunities and holistic student development, aiming to nurture responsible, engaged, and contributing citizens from all walks of life.

Accountability, Collaboration, Courageous Resilience, Equity, Growth Mindset, Innovation, Integrity, Relationships, Respect 

Additional Values shared by the community to emulate

     Compassion, Communication, Community, Community Building, Curiosity, Differentiation, Diversity, Empathy, Engagement, Flexibility, Growth, Honesty, Inclusivity, Independence, Kindness, Patience, Preservation,  Quality, Responsibility, Safety, Sincerity, Teamwork, Tenacity, Transparency, Trust


Horizon Charter Schools’ Mission

In collaboration with home educators, Horizon Charter Schools ensure intentional and relevant student learning by providing tailored and comprehensive educational options to empower EVERY student to develop into a contributing and thriving citizen.


Horizon Charter Schools’ Vision

The following vision is rooted in our school values and describes the landscape for our continuous improvement work. 

  • Collaborative Engagement with Home Educators and Students: This partnership reflects our commitment to working closely with students, parents, and home educators to create the best possible learning experience.

  • Intentional, Relevant Student Learning and Powerful Academic Programs: The school aims to provide an education that is purposeful, relevant, comprehensive, and inclusive, aligned with diverse cultural backgrounds, real-life experiences, and goals of our students upon graduation.

  • Tailored Learning for Individual Student Needs: We focus on customizing the educational experience to meet the unique needs and preferences of each student, acknowledging that a one-size-fits-all approach may not be the most effective.

  • Social-Emotional Development and Socialization: In addition to academic progress, we emphasize nurturing students' holistic growth, well-being, and social skills. We recognize its significant impact on a child's overall success by creating inclusive opportunities for students to develop social-emotional aptitudes and engage with peers from diverse backgrounds.

  • Empowering all Students: The overarching goal is to empower students to become contributing citizens, aiming to equip them with the knowledge, skills, and values needed to make positive contributions to their communities and society at large.