EMPOWERING PARENTS WITH AN ACTIVE EDUCATIONAL ROLE
BE THE BEST PARENT EDUCATOR POSSIBLE WITH LOADS OF SUPPORT
In response to a growing population of parents seeking an active role in their children’s education, Horizon Charter Schools (HCS) began as a public independent study program 30 years ago, and we have always remained true to our roots. That’s why our main focus continues to be supporting and expanding independent study teaching programs and educational opportunities for our families.
Supported Home Study allows families to explore their unique interests through lessons, activities, classes and study trips. You choose how your children learn and are actively involved in lesson planning, day-to-day instruction, and correcting assignments. You do this on a schedule that works best for your family. Lessons can be conducted at home, a park, a library, a doctor’s office or even on vacation. This type of schooling allows families to spend more time together growing, learning and bonding, and lets students pursue their individual interests.
WE’RE HERE TO HELP YOU SUCCEED
MORE STUDENT FUNDS FOR EDUCATIONAL NEEDS
Since we’re a public charter school, there are never any tuition fees, and most classes, study trips, and educational materials can be paid for with your state-provided student funds. To help families get even more from their homeschooling experience, this year, we raised the amount of funds you have to spend — $3,000 per student, that’s more per student than most other area charter schools provide. In addition, funds can be shared between family members, providing even greater flexibility and choices for parents.
SUPERVISING TEACHERS, PARENT EDUCATORS, PARENT SUPPORT, COUNSELORS, MENTORS, AND TUTORS
In the alternative home study program, parents work in strong partnerships with a highly qualified, state credentialed, Supervising Teacher (ST) who forms a strong bond with their home schooling families, helping and encouraging them along the way. Your ST will help develop a Personalized Learning Plan for each student based on the California Academic Content Standards and the individual child’s abilities, interests, and learning style. Then they’ll monitor your child’s progress through regular, scheduled, face-to-face meetings and provide assistance, guidance and input as needed. Your ST will ensure all requirements are being met, answer questions and provide ideas and assistance, giving you the peace of mind you need.
We also recognize that some parents may need additional assistance with particular subjects, like math, science, history or language arts. That’s why, in addition to the great support provided by your ST, Horizon Charter Schools provides a Parent Educator who teaches workshops and gives you tips and tricks to teach specific courses. Because not all children learn the same way, our Parent Educator may also help you recognize and work with different learning styles. Check out our Parent Educator page for more information.
Over the years, parents have confided that one of their biggest concerns about independent study is a lack of socialization for their children. To alleviate that fear, our grade level cohorts coordinate enrichment events that bring families together, virtually. Our families are also encouraged to reach out to each other to coordinate "outside of school" events, when looking for in person activities. Visit our Parent Support page to learn more.
Our Counseling Department helps high school students plan course schedules that meet each student’s college and/or career goals. They also assist with career exploration; access to Career and Technical Education (CTE) courses (formerly Regional Occupation Program (ROP)), community college classes, work experience, apprenticeships, and Work Permits; and provide information about colleges and scholarships and other financial aid. For information, contact our Counseling Department at 916-408-5276, toll free at 800-338-8003, extension 5276, or email [email protected]
For students of all ages who need additional assistance, HCS also provides mentors and tutors.
SOCIALIZATION AT ITS BEST
Sometimes children need or want to learn about a specialized topic, or parents don’t feel comfortable teaching a particular subject, and occasionally everyone just needs a break from their regular routine. That’s why HCS provides core, elective and enrichment courses. Families can use their student funds to participate in academic and elective classes.
Visit our Enrichment and Electives page to learn more about these types of classes.
EDUCATIONAL MATERIALS, AIDES AND SUPPLIES
Unique to most charter schools, HCS has an extensive, well-stocked Curriculum Resource Center (CRC). Located in Lincoln, our CRC houses a rich collection of materials to support student learning. These include library books, curriculum support materials, parent and teacher resources, audiovisual materials, games, manipulatives, and reference materials -- all of which are available for checkout. The CRC also has a professional development library with recommended grade-level curriculum on display.
In addition to the CRC, student instructional funds may be used to purchase approved materials from our extensive list of educational partners. This list is parent-driven and updated frequently.
WASC ACCREDITED AND A-G PATHWAY
HCS is a Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) accredited public charter school, which means you can rest assured your child will receive a quality education. To help high school students wishing to enter the University of California system, we offer A-G approved courses for California State University (CSU) and University of California (UC) eligibility.
Use our interactive online search tool to find our educational partners and approved vendors. You can access this tool on our Vendor Search page.