Horizons provides a safe, nurturing learning community where students are exposed to integrated theme-based academics that support their success in school. Our experiential model of teaching focuses primarily on reading and math, with STEM infused into the curriculum for all grades. The program is designed to meet the developmental needs of students in each grade through experiences that enhance confidence, foster awareness of community responsibility, build problem-solving skills, and encourage a lifelong interest in learning. Regular events such as weekly all-grade assemblies, annual Harvest & Field Day Celebrations, and the annual Closing Ceremony foster a sense of belonging to a community and encourage students to shine.
Each classroom is staffed with two experienced, certified teachers and one classroom assistant. Teachers come from the Rochester City School District, suburban school districts, and The Harley School. A reading specialist aids the classroom teaching staff. A majority of teaching staff and classroom assistants return each year. In 2016, nine classroom assistants are Horizons graduates who are now attending college. Specialists teach art, music, drama, health education, conflict resolution, organic gardening, and physical education including swimming. High school aged and adult volunteers provide additional support as classroom helpers, field trip drivers, library assistants, and guest speakers.In addition to regular programming, Middle School students can choose among a variety of Expeditions designed to allow students to pursue their passions and explore new areas of interest.
All of our students learn to swim from certified swim instructors. Swimming is an important life skill that saves lives and builds confidence.
Each grade level participates in a community service project chosen by the class. The community service initiative is designed to teach students that everyone has something to give back to the community. Project Wisdom and Voices of the Community are additional initiatives introduced to promote character development and good citizenship among our students.