Developing Future Leaders by Closing the Opportunity Gap
The Educational Plan/School Design for New Horizons Academy derives from the expertise and capacity of its experienced leaders. Our design addresses struggling students, the linguistically challenged, low-income/high needs students, and unidentified/underserved highly capable students. The Response to Intervention (RtI) Framework is used for core instruction (Tier I); Intervention Services for struggling student (Tier II); and Special Education Services/Highly Capable (Tier III). Three times each year, benchmark testing will take place.
We use the resulting data to inform our instructional practices, interventions, and supports for students. Educational Service District 121 provides backend services for fiscal management and Special Education, ensuring high levels of capacity and accountability.
An overarching cultural competency umbrella guides all of our work. We recruit a diverse, highly skilled, and experienced teaching staff. We hire only those teachers who’ve successfully served “high needs” students with culturally responsive pedagogy. We seek out teachers who’ve served both low-achieving and high-performing students (Gifted/Highly Capable). Families, communities, and neighboring service providers are critical partners in designing our model.
New Horizons delivers rigorous instruction in a supportive and culturally-aware learning environment. Program highlights include:
• Expanded school day – 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. weekdays
• Extended 220-day school year for full-day Kindergartners
• Extended 210-day school year for Grades 1 to 5
• Average class size is primary 22:1 / intermediate 30:1
• Structured and relevant professional development
• Coordinated Assessment Plan – formative, summative, and diagnostic testing
• 90-minute blocks for reading and mathematics
• Cultural Competency Umbrella over all activities
• Standards-Based Grading