Academics

Student in Front of Class
Horizon Honors Elementary School


Grades:
Kindergarten – 6

Enrollment: 803

School hours:
Kindergarten (Half Day): 8 to 11 a.m.
Kindergarten (Extended Day): 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Grades 1-4: 8:15 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Grades 5-6: 8 a.m. to 3:15 p.m.


Student to Staff Ratio:
Kindergarten: 1 to 15 (1 teacher & 1 teacher assistant)
Grades 1-4: 1 to 20 (2 teachers & 1 teacher assistant)
Grades 5-6: 1 to 30

Recent Accolades:

  • Ranked an “A” School by the Arizona Department of Education (2014)
  • Designated a “No Place for Hate” School by the Anti-Defamation League
  • Designated a “Mix It Up” Model School by the Southern Poverty Law Center


Horizon Honors Elementary School believes the basis for real learning and understanding is by “doing.” Student learning is demonstrated by the application of new knowledge and skills resulting in an authentic display of their understanding and accomplishments. Our integrated, “gifted education for all” approach involves students solving real-life problems through cooperative, thematic, hands-on/minds-on experiences so students understand how their classes, like life, are linked together.

Students learn through varied educational approaches and develop measurable academic and social goals to grow as learners.  We provide this program by systematically grouping, differentiating and challenging students at their appropriate instructional level. Teachers implement and evaluate assessment data regularly, sharing the results and collaborating with students and families to meet students’ goals.

Horizon Honors Elementary School’s goal is to maintain students’ joy and enthusiasm for learning so academic achievement and setting high standards become a lifestyle. This goal, along with leadership skills, problem-solving abilities, and character development, define the people they are meant to be.


Multi-Age Groupings:
Students experience multi-age classrooms in grades 1-2, grades 3-4, and grades 5-6. Multi-age groupings allow placement of students in classes based on their academic abilities as well as their grade.
These groupings allow students to be challenged at their appropriate instructional levels. 


Project Group & Summative:

Each quarter, students study a specific theme and/or solve a real life problem that is an integration of what they have learned in their classes. In Project Group, students apply what they have learned throughout the day by participating in hands-on projects. It is not unusual to see the students building, painting, or performing during this time. Each quarterly theme culminates in an evening academic performance, or Summative. Past projects include:


Kindergarten -
Animal Adaptations
My Mental Toolbox
Building a Community 

Grades 1-2 -
Ecosystems Around the World
Playground Design
The Science of Westward Expansion

Grades 3-4 -
Cultural Universals
Arizona's Ancient Cultures
The Science of Caves
Water Feature Design
The Science of Sound & Music 

Grades 5-6 –
Middle Ages Castle Design
Contraption Building Using Physics
Creation of Islands Using Geology 


Specials:

Horizon Honors students have the opportunity to explore special content areas to find their interests and passions. Daily Physical Education expose students to many different ways to stay fit and keep bodies healthy. Spanish, Music, and Communications classes help to start building skills that can be applied later in life. Beginning in 5th grade, students can choose to perform in Band or Chorus.