How Desert Sands’ Unified’s Horizon School helped me succeed

I am a 2022 graduate of Horizon School in the Desert Sands Unified School District.

Horizon affords students a quality education comparable to comprehensive high schools, while allowing us flexibility in our schedules. The school provides education for students from kindergarten through high school.

I transferred to Horizon School in March of 2019, and little did I know how it would be such a benefit one year later when the world of education changed for all students due to COVID.

During my first year, there were 15 teachers, two in K-8, two in what is called opportunity, one for Vista Special Education, nine in high school, and one counselor. All students had weekly appointments where we attended three one-hour labs in English, math and science in small group settings and saw our elective teachers one-on-one for about 15 minutes.

Me Kenna Falk

This format is why many students choose to attend Horizon School. We are able to receive instruction that is more appropriate to our needs.

At the beginning of this school year, Horizon School looked very different. Our teaching staff increased from 15 to 35. We added 20 new teachers in grades K-8.

Horizon School is now the district’s “virtual academy.” Our students in grades K-8 are completely virtual, and our high school is at least 90% virtual. Horizon is the home to a variety of the programs that service the increased enrollment.

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