Principal's Office


Welcome to the Horizon Alternative School webpage. We appreciate your interest in our school. Horizon is a 7-12 alternative school for at-risk youth in the Evanston community.  Our program has a maximum student capacity of 70 students: 10-15 junior high level students and 55-60 high school level students. To serve our students we have 6 full-time teachers and 4 part-time teachers and an outstanding cast of support staff and 5 classified support staff.

We invite you to surf our corresponding web pages. If you cannot find the information you are seeking, please feel free to contact us by phone or email.

Shad Hamilton, Principal


2019-20  Back to School Information...

Dear Horizon Jr./ Sr. High School Parent/ Guardians:


Headed into my fourth year at Horizon, I am super excited about what we are offering this year.  With the retirement we had last year, I feel like this year will be the beginning of a “New Horizon”.  I really appreciate the opportunity to work with your students and I appreciate your support.  Horizon is a great place.  Our students are awesome! 

This year we will be focusing on effective teaching and learning in every classroom.  In addition to our new social studies and math teachers, we will be offering more counseling and student support services.   Please make sure you review the new handbook with your student this year.  The application and handbook has been updated for 2019-20 and needs signed off on each year.

I still believe Horizon High School can become the highest performing alternative school in the state, and I am looking forward to working with you and your students.


               The traditional school year (first day of school) begins on Monday August 26, 2019.  Doors open at 8:30AM and classes start at 9AM! Students arriving earlier can read, or work on homework in the commons.  Tuesday through Friday, our doors open at 7:30AM and classes start at 8AM.  Mondays are the only think different- school starts at 9AM on Mondays.


 The morning buses may run ten minutes earlier than they did last year, please be prepared for this. 


Students that were not enrolled in HHS last year and/or have never attended or enrolled in HHS, must complete the entire application packet and interview before they will be allowed to attend school.  Please contact the school if you have not done this already.

For students who were enrolled in HHS last year and have not enrolled in another school since, you just need to stop by the office as soon as possible and update their application before school starts.

Fees have increased to $25.00 this year.  You can pay all fees on-line now this year!  You should have receive an email and link to directions on how to do this from the district already.  We can still help though if you have questions.


               Thursday, August 22nd, from 5-7pm, we will be hosting a student/parent meeting/open house dinner.  You and your students are all welcome to attend.  A meal will be provided.  It is an excellent time to update records, meet the staff and see the school.  We will review calendars, schedules, handbooks and new policies at the meeting.  I am also looking for parents to work with me as part of our Horizon parent group that meets monthly.  If you are interested in participating in our monthly parent meeting, please attend the open house and sign up.  You can also email if you are interested and I will make sure you are on the list.


               I look forward to serving you and your students throughout this year.  Feel free to contact the school if you have any questions.




            Shad Hamilton


               Horizon Jr/Sr High School

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