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.
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Shad Hamilton, Principal
September, 2016 Update
I’m excited to report that the students and staff at Horizon have made my transition as the new principal for Horizon Jr./ Sr. High School go very smoothly. I have really enjoyed getting to know the students the last few weeks. The students at Horizon are friendly, honest and goal oriented. I’m looking forward to working with them all this year. I bet I was more nervous about the first day and week of school than they were. I’ve had more time to visit classrooms this week and I’ve been impressed with the quality of instruction and level of student engagement. I can’t say that this surprises me too much, because back in August we received our ACT scores. I was thrilled to see that our 11th grade class (now 12th graders) averaged a 17.3 on the ACT this year. A 17 will qualify students for the first (Opportunity) level of the State Hathaway Scholarship program. Out of twenty-five alternative schools and programs in the state, Horizon High 11th graders out performed all but two of them. That’s remarkable. I really do think we can become the best alternative school in the state!
October, 2016 Update
Now two almost three months into the school year, I’m finally starting to feel like I know most of our students… at least their names anyway. Thus far I’ve been really very impressed with students. They continue to maintain good behavior. There is room for improvement with grades though. We started up Saturday school again to provide students another opportunity for individualized help and instruction. Our first session was on October 8th. We had 11 students participate. Our next Saturday school session is October 22nd. Saturday school runs from 8am until noon. All students are welcome. It is required for students that have two or more Ds or lower.
This year we are issuing quarter credits. This means students will receive .25 credit for each class they have a C/ 70% or higher in at the end of the quarter (October 28th). Under this new system it becomes essential that students work hard to pass each quarter. We’ve been working hard with students to help them understand this.