Academics

Academic Programs:

Horizon is a “focused instruction” elementary school, we use  assessment data to identify reading and math skills/ standards that have the lowest rates of student mastery at each grade level.  A mastery learning approach using pre/post tests and tutorial/enrichment activities are employed to increase and sustain student mastery. Teachers work in teams and all staff members play a role in either tutorial or enrichment groups.

Horizon School follows a traditional schedule, which provides each student with weekly experiences in music and physical education, along with visits to the computer lab and Instructional Media Center. Art Smart, Hands-on Science and many other enrichment opportunities enhance the curriculum for all students. Fine arts are a cornerstone at Horizon, where we feature multiple musical performances each year as well our 4th & 5th grade Show Choir, which performs throughout the community each year. 

Technology makes it possible for students to do live video news broadcasts each morning, and classrooms have access to interactive software and online programming covering a wide range of curricular topics.  Currently, Horizon boasts over 600 computers/laptops in the building, including a classroom set of iPad minis for our Kindergarten students. Horizon provides an inclusive environment where students with special needs are placed in the regular classroom.   

Horizon provides an inclusive environment for students with special needs. Support services are provided both in the general education classroom and in the resource room for students with a variety of exceptionalities.  A Speech and Language Specialist provides services for students with communication disorders. A full-time program for emotionally disabled students, an inclusion-based preschool program and a preschool language intervention program are also housed at Elsie Rogers.

How We Rate:

“A” rated School & School District
Horizon is one of Penn-Harris-Madison School Corporation’s 11 elementary schools and among P-H-M’s nine “A” rated schools. P-H-M has consistently received an “A” rating from the Indiana Department of Education since 2011. P-H-M serves more than 11,100 students in its 11 elementary schools, three middle schools and Penn High School. Based on Spring 2021 ILEARN results, P-H-M is in the state’s Top 6% among public school districts, Top 3% of all public school corporations passing ELA and Top 7% of all public school corporations passing Math.

Click here to see Horizon ILEARN Results.

Click here to see school demographic data and past school Performance Reports on the Indiana Department of Education website.  

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Indiana received a waiver from calculating Federal Accountability ratings for the 2019-2020 school year. In addition, Indiana has requested a waiver for the 2020-2021 school year as well.

Horizon’s Federal Rating from the 2018-2019 school year was Exceeds Expectations.

Click to see the Federal Accountability Ratings.

Honors and Achievements:

Horizon has also earned the distinction of being ranked Indiana’s #11 for Public Elementary Schools by U.S. News & World Report (data is based on the 2018-2019 and 2019-2020 school years). Click here to learn more.

Horizon has been recognized as an Indiana Four Star School in 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017. Horizon received a letter grade “A” from the state of Indiana for academic excellence and growth. References have been made to Horizon Elementary School in the Wall Street Journal (11/12/97) and Parenting Magazine (9/98).