Educational Institutions

Horizon Academy

  • Roeland Park, KS
  • www.horizon-academy.org

Mission Statement

To provide a caring and respectful environment for students struggling with learning disabilities, where they are given the opportunity to achieve their highest potential, become lifelong learners, and develop into productive, responsible citizens of their community.

Main Programs

  1. Scholarship Program
  2. Visual and Performing Arts
  3. Orton-Gillingham Approach
Service Areas

Self-reported

Kansas

ruling year

1997

Principal Officer since 2015

Self-reported

Ms. Vicki Asher

Keywords

Self-reported

alternative schools, special education, education, multisensory learning, research-based learning strategies

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EIN

48-1185324

 Number

6871554211

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Specialized Education Institutions/Schools for Visually or Hearing Impaired, Learning Disabled (B28)

Remedial Reading, Reading Encouragement (B92)

Elementary, Secondary Ed (B20)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Overview

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Horizon Academy's top three accomplishments from 2014-2015 included: We hired a new highly-qualified Head of School to replace our founding Executive Director who retired at the end of the 2014-2015 fiscal year.The measurable gains of our students in reading-word attack skills (12.4 mo.), reading comprehension (12.3 mo.), spelling (11.2 mo.), math calculation (22.4 mo.) all exceeded the average gain of 6 months that students with LD typically gain in a school year.We successfully completed our Rays of Success Major Gifts campaign, raising over $1.5 million dollars for scholarships, programs, and facility updates. Horizon Academy's top three goals for 2015-2016 are: Starting the year with 10 classrooms, we would like to increase our student enrollment to full capacity at 92 students.By the end of the fiscal year, we would like to train our staff in the Orton-Gillingham approach so we can become an officially certified Orton-Gillingham Academy.We would like to raise $260,000 for our annual fund in order to offer specialized programs and provide need-based scholarships for our students.

Programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

Scholarship Program

Need-based scholarships are available to families for their student(s) with learning disabilities. Tuition assistance helps students benefit from the unique education at Horizon Academy designed specifically for students with learning disabilities when the cost would otherwise be a substantial obstacle. With the strategies taught to our students, they acquire the skills to return to a traditional school setting and experience success academically and socially.

Category

Education, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Other Named Groups

Children Only (5 - 14 years)

Budget

$130,000.00

Program 2

Visual and Performing Arts

Art, visual and/or performing, is an essential component in the total educational plan for students with a learning disability. In the Horizon Academy Visual and Performing Arts program, the students will be provided with a supportive environment to explore think creatively, explore abilities and discover artistic culture. The programs meet the needs of children with learning disabilities and their emotional challenges by giving them an opportunity to communicate artistically. Students will be introduced to various art media, musical skills, theatre and dance. It will also meet the students' needs to socialize and explore relationships with their peers. The program is broken down into the following 40 minute classes per grade level: Visual Arts classes: Elementary: 1x/week for 36 weeksMiddle School: 1x/week for 9 weeksHigh School: 5x/week for 18 weeks and 1x/week for 9 weeks Performing Arts-Music classes Elementary: 1x/week for 36 weeks Performing Arts-Music, Dance, Theatre classes Middle School: 1x/week for 27 weeksHigh School: 1x/week for 27 weeksMiddle/High School Spring Musical Performance

Category

Education, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Budget

$16,225

Program 3

Orton-Gillingham Approach

Orton-Gillingham is an instructional approach intended primarily for use with persons who have difficulty with reading, spelling, and writing associated with dyslexia. The Orton-Gillingham Approach is focused upon the learning needs of the individual student. Students with language-based learning disabilities at Horizon Academy receive Orton-Gillingham instruction 45-50 minutes daily in one-to-one or small group instruction. This approach to reading, spelling and writing is multi-sensory; the students and teachers use their visual, auditory, kinesthetic and tactile senses to infuse and receive the content. The lessons are directly taught and systematically, so that the students are building on the skills they acquire.

Category

Education, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Budget

Service Areas

Self-reported

Kansas

Funding Needs

Ideally, we need to fill our current student capacity to our overall capacity for the building of 92 students.We need to continue raising annual funds to achieve our goal this year of raising $260,000 to be able to keep specialized programs and provide more scholarships for students.We need to continue the process of sharing more information with our best referral base (i.e. psychologist, psychiatrists and health professionals) with help from our communications manager.We need to find new funding sources with interests in children and learning disabilities.We need to continue to spread awareness about learning disabilities with the Kansas City community.

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Financials

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HORIZON ACADEMY
Fiscal year: Jul 01-Jun 30
Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant.

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Horizon Academy

Leadership

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Principal Officer

Ms. Vicki Asher

BIO

Vicki Asher, a passionate educator, has been a part of the Horizon Academy family since 2000. She has a strong academic background with a BA in Communications Studies from the University of Kansas, a BA in Elementary Education from the University of Missouri Kansas City, an MSE in special education from the University of Kansas, and an MS in educational leadership from Pittsburgh State. In addition to her educational background in which she graduated with distinction as well as her dedication to working with students with learning disabilities, the Learning Disabilities Association of Kansas and the Kansas chapter of the Council of Exceptional Children have recognized Ms. Asher for her outstanding work in Special Education. Ms. Asher assumed the role of Horizon Academy's Head of School in June 2015 and looks forward to carrying out the mission of the school for many years.

STATEMENT FROM THE Principal Officer

"Since the school opened in 1999, the Board of Directors developed the vision, mission and goals of Horizon Academy, and the majority of our past and present board members have stayed actively involved in the school. Our staff has become a high performance team and continues to stay true to Horizon Academy's mission of providing a caring and respectful environment for students with learning disabilities. The goal of our program is to transition students back into traditional schools armed with the skills they need to be successful in academics and social skills. I am proud to say that since our existence, nearly 265 students have returned successfully to their traditional schools after attending Horizon Academy. Horizon Academy is such a special school, not only as an educational institution, but as "intensive care" for students struggling in traditional schools. Our school continues to be the only school of its kind in the Kansas City metropolitan area that specializes in serving students with learning disabilities."

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Mr. Mike Koeppen

Bartlett & Company

Term: July 2015 - July 2017

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BOARD COMPOSITION

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BOARD PERFORMANCE

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