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. School Year Scholarship Program
  2. Extracurricular Programming
  3. Orton-Gillingham Tutoring
Service Areas

Self-reported

Kansas

MO

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

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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 accomplishments from 2015-2016 included: All full-time Horizon Academy teachers became certified Orton-Gillingham classroom educators during the 2015-2016 school year. Orton-Gillingham is an instructional approach to teaching students with dyslexia and other language-based learning disabilities how to read, write, and spell, focusing on the needs of each individual student in one-on-one and small group settings. Many teachers are in the process of pursuing advanced certification within the Academy of Orton-Gillingham through an assigned fellow. The measurable gains of our students included: reading-word attack skills (11.1 mo.), reading comprehension (10 mo.), spelling (9.5 mo.), math calculation (16.6 mo.) with an overall parent satisfaction of 8.5. Horizon Academy began a tutoring center for students struggling in traditional classroom settings to receive support during and after school in the following areas: reading, writing, math, and study skills. Horizon Academy hired a full-time physical education teacher trained in mindfulness meditation. Horizon Academy teachers and students participate in a daily walk and mindfulness meditation breaks throughout the week. Horizon Academy's top goals for 2016-2017 are: Horizon Academy is in the process to become the only Orton-Gillingham accredited facility in the Greater Kansas City region. Horizon Academy began the year with 9 classrooms (82 students) with the goal to increase our student enrollment to full capacity at 90 students. Horizon Academy is working diligently to raise $260,000 for our annual fund in order to offer specialized programs and provide need-based scholarships for our students. Horizon Academy is currently in the process of developing a three-year strategic plan to best support the needs of students and staff.

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

School Year Scholarship Program

Need-based scholarships are available to families of students with learning disabilities. Tuition assistance helps students benefit from the unique education at Horizon Academy designed specifically for students with dyslexia and other 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

Extracurricular Programming

Horizon Academy offers a variety of extracurricular opportunities after school including a tutoring center, fine & performing art opportunities, and physical fitness & sports classes. Enrollment is open to any student with learning disabilities (1st-12th grade).

Category

Education, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Budget

$16,225

Program 3

Orton-Gillingham Tutoring

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

MO

Funding Needs

We need to continue to develop the 3-year strategic plan for the school.We need to diversify the school's fundraising activities in order to engage new donors and increase the school's fundraising capacity from $260,000 to $350,000.We need to continue to spread awareness about learning disabilities and provide strategies to help those who work with students who struggle with learning disabilities in the Kansas City community reach their fullest potential.

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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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