The Horizons School provides a community-based educational program promoting successful transition to independent living for young adults with learning disabilities, autism spectrum and developmental disorders.
As students with learning and developmental disabilities reach adulthood, the transition into independent living can be a daunting prospect. However, with the right support and resources, it can be a smooth and fulfilling experience. The Horizons School is dedicated to helping its students successfully make this transition, empowering them to lead fulfilling and independent lives.
At Horizons School, we understand the unique challenges that students with learning and developmental disabilities face when transitioning into independent living. Our specialized curriculum is designed to address these challenges, equipping students with the skills they need to live on their own. From financial management and household tasks to personal hygiene and social skills, our students receive comprehensive training in all areas of independent living.
One of the key components of our program is community-based instruction. This involves taking students into the community to practice the skills they have learned in real-world situations. This hands-on approach allows students to experience the challenges and rewards of independent living in a safe and supportive environment.
In addition to our curriculum, we also provide personalized support to each student. Our team of experienced educators works closely with each student to develop an individualized plan that addresses their unique needs and goals. This includes providing support with finding employment, housing, and community resources.
At Horizons School, we believe that all students with learning and developmental disabilities deserve the opportunity to lead fulfilling and independent lives. Our program provides students with the skills, support, and resources they need to transition into independent living with confidence. We are proud to play a role in empowering our students to achieve their full potential.
In conclusion, the transition into independent living can be a challenging process for students with learning and developmental disabilities. However, with the right support and resources, it can be a fulfilling and empowering experience. The Horizons School is committed to helping its students successfully navigate this transition and achieve their goals.
Thank you for participating during 2022 Parent and Family Weekend. It was an amazing event with opportunities to play and learn as a family. We value the contributions from each family and the hard work of our students, who served as evening hosts and hostesses! Several asked about reinforcing what students have learned at Horizons during term breaks. Let us encourage students to maintain their clean residence, help to select, purchase and prepare family meals, wash and dry clothing and linens. Students may also plan with you a shared social activity. Each student benefits from mentoring by university graduate students during the fall term. Parents may encourage weekly physical activity and healthy eating during holiday and term breaks. We recommend emphasizing individual preventive practices for all family members:
1. regular hand washing
2. sneeze and cough in tissues and then discard
3. frequently disinfect commonly used home items and surfaces
4. use face coverings when in public
5. obtain booster COVID-19 vaccine
6. vaccinate for seasonal flu
Our student Hearts for Horizons Civitan Club is hosting a Holiday Food Drive benefiting the Community Food Bank of Central Alabama. All are encouraged to contribute non-perishable and non-expired foods to be distributed to needy families. Our Civitan Club generously supported women seeking shelter and vocational training opportunities at the Love Lady Center. All will help to cook the School Community Thanksgiving Dinner that will be enjoyed by students and staff before the holiday break. The school office will be closed for the holiday from Nov. 21-25, 2022. Students resume classes on Nov. 28, 2022. Looking ahead – 2023 Spring Tuition is due on Dec. 30. Our staff wishes each of you a healthy and happy Thanksgiving!
September 05 Labor Day – Office closed September 08 First-Year Registration and Orientation September 09 Second- and Third-Year students return to campus and register September 12 Fall classes begin October 19 Board of Directors meets October 21-22 Parent and Family Weekend November 19 Students depart by end of day for Thanksgiving holiday November 21 – 25 No classes; School office closed November 28 Classes resume for students December 12-16 Final exams December 14 Board of Directors meets December 17 Students depart by end of day for term break December 19 Staff professional development and workday December 24 – 31 Christmas and New Years holiday; School office closed December 30 Spring 2023 tuition due
Spring Trimester 2023
January 08 Students return January 09 Classes resume January 16 Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday; School closed February 15 Board of Directors meets February 20 President’s Day; School closed March 19 Student depart by end of day for spring break March 31 Summer 2023 tuition due April 03 Classes resume April 06-21 Student and Parent Conferences April 09 Easter Sunday April 15 Deadline for priority consideration of financial aid April 15 Board of Directors meets April 24 – 28 Final exams April 29 Students depart by end of day for term break May 01 2023-2024Tuition Deposit due May 01 Staff professional development & workday
Summer Trimester 2023
May 21 Students return May 22 Classes resume May 29 Memorial Day; School office closed June 17 Board of Directors meets June 19 Juneteenth Federal Holiday – no classes, office closed June 23 Deadline for new student applications for admission July 04 Independence Day; School office closed August 04-09 Final exams August 11 Graduation & Reception August 13 Students depart by end of day August 15 End of lease term Terrace Court Apartments August 16 Staff professional development and workday August 16 Board of Directors meets August 31 Fall 2023 tuition due
NOTES: STUDENTS IN PAID JOBS FOLLOW WORK SCHEDULES AS DETERMINED BY THE EMPLOYER, WHICH MAY DIFFER FROM HORIZONS SCHOOL’S ACADEMIC CALENDAR. STUDENTS WHO ARE ALSO ENROLLED AT JEFFERSON STATE COMMUNITY COLLEGE WILL FOLLOW THAT ACADEMIC CALENDAR TO ATTEND COLLEGE CLASSES. CALENDAR DATES ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE FOLLOWING GUIDANCE FROM GOVERNMENT AND HEALTH OFFICIALS. Approved Mar. 02, ‘22 by the Board of Directors.