Capital Campaign


The Campaign For Horizon Honors

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CAPITAL PROJECT: SECONDARY SCHOOL CLASSROOM EXPANSION & RENOVATION

Improvements to the facility will update classrooms to meet the needs of secondary students with regard to size and education needs.

WHY THE CAPITAL PROJECT?

Horizon Honors’ classrooms were initially constructed for elementary students, are smaller in size, and set up for team teaching. Since these classrooms are now designated for secondary students, there is a need for an update. Horizon Honors is also seeing a trend in increased student enrollment in its middle school and high school. This expansion project will meet Horizon’s needs for both increased enrollment and updated classrooms.
High School students standing in classroom
With the renovation, Horizon Honors will strategically plan for the classrooms to be moved to the West Wing and build those classrooms to support the needs such as:
• Upgraded science labs
• Upgraded special area classrooms such as art, computer science, and virtual lab classes
• The upgraded classrooms would allow for re-assigning areas of the school to provide for a student commons area where the current art room/digital classrooms are being held



THE PROJECT: PHASE I & PHASE II

Map of possible construction
PHASE I:
Two story building
16 large, state-of-the art classrooms, some with science labs
Weight Room

PHASE 2:
Performing Arts Center/Auditorium
Gymnasium

TOTAL PROJECTED COST:
$6 Million


GOALS FOR THE PROJECT
Pedagogy: Allow for updated classrooms to enhance teaching effectiveness

Science Curriculum: Uses modeling teaching strategy that requires daily hands-on experiments and projects. An updated science lab would support the modeling teaching strategy

Technology in the classroom: Over the past 8 years, Horizon Honors has improved laptop-to-student ratios from a 1:8 to 1:2 in the secondary school. Updated classrooms would be designed to support enhanced student technology use

No passing through other classrooms to go to the bathroom, office, etc.: Would maximize instruction time for all classes and minimize interruptions by each classroom having its own exit

Second floor add-ons to classrooms: Allows for additional growth and demand in the secondary school. Currently, every grade level has a waitlist at the secondary school.

Physical classroom size would increase: Since the classrooms being renovated were once elementary classrooms, the configuration was designed for younger students. The renovated classrooms will allow the students to have more room to move around, which allows teachers to use more engaging strategies involving movement and grouping/regrouping.


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students sitting at desks working in front of computers

WHO WILL BENEFIT?

• All current and future Horizon Honors students 
• Teachers
• School community at large to maintain and increase matriculation numbers


FINAL POINT
As Horizon Honors has had over 20 years of success, this project will enable the school to continue to deliver quality instruction and programs into the next 20 years.

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