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Horizons K-8 School

4545 Sioux Drive
(Burke Campus)
Boulder, CO 80303
Phone: 720.561.3600
Fax: 720.561.3601
Website: sites.google.com/a/bvsd.org/horizonsk8/

Enrollment (FTE):  330.5
Funded Headcount:  348
Student/Teacher Ratio: 14.9/1
Principal:  John McCluskey



 About Our School



Points of Pride

  • Students, in a K-8 environment, are guided to become self-directed learners and 97 percent of parents say teachers encourage students to do their best.
  • All students participate in service learning in the community and parents volunteer 5000-6000 hours to our school each year.
  • 5280 magazine listed as one of the top 100 schools in Denver Metro area. Recognized by Global Education Fund for exemplary commitment to the world’s children.
  • UNICEF Emissary School, Quality School (as recognized by the William Glaser foundation), and John J. Irwin School of Excellence (repeated winner)


Academic Goals

Horizons will continue to maintain high academic and behavioral expectations for all students; address the learning needs of the whole child in multi-age settings through a challenging, developmentally appropriate curriculum; identify and develop the interests and strengths of every student through active, personalized, authentic learning activities; and maintain our high results on the state and district standardized tests.

School Profile

Horizons is committed to maintaining high academic and behavioral expectations for all students in a noncoercive, respectful, mutually caring learning environment. Horizons believes:

  • Students learn best in a school characterized by a sense of family and teamwork where all children feel accepted and supported. Horizons maintains small class sizes of 16 - 18 students, fully including special education students and addressing the learning needs of the whole child in multi-age settings through challenging, developmentally appropriate curriculum, with teachers working with homeroom students for more than one year.
  • Individualizing learning motivates students, supports their progress, and encourages them to take educational risks. Horizons involves students in the development of their personal learning plans which clearly identify academic and behavioral goals and document progress from year to year. Teachers identify and enhance student strengths through active, authentic learning activities that honor students’ interests, choices, and goals.
  • Students will be prepared to become responsible world citizens by learning to appreciate and to value diversity and by having opportunities to make meaningful contributions to their community. Horizons students are guided to become community contributors and to explore and value the contributions of diverse



 School Mission and Vision


Our mission at Horizons is to guide students to become self-directed learners and community contributors in a respectful learning environment. High academic and behavioral expectations are maintained for students in kindergarten through eighth grade, and a rich, integrated curriculum is offered. We identify the needs of every student and provide them with authentic learning challenges that strengthen academic abilities while clarifying personal interests and choices. Small, multi-age classes, an emphasis on quality work, individualized goals, service learning, Spanish language acquisition, and meaningful community participation also characterize the school.


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