Curriculum FAQs

How rigorous in the curriculum?

The curriculum is both challenging and in accordance with Nevada Academic Content Standards. For those who are interested in challenging themselves with the highest level of learning, New Horizons features honors classes. New Horizons also has a gifted program for Lower School students who show academic or creative potential.

Does my son or daughter have to have an IEP to come to New Horizons?

No. We have students who have IEPs, 504 plans, and those who do not qualify for anything at all. Each of our students receives a Customized Education Plan whether or not they qualify for an individualized plan through the school district.

What is a Customized Education Plan?

A Customized Education Plan, or CEP, is a written plan that is built at the beginning of the school year. We invite parents and Upper School students to help craft the plan that includes present levels of academic performance, informal observations, strengths and challenges, goals and benchmarks, a behavioral plan if needed, a transitional plan for those over 14, and service delivery details. The plan is a roadmap to success. The plan is reviewed and signed by parents and the child’s teacher and the principal in the Lower School and by the student, parents, and each of the child’s teachers in the Upper School.

How rigorous in the curriculum? The curriculum is both challenging and in accordance with Nevada Academic Content Standards. For those who are interested in challenging themselves with the highest level of learning, New Horizons features honors classes. New Horizons also has a gifted program for Lower School students who show academic or creative potential.

Are Social Skills addressed?

Yes.

New Horizons dedicates specific classes, 45 minutes each day, to social skills in the elementary, middle, and high school levels.

Will my son or daughter be taught independent living skills?

Yes.

New Horizons provides electives includes Daily Living Skills and Advanced Life Skills that teach students everything from how to wash clothes to cooking. Each student receives his or her food handler’s license so they can work in our school kitchen or in local restaurants. We also address transitional skills in which students learn how to build a resume, how to apply for a job, or how to fill out a college application.

Will my son or daughter graduate with a regular diploma?

Yes.

Students who complete the standard academic curriculum will receive a standard diploma. In addition to the Nevada state graduation requirements, New Horizons requires an additional year or math and science, for a total of four years or math and three years of science. We do offer a modified diploma for those who need to access a more functional curriculum. Let me know if I need to shorten any of my answers, or if there is something that you feel is missing.

Enrollment FAQs

What is the enrollment process?

Initially, we will schedule a tour for you and your child at which you will meet the teachers and students. You can ask any questions you have at that time. We’ll have you fill out a contact form, and we will follow up with you. After the tour, if you feel that New Horizons is a good fit for you and your family, your child will come in for a trial period anywhere from one to three days at no cost to you. Upper School students will be given a schedule. All students will be teamed up with an ambassador to make sure that he or she is comfortable and can find their way around. Following the tour, you will meet with the principal to talk about enrollment procedures.

When is the enrollment period?

New Horizons has year-round enrollment. After your child’s three day trial, parents will be presented with the prorated tuition. They will need to pay the registration fee of $750 for their child to register, but their first tuition payment will not be until the first of the following month.

How will my son or daughter be assessed?

New Horizons uses the i-Ready assessment to gage student ability. Students are tested in four domains in math. Lower school students are tested in six domains in reading, three of which are decoding skills. Upper School students who are proficient in deciding, will be tested in three domains in reading. Sophomores, juniors, and seniors also take the ACT in the early spring. Students may opt out.

Do you have scholarships or financial aid?

Parents will need to apply for financial aid in the spring. The Nevada Opportunity Scholarship can provide a significant amount toward tuition.

You can find more information at http://www.doe.nv.gov/Private_Schools/Nevada_Choice_Scholarship_Program/.

New Horizons has its own financial aid application. Depending on fundraising success the previous school year, New Horizons can provide up to $2,400 toward a full year’s tuition depending on financial need.

Do students need to wear uniforms?

New Horizons does require its students to wear uniforms. We do consider sensory issues for students and can modify uniform requirements if needed on the basis of a sensory-related disability.

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