Frequently Asked Questions
Who does Horizon Academy serve?
Horizon Academy serves students with dyslexia and other learning disabilities in a 75-mile radius of the Kansas City area. We are an independent, coeducational school and we educate students in grades 1-12 with diagnosed learning and/or attention challenges. Students who attend Horizon Academy may have language-based learning disabilities (Dyslexia, Auditory Processing Disorder, Dysgraphia, or Receptive and/or Expressive Language Disorder), Dyscalculia, and/or ADHD. We hold accreditation with the Independent Schools Association of Central States and AdvancED, and we are a Missouri Department of Elementary & Secondary Education Approved Private Agency.
How do I know if my child has a learning disability?
If you are still in the exploratory phase, we recommend psychoeducational testing. Once testing has been complete, please feel free to call our admissions team to determine if our program is appropriate for your child. While the staff at Horizon Academy cannot diagnose a learning disability, we will be offering free reading screenings Fall 2016 for children ages 5-7. The Free Early Reading Screening Program is built on the body of research which shows that at an early age children can be reliably screened for the skills that must be present before reading and spelling can successfully develop.
What does the admissions process look like?
For admission to the regular school year program and the June summer program, there are four steps (tour, application, screening, decision) which are outlined on our admissions page.
I worry that my student will have a difficult time leaving friendships behind; how does Horizon Academy ease the transition?
The transition to a new school is rarely easy. We want the transition to be as smooth as possible, so we encourage students and their families to maintain current friendships through scouts, extra-curricular activities, sports, and their religious affiliations. Our counseling staff will work with your student and your family to ease the transition process. We also offer a number of programs designed to help students learn how to make new friends and sustain relationships.
How long is the average stay?
The number of years at Horizon Academy varies from student to student. Each student receives an Individualized Education Plan and will be taught according to his or her specific needs for the length of time needed based on progress, performance and assessment data. Determining when a student is ready to transition is a team decision made by the student, parents, teachers and therapists.
I work full-time; does Horizon Academy offer before or after school programming?
Yes, for a fee, before care is offered from 7:30-8:15 AM on a drop-in basis. We also offer after school enrichment programming from 3:15-4:30 PM including homework club, chess, fencing, yoga, art, sports, and sensory science to name a few (fees for clubs vary) which will be open to students in the community beginning Fall 2016.
Extended care is available for a fee from 4:30-5:30 PM.
What is the tuition?
Tuition (2016-2017 school year):
- Elementary & Middle School: $24,900/year
- High School: $25,200/year
Is financial aid available?
Horizon Academy raises funds each year to give direct, need-based financial aid to our families who qualify. Financial aid covers a portion of tuition. Families may also be eligible for an educational loan through YourTuitionSolution.com