Our History

Horizon Academy is the result of the efforts of dedicated parents concerned about the progress of their children in traditional schools. Combining the advice received from national educational consultants, research from Midwest Research Institute, and input from local parents, educators and physicians, a vision and master plan for Horizon Academy emerged.


In September of 1999, Horizon Academy first opened its doors to 12 students. Specializing in helping children with learning disabilities, Horizon Academy is a unique educational institution designed to provide an environment where children can experience academic success. Through innovative instructional programs and the individual attention of highly qualified staff, Horizon Academy provides the only program of its kind in the Kansas City Area.


Today Horizon Academy services the needs of up to 81 students per year who are working to gain the academic, social, and self-esteem skills necessary to reach their highest potential. Over 300 students have successfully transitioned back to their traditional school setting with many achieving honor roll status. It is Horizon Academy’s goal to help students learn the skills and tools they need to be successful in a traditional school setting. Even though students typically transition after an average of three years at Horizon Academy, they are forever a part of the Horizon Academy community and continue to send updates and attend alumni events.


Read for yourself the struggles, challenges, and successes Horizon Academy has traversed to become one of the top schools for children with learning disabilities in Gretta Barclay’s book Hope on the Horizon.