Blog - Horizon Academy


Meg: One Alumna’s Story

May 16, 2024

Before my time at Horizon Academy, my relationship with school was anything but positive; in fact, it was quite intimidating. Reading posed a challenge for me, I vividly recall the frustration of being pulled out ...

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Burt’s Story

April 17, 2024

As I think about the path that brought us to Horizon Academy, I’d say, I noticed several little things very early on with my son, Burt. He didn’t meet the developmental benchmarks for crawling or ...

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Sensory Processing Disorder: What you need to know.

April 16, 2024

Does your child: If you answered yes to some of these questions then your child may have a sensory processing disorder (SPD).  Sensory processing is the ability of the brain to take in, organize, and ...

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Longing to Belong: DEIB at Horizon Academy

February 29, 2024

By Emily Staten When I accepted to lead the Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging (D.E.I.B) movement at Horizon Academy in 2022, I did so with self-doubt and uneasiness. I was incredibly conscious of my whiteness ...

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Unveiling the Future of Education: A Dive into “Neuroteach” by Glenn Whitman and Ian Kelleher

January 31, 2024

By Gerilyn Semro, MS – LD, MS – ASD, MA ELAssociate Member | Orton-Gillingham Academy Associate Principal, Horizon Academy In the ever-evolving landscape of education, the intersection of neuroscience and teaching methodologies has paved the way ...

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Phonemic Awareness: What it Is, and How it Impacts Reading 

December 26, 2023

Phonemic awareness is the best predictor of a child’s reading skills during the first two years of school. You may have heard a teacher, an SLP, or a school psychologist use the term “phonemic awareness” ...

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Storytelling: A Creative Approach to Enhancing Your Child’s Language Skills

November 21, 2023

As Speech-Language Pathologists (SLPs), we recognize the power of storytelling in the vast universe of language development. Not only is storytelling a rich tradition passed down through generations, but it is also a critical educational ...

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One Parent’s Perspective

October 25, 2023

Dr. Doug Burgess (Jordan’s dad) We knew Jordan was struggling but the school kept telling us that everything was fine. The testing they performed did not indicate that any interventions were needed. We kept getting ...

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Music, a Tool for Unlocking the Dyslexic Learner

September 19, 2023

Did you know that music is the perfect tool to help our dyslexic students improve their reading?  At Horizon Academy students use all of their senses to learn.  Whether the subject is math, science, or ...

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Out of the Darkness

August 22, 2023

Over the summer, our Horizon Academy community suffered a heartbreaking loss with the unexpected passing of Taiga Hughes.  Her death forces all of us to confront the horrible reality that suicide is the 3rd leading ...

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