Horizon Christian School receives school improvement grant

Horizon Christian School has applied for, and received a school improvement grant which provides for three additional staff positions beginning in September 2014.

Supt. Ken Block is enthusiastic about the announcement. “This allows us to offer more opportunities for existing students and make Horizon even more attractive for potential new students,” he said.

The grant funds the addition of three new staff members including one new full time math and science specialization teacher, a half-time computer science professional, and a half-time library specialist.

“A Horizon student interested in a scientific career would be taking more advanced math at a young age than a student who is interested in social science,” noted Block. “An additional teacher with math and science specialization creates more opportunity for all students, but particularly those students who are interested in a scientific or math career.

“It also makes it easier for a student to transfer to Horizon from other schools with these additional scheduling and class opportunities.”

“In the area of information technology, Horizon has made a significant investment in hardware over the past five years including the implementation of smart classrooms, which are now fully completed, and the transition from Windows XP to Windows 7 which will be completed this summer,” said Block.

“This new computer science position will allow us to further leverage that investment, add computer science classes to the schedule, and help the school evaluate the technology path forward on curriculum delivery options.”

The Horizon library has grown significantly in the past 10 years under the leadership of dedicated volunteers and a small paid staff component. The grant will allow a professional to create a longer-term plan for the library collection, evaluate what should be in the collection that is not there now, what part of the collection isn’t serving the needs of the school and should be replaced, and create programs for enhanced use of the library.

“There is also a component of the grant that includes additional student aid funds,” Block noted. “That will help with the Horizon objective of improving access to a quality Christian education for those with more limited means.”

Don Hoffman, chair of the school board of trustees, also enthusiastically endorsed the grant: “The school improvement grant combined with our recent capital campaign which reduced our debt, further strengthens the program at Horizon for the future.”

The grant is an annual grant over and above current budget levels, and eligible for annual renewals as long as Horizon remains true to its existing mission of teaching students from a Biblical world view perspective which includes biblically related instruction at every grade level.

Horizon Christian is an inter-denominational school, regionally accredited by the Northwest Accreditation Commission, educating more than 225 students in pre-kindergarten through 12th grade. Its students, teachers, professional staff and board of directors attend over 25 churches throughout the Columbia Gorge.

Horizon is committed to providing a “second to none” education taught from a Biblical worldview.

Horizon Christian School is located at 700 Pacific Ave., Hood River. For more information about enrollment, contact the school at 541-387-3200.

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