Lower School (Grades Kindergarten-5): Students in New Horizons’ Lower School are taught foundational concepts. Teachers teach to mastery; that is, if students do not understand a concept, the concept is re-taught until the child masters the concept. Lower School students receive instruction in basic keyboarding, Reading, Math, Writing, Social Studies, Science, Art, Music, and Physical Education.
Upper School (Grades 6-12): The goal of New Horizons’ Upper School is to prepare students for life after they leave the school environment. Whether it is moving on to a four-year college, a two-year college, a trade school, or into the realm of employment, New Horizons endeavors to fully prepare students for the outside world.
There are essentially two tracks for high school students at New Horizons.
The Modified track is for students who need curriculum changed or modified in order to ensure their academic success.
The second track is the Advanced track. This track follows Clark County School District’s advanced diploma standards. That means students receive four years of Math instruction, three years of Science instruction, four years of Language Arts instruction, two years of Physical Education, a semester of Health, a semester of Computers, one year of Arts and Humanities instruction, and 4.5 credits of electives.
Among the electives offered, are Spanish I and Spanish II for students who need a foreign language to fulfill admittance requirements four-year college.
Students can also take advantage of Advanced Life Skills, Computer Application classes, Art, and Music.
Each high school track adheres to the required curriculum of 22.5 credits for graduation.
Social Skills Programs
Learning effective conversation skills ranks as one of the most important social abilities that many of our students need to accomplish. They have challenges in talking too much, taking turns, listening, perseverating on inappropriate topics, sharing the same interests as their peers, and responding when people are trying to communicate. A lack of social skills can also affect students in many areas beyond making and keeping friends. It can impact classroom performance, behaviors, and self esteem.
CONVERSATION CAMPFIRE: Lower School students develop and enhance their conversation skills in a fun environment that makes them want to participate -- sitting around an imaginary campfire using a conversation stick that has a marshmallow on its tip! Through the use of visual and verbal supports, Conversation Campfire participants learn and practice how to begin conversations with specific topics, ask and answer questions about the topics, make comments, and maintain each topic for a specific period of time. These tools help to increase the effectiveness of their conversation attempts, and over time, help students develop successful conversation skills.
EVERY DAY SPEECH: Upper School students utilize this comprehensive social skills program that focuses on skills that are needed in daily interactions including conversation skills, nonverbal communication, and friendship skills.
Life Skills Programs
New Horizons Academy's Life Skills Programs are designed to teach students the skills necessary to gain meaningful employment and function as successfully as possible within the jobs in which they will be engaged. Our multi-faceted curriculum consists of both classroom instruction and real-life job training practice within the school community.
EAGLES NEST SNACK SHACK: This fun, hands-on program teaches Upper School students job skills related to running a business. Through a combination of teamwork, planning and budgeting, the students plan, purchase, prepare, sell and serve weekly lunch meals to the school's student body and
at annual school-related events.
TRANSITIONAL LIFE SKILLS: Through an interactive curriculum, Upper School students are taught employment-readiness skills including creating resumes, learning interview techniques, searching for jobs and understanding job postings, and completing job applications.