More than Just the Academics
Daily Living Skills/Advanced Life Skills
Students study, test, and earn their food handler’s card in these all-encompassing classes. They learn daily living skills such as cooking, clearing, landscaping, washing clothes and dishes, and they head the farm-to-table program where the food they grow in the school garden is used in their healthy snack shack for smoothies. Students also man the snack shack developing their monetary transaction skills. The Advanced Life Skills class serves the food at lunchtime each day.
Social Skills classes are offered both in our Upper School and Lower School classes. For 45 minutes each day, students learn skills like active listening, respectful and effective speaking, how to read body language, and how to effectively work with others for a common goal. Social Skills are practiced and supported by the faculty throughout the academic day.
Beginning Guitar: Student learn the basic elements of reading music and simple hand techniques providing them with a sound foundation to move on to more advanced learning.
Advanced Guitar: Students build on their foundational skills and are able to perform advanced musical ensembles with their fellow students.
Rock Band: Students with a strong musical background can join the New Horizons Academy Flying Walrus, the school’s rock band. Students perform on the New Horizons and have displayed their talents at the Grant-A-Gift fundraiser Diamonds and Denims.
Vocal Ensemble: Students learn vocal technique and develop their vocal talents in this kinesthetic class.
Ceramics: Students explore the world of pottery in this dynamic, hands-on class. Students learn the skills associated with various techniques in building hand-crafted artwork that will last a lifetime.
Drawing and Painting: Students sharpen their drawing skills and work with various media in the drawing and painting class. Students receive one-on-one lessons as they explore their creative interests through two-dimensional art.
Graphic Design: Students develop basic and advanced techniques in utilizing software, recognizing elements of design, and building a digital portfolio that will serve them if they decide to pursue a career in graphic design. Graphic Design students develop advertising for the school and they build the student yearbook.
Conversational Spanish: Students explore the Spanish language and culture through predominantly verbal exchange. Students review modern culture and history in a way that fosters understanding and respect of those cultures throughout Latin America. Students also study Spanish origins and reflect on the influence of Spain in the 15th century.
New Horizons Academy was founded in 1974 by Dr. Theresa Smith who was a pioneer, leader and advocate in education for children with learning differences. Dr. Smith overcame her own learning challenges to ultimately earn her doctorate when she was in her 50’s. She worked at New Horizons Center or Learning well into her 80’s until she passed away in January of 2008.
Our mission is to provide a personalized instructional setting that enables each student to achieve academic success in a safe, nurturing environment and to prepare each student to become a fully participating member of society.
Our education objectives are to coordinate with families and students to understand individual strengths and learning styles and to facilitate student transition to public or private settings, including college, vocational career training and meaningful employment.