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Information to know about Horizons CIS

  • Horizons School is WASC accredited, the same as the comprehensive high schools.
    • Our school is not a "catch-up" program.
    • Students can go faster than at regular school, but it usually takes as much time or longer to learn the material well enough to pass and earn credit.


  • Students at Horizons School are required to be “full time” students in the program. 
    • This means that they must take at least four courses, or 20 credits, in the program, no matter what they are doing elsewhere.
    • Academic graduation requirements is completion of 200 credits and meeting all core academic requirements.
    • We give variable credit. Students receive credits for the work they have done (in increments of 0.5 credits). ​​​​​​​


  • ​​​​​​​Students at Horizons School can begin classes at any time and end classes at any time; not just at the beginning or end of a semester. 
    • If a student misses two teacher appointments, or fails 60 hours worth of required work, we are required by law to do an Evaluation for Continuing Enrollment, which requires parent involvement. 
    • The evaluation determines whether the student gets to stay in program. This evaluation is done in writing and is placed in the student’s cum folder.


  • Horizons School can find ways for students to do almost every elective offered at regular schools. Students should talk to their teacher about their needs. Course requirements can be individualized to meet the unique needs of each student.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​
    • Students can take one or two courses at their comprehensive high school, as long as there is room.
    • Students can participate in athletics at their home school. (Students must take two courses at the comprehensive high school, meet CIF and the comprehensive high school graduation requirements, and be eligible.)
    • ​​​​​​​Students can do activities such as dances and proms at their comprehensive high school. There are forms to be signed to obtain approval.
    • Students can take courses at a community college, such as Diablo Valley College (DVC), as part of their high school program. These courses can count for both high school and college (and possibly earn much more credit than high school courses).


  • Students at Horizons School can graduate early.
    • Students graduate immediately, as soon as they have completed all graduation requirements. They are graduates as of that day and do not have to continue at school. They will receive their diploma at the graduation ceremony or they can pick it up in the office after graduation.
    • Students can choose to graduate at their comprehensive high school. To do so, they must meet the comprehensive high school graduation requirements.