Magazine article Nation's Cities Weekly

Salt Lake City School Offers New Horizons for Nontraditional Students

Magazine article Nation's Cities Weekly

Salt Lake City School Offers New Horizons for Nontraditional Students

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For more than 30 years, a school in Salt Lake City has given disadvantaged students a chance at success.

Horizonte, an alternative school, is a last chance for many students who do not conform to a regular classroom setting. It is also a first chance for many students who are new to the United States to succeed in a new country.

Founded almost 40 years ago, and described as a progressive high school that functions like an alternative school, Horizonte enrolls up to 10,000 students a year--from 11 to 84 years old, from more than 50 countries and speaking more than 80 languages.

"We provide those ancillary services that most schools don't--child care, parenting classes, transportation, free breakfast and lunch, immigration services on site--because our idea of comprehensive services goes beyond a core curriculum," said Horizonte principal James Andersen.

But the school offers more than English as a second language, GED and alternative education programs for troubled youth. It also takes in teen mothers, students who can't attend full-time classes, adults and others in an effort to address numerous disparities in its communities.

Among the programs Horizonte offers are innovative services such as:

Adult Program

Horizonte Instruction and Training Center offers educational opportunities and high school completion for adults and alternative students. Programs are designed to help students develop intellectually, culturally, and vocationally. This includes education in survival, pre-employment and occupational training skills. …

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