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Horizons started as a two-year pilot program in 1991 with 92 students. We have  continued to grow, becoming a charter school in 1997. Teacher-led, Horizons has been educating the city of Boulder for over 30 years!


Our Vision

Our vision is to develop a community of reflective learners who advocate for themselves, others, and a just world.


Our Mission

Our mission at Horizons is to guide students to become self-directed learners in a supportive,
collaborative environment
rooted in critical thinking, justice, and choice.


2023-24 Enrollment: 363 students

Small Class Sizes: Average Student/Teacher ratio is 11 to 1

Instructional Approach: Self-Directed Learning


4545 Sioux Drive  Boulder, Colorado 80303  /  720.561.3600

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District News

Student speaking on newcomer panel

On February 1, Boulder Valley School District (BVSD) hosted a group of leaders from the Colorado Department of Education (CDE) and nearly 60 educators from 19 other school districts in the state to discuss practices and approaches for supporting newcomer students.

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Gold Hill students on nature trip

This past fall, Johanna Morrison’s classroom at Gold Hill Elementary school buzzed with excitement as a dedicated class of young naturalists delved into studying the intricacies of water-edge ecosystems, called riparian zones. As an exciting extension of their studies, Morrison’s students embarked on a creative writing and art project, resulting in the publication of a book titled "Healthy, Happy Habitats" for which each student created their own story and picture to add to the book.

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Nevin McKay Epp photographed in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

Nevin McKay Epp, an IT Service Desk Technician at  BVSD, stands out for his technical skills and dedication to connecting with and empowering users. Born in Ecuador, he attended elementary school in Colorado at BVSD’s own Escuela Bilingue Pioneer, where he eventually returned and worked as the registrar. Described by his colleagues as "fully bilingual and fully enthusiastic", his diverse experiences have shaped his approach to IT support.

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Kris Stoppenhagen photo

Before coming to work at the Boulder Valley School District, as the executive director of Bond Planning & Construction, BVSD left quite an impression on Kris Stoppenhagen. “Boulder Valley School District was really my favorite client,” Stoppenhagen said. 

As a project manager with RLH Engineering, Stoppenhagen worked with a lot of local school districts including Jeffco Public Schools, Eaton School District, Weld RE-4 in Windsor and Thompson School District.  Through different projects, BVSD always stood out to him. 

Read More about Leadership Profile: BVSD’s commitment to ‘doing the right thing’ enticed him to lead the bond team