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 is to develop a community of reflective learners who advocate for themselves, others, and a just world.
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
firstname.lastname@example.org / 720.561.3600
Proud to be a BVSD school. Learn more and enroll at bvsd.org.
BVSD Board of Education President Nicole Rajpal has been actively involved in the school district since her children were BVSD kindergarten students. Now her kids are in middle and high school and over that time Rajpal’s positive impact on the students and staff experience in BVSD continues to grow.
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.
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.
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.
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.