Horizon Alternative Senior School (Gr 07 - 08)
Located in Little Italy at Central Commerce High School, Horizon draws students from Grade 6 classes throughout the City of Toronto. Horizon provides a strong, enriched academic curriculum in an adolescent-focused caring community. Our program is based on experiential learning and aims to develop independent, self-motivated learners, effective communicators, creative problem-solvers, and responsible citizens. We offer single gender classes in many subject areas including Math, Science, Information Technology, and English. Special facilities/equipment include a beautiful auditorium, two gyms, a drama room and dance studio, a science lab, Smart Boards and wireless. We are also totally tech integrated in all subject areas.
Our teachers deliver much of the curriculum through innovative simulations. For example, in our History and Social Studies courses, students research the Louis Riel trial and prepare a case as defending lawyers or prosecutors. In Geography class, the United Nations is accurately re-enacted with well-researched, articulate and compelling student debates. We believe that school should be exciting and fun for everyone.
Focus on Equity
While equity issues are integrated and discussed in all aspects of the program, we offer a separate course dedicated to the study of equity, ageism, sexism, gender bias, and other issues.
Creating a Safe Haven for Learning
Horizon is a small school and, as such, truly becomes a community. The environment encourages acceptance and tolerance. Every one is encouraged to speak out and take an active role in the school community. The trust we develop with both the students and the parent community allows us to deal effectively with problems very early on.
The music program at Horizon is rich and offers a variety of options including guitar, strings and band. Grade eights can also audition for the Horizon House Band. The Visual Arts program introduces the students to a wide variety of mediums, techniques and styles in weekly classes and is enriched with a bi-annual art show. Drama class is also an option.
Core French Language
Like all other academic programs at Horizon, the Core French program is advanced. Students focus on oral, reading and writing skills while engaged in motivating and meaningful activities. They may write and perform a song, put on a fashion show, or create a poster. All
activities reinforce the regular vocabulary and grammatical structures being taught in lessons. Read more about Core French Language