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About This School

Horizon Middle School is a public middle school in Aurora. The principal of Horizon Middle School is Dr. Tony Davis. 968 students attend Horizon Middle School and identify as Asian/Pacific Islander, Multiracial, and Asian. 44% of the 968 students here have subsidized lunches. The student to teacher ratio at Horizon Middle School is 16:1. Peace with Christ Christian School is one of the nearest middle schools.

Extracurricular Activities

  • Arts

    • Band
    • Ceramics sculpture
    • Chorus
    • Computer arts
    • Drawing painting
    • Orchestra
    • Photography
    • Theater drama
    • Video film production
  • Languages Taught

    • French
    • German
    • Italian
    • Latin
    • Spanish
    • Tagalog
  • Sports

    • Badminton
    • Baseball
    • Basketball
    • Crew
    • Cross country
    • Football
    • Golf
    • Gymnastics
    • Lacrosse
    • P.E. classes
    • Rock climbing
    • Rugby
    • Soccer
    • Softball
    • Tennis
    • Track
    • Ultimate Frisbee
    • Volleyball
    • Wrestling
    • Yoga

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Asian/Pacific Islander 6% 8%
Multiracial 5% %
Asian 5% %
White, non-Hispanic 45% 63%
Hispanic 24% 13%
Black, non-Hispanic 19% 14%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.9% 0.6%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.5% %

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 44% 22%

Community Rating & Reviews

  • (8 months ago)

    This is a great school the teachers are so friendly it's just that the students aren't so friendly they are kind of mean.otherwise it's a great school the teachers really care

  • (1 year ago)

    Worst three years of my life. Teachers didn't care. I don't remember who the principal was she never came out of her office. You don't thrive in this school you survive it and leave the first chance you get.

  • (1 year ago)

    In the past this school was really in the bottom list. In the beginning of school year I see that they were so many understanding between students and staff. And as a parent my husband and I got involve. I see that a lot of parents don t get involve here. I can see how many students that don t have discipline here (which is really start from home). Now and then I have been visiting meeting the teacher's and ask for my kid s progress. Substitute teachers are not great in-fact they are horrible with kids and hoping someday I get a chance to observe this subs. Teachers are wonderful willing to assist and help the kids succeed.

  • (1 year ago)

    Horizon is a good school. The teachers are very supportive and have good methods. The principal and vice principal are amazing. This school definitely deserves 4 stars.

  • (1 year ago)

    This school has been a great experience for me AND my child. The staff is all very approachable - from administrators to teacher to lunch ladies! I was worried about my child getting lost in such a big school but they do a great job of keeping the 6th graders "looked after" and really do know all the kids by name. It feels like a small school in a big setting. The teachers are engaging ad administration is supportive. What a great middle school experience! )

  • (1 year ago)

    I am very impressed with this school.I'm only in 7th grade but so far it has been a GREAT learning experience. I am a current AVID student and we demonstrate our school.We are proud of who we are.The teachers are great!!!!!

  • (2 years ago)

    Horizon has excelled over the last few years and the leadership has really taken charge. I would encourage parents to throw away their school of choice forms. The kids from the elementary feeder schools are bright and ready to learn. This school has been an VERY positive experience for my son and daughter. Horizon is a hidden gem that does not get the credit it deserves. So glad we didn't transfer them to the "other" middle school in the area!

  • (3 years ago)

    My son has been attending HCMS for the last two years and he has done very well. I believe the importance of education and acceptable social behavior starts at home. We parents must encourge our children not just once in awhile but everyday that school is their job and it's in their best interest to excel and appreciate their accomplishments. With that being said even the worst school in the city can have some GREAT students. Yes it helps with the principal and teachers are more professional and encouraging with those the deal with on a daily basis but need to remember that are ALOT of children in one school now days. Parents really have to be the number one support group for the kids. Praise them daily for their good work and encourage them when they don't do well help them and they will have success no matter where they go to school!! Horizon has and does try very hard to provide quality teaching and award these tweens with trips and ceremonies-yes there are other middle schools in the area that are newer and have more money to spend but overall it will work if you have faith in your child and keep an eye on who they are becoming and if your lucky they will be just like you!

  • (3 years ago)

    This school is absolutely horrible. If you have any ability of taking your child to another school - do it! There is bullying going on daily and there is nothing done about it even when reported. The superintendent will be of no help so don't try going to her either. You might find one or two good teachers but that's about all you will find at Horizon. Try home schooling if you can.

  • (3 years ago)

    My son is in 6th grade and transferred into Horizon M.S. from Mrachek. I have been very disappointed! When your child attends an Aurora Public School all you hear is how great the Cherry Creek School District is and you should try to get your child into one of their schools. My child was getting better grades at Mrachek and this is the school that people love to hate! I find that very ironic....The teachers are VERY slow in returning calls or emails and the counselor shows little motivation in researching avenues that could help a child in school. I regret my decision to send my son to Horizon. They do not deal well with children who have learning disabilities and need extra help with their studies.

  • (3 years ago)

    This is not good place for learning. The teachers seems to be just counting their days to get out. There is many fights. There is a great lack of communication between parent and teacher. I would not send my other kids to this school.

  • (4 years ago)

    I love this school. I have to admit that I was nervous when my son started here in the fall but at the end of this year I was very happy with the education he has recieved so far! He is active in a lot of the extra activities offered as well as band and the AVID program. He has also managed to mantain a 3.86 gpa and a 4.0 for the 4th quater!! I liked all the teachers and his honors language arts teacher Mr. Goyea was awesome!!

  • (4 years ago)

    My child is in ELA class program. frist year at Horizon. This school is not a good school for kids that have some kind of trouble on reading and math the teacher are no help at all and my child has to pay the price for teacher that don't take the time to really help kids that what to learn the right way. I called the 6th grade counselor and teacher's that may child has problems with and no asnwers and I had to call the front office to try to get answers. I am trying to get my child transfer to a different school for next school year. I think that some the teacher's don't really care about the student and that is not a very nice way for parent to send they kids to school. I believe in school education that is what I believe in.

  • (4 years ago)

    My Child is in the Edge program. This is his first year at Horizon (6th grader) and although he has done well in classes (A's & B's) I am still concerned with the quality of leadership. I have made several phone calls over the year to his Dean counselor and or teacher's and the response time is not as quick as I would like and I believe that there should be more parent/student activities as well as parent involvement in the class rooms and class trips.

  • (4 years ago)

    i curently go to hcms it is so much fun. lots of fights.but the techers are so cool.they have forensic science withe mr.Coperstien and the best techer in team 7-3 and 6-3 ever.

  • (4 years ago)

    There is an extreme lack of educational fundamentals and motivation derived from the school staff. The focus is established as a prison for discipline versus positive & creative measures to engage the students to learn. I requested homework for my nephew who was expelled and it was only a week later when I escalated that there was any response. Had I not stepped in he would have been disciplined with no requirements to meet educational goals. If a student requires correction enforce education as a means to meet objectives dont just expel... hello?? that sends the wrong message.

  • (4 years ago)

    The staff and teachers at Horizon middle school are great. this school make leaning fun for kids.

  • (5 years ago)

    Over crowded lots of fights in the halls unsafe!

  • (5 years ago)

    When I attended this middle school Its not a place where I liked to learn. The teachers were not encouraging just discipline being shoved down our throats. I transferred from Horizon my 6th grade year to Falcon Creek and my grades and my attendance in school spiked but once I was sent back to Horizon for my 8th grade year I didn't have an interest in learning anymore and quit showing up on a regular basis because I knew I wouldn't be missing anything in class and I'm still taking advance classes in high school and the classes I took through 8th grade there was irritating because I knew what they teaching me. Don't send our children here unless they have a good head on their shoulders because if they don't they will end up getting in trouble. The students have no respect for the teachers and the principal is very selfish and doesn't stick to her words and pretty much flakes out on the school.

  • (6 years ago)

    The school is very diverse which is great. For parent interaction the teachers depend too much on PowerSchool (which they don't update regularly enough) and official parent teacher conferences. There is zero actual communication that is not parent-initiated so there will be no warning if your child is struggling. They don't actually bother to investigate discliplinary issues. They don't deal well with learning disabilities. Some of the teachers are disorganized and scatterbrained (even one AVID teacher) which makes it impossible to actually monitor your kid's progress before it is too late. If you want any attention at all as a parent make sure you contact them because they won't contact you. It is too bad because this school has tremendous potential with the great diversity in its students.

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