HORIZON ACADEMY Building Dreams of the Future!
Horizon is located on the California/Nevada border, surrounded by beautiful mountains, sand dunes and expansive stretches of untouched arid land. Horizon is in a secluded location with a small town atmosphere providing a friendly, family-oriented environment.
I am a mother with a son who currently attends
Horizon Academy. My son has been at Horizon Academy since
July 10, 2005.
I visited Horizon the day before I admitted my son. The drive was 600 miles round trip, but I felt compeled to visit the facility prior to admitting my son. I was given a tour and met a lot of the staff. The facility was very clean and the grounds were well groomed. I was impressed with the computer room, kitchen, dining area, library room, office, and the teens rooms. More than that, I was impressed with the structure they have for the teens. I saw the staff sitting at the same table with the teens during lunch. The atmosphere was relaxed . As I looked at their smiling faces, I knew it would be the family environment my son needed. They would be my son's family during a ciritical time in his life.
Horizon Academy is not an institution where you place your child to deal with their issues until they are eighteen. It is so much more than that. It is a life changing experience for the teens as well as the parents. The staff really know my son. He has constant supervision with caring people that have his interest at heart. They have a program that really works. I have met five teens that have graduated from the program. What an awesome experience.
I had exhausted every resource I could think of at home. I spent many hours wondering how I could help my son. I could see him destroying his life before my eyes but was helpless to help him. Now I know he is safe and getting the help he truly needs. He has changed so much in the last three months. He now sees a hopeful future in front of him. He has a long way to go but Horizon Academy has the staff and program in place that he needs to succeed.
Thank you Horizon Academy for being there for my son and I.
Dear Concerned Parents,
We have been where you are today. Searching for answers. Wanting nothing but the very best for my child who was struggling. There were several issues between my child and I that took us to the point of desperation.
Before enrolling my daughter in the facility I had to ask myself a couple of questions.
Could she receive the structured care and support from a local program?
Do we want to bury our child?
Am I doing this to promote a healthy and happy future for her and the family?
Is this the situation that would benefit her self worth to ensure proper decision making skills?
I began to question whether or not it was the right thing to push her into this type of situation where she will acquire the skills needed to succeed. I thought to myself, she is headed down a path of destruction. Her behavior was disturbing to my husband and I . The entire family unit was in disarray most of the time.
We decided to be pro active in her future and be a positive role model for her and my other children. I enrolled my daughter in Horizon Academy.
Horizon teaches respect, honesty, and self discipline just to name a few. The changes that have occurred to our relationship is amazing. She talks to us respectfully and there is a huge difference in her attitude. She can honestly tell me how she feels and all her inner thoughts. We are very confident there is not a better facility around. It is better knowing she is safe and getting the help she needs on a daily basis.
Leaving your child at a boarding care facility is not easy. I know I have been there but it is the single most important decision you will ever make for yourself, your child, and the rest of the family unit. This is a journey that will enrich the life of the entire family. If you need someone to relate to the Family Support System is always available and there to help.
Dear Parent Considering Horizon Academy:
We know first hand how hard it can be to come to the point where you finally realize your best efforts to change or control your child’s actions are not working. You know you have to do something for the safety and well-being of your child and your family. You have likely researched alternatives that will give your child a hope of a successful future, because you love him or her and only want the best for them. Horizon Academy is one such alternative and we strongly believe it can be the right choice for you just like it has been for us.
In early July 2005, we came to the realization that we had to do something to stop our sixteen-year-old daughter’s self-destructive behavior. Her personal choices were placing her own future and even her life in jeopardy, as well as, nearly destroying our family from the stress and worry.
We were not aware that options, such as Horizon, even existed until we ran across a web site in our search for help. Less than a week after we learned about the school we visited for a tour. We were very surprised when we arrived to find that Horizon had only been open a few weeks and that the facility is essentially all new. We were impressed with the staff and the structure that had been established to teach and guide the students through the behavioral change process. We met a number of staff members on our visit, and they all were professional, competent, experienced, and most of all caring. If we were to entrust our daughter to someone else’s care for an extended period of time, we had to believe it was more than a “job” to them. We left with the impression that many of the key staff at Horizon were investing a large part of their life to make a difference in the lives of troubled teens.
We drove our daughter to Horizon on July 16, 2005. To say the least, when she realized we were leaving her there, she was extremely angry with us. It was the hardest thing we have ever had to do, but we have no regrets now!
The behavioral change program that is applied at Horizon works! Over the last three months we have slowly seen the loving, bright child emerge from the stranger that had been living in our home. Our daughter loves the school, is excited about her progress and has a second chance and hope for a great future now.
We highly recommend Horizon Academy for your “troubled teen”. We firmly believe that the relatively small size of the school is a big benefit. With the current level of enrollment, the staff is able to develop closer relationships with all of the students, which we believe helps to facilitate faster growth and change in the students.
We are very happy with the communications we have been having with the school. The initial bi-weekly, and now weekly, phone calls help us to feel connected on a more personal note than just the weekly letters we receive from our daughter.
We wholeheartedly recommend Horizon to any parent that has realized they need help with changing their child’s self-destructive behavior. We feel God led us to Horizon and is using this school to work a miracle in our daughter’s life!
Kerry and Gwen R.
Las Vegas, NV
The time leading up to our enrolling our son at Horizon Academy was intensely difficult and challenging. We honestly did not know what steps to take for the betterment of our child. He was quickly becoming a young man and unfortunately was not making the best of choices. We knew his life was in jeopardy and wanted to alter his course of action. There are many choices for parent/s in this situation. There are many schools and programs addressing these problems. My wife and I made an earnest effort investigating the possibilities. Horizon Academy was recommended to us by a student who progressed through a network related school. He had a most positive experience with Luke Hallows. I had two lengthy discussions with Luke, prior to making our decision, and felt very impressed with his understanding of our situation and his commitment to the ultimate and positive change of the students in his school.
Shortly thereafter, my wife and I made the all too difficult decision of enrolling our son in the program at Horizon. Since day one of our son’s enrollment we have felt a peace we have not felt in years. We did not want to “get rid of our son”. We love him immensely and wanted him to be in an environment that hopefully would alter his thoughts and actions in a way that would give him his life back and enable him to see the world in a different light. There was also the hope that he would then see his parents and his family in a positive light as well.
I feel that we have made an excellent choice enrolling him at Horizon. The program has been challenging and effective thus far, yielding a result even more positive at this point in time than we had expected. The administration, officers and counselors/teachers have taken a real and honest interest in our son’s development. The contact with yourself and our family representative has been excellent. The communication of his activity and progress has kept us keenly aware of his development.
I would like to thank you for taking such good care of him. I look forward to holding him once again, confident that he is on the right track.
Thank you and best regards-
To: Horizon Academy
For us making a decision to send our child to Horizon Academy was a very hard one. This is someone that we are used to taking care of and making sure he was ok. We wanted the best for him. There came a point where Horizon Academy was our last option because nothing else had worked. We began to understand that if we don’t do this now then he will throw away his life and we would always regret not doing EVERYTHING we could.
We were greeted at the school with people that were warm, caring and passionate about what they did. They helped us understand that this is not just a school or a “jail” like it sometimes seems to be but simply a place where our child can start all over and concentrate on himself. He would have the support of all the staff in his journey to become what we know he wants to be. I was always hesitant about the school even when we were on the way there but by visiting the school and speaking with the staff face to face made me feel like I have made the right choice for my child’s future.
This wasn’t a way for us to push something onto someone else and not have to worry about it. We are very involved in the process every step of the way. By doing the things that the school wants us to do as parents, our child understands that we are working with him to better his future. This was his last chance at a great future and we don’t regret any part of it. It’s an emotional process but there is nothing better than getting letters from your child saying he knows why he’s there and that he wants to change. Horizon Academy makes the effort to make sure you feel like you are right next to him during his journey.
When he’s done, he can look back at the process and say that the school saved his life and that makes it worth everything.