|About Horizon - a Presentation|
At Horizon Christian School we believe that educating a child is of the highest calling. Since 1977, we have made that calling our priority by providing quality Christian education for families in the Columbia Gorge area. At Horizon, we are dedicated to helping each student develop their full potential by encouraging academic excellence, integrity, Godly character, and a passion for life. We stress a challenging academic program taught by caring, experienced teachers using the highest quality curriculum integrated with a biblical worldview.
Horizon Christian School is accredited by the Northwest Accreditation Commission (NWAC).
As an accredited school we are a member of one of the nation's six regional accrediting associations. Approximately 1,656 public and private schools in the Northwest region are accredited by the NWAC. Being accredited indicates that we subscribe to a process of accountability and voluntary self-regulation that is a constructive experience designed to improve the quality of the school. Accreditation is just one way of ensuring that our school meets specific review standards including minimum environmental standards, a valid school improvement plan, an on-going self-study and on-site peer evaluation process.
Our pre-kindergarten is fully licensed by the State of Oregon.
2014-2015 Enrollment - There are 200 students enrolled in Pre-Kindergarten through 12th grade.
Class Size - With an average class size of 15 and a teacher-student ratio of 16:1, Horizon provides individual attention, strong teacher relationships, and a customized education plan for students. Our board is committed to a low student-teacher ration in order to maximize individual instruction and attention.
Curriculum - We stress a challenging academic program that includes skill building, critical thinking, spiritual and character development. We integrate a biblical worldview using both Christian and secular textbooks and materials. Students participate in a full range of classes including language arts, math, science, history, Bible, computer, fine arts (visual art, music, and band), Spanish, physical education and a number of additional electives. Advanced placement classes are offered in English literature, English composition, U.S. government, U.S. history, chemistry, physics, and art.
Fine Arts – Students at all grade levels have an opportunity to participate in the music program including elementary music and beginning, intermediate, and jazz bands. Within the visual arts program, which is also offered at all grade levels, students work with a variety of mediums. A musical drama is also presented each year by students.
Christian Emphasis - Students participate in prayer and discussions about the Bible each day within the classroom and attend Chapel each week. Students often meet on their own initiative for prayer and a parents group meets weekly for prayer. During the first month of each year, Horizon students, parents, and faculty pause to dedicate a day of prayer for our school, community, nation, and world.
Serving Others - Service is a way of life at Horizon. Students are given many opportunities and encouraged to serve their school, their community, and their world. As much as is possible, students do the organization and execution of service projects with coaching and advisement from staff and mentors. It is our belief that students learn much more by doing and possibly making mistakes than by be handed a polished product done by someone else. Read more...
"Horizon Hawks" - Students in 7th grade through 12th grade have an opportunity to participate in sports. They excel in soccer, basketball, and golf and are frequent contenders for division titles at the 1A - OSAA level. Our teams offer significant playing time and a chance to develop exceptional sportsmanship.
Tuition & Fees - Fees and tuition are based on grade level. Discounts are given for families with multiple students. See Tuition and Fees.
Tuition Assistance - Tuition Assistance is awarded on the basis of demonstrated eligibility and the total amount of financial aid funding allocated in the budgeting process. The allocation is based on anticipated contributions from friends of Horizon. See Tuition Assistance.
Dress Code - It is our desire to provide a productive learning environment that includes a modest standard of dress that enhances our goals. Our "standardized dress code" takes the focus off outward appearance and encourages learning and respect for each other. See Dress Code Policy.
Jesus said "I came that they might have life, and might have it abundantly”. – John 10:10
The central theme of the Bible from Genesis to Revelation is the love story of how God created Mankind, how mankind has sinned, and how in a supreme act of love, Jesus Christ, who is fully God and fully man, was sent to earth to provide salvation from sin and eternal life to all those who believe. “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life” (John 3:16). This is great news for a world that suffers, today, from the effects of not following God’s plan of salvation for mankind. Biblical Truth is the core foundation of everything we do at Horizon, as described in our mission statement. The following Statement of Faith summarizes the essential elements of Biblical Truth, as we understand the Scriptures.
1. The Scriptures - We believe that the Bible is the sole and final authority for faith and living life.
The 66 books of the Bible were penned by men of God “moved by the Holy Spirit” to write the very words of Scripture. The Bible is therefore without error (inerrant) in its original manuscripts, and provides encouragement, guidance, comfort and instruction for living rightly in this world (2 Tim. 3:16-17; 2 Pet. 1:20-21).
2. The Godhead Trinity - We believe in one true God eternally existing in three distinct persons - Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
Each member of the Trinity is fully and equally God; possessing the divine nature and attributes, and is totally worthy of our worship and service (Deut. 6:4; Titus 3:5;John 10:30; 2 Cor. 13:14).
God the Father - We believe God the Father created all things in six days for His glory according to His own will, through His Son, Jesus Christ. He sustains His creation by the Word of His power and grace, and remains in full control of everything He has made (Rev.4:11, Col. 1:17, Heb.1:3).
God the Son - We believe that Jesus Christ was conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary; that He is One Person possessing two natures and thus fully God and fully man; that He lived a sinless life and sacrificed Himself as a perfect substitute to redeem from sin all who place their faith in Him; that He arose bodily from the grave, ascended into Heaven where He is seated on the right hand of God interceding for His people, and will return to the earth in keeping with His promises (John 1:1, 14, 18; 14:8-9, 1 Tim. 3:16).
God the Holy Spirit - We believe that the Holy Spirit, in all that He does, glorifies the Lord Jesus Christ. He convicts the world of sin, righteousness, and judgment. He draws unbelievers to repentance and faith, bringing that person into union with Christ and His Body, the church. The Holy Spirit sanctifies, seals, fills, guides, instructs, comforts, equips, empowers, permanently indwells at salvation, and bestows spiritual gifts to the believer for Christ-like living and service (John 16:8; Titus 3:5; Rom. 8:9-17; 1 Cor. 3:16; 12:4-5, 11-13; Heb 2:1-4).
3. Mankind - We believe that God created mankind—male and female—in His own image and likeness, to glorify Himself and enjoy His fellowship forever.
Tempted by Satan, man freely chose to disobey God, bringing sin, death and condemnation to all mankind. All human beings, therefore, are sinful by nature and by choice, and are in desperate need of the Savior to have their sins forgiven and their relationship with God restored (Gen. 3:1-6; Rom. 3:10-19; Rom. 1:18, 32).
4. Satan - We believe that Satan is the instigator of evil and a real spirit being, not simply the personification of evil.
He is a fallen angel who, under the sovereign permission of God, has been given temporary rule of the earth, until the time when he will be cast into the eternal lake of fire. The Devil deceives the world and seeks to establish his counterfeit kingdom on earth to discredit and blaspheme God and to tempt, accuse, attack and destroy believers. He can be resisted by the believer through faith and reliance on the power of the Holy Spirit (Gen. 3:1-5; Isa. 14:12-17; 1 Jn. 5:19; 2 Cor. 11:14; 1 Pet. 5:8-9; Rev. 12:9, 20:1-10).
5. Salvation - We believe that the shed blood of Jesus Christ on the cross provides the sole basis for forgiveness of sins and deliverance from hell. Salvation is the free gift of God’s grace, and cannot be secured by man’s works or personal merit.
Salvation is experienced by the regenerating work of the Holy Spirit. It can only be received by the sinner who repents and places faith in the finished work of Christ. Repentance is a turning toward God and away from sin and is a part of but not separate from believing faith. Those who receive Jesus Christ by faith evidence the new birth, are new creations in Christ, and are kept by the power of God to experience the glories of eternal life! (John 1:12-13, 3:1-7, 10:27-29, 2 Cor. 5:17; Rom. 1:16, 10:9-10; Eph. 1:7, 13-14, 2:8-10; 1 Pet. 1:3-5).
6. The Christian Life - We believe that every Christian will endeavor to live a life pleasing to God by both adopting a Biblical worldview in their conduct, and by attempting to avoid sin in their own personal life.
By ever increasing obedience to the Word of God, and God’s loving discipline, believers can live a holy life; exercising their spiritual gifts to build up the body of Christ, and be personally involved in making disciples to fulfill the great commission; and all to the glory of God (Gal. 2:20; 1 Pet. 1:15-16, 2:11; 1 Cor. 10:31; 2 Cor. 5:14-15; Rom. 6:11-13; Eph. 2:10, 4:11-12, 22-24; Matt. 28:18-20; Col. 1:10; John 15:8, 16; Heb. 12:4-11).
7. The Church - We believe that upon placing one’s faith in the Lord Jesus Christ as Savior, the believer is made part of the Body of Christ, which is the one universal Church.
Jesus Christ is the Head of the church and the Scriptures command believers to gather locally in order to devote themselves to worship, prayer, teaching of the Word, fellowship, and the ordinances of baptism and communion. (Eph. 1:22-23; Acts 2:42-46; 1 Cor. 14:26; Matt. 28:18-20).
8. Things to Come - We believe in and expectantly await the glorious, visible, personal return of the Lord Jesus Christ.
The blessed hope of His return also has vital bearing on the personal life, service, and mission of the believer. We believe in the bodily resurrection of both the saved and the lost. The lost will be raised to judgment and experience eternal wrath in hell. The saved will be raised to eternal joy in the presence of God to experience the wonder of the new heaven and new earth (Acts 1:3, 9-11; 1 Cor. 15:22; 1 Thess. 4:13-18; Heb. 7:25-26).
9. Final Authority for Matters of Belief and Conduct - The Bible itself, as the inspired and infallible Word of God, speaks with final authority concerning truth, morality, and the proper conduct of mankind.
It is the sole and final source of all that we believe. This statement of faith does not exhaust the extent of our beliefs. For purposes of Horizon Christian School’s faith, doctrine, practice, policy, and discipline Horizon Christian School’s Board of Trustees holds to the historical, grammatical, literal interpretation of the Bible (John 14:6; Rev. 22:18-19).