Horizons Academy

Horizons Academy of Maui's mission is to provide an education to those students that have a learning disability or difference, by giving them an education focused on academic, compensating learning strategies, life and emotional skills so that they may make a positive contribution to society, specifically the Maui Community.
We serve students from K-12 with average to above average intelligence.
With an individualized curriculum plan, the students are able to overcome their disabilities and focus on their capabilities in a nurturing and accepting environment that also enhances self-esteem.
Our goal is to transition students back to mainstream academics.
since being established in 1989 we have been giving the students the skills they need to make this learning transition back into the public or private school system.

School Overview

School TypeSpecial Education School
School Membership(s)School Assoc.National Association of Private Special Education Centers
Grades OfferedGrades 5-12
Year Founded1989
Summer School OfferedYes

Student Body

Total Students16 students
Student Body TypeCo-ed
Students by Grade Horizons Academy Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers2 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio8:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
Average Class Size8 students

Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineNone / Rolling
% on Financial Aid
Acceptance Rate
National avg.: 85%
Admissions DirectorDebbi D'Angelo

School Notes

  • Horizons Academy is based on the educational philosophy that children and youth have the potential to learn, thrive, and succeed when taught using specialized teaching strategies and effective educational practices. Our job is to find the way in which each child learns best and to teach in those ways using research-based effective practices. * Horizons Academy provides quality education to students kindergarten through tenth grade and is committed to providing best practices in the field of special education. With this mission, we research and identify the most effective programs, curricula, and instructional tools to meet our students' needs. The alternative educational program that Horizons Academy provides has become widely known, respected and recognized in Maui, the state of Hawaii, and North America. * Grades/Ages: Grade levels taught are kindergarten through tenth (ages 5 to 18 years). The compositions of our classrooms are based on each student's skill level rather than actual grade level. * Class size: With an average teacher to student ratio of 1 to 7, Horizons Academy gives each student an abundance of individualized attention. Team conferencing is held regularly on each student to ensure that all students are making their appropriate academic and social gains. Curriculum & Instruction: Students are provided with an exciting learning environment that meets their individual needs. With the use of direct, multi-sensory instruction, students receive the highest quality instruction in the areas of phonological awareness, reading decoding, reading comprehension, visual imagery, auditory processing, expressive writing, writing mechanics, spelling, math computation, math reasoning, critical thinking skills, science, social studies, visual perception skills, as well as social and problem-solving skills. The Horizons Academy staff is trained in numerous proven effective instructional Strategies and techniques including Lindamood-Bell TM. Self-Esteem: One of our most important tasks is to increase each child's self-esteem, thus, allowing them to reach their fullest potential. High Behavior Standards/Counseling: High Behavioral and social standards are expected of our students. As part of the curriculum, students are provided instruction in social skills, problem solving, impulse control and anger management within a positive learning environment. Individual, group, and/or family mental health therapy is available for students who may benefit from counseling by our trained counselor and/or mental health therapist. Computer Technology: The school is equipped with a modern computer network and Internet access. Individually tailored computer & multimedia instruction is provided on Macintosh and Windows computers. Students receive instruction in keyboarding and word processing. Specialized software provides tutoring and instruction in mathematics, reading, spelling, writing, & critical thinking. Transitioning: Our goal is to teach our students academic, social, organizational, and self-advocacy skills that will allow them to successfully transition into larger private or public school settings. Our staff works closely with the student, parents, and new school to ensure continued academic success. Summer School: A specialized summer school program is provided that includes an intense academic program for students who have learning challenges, as well as those who are gifted.
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