Requirements to attend H.E.S.

ADMISSIONS PROCESS:
When seeking admission to HES you must:
1.  Must be personally recommended by a member or founder of HES or via ministry/pastoral recommendation.
2.  Submit a complete Application for Admission Form including a $25 application fee, which will be applied toward the tuition when accepted into HES or will be refunded if you are not admitted BY HES.  (The only ones who have not been approved were those refusing to abide by HES guidelines).
3.  Participate in an interview of both parents/legal guardians by HES administration, subject to its approval for membership.
4.  For those outside of the (one hour) area, a pastoral/ministry or HES member family recommendation letter is required.
5.  Submit a recent photo of each student (and family) photo.
6.  Upon acceptance, the following paperwork must be presented for full enrollment:
Original or copy of birth certificate for each student enrolled
An original immunization record or original immunization waiver
Student Health physical dated within the past year (if K or 7th grade)
Social Security number for high school students

Documents needed for each Student file:

  • Transfer of Records Request form
  • Enter information directly on form for each student to be registered, print, and mail or take to your student’s previous school. Also mail a copy to Horizon Educational Systems so we will have a copy in your student’s file.
  •  Teacher Agreement / Statement of Intent Form – Print, sign and date.
  • Application with Horizon Educational Systems
  • A recent photo of each enrolling student. Please send a digital copy with student’s name.
  • A recent family photo. Please send a digital copy with names of subjects.

Florida requires all public and private schools to have the following documents:

  • Original or copy of birth certificate for each student enrolled
  • An original immunization record or original immunization waiver
  •  Student Health physical dated within the past year
  • For high school students: All previous high school records and any middle school records which list high school credits.

Items should be mailed to:
Horizon Educational Systems
P. O. Box 10826
Bradenton, FL 34282-0826

Horizon Educational Systems will contact you to set a time for your interview appointment which may be in person or by phone.  Discussion regarding the certification of HES teachers will be explained in the interview.

HIGH SCHOOL COURSE OF STUDY

Designed to Comply with Florida’s State Requirements for high school graduation:
Horizon Educational Systems  is a unique school that, unlike most public or other private schools, believes that when presented with the various educational choices available to them, the best educational choices directly involve decisions made by the students and their parents. These decisions affect the student much more than it affects their parents or their school.
Students and families may utilize, at the same time, more than one type of curriculum choice available to them as long as the Course Catalog is followed. Since students have different learning styles and abilities, each student needs to be able to learn at their own pace utilizing any resource available to them that challenges their abilities without frustrating them. Athlete-students pursuing NCAA will be require a strict adherence to scheduling of coursework.

Special Note:  Kindergarten through eighth grade students are mainly taught at home by parents using textbooks, workbooks, CD’s, DVD’s, videos, or private tutors in addition to participating in hands-on group learning or other activities at various locations. In addition, Middle School students may also take courses through The Florida Virtual School which offers regular and advanced classes for grades six through eight.

IMPORTANT NOTE:  Choices for high school students include, but are not limited to, dual enrollment at various community colleges, early admission status at Florida colleges and universities, dual enrollment at technical or career oriented schools, the Florida Virtual School which offers regular, honors, and Advanced Placement courses, online courses from various sources, courses on CD’s, DVD’s, and video, correspondence courses, textbooks, workbooks, or teaching at home, libraries or other setting by HES certified teachers or private tutors. From these various sources are drawn the plan that fits the goals and dreams of each student and their family AND complies with State course requirements towards graduation.

  • While HES is non-traditional in that it is not a brick-and-mortar school building, the coursework is traditional and mirrors the HES high school course catalog, matching the State course numbers.   This is especially important for athletes seeking to participate on the collegiate level and becoming eligible in the NCAA.

HES graduates have been among those who have received Bright Futures Scholarships (Academic Scholars, Merit Scholarship, Gold Seal Vocational Scholarship), National Merit Scholarship commendation, and Robert C. Byrd Honors Scholarship.   Among HES approximately 150 high school graduates, Daniel Galle (class of 2002) has earned his medical degree while serving in the United States Air Force.  HES has graduates in all branches of the military, fire departments and law enforcement as well as teaching in public schools and nursing in area hospitals.  Several graduates earned their Associates of Arts degree upon their high school graduation date.

HES is an open-enrollment K-12th grade school which also follows the Florida policy of “Uniform Transfer of Credits” accepting high school credits from other public, private and home-educated transcripts based on semester or College Board exam scoring probationary review.  https://www.flrules.org/gateway/ruleno.asp?id=6A-1.09941

Because HES is a non-public (private) school according to the State of Florida’s Department of Education, it is not and cannot be defined as a home education program.  HES does permit public, other private schools and home-educated students to participate in the annual PSAT exam (in October) as well as in our high school graduation ceremony held in mid-May.  Diplomas are awarded by Circuit or County Judges, and are only provided upon completion of the State of Florida’s high school requirements (with the exception of the FCAT).  HES does require an exit exam with minimum SAT score of 750 or ACT score of 14 or their equivalent with the PERT or other standardized tests.

  • Teachers shall submit records (report cards and attendance records) by the January 31 due date.   Parents will oversee this process to insure that records are submitted to HES no later than January 31st and June 30.
  • Annual evaluations include standardized testing (ie Iowa Test, California Achievement Test, etc), portfolio review of subject matter by a Florida-certified teacher, College Board SAT or ACT, PERT test, psychological assessment or state assessment (FCAT), PSAT or other option approved in advance by HES principal.
  • K-8th:   Either a report card or progress report (indicating curriculum and supplemental educational fieldtrip experiences) AND attendance records due January 31st.
  •  Annual evaluation and attendance records due June 30th.
  • 9th-12th:  Attendance records and report card with high school course codes (which follow the HES high school Course Catalog) indicating grade earned, amount of credit earned, and curriculum are due January 31st and June 30th.  Those who are dual-enrolled at local college, technical institute or with Florida Virtual School must present the transcript from that school or college.  Annual evaluations are due June 30th.   (Senior final records are due one week prior to graduation).
  • High school students must comply with class schedules in order to be eligible for NCAA competition.

GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS:

per the Florida Department of Education  for 24 credits  

  •  English …………………………………………………………………..4 credits
  • Mathematics: must include Algebra I and Geometry  …. 4 credit
  •  Science …………………….(2w/lab)………………………………..3 credits
  • American History ……………………………………………………..1 credit
  • Practical Arts/Performing Fine Arts…………………………… 1 credit
  • World History …………………………………………………………..1 credit
  •  Life Management/HOPE ………………………………………… .5 credit
  • U.S. Government ……………………………………………………. .5 credit
  • Physical Education…………………………………………………..  1 credit
  • Economics …………………………………………………………….. .5 credit
  • Electives …………………………………………………………………  8 credits
  • *Foreign Language (for BFS or college-bound) …………..  2 credits (in same language)

For 3 year/18 credit requirements

  • 18-credit, Academically Challenging Curriculum to Enhance Learning (ACCEL) option) the Physical Education, 5 elective credits not required)

Exit exam is required (SAT of 750 or ACT of 14 or PERT with equivalent or standardized test indicating 12th grade level of accomplishment or GED or FCAT)
https://www.fldoe.org/bii/studentpro/grad-require.asp

RE: EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES  
Due to the 7/1/13 change in statute re: “Extracurricular Activities” in Florida, students in small private schools with 125 students or less MAY participate in sports and other extracurricular activities at their locally districted public school.   HES meets such a requirement and therefore HES students MAY participate in sports or marching band if they choose.
http://www.fhsaa.org/sites/default/files/attachments/2010/09/14/node-107/home_ed.pdf
1006.16 (8)(a)(2)”(g) Only students who are enrolled in non-FHSAA member private schools consisting of 125 students or fewer are eligible to participate in the program in any given academic year.”
http://www.leg.state.fl.us/Statutes/index.cfm?App_mode=Display_Statute&Search_String=&URL=1000-1099/1006/Sections/1006.15.html

Advertisements