The Horizon magnet program
is a rigorous, four-year course of study for the most academically talented students to ensure their success during and after high school. Students in the Horizon program study coursework in the 9th and 10th grade International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme to enter the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme in the 11th grade. The interdisciplinary program features a collaborative approach to instruction.
Current Courses in Horizon:
9th Grade MYP
: Honors English Magnet, Honors Biology Magnet, AP Human Geography
10th Grade MYP
: Honors English Magnet, AP Microeconomics Magnet, Honors Government
: AP Language and Composition (First year of IB English: Literature HL), AP US History (First Year of IB History HL), IB French/German/Spanish/Latin, IB science, IB math course, IB art/elective, the Extended Essay research component (S1), and the Theory of Knowledge Course (S2)
: IB English: Literature HL, IB History HL, IB French/Spanish/Latin, IB science, IB math, IB art/elective, the Theory of Knowledge course (S1), and the Creativity, Activity, and Service [CAS] component (S2)
In addition to the required coursework, students are guided through a personal project in the 10th grade. The personal project encourages students to practice and strengthen the skills that help them "learn how to learn", to consolidate prior and subject-specific learning, and to develop an area of personal interest. The personal project provides an excellent opportunity for students to produce a truly personal and often creative product/outcome and to demonstrate a consolidation of their learning in the MYP. The project offers many opportunities for differentiation of learning and expression according to students’ individual needs. The personal nature of the project is important; the project should revolve around a challenge that motivates and interests the individual student. Each student develops a personal project independently.
Over the final two-years of the program, students complete an extended essay. This essay is an in-depth study of a focused topic intended to promote high-level research and writing skills, intellectual discovery and creativity.
There is an annual Horizon requirement of 20 hours of community service and four cultural events. In the IB Diploma Program, these requirements are met through the Creativity, Activity and Service requirement which involves students in experiential learning through a range of artistic, sporting, physical and service activities.
For more information:
Dr. Sonja Merriwether-Hawkins
Magnet Director and IB Coordinator
firstname.lastname@example.org, 803-699-2800 ext. 79633
For enrolled students
Horizon Magnet Community Service Form
Horizon Magnet Cultural Participation Form