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Who We Are & Accreditation

Established in 1980

Horizon Christian School has a rich history of providing a comprehensive educational experience focused on the growth and development of each student, grounded in the timeless truths of the Holy Bible and inspired by the life and teachings of Jesus Christ.

SCHOOL SPONSORSHIP
Horizon Christian School is a ministry of Horizon Community Church.  We are a non-profit corporation organized under the laws of the State of Oregon.  The school is parent-sponsored and governed by the Elder Board of Horizon Community Church. They set policy and direct the schools.

INTER-DENOMINATIONAL POSITION
The Horizon Christian School’s Statement of Faith presents Christian tenets that are basic to all evangelical Christian teachings. We recognize that there are specific doctrinal areas that are unique to the varied denominations that are represented at HCS among both teachers and students.  Although Horizon Christian School is a ministry of Horizon Community Church, we desire to serve the Christian community at large. Therefore, the schools hold only to the doctrines contained within the declared Statement of Faith.  Silence on a doctrine should not be taken as agreement or disagreement with that particular doctrine, only that it will not be an integrated element of instruction within the curriculum.  There will be no attempt to promote specific denominational distinction at Horizon Christian School. There will be much effort to promote a Christ-centered worldview and recognition of Christ as "the way, the truth, and the life” by which there is "no other name under heaven by which we must be saved.”  We desire to be united in the salvation and love of Christ and avoid any dissension that may arise due to denominational differences among "brothers in Christ.”

Horizon Christian School's accreditation

Horizon Christian High School is accredited by AdvancED/Cognia and meets the requirements for graduation of the Oregon State Department of Education. Acceptance by the Oregon University System guarantees that Horizon Christian High School graduates will have full access to the college and/or university of their choice.

EDUCATIONAL PHILOSOPHY

THE NEW 3 R’S OF EDUCATION
The classic pursuit of education has involved reading, writing and arithmetic. To be effective in the current culture there are 3 “new” R’s that must be employed which are Relationships, Relevance and Rigor.

RELATIONSHIPS
It has been said that people “don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care.”  Thus, the first responsibility of educators must be to know and care for their students individually.

RELEVANCE
How does the educational content apply to everyday life and current culture? Why is knowing this material important? Are instructors in tune with the culture and able to engage students through innovative instructional strategies?

RIGOR
Students need to be pushed in order to achieve their potential. The appropriate amount of rigor must be employed and expected in all areas of educational pursuit.

CULTURAL COMMITMENTS

INTER-DENOMINATIONAL
The vision of Horizon Christian School is to develop a great school system, devoid of denominational distinctiveness, for the glory of God and as a ministry to the greater Portland metro area.

WHOEVER WILL MAY COME
HCS is not just open to current Jesus followers, but to every student who feels called here and is willing to abide by the code of conduct, realizing that Jesus and Scripture will be intentionally and boldly taught at all levels.

CHANGED LIVES
We believe that the power, purpose, presence and people of Jesus will change lives. We will use every opportunity to declare the good news of Jesus and the life-changing value of Scripture.

DEVELOPING GREATNESS
We have high expectations of students and seek to develop and unleash their potential, with the understanding and belief that Jesus has in greatness in mind!

HORIZON STAFF MEMBERS
Staff members are selected based in large part on their calling and commitment. We desire to have the best (character) and the brightest (competence) in the classroom and in our support and leadership positions. Horizon staff are challenged to be culturally relevant, decidedly relational and academically rigorous. We make it a priority to hire staff that are innovative, life-long learners and who are ready to pour their hearts into students.