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The Horizons School

The Horizons School
The Horizons School
The Horizons School
2018 15th Street South
Birmingham, AL 35205
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Program Contact Shon Jackson, Admissions & Transition Coordinator
Program Contact Email
Phone 205-322-6606
Website Program website
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The Horizons School is a post-secondary, community-based educational school promoting the successful transition to independent living for young adults with learning disabilities, autism spectrum and developmental disorders. We provide a two-year core curriculum with a third-year graduate transition program option. Our curriculum focuses on career and college readiness and independent community living with the goal of moving students into paid employment or into our community college dual enrollment option. Classes and school activities are designed to increase students' self-sufficiency for higher success and independence when working or taking college courses, including social independence.

Program information submitted: January 24, 2023

Public or private: Private
Type of school: A community-based, residential program licensed by the Alabama Department of Education Community College System.
Is this program a federally funded TPSID program? No
Students in this program: Have graduated or exited from high school
Number of students: 23
Program serves students who have left high school? Yes, all of our students have left high school
Regular high school diploma required? No, an IEP/non-standard diploma/certificate of attendance is accepted
Deadline to apply to this program: Every June, annually
Criteria for admission
  • Age range: 18-26
Accepts out-of-state students? Yes
Please indicate which disabilities students in this program have:
  • Intellectual disability
  • Autism
  • Cerebral Palsy, Developmental Delays, etc.
Program length: 2 years
Acceptance, Retention, and Completion Rates
Acceptance rate for the most recent fall term: 85.00%
Retention rate for first year students from the previous academic year to the current one: 100.00%
Notes on acceptance and attendance: Students are accepted based on their ability to meet criteria required to attend and complete the school's two-year program.
Average student tuition and fees for the current school year: $34000.00
Average out-of-state tuition, current year: $34000.00
Room and board: $20000.00
Is this program able to provide federal financial aid as a Comprehensive Transition Program (CTP)? No
Students pay for the program in the following ways:
  • Private pay (student and family)
  • Vocational Rehabilitation Funds
  • Scholarships
  • Coverdell Educational Savings and 529 College Saving Plans can be used toward tuition and living expenses when transferred into a state Able Account. (Ask for more information).
Scholarships available: Horizons School is a nonprofit, private educational program. Partial scholarships are available for qualifying students and their families/guardians through the Horizons School Foundation. Once a student is accepted, the family can complete a financial aid application.
Students enrolled in this program take the following types of inclusive courses (with students who don't have disabilities): Students do not take typical college courses
More about course access: Horizons School is a non-academic, non-traditional school with a dual enrollment option. While attending the Horizons School learning program, students may enroll in a local community college that partners with the Horizons School.
Students take courses that are only for students in this program: Yes
Information on special classes: As a non-traditional, non-academic school, Horizon School students take classes that focus on career preparation and placement, life skills, and community access and living.
Percentage of academic time spent in inclusive courses (with students who don't have disabilities): 0%
Do all students in this program enroll in at least one inclusive college/university course for credit or audit each semester? No
Credential(s) students earn upon completing the program: Certificate of Completion
Is the credential approved by the college/university? Awarded by program, not officially recognized by the IHE
Other than the credential listed above, can students earn any other credentials that are available to all students? Any degree or certifications earned through dually enrolled community college; individual certifications earned through Horizons School Certification Program
Percent of students in this program have paid work while attending the program: 67%
Other career development activities are:
  • Internships
  • Volunteer work
Percent of students in this program that had paid work after exiting the program: 73%
Additional information about career development and work experience: Students explore career options and opportunities through career-focused classes while also developing prevocational skills, including transportation. Students attend job shadows and eventually secure internships for on-the-job training and work-skills development. Students transition into paid employment when ready.
Does this program have a working partnership with VR to provide funding, supports and/or services to students in the program? Yes
Housing is provided to students: Yes
Housing options available:
  • Inclusive off campus
Percentage of social time spent in inclusive activities (open to all students on campus): 75-99%
Students may participate in the following extra-curricular activities
  • Club sports
  • Campus events