About New Horizon School
New Horizon School (NHS) was founded in 1995 by a group of committed educators and parent/guardians to provide a successful learning environment for students with learning disabilities, attention deficits, and other learning differences. The school received private school approval, non-public agency approval, and 501(c)(3) status in 1995. In 1997 the school received accreditation and maintains this accreditation today. NHS celebrated its first graduating class of seniors in June 1999. NHS purchased its current site in August 1999 and made significant modifications and expansion to the existing facility to accommodate its student population and educational programs. Today the school serves students in Gr. 4-12 from a wide geographical region ranging from Issaquah, Everett, Bainbridge Island, Tacoma, and everywhere in between. NHS offers a wide range of academic programs and extracurricular activities with accommodations to meet the needs of its learners.
In 2006 Administrator/CEO Marla Veliz was named Outstanding Administrator of the Year by the Washington Federation of Independent Schools (WFIS).
In 2007 the school increased the number of classes offered with a secondary transition emphasis, partnered with Northwest Language & Learning Services to offer language therapy on-site and Janet Taylor, NHS Board President, received an award from WFIS for outstanding board leadership. In November 2009, the school completed an eighteen-month period of self-study, created a comprehensive school improvement plan, and received continued accreditation for another six-year period.
In 2010 NHS partnered with Antioch University to provide a part-time mental health counselor and High School students began a new community experience program, “Job Skills through Service” to give back to the community while learning work-ready skills. In addition, NHS expanded its Transition Program to include more in-depth career planning and added required Parent/Guardian/Student education transition workshops.
New Horizon School (NHS) provides equal access to all programs and services without discrimination based on sex, race, creed, religion, color, national origin, age, sexual orientation, gender expression, gender identity, the presence of any sensory, mental, or physical disability, or the use of a trained guide dog or service animal by a person with a disability.