Let's see what parents, students and teachers think about our so-called Gulen charter schools:

Testimonial of the HSA School's 

HSA Cleveland Elementary School' Testimonials
HSA Denison Middle School' Testimonials
HSA Lorain Testimonials
HSA Denison Elementary School' Testimonials
HSA Youngstown' Testimonials
HSA Cleveland Middle School' Testimonials
HSA Cleveland High School' Testimonials
Noble Academy Cleveland' Testimonials
HSA Springfield Middle School' Testimonials  
HSA Toledo High School' Testimonials
HSA  Toledo Downtown Middle School'   Testimonials

"I enjoy my son is enrolled in Horizon Science Academy elementary school, every morning. We are greeted with a warm smile from the loving secretary, Mrs. Rachel who is always saying good morning, To the children and parents telling everyone to have a wonderful day very polite with helping you with any concern that you may have. The teacher our excellent with keeping you inform. About your children behavior , missing assignment  I like that the teacher open the hearts and doors on helping the student in any way that they can. My son has been enrolled with. Horizon Science academy elementary school for 3 years now I haven’t had anything but good things to. Say about the school, they have excellent staffing at the school Intervention specialist  Miss. Duffy Really takes care of business with helping your child get all the help they need, she finds all there sources to get your child everything with a kind heart.  I know when my son at horizon science Elementary his safe and getting all the education he needs  and he enjoy’s the clubs that the have Such as Basketball with a excellent gym teacher  Mr. Betts who encourage there self esteem they have A Book club with Mrs. Gedney where they can go on trips the library and computer club with; Mrs. Blazey learn education games there are so many different clubs the children can do and have fun while learning also. They have a excellent art teacher Mrs. Hammond who puts together wonderful Muscical programs at the end of every school year. I know the school year just started, so far I’m very pleased with my sons teacher Mrs. Vieland.  Come join our family and enjoy the education,  and fun."
Yanina f. Bishop 3rd Grade Parent

"I am so happy that my son attends HSCA. I took my son out of his assigned school because I didn’t think that he was receiving all of the required education due to the fact that he has a disability, because there were no nurses available at all times of the day,  he had to be enrolled in a special education school. He is not a special education student so he was flying through the assignments because they were real easy therefore never being challenged. I first met Mrs. Rachel and felt that if the teachers were anything like the secretary I was going to be pleased. So far since my sons’ enrollment I have been very pleased with the education that he has received. I love his teachers and their enthusiasm; I love the fact that they challenge him and are not afraid to tell the truth about his level of understanding. As long as I can, I will have my son attending this school. The school is very clean and organized I am very proud to be a parent of an HSCA student."
Ms. Foster

 " I am the Kindergarten teacher at Horizon Science Academy Cleveland Elementary School.  I have been teaching here for four years. I wanted to take the time to express my gratitude towards Horizon Science Academy Cleveland Elementary School.  I was a teacher here the first year that Horizon Elementary School opened.  I have watched this school improve more and more every year.  This school has improved in the areas of academics, structure, and faculty involvement.

I feel that this school does their best to provide each student with a quality education.  They encourage their students to strive for success in everything they do.  They also make sure they reward the students who did their best and encourage every student to try and do better the next time.  Horizon Science Academy provides the students with the materials they need to achieve success.  They provide any materials that a teacher may need in order to help their students succeed.

In addition to providing quality education, Horizon also has an excellent faculty.  Everyone works together to help each other out.  At work it almost feels like you are with your family.  Everyone gets along and genuinely cares about the well being of their co-workers.  Horizon also does a good job of getting faculty involved outside of school.  We do several things outside of school such as faculty lunches or dinners, scrap booking sessions as well as several team building activities.
Horizon is truly a fun place to be.  There are not many people that can say they are excited to come to work everyday but if you are a member of the Horizon community you are happy to come to work and school everyday.  I am thankful that I found such a great place to be."
Mrs. Amy Dackiewicz Kindergarten Teacher

"When I first came to Horizon Science Academy Cleveland Elementary School three years ago, I was immediately filled with a wonderful feeling of learning, compassion, and success upon entering the front doors.  That feeling has continued to grow as the faculty, staff, and students make greater strides in education.  In fact, being at HSACES is like riding on an airplane.

As students check-in their tickets (or apply to our school), they are greeted by Miss Rachel, our secretary, who is there to help with any need that may arise.  They then board the airplane, are guided to their seats (classrooms) and are given knowledge and safety procedures by the flight attendants (our teachers).  All along the way, out students are guided by our pilot and co-pilot, Mr. Hakan and Mr. Torres, who help our school to run smoothly and challenge us to accomplish even greater heights.  Our students are able to apply their knowledge as they reach their destination, accomplishing their goals.
I suppose this metaphor could be applied to almost any school, but the difference between HSACES and other schools is that we seat every student in first class.  We strive to give every student an education that will not only prepare them to live successfully in society, but will also help them to excel.  This extra measure of confidence and encouragement pushes our students on to create their own dreams and gives them the tools to succeed.  This nurturing, supporting atmosphere is the same feeling anyone who enters our building will be experience.  It is the feeling of hope and potential for our students.

The parents, teachers, students, administrators, and staff at HSACES are all united with the same goal: making a difference for the future.  I hope you will be inspired to do the same!"
Christi Flick 4-5th Grade Language Arts/Social Studies

"I have been employed at Horizon Science Academy Schools since the school year 2007-08.  Currently, I serve as Dean of Students at Horizon Science Academy Cleveland Elementary School (HSACES), and it’s been an enormous joy and pleasure.  At HSACES, I am elated to have joined a team of competent and dedicated team of teachers and staff that are caring, eager and prepared to provide the best possible learning experiences to all students.

At our school, we offer a variety of activities and incentives to motivate our students throughout the year.  We have numerous clubs, after school tutoring, educational field trips, before and after school care, Science Fairs and Saturday school.  In addition, we hold ongoing award ceremonies to honor our students for their academic achievements, attendance, good behavior, most improved and effort.
Our Director has shown notable ability for curriculum planning and implementation.  Teachers follow a high quality academic and rigorous instructional program of study.  To support curricula,  teachers are equipped with state of the arts technology and teaching tools such as Star Boards in every classroom, Projectors, Computer Lab with up to date software and Science Lab.  At HSACES, every member of the faculty shows a genuine love and respect for all our wonderful students.  Our commitment to their educational success is vital."
Ramon Torres, Dean of Students

" I am a teacher at Horizon Science Academy Cleveland Elementary School (HSACES).  This is a place where your students can learn and succeed.  We are a small school allowing staff to personally know the students and their family members.  HSACES has recently put StarBoards into the classrooms, allowing learning to be interactive.  Here at HSACES we offer clubs and tutoring after school, we have fundraisers, and hold award ceremonies, honoring our students and their accomplishments. 
The teachers and staff are dedicated to making sure that we educate and offer opportunities to our students to allow them to become active members of society.  Not only do we teach academics but we also teach the students how to work with each other, how to get along with others, and how to positively cooperate in the classroom. Horizon Science Academy offers many opportunities for students to get the best possible education they can receive.
Jessica Deininger-Teacher

"My name is Jennifer McQueen  I am the Custodian at Horizon Science Academy Cleveland Elementary School .Let me start by saying I have been working in the school system for over 16 years.,I have been employed  with Concept School System since December of 2005 . During this time  I have been blessed to meet some  nice people whom I have grown to Love ,we are a team at my school and we all work together to make the environment conducive for learning..It is so rewarding for me to be part of a school system that has expanded so much  ,every year  ,I see growth and progress  …Our school is so beautiful in appearance and I’m not just saying that because I maintain  it We have the best of everything for our children.including  Smart Boards in every classroom.

Our children will be ready for the future because the teachers are true educators,they are extremely dedicated and this is the best recipe for our leaders of tomorrow The children are very proud of their school even the kindergarten children skip through the hall at times and their little faces are so happy.

I save the best for last….The  Director  is awesome because I know that he appreciates  and respects each and every individual in that building….He treats us all  very well  , he rewards the children for their efforts and inspires them to achieve at high levels……I think that’s great  and it takes a great leader to have a great team .     I love going to work , and I am so happy to know in my heart that I am making a contribution."
Jennifer McQueen

"One of the reasons that I enjoy working at Horizon Science Academy Cleveland Elementary is that we all work together, we are like one big family. We are all here for the same purpose, which is for the children. We all work together to make sure that the children are in a safe and positive environment. We encourage the parents to take part in school field trips and school actives with the children. I’m coming up on my 4th school year here at Horizon Science Academy Cleveland Elementary School and there is no where else that I rather be, then working here."
Mrs. Rachel

"I am proud to be a teacher at Horizon Science Academy Cleveland Elementary.  This is my third year teaching here and every year gets better!  We are one big happy family!  We have get-togethers and potlucks with our staff and we do home visits with our students.  Our students are rewarded for their good behavior and Merit Roll and Honor Roll with Horizon bucks which they can use to buy cool gifts!  Students have great opportunities for extracurricular activities by joining clubs we offer after school.  We also offer tutoring two days a week after school for students who need extra help.  With all these great reinforcements it’s no wonder that our students are so successful in their academics!  Horizon Science Academy Cleveland Elementary definitely has TEAM spirit!  Together Everyone Achieves More!"
Mrs. Gedney

"I am writing this letter to express my deepest appreciation and dedication to Horizon Science Cleveland Elementary. As a first year teacher, my job has its overwhelming days, but I am certain that I would not have had such a terrific start if it was not for the staff, students, and parents at HSCE. From the moment I walked in the door, everyone has been eager to help me get settled. The whole school embodies a “servant” attitude. It is clear that the mission here is to provide a high-quality academic and social environment. To obtain that mission, staff and parents step in to help each other become their best. I was surprised by how willing teachers and administrators were to help with my room step-up, development of curriculum, and classroom management strategies. With their help this has been a terrific start to my first year. I consider it a great honor to work in a school that not only “speaks” of their mission, but actually carries it out daily.

Thanks HSCE for all your love and support!!! Go Hawks!"
Mrs. Davis

"In my fifteen years of teaching I have never taught in a school like this one.  I have a real sense of pride when I get a class at the beginning of the year and see how they develop.  This school offers the community a great opportunity to give the kids a sound foundation to their education.  We have a very strong team of teachers that do an impeccable job at bringing out the best in the kids.  There is no better feeling than to see the children succeed and know that I was a part of the success.  As a teacher I am just one part of the equation.  It’s the parents who have dedicated themselves to their child’s education that helps make us strong.  These last few years here at Horizon Science Academy Elementary School have been some of my favorite years as a teacher."
Mrs. Blazey

"I am a Third Grade Teacher at Horizon Science Academy Cleveland Elementary School. I have been a member of our staff since the 2009-2010 school year. I share in our mission of our school, which is toprovide a high quality academic and social environment focused on rigorous instruction and high student expectations with an emphasis on science, math, and technology through planning, ongoing reflections, collaborative planning, data analysis, family involvement and professional development. We accomplish this mission in several ways. First, we have added Smartboards to our classroom, which has truly transformed my lessons. I have noticed it has allowed more active involvement in our daily lessons and allows our students to be engaged in their learning. Another way in which we accomplish our mission is through home visits. I have had the wonderful opportunity to spend time at many of my student’s homes and get to know them better outside of the school setting. It has strengthened my relationship with my students and their families.

Each of these ideals has worked to create a positive and engaging learning environment for our students."
Mrs. Vieland

"I think the Barack Obama’s back to school speech was great and I will respect the HSA and I will help teachers and students. The HSA is a good and fun school and it has many activities and the HSA is the best school ever and it is a fabulous, existing, great school. I like this school because you can get horizon bucks, nice teachers, And because the people in the HSA. I love you as a principal. When you leave this school or retire I wish I can take your place.
Our school is fun and nice. Everybody is smiley, happy, serious, and sweet, I’m glad I’m at this good school and I’m glad that my parents put me in this school.  Administration is great because we have all these good activities for the students at HSA. When I grow up I will be just like my teachers because they are all great."
Amari Powell, 4th grade student 

"This school is the best. I like playing on the playground, it lots of fun. I play football, cops, and secret agent. I play in the little house on top of the playground set. I love recess. And gym I can do more and play volleyball. I play monkeys in the middle with friends. I cannot say “I do not have fun on the playground.” I’d never had more fun.

I love Language Arts because I can learn about reading and discover new words. There is so much to learn. The teacher (Mrs. Flick) reads us awesome stories, and we do too. We can be stellar spellers (Witch mean we can skip language arts homework.) We can earn tickets for the prize box. We can earn horizon bucks for the horizon buck store.

But my favorite subject is math. I get to lean about properties and how to add and subtract estimates. I cannot play or talk. (You can if permission given to you) We now have group names and I do not like mine. But I’m going to have to live with it. So today I know I cannot go against math.

Art is my 3rd favorite subject. I lost my pencil in there but it’s still awesome. I get to draw still lives and sometimes whatever we want. I lose points because of my group but oh well. I like it anyway. So I love art and it will always be my 3rd favorite subject."
Joshua Rockamore, 4th Grade student 

"What I like about this school is the playground   and  I  like  the  Teachers and the gym class most because we get play football and play basketball and exercises ,lunch, field-trips and this is the best school ever and I like the subject math I LIKE  Clubs and tutoring.  I like my education and like the new teacher her name is Mrs. Davis. I like SSR time in the morning. I like to obey the rules and like Turkish class.  I like whole school and I’m  happy  of  going  to  school everyday I  love doing I like  the new building rules I like computer  and  I  like the prizes  I like  the  students  I  like education city  and this  school  is  clean  and I like going on field trips and I like science."
Darrion Warren, 4th Grade student 

"This school is the best school I ever went to. I love this school so much that I got to stay here until I get in high school. My sister graduated from Horizon science academy Cleveland high school. I am not the only one that is happy to go here. My mom is happy because it has a campus here and I’m not the only one that go here. My niece is happy to go here, my big sister is happy to go here. I love going here so much. This is my favorite school. This is my second year here. This is my year to shine next year I will be going to 6th grade. I love this school. People always help me with my problems I want to stay here forever.

I love this school I was in this school every since 4th grade. So when I go to 6th grade I will have to come back to get my niece.  I will come back to see you one day if it is a college of horizon science academy.  I will go there in my days. I will open a school named horizon science academy Cleveland college school I go here until I go to high school.  The teacher are well teaching us something we are going to get our education because the teacher I love this school."
Aundre Woods, 5th Grade student

"Hi! My name is Angel Thompson and I would like to say that my school is great. The first time I came here I was thinking that this might be a good school. Now that am here it is a great school, not only for me but for everyone in my class. Over the pass three years I have had great friends and teachers. Just now I have learned something new and now that I am and 5th grade it is getting harder. I am going to stay focus to pass the every test and get a good career thanks to this school and the great teachers. I have learned the most at this school and this school helped me catch up and know more. 
                                                                                                                                                              Some other things that I love about this school are there after school activities. One of the things is the cheerleading I am trying out for it so good luck for me. There is other thing like kids that need extra help after school I was in there two years ago and it helped me out a lot. The teachers here are great they take extra time out of the day to help us and do things step by step with us for us to understand it. Every one here is nice and kind and I have great friends. The rewards that they gave away to use for passing the tests are great I have won a reward a lot of times and that is all thanks to my teachers and my friends. My favorite part is the end of the school year when we have field day so whoever is listen this is a great school!!!"
Angel Thompson, 5th grade student

"My name is Jomari Giddens. I just want to say that this school helps me learn a lot of things this year. I get a lot of help with the subjects if I need help. I love the teachers. They are very patience with me, trying to take their time and teach me. Miss. Flick is such a caring and loving person she always smiles and makes people laugh. Mrs. Davis is helping us succeed in our math and I really thank her for that.
 I love all of the teacher and the staff even if I get in trouble I will always care for them. This school is so amazing and fun I will never want to leave this school. I have kind and nice friends I like to play with them a lot outside .The rooms are so Big and fun and nice this school is the best school ever I will never want to leave.

Administration is very nice and I thank you all for letting me in your school again. By the way my favorite subjects are la, math and gym and art is fun too. I hope the best wishes for you all.
Sincerely your lovely student, 
Jomari D Giddens, 5th grade student 

"This school is the by far the best school I’ve been educated in. The teachers encourage me to stay on track and turn in my work on time. I love the activities here more so the educational ones, but I also love the physical ones such as P.E, and the playground. The students here are some of the best educated I’ve met I’ve been here for two years and still haven’t changed my opinion about this school. Of course some of the work is easy, but it’s far from unhelpful from my perspective. I’ve never been to a school with such loving, caring teachers. This is only my second year here and I love it! I’ve made a lot of friends in the time I’ve been here. Most of my friends are still here because the love this school too. I tell people at home to come to Horizon because I think everyone would love it here. The teachers leave no child behind.

As you probably noticed already I really love this school and there is no place I’d rather be, I’m not the only one. My mom and I love it’s convenient campus because it has the Elementary, Middle, and High school all on one campus. If Horizon Science Academy Cleveland isn’t the best school by far then I don’t know what school is. I want to stay here forever and I hope that I can, so if you’re looking for a school to enroll your child/children in please consider Horizon Science Academy Cleveland. Your child will make friends very soon. The teachers will help and support your child. They will stop at nothing to help your child to get the education they need. Your child will love this school! If you already enrolled your child I hope they have a great year! You can’t find a school like this anywhere else."
Jada Harrison

"I am glad to be at this school. They have fun things to do at this school. I like their field trip. Some of the teachers take us to good places. I learned lots of things.  This school is the best of all the schools that I ever went to.  They have all kinds of things to do. My favorite classes are math & L-arts and others. The teachers are kind and loving. 

They taught me things that I didn’t know. The school has the best activities in the world. They do lots of good activities at end of the school year. We have horizon buck store. That’s cool. They have new stuff this year. I am happy to be at this school.  This is the best school ever. I am glad to be at this school.
Ruslan Mamadaliev, 5th Grader
My name is Naseya Owens and this is my first year here. I would like to thank all H.S.A. teachers here that I know for being the best that they can be. So far this is the greatest school I’ve been to. I am getting a great education here and I hope that other and new students here will to!

I like this school because they care about others and not just them selves! Like I said the education is good here and once you get the education you can keep on going until you to college. This school is not like any other school because they make learning fun. So many people that come here and don’t want to leave because they made so many new friends and cool teachers they love so much.

Sometimes I hear from other people that they hate this school and never want to come back ,but they should be glad because at this people can succeed and can go up to the next level. This is the way I can support my school!"
Naseya Owens, 5th grade student 

"Thanks so much. Last year I had just come from a public school and it was very hard. AND I didn’t know all this stuff since this is my second year here so it’s going great so far. Mrs. Davis , Mr. Aktas  and Miss.Flick has thought  me a lot this year I’m  happy that my mom  signed me up for this school.
This school is so great my mom said I’m staying here in till I graduate high school that’s a long time. From now so thank you again for sending me that beautiful letter I needed that because I was having a horrible day .I’m in no after school activities I was in cheerleading for a day because my mom said I had no ride to take me back and forth because that is to much gas but other than that this school is great. I’m sort of doing well in math and other subjects I m doing awesome!!!! And on Study Island I got all 100%s and all those questions on Study Island are easy but this school is awesome. Thank you"
Dinasti Davis, 5th grade student
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                "My name is Nickala Wilson and to me this school has to be the first school I have learned the most at, so I would like to thank all teachers that are trying to make the best of me. Also trying to make the students in H.S.A. have good ideas in to what we want our careers to be. So thanks to all deans, principals, teachers of Horizon.S.A. of Cleveland for trying to have us students trying to work hard at school  and make us take our time instead of teachers being home spending more time with their family, but they our teaching us.              
This school give us education and they don’t stop, don’t give up, they teach us properly, and they give us enough time to work on it. I like this school because there are cool friends here that care about people, sometimes there are fun teachers, fun fieldtrips that are coming up, and also sometimes fun work. I have been here for 3 years and I still like it here it may got more boring but it got more trust and hopes. There are so many people that wants to come to this school but they can’t  because the students that are already here has filled it up, so those people who are here should be glad to be able to succeed in their future lives. Most kids’ parents trust and believe H.S.A. to help us so it’s our jobs to keep this school alive and here!"
Sincerely, Nickala Wilson 5th Grade

"My family moved from a suburban area in which the school district was failing miserably. Although, my daughter was a continuos Honor Roll Student, her academic desire was decreasing. Due to other issues, we moved to Cleveland. I immediately sought a better school alternative than Cleveland which we are aware is failing also. By God’s Grace,I found Horizon Science Academy Middle School. Since Jan. 2007, I have been absolutely pleased beyond words! The staff are awesome. They truly care about the students. It shows in their curriculum, their communication w/parents & students and the increased desire of knowledge that my daughter has demonstrated. Parental involvement is encouraged and received. Quality of education is exceptional. Although, there could be more extra-activities. However, since it is a small setting and not within a typical school bldg. This is understood. I am confident that the Best Is Yet To Come!"  by S. R., parent
"In the first year, school is rated as ‘Continuous Improvement’. They are shooting for being an ‘Excellent’ school. I have full belief in the school. They are really working too hard to make it happen. I am fully satisfied with the education my child is getting and the after school activities there."  
by T.C., parent
"I send my daughter to Horizon Science Academy because of the safe environment and educational possibilities that this school offers.  The teachers and staff alike are well aware of the troubles that parents nowadays have in making a decision where to send their children to school.  In the 3rd year of sending my daughter to this school I feel more confident than ever and she will have a better opportunity to learn all of the required skills to better prepare her for the technological world that lies ahead. Teachers communicate with the children and parents regarding any concerns with education and are more than willing to help the children with tutoring and keep the parents aware of any progress made.  I hope to continue on this journey of education with my daughter, and to send her to the Horizon high school in the future possibly to earn some type of scholarship that would make her teachers very proud, along with her mother and father."  Kimberly Mendez, parent
"This is my daughter’s second year at Horizon Science Academy. This school is like no other. The environment is very clean, the teachers and staff are awesome, and their curriculum is great. My daughter is really being challenged at Horizon. I am so happy that I made the choice from public schools to charter especially here at Horizon." Sharita Echols,  parent
"I did not know that choosing a middle school would have been such a difficult decision. I wanted my son to be able to excel in his academic studies, and be an active participant in his education. I chose Horizon Science Academy because from the first day I stepped into the school, it was what I was looking for. I love Horizon because it is justifying to know that my son is an excellent student, and his teachers think he is a joy to have in class." Chenita Fairly, parent
"I am a proud parent of three wonderful children who have attended Horizon Science Academy; two of whom have graduated and have gone onto Horizon High School. My youngest is currently an eighth grader, who will be graduating from the middle school in June, 2011. I am very privileged to express the gratitude that I have for the staff at Horizon. These teachers have worked with great dedication and endless commitment with each and every student. My children’s report cards show great improvement year after year. It takes a village of good genuine teachers to teach our children and that’s just what they are doing at Horizon with one child at a time. Thank you Horizon teachers for all of your hard work and your outstanding professionalism." Tonya Castleberry,  parent
"My children are attending Horizon Science Academy for the third year. Since day one, my husband and I have been pleased with the staff and the educational structure of the school. You can access your child’s grades and homework assignments online and if my children are struggling in class, there is tutoring available. Every teacher has a genuine concern for each student and helps them to succeed and prepares them for high school and beyond. I gladly recommend Horizon to other parents." 
Karin Spratt, parent
"I like Horizon Science Academy because it has a very diverse learning environment. I also like the fact that both math and science are a priority. Our children desperately need those subjects to compete in this world “better known as the jungle." Sonya Johnson,  parent
"Horizon Science Academy is a great school to learn and to become a better student and person. The curriculum here is very precise and challenging. We have science fairs year round and go on numerous educational and fun field trips. If you listen and follow directions there is no reason why you should not pass with flying colors. I attended the same public school up until the sixth grade. When I came to Horizon I was able to expand my knowledge and improve in what had been troubling me for years at my other school. Horizon isn’t your average school. We are a charter school. Although we do extremely well in academics, that’s not what we’re all about! 

Here at Horizon we have various clubs, i.e. Art Club, Go Green Club, Spelling Bee Club and so much more to look forward to. We also participate in many in-school and out-of-school activities. In Mrs. Kline’s class (our head of the English and Social Studies department) we’ve gone on several field trips, i.e. Pro Football Hall of Fame, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, A Christmas Story House, Motown Historical Museum, bowling, movies, Coventry Village, etc. We have also held numerous bake sales, which profits have all gone to charity, i.e. Animal Protective League, The City Mission, West Side Catholic Center, St. Augustine Hunger Center, etc. In Ms. Kratz’s class we are currently doing fantasy football, which is a learning experience for me.  Personally, I think if you are lucky enough to attend Horizon then you will be able absorb all the fun, factual days here at Horizon."  Oluchi Onyeukwu, student
"I have been a student at Horizon Science Academy for three school years and from what I have experienced, I can tell you it is a great school. The teachers are very reasonable and fair. The staff is excellent and the rules help keep the school safe and in order. There is an equal balance of learning and reviewing information so that everyone gets what is to be done and there’s tutoring if we need it. There are many opportunities for Horizon students.  For example, some eighth grade students are able to take high school algebra and at the same time receive high school credit for the subject. But with all that work we should have a break once in a while, right? I like that Horizon has many activities available for students. It is fun when we go to new cities and places. There is also the annual trip to Turkey in the summer. There are various clubs and the teachers make the assignments fun with science fairs and school projects."  Selena Bostick, student
"Horizon Science Academy Cleveland Middle School (yeah, I know it’s a mouthful) is a great school. The teachers are very qualified and I know they want us to succeed. I can’t stay away from this school. I tried another school for one day (one day!) and I came home and told my mother, “I’m not going back. Take me back to Horizon.” We do fun activities and we’re all really close. Mrs. Kline is the ever-hilarious Language Arts teacher but she is also very serious when it comes to our work. Ms. Kratz, my math teacher, is really good at what she does. Whenever I think something is hard, she makes it so easy. Ms. Maimone is kind of wacky (J) but she’s a good teacher and she is real serious about good behavior. Ms. Haines, the dean of students, is great, too. The students, my friends, are so funny and smart. I mean, everyone here is destined for a great future. They’re part of the reason I came back."  Sophia Hardy, student
"Horizon Science Academy is a great school! The teachers here are super about encouraging students to do their very best. Mrs. Kline, my English teacher, is fun and I really like her class. She loves to joke around, but does not play about getting work done. My math teacher, Ms. Kratz, loves math, and makes learning very fun for everyone in my seventh grade class. Mr. Stevens teaches us science. We do fun things like play Science Jeopardy. We also do science projects and experiments in class. Ms. Maimone, my social studies teacher, also likes to make jokes, but still teaches in the process. My art teacher, Mrs. Hammond, teaches us about famous artists back maybe when she was little like Pablo Picasso. Mr. Dogan, my computer teacher, teaches us different ways to use a computer to our advantage such as doing slide-show projects and animation. Ms.Mitchell, my Spanish teacher, teaches us how to speak and learn different words in the Spanish language. All of the teachers at Horizon give us many academic choices. They guide us down the right path. I am so proud and lucky to go to Horizon!"  Jasmine Smith, student
"Horizon Science Academy is a great school to attend. You learn things at this school. It is fun but it’s very strict here. I believe this school provides the best education in the state of Ohio. For example, the teachers always believe in you and they make sure you try your hardest on everything you do. This school also has a lot of fun activities and fun field trips. We go on fun and educational field trips such as the Pro Football Hall of Fame almost every year and while you are there you have fun but you also learn about football history. And every time we go we have to take a test on things such as who won the super bowl in 1987, etc.  They do it to make sure you aren’t just playing around but to make sure you were paying attention. We have clubs like Pep Club which is when you color poster boards and design them and put them up around the school. We have a basketball team which is my favorite activity at Horizon, but to be on the team you have to keep your grades up if your grades are down you can’t play until you get them up. We also have bake sales to raise money to prepare sack lunches for the homeless and hungry in Mrs. Kline’s class. It’s so cool to go to this school here at Horizon where education comes first. You also have the opportunity to take high school algebra as an eighth grader and you can get credit for high school when you go to high school in the future. Horizon also makes sure that you are safe at all times. There is a no tolerance for fighting here or having weapons at this school; anything that can hurt someone or yourself is a suspension or expulsion. I have attended Horizon for four years and this is the best school I have ever been to." Ramone McDaniel, student
"I really value my education at Horizon Science Academy for many reasons. First, I get to learn about many things I never knew about. Another reason is that the teachers here really care about you and your education. Also, I have a lot of chances to make up work during the week. Tutoring is also available after school for those students who don’t understand something. I also have the opportunity to join a variety of clubs, such as the Spelling Bee Club. I also get to learn Spanish which I never knew before. Lastly, this school has a safe learning environment and I learn many things here. These are some of the many reasons why I value my education at Horizon Science Academy Cleveland Middle School."  Raekwon Goodman, student
"Horizon Science Academy is a charter school that everyone can enjoy. Horizon has a very unique school system that meets every parent’s needs. The after-school activities are something to look forward to and have each individual working hard. The after-school programs are very fun and provide students something to do rather than just doing homework all the time. Horizon is full of teachers who are determined to help every student find their full potential. Each teacher will help the students with anything that they need. All of the schools that I have attended in the past did not have teachers who are as determined as the ones at Horizon. Overall, this school has many things to do. This school also keeps kids occupied and will help them get a head start on a successful career. That’s why I love this school!" Teliah Gainer, student
"Horizon Science Academy expects nothing less than the best from each and every student. Teachers are here to teach but at this school they inspire. They are compassionate and caring towards the students. Tutoring and after-school programs are offered to all students. The staff tries their best to ensure a stable, safe school environment and is always well prepared for any emergency. The staff at Horizon also teaches in various ways for the student’s understanding, such as tactic (allows students to move around while learning; auditory (speaking); and visual (so the students see what is being taught, i.e. Power Point presentations). I express my gratitude by always doing my best, to let my teachers know I got their message. My language arts teacher, Mrs. Kline, uses a variety of strategies to teach us in ways I didn’t know of, i.e. song/movie poster/photo analysis activities, oral reports, Power Point presentations, etc. My science teacher allows me and my classmates to conduct science experiments to solve problems.

Horizon is very well-rounded. Students attend four core classes which include science, math, social studies and language arts. Students also attend two elective classes, some of which include Turkish, Spanish, physical education, art and computer.

I very much appreciate everything all of my teachers have done for me such as helping me when I’ve had problems with assignments, or just encouraging me to always try and by no means refrain from what I was originally doing." Zakiyyah Malik, student
"Know what I get to do? I get to teach at Horizon Science Academy with super kids, great teachers, and a fantastic administration! Hopefully, I am making a difference in the lives of my students just as much as they are making in mine. This is my sixth year teaching at Horizon and I hope to be able to hang my hat here for many years to come. I firmly believe it is my calling in life to give all of my students a chance to succeed, the same chance I received as a child. I consider myself blessed to work with an administration that allows me to be as creative as I want with my language arts lesson plans. Further, I feel very fortunate to work with an administration this is supportive of all of their teachers. I am surrounded by teachers who are both committed and dedicated to their students and who care about each child’s individual success. I’m one of those few people in life who gets to wake up every morning and say that they honestly love their job. My students are my motivation and my drive to succeed as their teacher. I’m at a point in my life where I don’t need this job, I want this job. After nineteen years as a secretary to the police chief, I resigned to pursue a teaching career. Although it was a very difficult decision to forego a well-paying job and to put off retirement I can honestly say that it is a decision that has reaped huge benefits to me." Anne Kline, teacher
"Horizon Science Academy provides a caring and nurturing environment, where we watch our students excel in math, reading, science, social studies, foreign language, and the arts. I have been a part of the Horizon family for six years now, and I can honestly say that our students enjoy attending school; which is a testament to the hard working staff and the continuous improvements that are being made in our school. Here at Horizon, we always encourage parents/guardians to get involved in their child’s education.  They can come in and observe classes, sit in on our grade chair meetings, contact us via phone or email, or set up a conference and speak with us in person. Horizon is a safe, warm, and friendly school. We are privileged to work in a multi-cultural environment, where the children are exposed to the world and the various cultures within it. Teachers are very dedicated, highly educated, and able to adjust to children’s needs for growth." April Maimone, teacher
"This is my second year here at Horizon Science Academy.  In the time that I have spent here I have witnessed a very dedicated group of teachers.  Some teachers arrive at the crack of dawn and others stay until the sun goes down.  They all seem to have the same objective to give the best possible education to the students so they can succeed.  It does not take long for people to see how the kids respond.  The students are very productive young men and women.  Whether it is inside the classroom or in one of the many competitions the teachers’ hard work is constantly paying off.  I believe that the parents have made a great choice for their children’s education.    I enjoy coming to work every day knowing I am going to be a part of something as positive and successful as Horizon Science Academy Middle School." Peter Blazey, staff
"This is my fifth year working at Horizon Science Academy and I hope to be a part of this team for many more years to come.  I have taught grades 5-8, as well as both math and language arts, and am currently working in administration.  I love the support that we get from our administration here and the freedom to try new things to make sure that our students succeed.  I absolutely love our students and they are my motivation for continuing to drive over 30 miles in each morning everyday.  It is a great feeling to wake up in the morning and look forward to coming in to work.  Not many people can say that and I am very lucky that I can." Melissa Haines, teacher
"As the Spanish teacher at Horizon Science Academy, I have been very impressed with the work atmosphere.  I thoroughly enjoy the relationships with my coworkers.  I think most of the time we are like family, not acquaintances or “work” friends.  My relationship with my coworkers carries on into my personal life which means a lot to me and I believe it says a lot about the teachers here.  I think administration at the school caters to what the teachers need to do to improve the classroom setting.  Discipline in the classroom is much more firm this year and the students seem to be taking their consequences seriously.  Additionally, it seems like parents are very supportive which a huge help for teachers is in order to maintain classroom structure.  I definitely look forward to a great school year."     Shannon Mitchell, teacher
"I have been working at Horizon Science Academy since January 2009.  In the time that I have been here, I have learned that the most valuable asset at this school is the staff.  I have never worked in a school where the staff bonds as well as they do here.  I think the people in this school don’t just consider each other “co-workers”, I think we consider each other friends and family.  Our staff, being so small, gives us all a chance to get to know one another.  We all work together so well and take a genuine interest in each other’s lives.  In schools I have worked at in the past, some of the staff was so large, that building relationships like we have here was impossible.  One benefit of our close-knit staff is how we are able to share our lessons and ideas.  This allows us to build upon those ideas together as a team to create even more powerful ideas.  The success of any school depends on having a successful staff. I honestly believe that we have that here. I am truly honored to be a part of this team." 
Stacy Ans, teacher
"This is the beginning of my sixth year of working at Horizon Science Academy.  I enjoy working with the staff and administration because everyone is willing to work together for the best interests of the students. The teachers are dedicated to the well-being of all students.  Several teachers arrive early, work late, and come into school on the weekends so that they can support our students at athletic events and academic competitions.  Teachers also take students on numerous after-school and weekend field trips so that students can experience different things such as Rock in Roll Hall of Fame, Football Hall of Fame, Motown Museum, Robotics, Future City, Maltz Museum, etc. The administration is willing to work with the teachers to make the school welcoming to students while the students are challenged academically.  The teachers and the administration have a common goal for all of our students which are one hundred percent high school graduation rate and college acceptance rate for all of our students.  I enjoy teaching our students the knowledge that they need to enjoy a successful future.  I also enjoy supporting students at sporting events, math Olympics, science fairs and spelling bee competitions.  There is nothing better than seeing the excitement in the students’ faces when they win awards for competitions and events that they are participating. I plan of on spending numerous more years teaching and supporting the students at Horizon and watching the students become successful adults."  Nicole Kratz, teacher
"I began working with Concept Schools in 2006. Throughout these years I have come to realize that the philosophy at Horizon Science Academy and the other Concept Schools differs from what is typical of most other charter schools. This organization focuses on the students and creating a learning environment that enables the students to freely strive for nothing less than excellence. In my experience, other institutions seem to focus on how many students they can cram into a classroom while neglecting the most important aspect of the school; the child. We provide the students with a plethora of extracurricular activities such as clubs, science fairs, spelling bees, sporting events, and field trips. A student should never feel like there is nothing to do when enrolled in any of our schools. Although there are many different activities in which a student can become involved, academia always comes first and parents are kept well informed of how their child is progressing. Free after-school tutoring is always available, and occasionally required in every subject area. Concept Schools truly gives students every opportunity they need to succeed." Amanda Lawman, teacher
"As a new science teacher at Horizon Science Academy Cleveland Middle School I have been impressed with the dedication of the teachers and administrators at HSACMS.  Also, HSACMS has made a commitment to increasing student test scores.  To help achieve higher science scores, the school has invested money into building a new science lab/classroom and buying all the necessary science supplies.  For a small school, there are plenty of after-school activities for students to participate in.  Every student is strongly urged to join at least one activity after school to broaden their academic background.  Coming from Florida as a public school teacher I wanted to work in a charter school where the students are pushed harder and motivated more than the traditional public school setting."  Christopher Stevens, teacher

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