Unlimited Horizons Program Now Accepting Applications

     The Newburgh Enlarged City School District is proud of continued student achievement in the Unlimited Horizons Program at Horizons-on-the-Hudson Magnet School. The Unlimited Horizons Program presents a unique opportunity for students in kindergarten through fifth grade to learn at an accelerated rate. Targeted students are intrinsically motivated, exhibit leadership ability, and possess the potential for exceptional intellectual ability and creativity. Unlimited Horizons is the NECSD's only academically-accelerated program on the K-5 grade level.

     Screening for entrance into next year's Unlimited Horizons Accelerated Academic Program K-5 at Horizons-on-the-Hudson Magnet School, will take place on Saturday, June 16, 2012 at Horizons-on-the-Hudson Magnet School (137 Montgomery Street in the City of Newburgh).

     As an International Baccalaureate school, Horizons-on-the-Hudson, is a globally recognized program that develops inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect. The International Baccalaureate Organization works with Horizons to provide students with challenging programs of international education and rigorous assessment.

     Kindergarten through fifth grade students from across the NECSD are eligible for Unlimited Horizons and are required to attend the screening, which includes a group-administered ability test battery to assess each student's abilities in reasoning and problem solving. Incoming students in grades K-2 will be interviewed and incoming students in grades 3-5 will complete an essay in addition to being interviewed.

     Students, who excel in all academic areas and are self-motivated with leadership ability, are candidates for Unlimited Horizons. Each class in the “Unlimited Horizons Program” follows an accelerated-pathway, honors-prep program which involves the students in curriculum work advanced by one year.

     Since a limited numbers of seats are available for each grade level, the application process for the “Unlimited Horizons Program” requires interested students to demonstrate their ability to succeed in the program. Along with the testing mentioned above, criteria for entrance include high academic standing as shown by report card grades and teacher comments. Pre-K attendance with outstanding assessment is an indicator of success in this program. Attendance and discipline records will be part of the selection process.

     For further information about Unlimited Horizons, call Horizons-on-the-Hudson Magnet School at 563-3725.