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Horizons Home Study

One Santa Barbara Road

Pleasant Hill, CA 94523

925-682-8000 x3960

fax 925-937-6052


Administrator:  Ms. Heather Morelli

Office Manager: Ms. Carlene Hunt

Teacher-Advisor: Ms. Kristin Dietrick

Teacher-Advisor: Ms. Kirsten O'Leary


For grades 9-12 Independent Study 

high school program, go to


Parents are the teachers who provide direction instruction and monitor student progress using instructional strategies that are responsive to the individual learning needs of their children.

Teacher-Advisors assist families in tailoring instruction to individual skills, interests, and styles. Quite often, students go above and beyond grade-level standards!

Horizons School is part of the Mt. Diablo Unified School District.  Horizons is a fully WASC-accredited school, with California credentialed teachers, and has an UC/CSU approved college preparatory program.  Courses in Horizons School meet all the requirements for graduation from the Mt. Diablo Unified School District. 

The mission of Horizons Home Study is to enter into a partnership with parents to help students succeed as learners and to become productive citizens. A diversity of educational philosophies within the framework of a learning contract is honored. Parents assume the responsibility for their students' learning and for the management of curriculum. Parents, teachers, and students show mutual respect and caring by treating all individuals with dignity.
STEAM is the academic disciplines of science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics. This program is meant to improve a student’s education competitiveness in science and technology development with cross-curriculum enrichment activities.
  • November:  What Can You Learn from a Potato Chip?
    There is a new branch of science in town - Potato Chip Science !  We will have a grab bag of nourishing lessons in everything from physics to forensics, from navigation to neuroscience.
  • April: Earth Day (details later)

Writer's Workshop helps students learn best by writing. To make the most progress, kids need ownership of their own writing, guidance from an adult writer, and the support of a community of fellow learners.
  • September : Autobiographic Essay / Personal Statements
  • October: Response to Literature (conflict)
  • November: Response to Literature (Author Intent)
  • Second Semester To Be Announced


Google Digital Workshop will discuss Google Apps just for students !! Come see how to use some of these apps to make your presentations, projects, even your hobbies stand out.  
  • October: The first workshop will concentrate of Google Docs (word processing), Google Slides (presentations), and Google Forms (online surveys).
  • March: Fun and Helpful apps to enrich your Google experience.
Enrollment in grades K-8 is available to families residing in the Mt. Diablo Unified School District (MDUSD) or in an adjacent school district or county.  For more information visit Horizons Enrollment Eligibility page.
For Parents
  • available for direct instruction four hours day/five days week
  • possess strong reading and thinking skills
  • proficient in English with math skills higher than student
  • plan to deliver an education that is at least equivalent to the classroom
  • ...  for a complete list visit Horizons Find Out More
For Students
  • wants to be home schooled
  • self motivator
  • home better environment for learning
  • ...  for a complete list visit  Horizons Find Out More
Students in home study need to have the ability to work independently and schools typically assess an applicant's likelihood of success in independent study.  For more information visit Horizons Initial Assessments.


Aug 16
First Student Day - Orientation
Sep 3 
Labor Day Holiday
Nov 12
Veterans' Day Holiday
Nov 19-23
Thanksgiving School Recess
Dec 21
End 1st Semester
Dec 24 -Jan 7
Winter Recess
Jan 21
MLK Day Holiday
Feb 15-18
Presidents' Day Holiday
Mar 29
Cesar Chavez Day Holiday
Apr 1-5
Spring Recess
May 27
Memorial Day Holiday
June 5
End 2nd Semester