The programming at Horizon School is designed to meet the individual needs of every student. Each student has an Individual Program Plan (IPP) designed collaboratively by teachers, parents, and specialists. Each student has IPP goals under the unbrellas of independence, communication and physical strength and mobility.

Under the umbrella of independence, students may be working on such things as:
  •  work experience
  •  functional academics
  •  leisure skills
  •  grocery shopping
  •  banking
  •  manners and social skills
  •  choice making
  •  food preparation and cooking

Under the umbrella of communication, students may be working on such things as:
  •  speech
  •  communication devices
  •  following directions
  •  questioning
  •  survival words and skills
  •  sign language
  •  writing
  •  pic symbols

Physical Strength and Mobility
Under the umbrella of physical strength and mobility, students may be working on such things as:
  •  individual physio programs
  •  adapted phys ed
  •  exercise programs
  •  walking
  •  swim programs
  •  team games and sports
  •  bowling and other activities



In the EMERGING program, all areas of daily living are experienced to help increase opportunities for independence and cultivate authentic relationships. Programming is highly sensory based and aims to increase overall quality of life and maintain optimal physical status. All learning is personalized to address the physical and cognitive development of each student. The program strives to increase functional communication, self-help skills, and safety awareness in the most motivating and meaningful ways; relevant to each student and his/her family. 


The DEVELOPING program focuses on maximizing student independence. Activities focus on hygiene, safety skills, physical fitness, communication (receptive, expressive and social), functional life skills and healthy living. Each student follows a daily schedule to foster independence, confidence and routine. Students participate in a variety of sensory-based and emotional regulation activities through play-based therapy. Students in the DEVELOPING program learn what authentic play looks like through modelling and how play is an expressive outlet for one’s emotions.


The STEP program is our “Student Transition and Employability Program” and aims to help students prepare for the transition to adulthood by offering individualized programming which focuses on functional academics (literacy and numeracy), employability skills, social-emotional learning (social skills, emotional regulation, coping skills), and life skills (shopping, foods program, hygiene, safety skills). The program seeks to help students:  

  • Plan and prepare for the changes that adult life will bring.
  • Take steps towards a life of greater independence.
  • Enjoy a successful and fulfilling adult life.
  • Become contributing members of their community.


The “STudents At-Risk” 1 program is geared toward children younger than 13 years, who present with medically based complex social, emotional and behavioural needs. The program focuses on literacy and numeracy development (AB Education curriculum) and aims to help students gain independence in regulating their emotions through play. The ultimate goal for the program is stabilization and reintegration back to their community school.


The “STudents At-Risk” 2 program focuses on providing a safe and caring environment for our “high school aged” (13 to 20) students to complete course work including: Diploma and Knowledge and Employability courses; as well as Work Experience credits. Students in this program are enrolled in courses through the Old's Career High and Alberta Distance Learning Centre (ADLC). Students in this program require extra support and encouraging adult relationships with an emphasis on social skills, emotional regulation, and employability training.