RANCHO SANTA FE — The new school year got off to an animated start at Horizon Prep with a viewing of Disney’s “Bolt,” starring the voices of John Travolta and Miley Cyrus. On Sept. 6, students gathered on the lawn behind the school and picnicked with fellow students, friends and family members to celebrate Labor Day. The school provided drinks, popcorn, games and, of course, the hit movie.
The movie screening was the perfect cap on a week that brought students together for the new school year. With approximately 440 students, enrollment is up at the private Christian school. “We are having to hire teachers at a time when other schools are laying teachers off,” Vice Principal Heather Henning said. At a time when other private schools are seeing a decline in enrollment, Horizon Prep is finding that 12 percent of the student body is new students. “We know times are tough, but families value what we offer here at Prep,” Registrar and Director of Enrollment Services Allisen Hemple said.
Earlier in the week, these new students and their families were given the opportunity to meet with teachers and staff at a “Prep Pals” New Student Orientation. The Prep Pals is a welcome-wagon of sorts, which allows a meet/greet situation with new families and students meeting with families that have been at Horizon Prep for several years. “It really made a big difference for my daughter,” said Lori Cooper, whose daughter is a new member at the school.
Coming up on Sept. 12, Horizon Prep will be the host site for a “Bible Bee” contest, where students from Horizon Prep will compete against other students from Christian schools about knowledge of biblical references.