COVID-19 (formerly known as Coronavirus) - UPDATED 5/26/2020

Arizona State Governor Doug Ducey and State Superintendent Kathy Hoffman have announced that all Arizona schools will now be closed through the end of the 2019-2020 school year. 

  • Horizon Honors Schools will continue to provide distance learning through our last scheduled day of school, May 22. 
  • The school year will NOT be extended and the last day of school is still Friday, May 22.
  • Club Horizon will continue to be open so our first responders and healthcare workers have childcare options.

Class of 2020 Graduation:
A decision will be made in early July as to which model below we will be using for Commencement.  The decision will be determined by based on the recommendations & guidelines at that time.  No matter the decision, the ceremony will stream live via our Facebook page so all family members and friends can watch.  The choices we will decide amongst are listed in order of preference with number 1 being our first choice and then the lesser favorable options below in descending order.

1.   Graduates with a limited guest list (4-6 seats), observing some less strict, basic social distancing protocols

2.   Graduates with 2 Parent/Guardian Seats, observing stricter social distancing protocols

3.   Graduates with 1 Parent/Guardian Seat, observing even stricter social distancing protocols

4.   Graduates Only, observing very strict social distancing protocols

5.   Virtual Ceremony, only if we cannot maintain the current recommendations for the health and safety for all involved

The in-person ceremony options will be modified to include social distancing for graduates and ceremony participants, but many typical ceremony elements will be included and their names will be read, they will cross the stage, receive their actual diploma, and a professional photographer will take their picture.   

We are also hopeful that we can still celebrate with senior brunch and will still have a graduation rehearsal on the 1st.  If all continues to improve and guidelines allow for option one the following schedule will be planned: 

Saturday, August 1, 2020
10:30 AM – 12:30 PM Senior Brunch – Optional  
Horizon Honors Multipurpose Room

12:45 PM - 2:15 PM Commencement Rehearsal - Mandatory for all seniors
Mountain Park Church Auditorium (across the street)

5:00 PM Graduates Report and Seating Begins
Mountain Park Church Auditorium (across the street)

6:00 PM Commencement Class of 2020
Mountain Park Church
16461 S. 48th St
Phoenix, AZ 85048

Regarding Club Horizon:
We understand that some Horizon Honors families with students in grades PreK-6 are struggling to find a daycare solution while our schools are closed. We also want to honor the Governor's request that schools attempt to offer childcare for those in need, in particular our healthcare workers and first responders. For that reason, Club Horizon is open for students that have been enrolled in Club Horizon this school year. 

  • Club Horizon will be open weekdays from from 6:15 a.m. to 6 p.m. 
  • Cost is the normal rate of $31 per day.
  • No field trips will be offered.
  • Note that county, state, or federal guideline changes may determine if Club Horizon will need to close again.

If you want to sign up for Club Horizon:
Please complete the form at You can also drop-in at Club Horizon at the normal rate.

Safety Protocols for Club Horizon:

  • All staff and students will practice mandatory social distancing including allowing as much physical space as possible between persons.  
  • Only staff-members and participating Club Horizon students will be allowed beyond the check-in area.
  • Frequently-touched surfaces will be cleaned at minimum twice during Club Horizon hours. This includes door handles, desk surfaces, counters, tables, desks, chairs, and all bathroom surfaces. 
  • Frequently-used items including the check-in desk, craft/activity supplies, computers, and headphones will be wiped down between each use.
  • All students will be required to wash their hands before eating snacks or lunch.
  • Any student showing symptoms of illness will immediately be isolated and must be picked up by a parent/guardian or emergency contact within 60 minutes of notification.
  • Staff will only be permitted to report to work if they are symptom-free and without known exposure. 

We hope the opening of Club Horizon will minimize the burden for some of our families, especially our first responders and healthcare providers.  


Arizona Department of Health Services Website
Maricopa County Public Health Website
Letter to Horizon Honors Families Sent on 3/28/2020
Letter to Horizon Honors Families Sent on 3/20/2020
Letter to Horizon Honors Families Sent on 3/16/2020
Letter to Club Horizon Families Sent on 3/16/2020
Letter to Horizon Honors Families Sent on 3/15/2020
Letter to Horizon Honors Families Sent on 3/13/2020
Letter to Horizon Honors Families Sent on 3/11/2020
Letter to Horizon Honors Families Sent on 3/4/2020
Letter to Horizon Honors Families Sent on 1/30/2020

The safety of our community is a top priority at Horizon Honors Schools.

Some of our many security protocols include:

  • All exterior doors and gates, with the exception of the schools' offices, are locked before and during school hours.
  • All visitors to campus are required to show ID and sign in at a school office.
  • Students in grades 7-12 are required to wear a lanyard and ID when on campus.
  • Safety drills are conducted monthly.
  • Staff members are trained regularly on emergency operations planning.
  • Emergency parent/guardian communication channels include phone calls, emails, and text messages.

    Reporting a Concern

  • Effective September 23, 2019, Quick Tips has been disabled.  Community members may now submit a concern via the Horizon Honors Anonymous Tipline at 480-659-3010. 

    This tipline will be monitored between the hours of 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on school days. Any reports submitted outside of these hours will be responded to during the following school day. Do not use this tipline for issues requiring immediate assistance. If it is an emergency, please call local law enforcement or 911. Also, understand that false reporting will be taken seriously, reported to law enforcement, and will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.

    Safety Protocols

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