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Students from Horizon’s Exploratory Academy (HEA), Salida’s alternative high school will be sharing what they have learned and their experiences from their second semester, this Thursday. Community members are welcome to stop by HEA from 4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. May 4, 2023 at 310 East Ninth Street in Salida.

Jason Fandrich, Alysha Rushing and Emily Lamont pose at Fandrich’s project on display at December 2022 Horizons Exploratory Academy Walkabout. Image courtesy HEA

According to School Board Secretary Kim LeTourneau, the Walkabout Night is offered twice each school year to give students a chance to show off the projects they have been working on all semester.

Projects chosen by the students range from guitar and woodworking, to poetry and street art, reflecting their wide variety of interests. Students are excited to share their work with their peers and community and provide a window into HEA and its program.

In this type of learning environment, students must be self-directed and motivated to be successful. Students at HEA must still follow all state guidelines, including ICAP and the 28 credit district requirement.

Additionally, HEA graduation requirements incorporate service projects, community presentations, leadership and social/emotional growth guidelines.

HEA is designed for students who seek and need freedom of education and challenges students at all skill levels. Not everyone fits into a traditional school, as individual needs can vary greatly between students. At Horizons, all students develop an individualized learning plan in which their goals and aspirations are the centermost aspect. From there, they develop a plan to graduate not just with the required classes, but with a solid foundation that they can take with them to the next step on their journey.

Featured image: Sam Jett displays artistic and writing skills at the December 2022 Horizons Exploratory Academy Walkabout. Image courtesy HEA