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Contact our Main Office

Horizons Home Study

One Santa Barbara Road

Pleasant Hill, CA 94523

925-682-8000 x3960

fax 925-937-6052



Melissa Brennan

Office Manager

Carlene Hunt


Kristin Dietrick

Nancy Coffee

Michelle Eberhart

NSHS Clerical Support

Adam Ling

School Counselor

James Saldivar

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Get to know our team...

James Saldivar School Counselor

James Saldivar

"I hope to provide social, emotional and academic support to students and families in need. It is my goal to help foster a sense of community between the students and school. Having been a former student of M.D.U.S.D, I feel privileged to be working with the same community that played such a significant role in my personal development."

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Alternative Education Schools

Horizons Center for Independent Study (CIS)

(9-12th Grade Students)

One Santa Barbara Road

Pleasant Hill, CA 94523

(925) 682-8000 x3960 OFFICE

(925) 937-6052 FAX

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The mission of Horizons Home Study is to enter into a partnership with parents to help K-8 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.


Parents are the teachers

  • who provide direction and instruction to the student
  • who monitor student progress using instructional strategies that are responsive to the individual learning needs of the child

Teacher-Advisors assist families in tailoring instruction

  • to match resources with individual skills, interests, and styles
  • to support students going above and beyond grade-level standards

Horizons School is part of Mt. Diablo Unified School District

  • as a fully WASC-accredited school,
  • with California credentialed teachers, and
  • with a UC/CSU approved college preparatory program

Courses in Horizons School meet all the requirements for graduation from the MDUSD.


Determining if Horizons Home Study is the Right Path for You

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.  Students in home study need to have the ability to work independently. To begin the enrollment process, we will need to assess prospective students likelihood of success in independent study. The following are a few indicators of success.

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 Students

  • wants to be home schooled

  • self motivator

  • home better environment for learning

For more information visit Horizons Enrollment Eligibility page.

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Students, please check with Teachers directly by email and through Google Classroom regarding school work.

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2020-2021 Important Dates

Aug 17: First Student Day

Sep 7: Labor Day

Nov 11: Veteran's Day

Nov 23 to 27: School Recess

Dec 21 to Jan 4: Winter Recess

Jan 18: Martin Luther King Day

Feb 12: School Recess

Feb 15: Presidents' Day

April 2: Cesar Chavez Day

Apr 5 to 9: Spring Recess

May 31: Memorial Day

Jun 2: Last Student Day