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Horizons Home Study

One Santa Barbara Road

Pleasant Hill, CA 94523

(925) 682-8000 x3960 OFFICE

(925) 937-6052 FAX




Melissa Brennan

Office Manager

Carlene Hunt


Kristin Dietrick

Nancy Coffee

Michelle Eberhart

School Support

Carolyn Goetz

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 TK-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 TK-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 be on or above grade level, and the family must have a full-time home teacher available. 

To begin the enrollment process, we will need to assess a prospective student's likelihood of success in Home Study. The following are a few indicators of success.

For Parents

  • available for direct instruction and  supervised learning four to six hours a day/five days week

  • possess strong reading and analytical skills

  • proficient in English with skills in all subjects at least one year higher than the student

  • commitment to deliver an education that is at least equivalent to that in the classroom setting

For Students

  • wants to be home schooled

  • is on (or above) grade level

  • self motivator and takes direction well from the home teacher/parent

  • home better environment for learning

For more information visit Horizons Enrollment Eligibility page.

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2021-2022 Important Dates

Aug 12: First Student Day

Sep 6: Labor Day

Oct TBD: Term 1 Ends

Nov 11: Veteran's Day

Nov 22 to 26: School Recess

Dec TBD: Term 2 Ends

Dec 20 to Jan 4: Winter Recess

Jan 17: Martin Luther King Day

Feb 18: School Recess

Feb 21: Presidents' Day

Mar TBD: Term 3 Ends

Apr 1: Cesar Chavez Day

Apr 4 to 8: Spring Recess

May 30: Memorial Day

Jun 2: Term 4 Ends

Jun 2: Last Student Day