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Horizon Prep scores in top 6 percent nationwide

RANCHO SANTA FE — Horizon Prep recently received the test results from students taking the Iowa Test of Basic Skills, or ITBS, and the news was impressive — the school ranked in the 94th percentile nationwide.
“Not only did our overall score improve as a school, but the third and fourth grades ranked in the 99th percentile and the fifth and seventh grades ranked in the
98th percentile nationwide,” Allisen Hemple, registrar and director of enrollment services at the private school, said. These results are up a percentage point from 2007’s ranking when the school placed in the top 93 percentile.
According to data published from the ITBS, Horizon Prep has a larger percentage of high achieving students in all core subjects than other schools taking the ITBS. “A terrific market on the IOWA is the grade equivalent, the score that estimates the grade level at which a child performs,” Vice Principal Heather Henning said. “On average, Horizon Prep students have consistently scored two years above grade level again this year.”
Many schools administer the ITBS tests in the spring, at the end of the school year, but Horizon Prep does the opposite. “We administer the test in the fall rather than waiting until the end of the year so that teachers are able to utilize the scores to drive their instruction and better meet the needs of their students,” Hemple said.
With results landing in the top 10 percent nationwide, it’s difficult to argue with the school’s methods.
Horizon Prep currently serves more than 425 students from preschool through the eighth grade.