About Horizons

Horizons is a small k-12 independent, democratic boarding and day school with approximately 110 students located in downtown Atlanta. Our goals are to expand students’ confidence in their abilities, to help students make the transition from external motivation to self-motivation and to promote academic excellence.

Horizons offers a college preparatory curriculum, as well as classes in visual and performing arts. Located on four wooded acres in the heart of an urban environment, we take advantage of our intown location with frequent field trips and student internships. The school is in the pleasant residential district of Lake Claire, within walking distance to public transportation and the Little Five Points neighborhood. The boarding program is small and supports a family atmosphere.


Horizons School is a subsidiary of the Educational Center for Applied Ekistics, Inc. After a preparatory year, Dr. Lorraine Wilson and Les Garber opened Horizons in August 1978, beginning with four students and six staff members in an office at West Peachtree and 13th streets. In the second year, the school moved to a small building at Piedmont and 10th Street. The fourth year began at the Ponceana, a fifteen-unit apartment building at 229 Ponce de Leon. During the 1985-86 school year, a group of students and staff built the main building on the present campus. In 2002, after more than two decades of service impacting the lives of so many students, Dr. Wilson passed away. Les Garber remains as the Head of School. In the spring of 2006, Horizons celebrated its 30th anniversary. The school now encompasses more than four acres, three school buildings, four houses, and a quarter interest in the Lake Claire Pool.

Democratic School

Since its inception in 1978, Horizons High School has been a democratic school. Each week, students and staff meet to plan and schedule, deal with rule infractions, recognize positive contributions (“kudos”) of the community members, and discuss issues. When decisions are made, students vote. Most school rules are common sense – the rationale for the resistance to codification. Working together ensures all members take responsibility for the smooth running of the school.