Frequently Asked Questions
What is the history of Echo Horizon School?In 1970, parents, educators, and interested community leaders created the Carol L. Proctor Echo Center, formerly known as the Oral Education Center. In 1983, Kent and Carol Landsberg established Kent H. Landsberg Echo Horizon School as a school that would educate deaf and hard of hearing children alongside their hearing peers.What is Echo Horizon's Educational Approach?At Echo Horizon School, we value character education as highly as we do academic rigor. We believe that the education, care, and nurturing of the elementary age child is best accomplished in our Pre K-6 grade setting. Nationally recognized for our ability to leverage technology that optimizes and creates multi-dimensional learning, Echo Horizon’s teaching emphasizes character education to facilitate social and emotional growth, critical thinking, autonomy, resilience, and social responsibility.Who are our teachers?Echo Horizon teachers are life-long learners who bring their passion for teaching to the classroom. All teachers have received their teaching credentials and demonstrate the ability to effectively plan curriculum and teach. An on-site curriculum coach and robust professional development opportunities support them. Echo Horizon uses a co-teaching model with 1 classroom teacher and 1 Echo Center teacher, with a student to teacher ratio of 10:1.We research the California standards and the Common Core to establish a curriculum that reflects the latest research on elementary education for each grade level. Our emphasis on creativity, exploration, and project-based learning engages each student. We administer standardized testing (ERBs) starting in 3rd grade.
- Singapore Math is the core of our math curriculum based on conceptual understanding, number sense, and problem solving. The focus for our students is not only knowing how to do math, but also understanding why the algorithms work as they do.
- Science is taught at all grade levels. Grades 3 and 4 visit the science lab to further enhance their classroom science. Grades 5 and 6 have all science classes in the science lab. Science classes are informed by the NextGen Science Standards.
- Language arts instruction encompasses speaking and listening skills as well as the development of reading and writing competency. Reading is rooted in a whole language approach with appropriate emphasis on phonics and other decoding skills in the early years.
- Social Studies is taught at all grade levels following the California State Standards. All grade levels utilize primary and secondary sources in their social studies classes. Cultural diversity is a common theme throughout a student’s course of study. For 5th and 6th grade, the curriculum will reflect a move to an integrated Humanities class, blending the traditional language arts with social studies.
- Technology: Students use technology for productivity, research, and creative expression. They gain proficiency in keyboarding, publishing, digital storytelling, and finding, synthesizing, and presenting information in a variety of formats. Echo Horizon students learn to be responsible digital citizens as they make local and global connections, and publish work that honors the intellectual property of others. Our graduates move on to secondary schools with a variety of skills in their digital toolbox and the ability to determine which tool will be most effective to communicate their ideas in different situations.
We believe that our Pre-K program helps initiate our families and children into Echo Horizon School. In our Pre-K, we begin to set the stage for developing and nurturing an eagerness to learn and a confidence about one’s self as a learner. The routines and procedures of a day at school assure ease of transition into our Kindergarten program.What is our Kindergarten approach?Our Kindergarten program is designed to meet the needs of children who are 5-6 years old. There are opportunities to learn to read, to learn Singapore Math concepts, and further develop fine motor skills. The emphasis is on developing work habits and early readiness for the increased academic requirements of the 1st grade.Our After School Program is open to all students and offers a variety of choices. We offer sports such as baseball, basketball, hockey, and soccer as well as activities such as arts and crafts, dancing, board games, and group games. The annual talent show and special cooking days are just a few special occasions offered during the year. The Extended Day Program is a great place to have in-house play dates! The Extended Day Program is available Monday-Friday starting at 7:30am and runs until 6:00 pm.How does Echo Horizon provide grades and reporting?Narrative reporting occurs three times a year. Our fall and spring reporting are augmented by conferences between parents and teacher. In the upper grades, students are invited to participate in the spring reporting. Teachers and parents enjoy ongoing communication as necessary through email and in-person communication. The Head of School reviews all narrative reports for every student.“To discipline” means “to train, to teach.” At Echo Horizon School, rules and procedures are carefully taught and practiced. Teachers and staff are always present, in the classroom and in the playground, with children so they are able to give appropriate feedback in a positive way. This increases productive behavior and minimizes the need for negative consequences.How are deaf and hard of hearing children integrated into the Echo Horizon School program?Our Echo Center provides a national recognized auditory-verbal mainstream program for deaf and hard of hearing (DHH) children who are integrated into regular classrooms and learn in that environment. They receive the support they need to be successful from Echo Center teachers, who are credentialed in deaf and hard of hearing education.What schools do Echo Horizon School graduates attend?Confident, prepared, collaborative, inclusive, and engaged learners—Echo Horizon graduates are attractive to the best independent middle schools in Los Angeles. Each year, our students matriculate to a wide range of schools, including Archer, Brentwood, Campbell Hall, Crossroads, Harvard-Westlake, Marlborough, Oakwood, Wildwood, and Windward among others. A few of our students elect to return to a local public school system.
- Inspired by Google’s “20% time,” Echo Horizon's i2 Time is for creativity and innovation so students can be active participants in their own education:
- Coding, Robotics
- Library: Our beautiful library houses a comprehensive collection of 17,000 titles. Children visit the library weekly for story time, book talks, instruction in library skills, and checking out books. We have student-initiated book clubs, author talks, and book awards.
- Physical Education: Students at all grade levels have PE multiple times a week. Physical education classes focus on fitness, development of healthy habits, and skill building that facilitates effective participation in sports.
- Team Sports: Students in Grades 3-6 have the opportunity to practice and join team sports that compete after school against other neighborhood schools. Echo Horizon Hawks currently compete in volleyball, basketball, and track and field.
- Arts: Specialists in visual arts, dance theater, and music, teach the arts program. Each of these arts are taught weekly to every grade level. In the spring, each grade level presents a showcase highlighting the integration of these disciplines with the classroom themes of study.
What makes Echo Horizon School distinct among independent elementary schools?
- Echo Horizon School is an Apple Distinguished School recognized for our innovative use and seamless integration of technology into the curriculum.
- Our i2 Time provides students the opportunity to explore, create, and innovate in the arts and technology.
- We are the only school west of the Mississippi to mainstream deaf and hard of hearing students.
- We are a diverse and inclusive School community.
- Our students receive a 21st century education in a historic school building, adjacent to a park, in Culver City.