Welcome to Horace High School!

  • Dear Horace High School Freshmen Families,   

    We are pleased to officially welcome you and your child to Horace High School. The School Board finalized the boundaries for our district’s newest feeder system in July 2018, and in February 2019, they officially adopted the transition plan for students from Deer Creek, Horace, and Legacy Elementary Schools to attend Heritage Middle School and Horace High School. You can see details about this process and the decision on this page: https://www.west-fargo.k12.nd.us/Page/6798.  

    To avoid having your child attend one year of high school at Sheyenne before transitioning to Horace, and to help them start building the foundation for their experience as a Horace Hawk, your child will be attending Heritage Middle School next year as a freshman. The district will break ground this spring on Horace High. The students will transition to the new Horace High in 2021-22, when it opens its doors for the first time. Your student will be a member of Horace High School’s first graduating class in 2023-24!     

    In January and February, you child will participate in our normal pre-registration process to select their freshman classes. Heritage Middle School Principal Dr. Spies and Sheyenne High School Principal Dr. Cronin will work closely with the Horace students to ensure a smooth process. Unless your student is currently attending another school within the district via an approved multi-year in-district transfer, they will need to register with Horace High School. 

    We will be hosting a Horace High School parent and student meeting in late February to provide details and programming information about our new high school. We will also update students and parents on the construction design and innovative learning opportunities Horace will provide.  The district is in the process of planning for staffing (our new principal will be selected by late February 2020) and building a schedule for Horace High School.   

    While the webpage for Horace High School is still under construction, we hope you find this to be your go-to place for finding information and updates on registration, back-to-school night, the daily schedule, activities, and other general notes about our school.   

     We are excited to embark on this journey of beginning the Horace Hawks tradition with you and your family!   

Construction Updates

  • September Updates

    Posted by Dr. Cronin, Dr. Spies, and West Fargo Public Schools on 9/13/2021 3:00:00 PM

    The architects and engineers have conducted their review of the first academic areas at the building and have prepared punch lists of deficiencies that need to be addressed. Some of the furniture and equipment for this area is scheduled to arrive and installation is scheduled to begin on Monday.

    The environmental controls will be operational in these first academic areas as well as the gymnasium. The environmental controls in the gymnasium are necessary to prepare the space for the installation of the wood floor, which is expected to begin during the week of September 20.

    The next academic areas are scheduled for punch lists during the week of September 20.  This will represent the balance of the classrooms that will be required for the initial occupancy of the school. The remaining academic classrooms will have construction continuing after students and staff have occupied the building.

    Kitchen equipment has been placed and the final hookups will occur in the next two weeks. The freezers and coolers are operational and have been maintaining proper temperatures. These spaces should be ready for punch list in the next two or three weeks.

    The data rooms that support the school district’s networking equipment are also scheduled for completion the week of September 20th for the portions of the building that will be initially occupied.

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  • Adjustments to Academics & Activities

    Posted by Dr. Cronin, Dr. Spies, and West Fargo Public Schools on 8/16/2021 3:00:00 PM

    As construction continues at Horace High School, we now anticipate we will be granted occupancy around the end of quarter one. It will be at this time that phase one of the project (administrative offices, commons, kitchen, and approximately 15 – 20 instructional classrooms) will be completed and our Hawk students and staff can take residency in the new building.

    Phase two will follow a couple of months later and phase three will be completed in the second semester.

    ACADEMICS

    All Horace High School students have received their class schedule for the year. Any adjustments made to class schedules are due to typical scheduling conflicts (class sizes, enrollment, staff availability, etc.) and are not related to the classes being located at Heritage Middle School. While the high school is temporarily being housed at Heritage Middle School, administration and staff are committed to providing the same learning experiences and targets for students as their peers at Sheyenne High and West Fargo High, or as they would if they were physically located at Horace High School. Courses that are unique to the high school level (health sciences, Project Lead the Way, construction, etc.) are still being offered to Horace High School students at Heritage Middle School, with just a few slight adjustments required within their classrooms.

    ACTIVITIES

    The Horace High School gymnasium is included in the second phase of construction and was not anticipated to be complete in time for our initial occupancy. This season of Hawk volleyball will occur at Heritage Middle School for both practices and competitions. The second phase, including the gymnasium, is scheduled for completion this winter.

    The materials for the synthetic turf field were delivered this week. The football team is utilizing the field at Heritage Middle School until the new turf is ready for use. The fall swimming and cross-country seasons are hosted at their home locations: the Hulbert Aquatic Center and Rendezvous Park, respectively. The tennis courts are done and will be available for use by physical education classes this fall.

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  • The Three Phases of Construction

    Posted by Dr. Cronin, Dr. Spies, and West Fargo Public Schools on 8/2/2021 4:00:00 PM

    Work continues at Horace High School and each visit to the site shows progress toward project completion. Since the start of the project, the school was planned to be completed in three phases:

    • Phase 1: administrative offices, commons, kitchen, and approximately 15 – 20 instructional classrooms
    • Phase 2: gymnasium, locker rooms, and approximately 5 -10 instructional classrooms
    • Phase 3: music rehearsal spaces, theatre, and remaining instructional classrooms

    These phases indicate the order in which the project will be completed. Phase one must be completed for us to occupy the building and provide instruction to students. Phase two will follow a couple of months later and phase three will be completed in the second semester. This multi-phased model is not unexpected; in fact, it was planned and is how we have completed and opened our secondary schools in the past.

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  • Construction Continues at Horace High School

    Posted by Dr. Cronin, Dr. Spies, and West Fargo Public Schools on 7/19/2021 3:30:00 PM

    Hawk Families:

    With the start of the school year fast approaching, we have received confirmation that Horace High School will not be ready for the first day of school on Thursday, August 26.

    While this is not the news we hoped to be sharing in preparation for the new year, we remain committed to providing equitable learning opportunities for our Hawk students. We are working closely with the staff at Horace High School and Heritage Middle School to accommodate both ninth and tenth grade students at Heritage until Horace High is deemed ready for use.

    The contractors have not provided us with a hard date for building completion, as it is dependent on their ability to receive supplies and finish up projects in the next couple of weeks. However, as soon as such a date is determined, it will be shared with staff and families.

    To keep families informed of our planning efforts and project details, we will be sending an email update at the beginning of every other week to Heritage Middle School and Horace High School families and will continue to do so until we are settled in the new high school. All updates will be archived on the Horace High School transition webpage and the frequently asked questions webpage will be updated to include details on activities, curriculum, transportation, and general logistics as they are finalized. As another avenue to stay informed, we encourage families to follow West Fargo Public Schools, Heritage Middle School, and Horace High School on Facebook.

    While we do not have all of the answers today, we are confident in our plans to successfully begin the new school year. The next email update is scheduled for Monday, August 2 and it will include details on the fall activities season, building schedules, and transportation.

    Best wishes for an enjoyable remainder to your summer,

    Dr. Cronin, Dr. Spies, and West Fargo Public Schools

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Last Modified on September 13, 2021