The Horizon Prep Lioncast: Classical Education in San Diego and Rancho Santa Fe, California

The Horizon Prep Lioncast is a production of the Horizon Prep Parent Teacher Fellowship, to Include, Inform, and Inspire the parents and staff of Horizon Prep. Each week we talk about what's going on at the HP campus and then talk with one of the teachers or staff and learn about them and their role at the school.
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Jan 23, 2017

Matt Davis joined us to talk about what's going on in the Schools of Logic and Rhetoric. Matt is the director for all the HP students in 6th-8th grade and 9th-12th.

One of the things Matt talks about is establishing traditions for the high school age students. Each year the incoming 9th Grade class buys an Orange tree, fertilizer, and any needed supplies and plants the tree in a planter that sits outside the Hub area. As they go through the next four years of school they're responsible for the care and upkeep of that tree until they graduate. So as they progress through school the students see the tree grow along with them.

If you'd like to hear more from Matt Davis on the School of Logic you can listen to Episode 002. If you'd like to hear more from Matt about the School of Rhetoric, check out episode 007.

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Jan 16, 2017

This is part two of Heather Dalton's talk at our most recent PTF meeting. To hear part one check out Episode 041: Conflict is good for our kids.

In this episode we get the final five of Heather's parenting tips, including:

6. Eat family dinner together several times a week. No phones allowed.

7. Respect your child's authority figures. When we criticize them in front of our kids, we have ensured our kids will not respect that authority in the future.

8. Do not rescue your kids. We have to train our kids that there are consequences for their lack of responsibility.

9. Suck it up buttercup. Not everyone gets a trophy.

10. Be intentional. Our schedules get so full that we don't have time for what's important unless we are intentional about making that time.


Heather ended her talk with a list of five books she recommends for parents. Those books are:

The Well Behaved Child by John Rosemond

Parenting By The Book by John Rosemond

Loving Your Kids On Purpose by Danny Silk

Hands Free Momma by Rachel Macy Stafford

Fresh Wind, Fresh Fire by Jim Cymbala


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Jan 11, 2017

Heather Dalton joined us as the speaker at the last PTF meeting. Heather was an administrator at Horizon Prep for years before leaving to start her own family. Now she's a mom at HP with a two, four, and six year old.

Heather shared 10 tips on parenting that she says she stole from the very best minds. Tips one through five are on this episode, with six through ten on next week's episode Monday morning. Here are her first five tips.

  1. Keep your kids at Horizon Prep. Train your children in righteousness instead of “exposing them to evil".
  2. Be who you want your kids to be. 90 percent of parenting is being the kind of person you want your kids to be.
  3. Accept that conflict is good for our kids. We believe that our trials are helping to make us better people, but it’s hard to believe that for our own children. We need to take a step back and say “What is the Lord trying to teach our kids through this?”
  4. Praise effort over ability. Foster an environment where all that matters is they do your best. Research shows the more effort we put into something, the more we will achieve. 
  5. Be very aware of your child’s friendships. “Bad company corrupts good character”.


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Jan 2, 2017

Melissa Smith talked with staff and teachers from all over the campus for our final holiday edition of the podcast.

Melissa talked with Susan Ferrari, Matt Berg, Heather Downing, Stacy Schaefer, Mary Mitchell, Matt Davis, Abby Mayall, Laiah Blue, Rebecca Gonzalez, Jeff Pratt, Lisa Schrift, Kelly Hendrickson, Jenn Preske, Erin Rose, and Kaitlyn Cook. 15 guests!

Who would you like to hear on the podcast? Send us an email at or let us know in a review on iTunes.

Dec 26, 2016

The students are still on Christmas break so Melissa and Will take this episode to talk about their New Year's Eve and New Years Day traditions and memories.

We'll be back next Monday with regular programming.

Dec 19, 2016

The students are out of school this week. We'll return to regular episodes when class resumes in January.

This week Melissa and Will talk about their Christmas traditions and memories from when they were kids and new traditions with their families and kids now.

Merry Christmas!

Dec 12, 2016

Melissa Smith snuck the microphone out of the studio this week to ask the Horizon Prep faculty and students a few questions about Christmas.

She ended up interviewing more than 20 people for this episode. Here are the students Melissa talked with.

Olivia Crosbie, Kylin Toro, Marlaina Kent, Daniel Richardson, Jacob Richardson, Shelby Sutton, Ellie Smith, Sam Hicks, Haidyn Lorenzen, Finley Lorenzen, Harper Dalton, and Jake Martin.

And here are the faculty.

Coach Matt Roy, Gregory Bobrinskoy, Alicia Ferreira, Bridgette Salas, Chris Maiocca, Lisa Schrift, Matt Berg, Liezl-marie Watt, Ken Kush.

Does your family have a favorite Christmas tradition? What is your favorite Christmas memory? Let us know at and we might share it on a future episode.

Dec 5, 2016

The Horizon Prep Christmas Boutique was this week and Melissa took the microphone on the floor to talk to vendors, customers, and teachers looking for great presents for their loved ones.

This episode will set the HP record for most guests on a podcast with 14. The people you'll hear from on this episode are (in order): Shawn Kush, Vanessa Roy, Annie Simmons, Robin Maiocca, Eva Deiters and Joy Toro, Rashae Taylor, Yvette Williams, Clark Smith and Ryan Gianni, Susan Hargif, Jasmine Pattynama, Laura Prince, and Khara Serrato.

The Christmas Boutique was a great success. If you missed it, make sure to plan on coming next year.

Nov 28, 2016

Carly Gammel was interviewed by Will Hicks at the most recent PTF meeting. 

Carly is the first graduating senior from the Horizon Prep School of Rhetoric. She started at HP in Preschool and will complete 12th Grade at the end of this school year.

She talks about the good parts of the School of Rhetoric and some of the challenges she had over her four years. Her Ninth Grade class was small and her Twelfth Grade class is even smaller: Just her. 

Carly talks about her college preparation and how her admission applications have gone so far. She also talks about what advice she would give an Eighth Grade student thinking about their plans for next year.

Nov 21, 2016

All the students have the week off from school for Thanksgiving break. Will and Melissa took the week off from regular programming to talk about Thanksgiving plans and their family's Thanksgiving traditions.

Share your family's holiday traditions in a review on iTunes and we'll share it on a future episode of the podcast.

Nov 14, 2016

This is our third and final episode with questions from the Horizon Prep All-Hands meeting at the recent PTF Meeting.

0:36 Announcements with Melissa Smith

2:40 Kathy Towner talks about public education vs. private education and the difference between Horizon Prep and other private schools. (The difference is the teachers. Having the very best teachers.)

4:57 Chris Maiocca talks about "The greatest educational breakthrough in the last 2000 years", The Harkness Method. 

7:27 Dr. Kush answers the question: "How are tuition rates determined?"

10:00 Dr. Kush discusses the Logic and Rhetoric policies and procedures manual.

11:19 Coach Salas talks about the Horizon Prep athletic facilities and who is allowed access to them.



Nov 7, 2016

More questions and answers from the once-yearly "All Hands" PTF meeting. Questions and answers this week include:

1:36 Chris Mioacca on writing and the art of persuasive communication.

6:47 Susan Ferrari on the new testing standards at HP and what the score represent.

9:10 Mary Mitchell on Student Leadership opportunities at Horizon Prep.

11:55 Shane Wetmore on teacher assignments and cultivating a teaching environment where our kids feel safe to take risks without fear of failure.

Oct 31, 2016

At the most recent PTF meeting Shane Wetmore and Heidi Gianni led a question and answer session with the faculty of Horizon Prep. Today's episode covers some of the topics discussed, including:

Matt Davis on the homework expectations for Logic and Rhetoric students.

Abby Mayall on how many minutes a night your grammar student should be spending on homework.

Andrea Needham on the preparedness of our students for college admissions.

Dr. Jeff Pratt on sex education and what HP teaches and at what age,

Dr. Pratt on evolution and worldview.

Oct 24, 2016

Coach Dan Salas joins us to talk about the Horizon Prep Sports Program and their recipe for success. He follows up the conversation we had in Episode 004 about winning and losing and the nature of who Christ is. 

If you'd like to learn more about the sports program at HP, check out Episode 4, Episode 12, and Episode 21.

Oct 17, 2016

The first PTF meeting of the year was held last week in the Lion's Den, and this episode of the Lioncast has some of the highlights if you were not there in person.

This episode has Will Hicks speaking briefly, followed by a testimony from another HP dad, Brooks Hoven. Dr. Ken Kush, the Director of Schools at Horizon Prep is the third and final guest on the episode.

As Dr. K begins he asks the question "What is a hedgehog?" If he ever asks you, the correct answer is "That thing that we are passionate about here at HP, and that we do well; Providing a Christ-centered Biblical worldview Classical Education." 

Oct 10, 2016

Melissa Smith takes over the podcast to interview Will Hicks and Christopher Bohannon about Family Fun(d) Night. Will and Christopher are the co-chairs of the event celebrating the end of the Annual Impact Fund and they talk about big night happening on campus on October 21st.

For more information on Family Fun(d) Night or to volunteer to help Christopher and Will please call the school office. Ask for Melissa Smith.

We continue week 2 of 4 of the Sports Report, talking about the Rhetoric Sports programs at HP.

Jacob Richardson and Meredith Madden join us from Cross Country and Abby Gammel and Madison Berggren join us from Volleyball. 

If you think the podcast should continue with the sports results and schedules drop us an email at or leave us a review on iTunes.

Oct 3, 2016

Suzanne MacInnis and Dianne Tag stop by to talk about First Grade at Horizon Prep. They talk about how they got into education and the one simple thing mom and dad can do to help their kids school performance and test scores. (Spoiler: Make sure they're on time for school).

Two of the Horizon Prep Rhetoric students stopped by at the end of the podcast to give the first HP Sports Report. Shelby Sutton and Ellie Smith talk about the week in sports and how the HP Volleyball team performed. 

The HP Sports Report is a limited-time engagement. It will run for four weeks, subject to popular demand. If you would like the Sports Report to continue please email us at or leave a review for the HP Lioncast on iTunes with your comment.

Save the dates: October 13 is the first PTF meeting of the year. We're moving to the Lion's Den on the main campus. Come to the gym after dropoff and get a free dress pass for your students.

October 21 is Family Fun(d) Night. Bring the family for a full night of activities including camping right in the middle of campus. You can drop off your tent in the morning and it'll be set up for you when you arrive that afternoon.

Sep 26, 2016

Liezl-Marie Watt and Suzanne Bocanegra join us to talk about the Spanish and Latin programs at Horizon Prep. They have many years of experience teaching languages, and they both bring their experience to Horizon Prep this year.

Liezl-Marie Watt is the Latin teacher for the Grammar and Logic schools. Although this is her first year teaching at Horizon Prep, she’s no stranger to the school. Her daughter has already been at HP for five years as a student and is now in third grade.

While majoring in Latin at school, Mrs. Watt studied ancient Greek, English, German, and French. She also studied languages overseas in France.

Suzanne Bocanegra is the Spanish teacher for the Grammar and Logic schools. She talks about her 31 years of experience teaching.

When she started school she was a dance major. In her junior year she started thinking about getting a job after school and moved into language training. She learned her fluency while living with a host family in Mexico City.

Sep 19, 2016

Susan Ferrari, the Registrar & Director of Enrollment Services joins us to talk about the admissions process and what to do if you're interested in your son or daughter attending Horizon Prep.

We also briefly talk about Family Fun(d) Night, coming up on Friday night, October 21st. Save the date!


Sep 12, 2016

We take a tour of the Horizon Prep library with the HP librarian, Kelly Hendrickson.

Mrs. Hendrickson talks about the emotions she felt the first time she walked into the library. She also walks us around the library and explains the different programs and incentives the school offers to encourage the students to get reading.

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Sep 5, 2016

With tons of activity on campus right now, Abby Mayall joins us to talk about what's going on and what's coming up soon. Mrs. Mayall also talks about back to school for the grammar school students and what the teachers have been doing to prepare for the students return.

Also, Math Night! Field Games! And which class holds a special place in Mrs. Mayall's heart.

Aug 29, 2016

Dr. Kush joins us with a preview of the upcoming school year, updates on each school within Horizon Prep, from the Early Education school, up through Grammar, Logic, and Rhetoric.

He also talks about what's ahead for the school and the importance of developing the students of Horizon Prep into the leaders of tomorrow.

Aug 22, 2016

Derric Waller is the new baseball coach at Horizon Prep! He joins us to talk about his background and his vision for the baseball program at HP.

Athletic Director Dan Salas is also with us and he talks about how baseball fits into the overall sports picture at HP and what we can expect in the future from the sports program at the school.

Aug 15, 2016

Cathy Towner joins us again to talk about getting the whole family ready for the first day of preschool.

Some of her tips include:
Don't wait until the first day of school to set up your morning routine. Get your schedule up and running a few weeks before school starts to make the first day of school run smoother.

Make sure your student gets plenty of sleep the night before school. Because we are in the tail end of Summer, this might mean putting them to bed when it's still light outside.

Give them a breakfast with lots of protein. Eggs are an easy way to do this. No sugar cereal!

Here are some important dates for the early education classes:

August 26, 11:00am-12:30pm: Meet and Greet your new teacher and give your student a sneak preview of their classroom.

August 29th and 30th, 9:00am: Early Education Orientation. After you drop your early ed student off for their first day, come to the 300 room for all the information you'll need for the school year.

Aug 8, 2016

Heather Downing and Heidi Groesbeck join us to talk about Fifth Grade at Horizon Prep. 

Heidi and Heather talk about the best part of being a teacher at HP and what their new students can do over the summer to prepare for the new school year. (Spoiler Alert: Reading and Math Facts.)

The once-yearly uniform sale is this week! If you're reading this in the future you should subscribe to the podcast so you don't miss next years uniform sale.

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