Back in 1999, a small group of educators, engineers and academicians founded Horizon Science Academy Cleveland and Horizon Science Academy Columbus in Ohio. The group, which included Turkish American educators, developed what has evolved into a proven successful school design that Concept implements in all of its schools today. Part of this visionary team was our current CEO, Sedat Duman, and Vice President, Salim Ucan.
Upon attaining a high level of success and establishing a great reputation as college preparatory, STEM-focused schools, the same team founded Concept as part of their replication model in 2003. Since then Concept has grown to manage 30 schools in seven different states in the Midwest.
In such as short time, Concept has become one of the sought-after organizations when it comes to STEM- focused charter schools in the Midwest. In a research study released in January 2013 by CREDO of Stanford University, Concept is among the highest performing charter support organizations in the nation.
Horizon Science Academy-McKinley Park is one of only two schools authorized by the Illinois State Charter School Comission. HSA opened in 2013, serving grades K-8. This school year, 2014-2015, we serve grades K-9 and will continue to add a grade level every year until we are K-12. We have already experienced great success during our first year of being opened and are confident that we will continue to succeed in the coming years.