Welcome to Orenda Education

  • Orenda Education is a private organization managing a network of public charter schools in Central Texas and educational support services for children and youth, ages 5-18.   We operate college preparatory schools, career and technical schools and residential facility schools.  All of our schools are guided by "next generation" instructional methods.  Our "Circle of Courage" philosophy (why we do what we do) and methods (how we do what we do) are what set us apart from traditional school systems.


  • During this time when we are feeling overwhelmed, worried, sad, mad, and all the other emotions that are out there, the staff at New Horizons created something to make you feel loved, important, valuable, needed, and missed! Enjoy!


    New Horizons Staff Video Message

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  • Orenda Education recognizes that Texas law gives the public the right to access certain government records that are otherwise not exempted from disclosure, and that the law contains guidelines for the timeframe in which we must respond to requests for information.
    However, due to current federal, state, and local emergency declarations and “stay-at-home” orders related to COVID-19, our school’s normal operations have been suspended. Moreover, on April 17, 2020, Governor Greg Abbott issued Executive Order GA-16, which closed all schools in the State of Texas for the remainder of the 2019–2020 school year. At this time, our school system is
    operating on a skeleton crew basis and our administrative offices are closed, meaning that we are generally unable to access school records.
    The Attorney General recognizes that the following days do not count as “business days” for purposes of calculating deadlines for responding to public information requests: (i) skeleton crew days are not business days; (ii) a day on which our administrative offices are closed is not a business day; and (iii) closure days due to public health or epidemic response do not count as business days, even if staff continue to work remotely or if limited staff are on-site but involved directly in the public health or epidemic response. For these reasons, we currently are not processing open records requests. We will resume processing requests within the timeframe required by state law once normal operations resume.

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  • Photo of graduates sitting together at ceremony.   Gateway Prep Valedictorian and Salutatorian standing together.

    (June 2) -- Graduates from two Orenda high schools walked the stage during their respective commencement ceremonies held in the newest venue on the Gateway College Prep School campus in Georgetown, Texas.

    Sixty-nine graduates were honored during ceremonies at Gateway College Prep and 37 graduates from Gateway Tech High School.

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    (May 5) -- A U.S. News & World Report story ranked Gateway College Prep School among the top 100 high schools in Texas for 2019.

    This year’s rankings again recognized many open-enrollment charter schools in Texas.  In addition to the national list, US News also puts out a Top 100 Texas Public High Schools. Public charter schools took 35 of the Top 100 spots! A great accomplishment when you consider that we only make up 6 percent of public schools in Texas.

    In determining its rankings, U.S. News and World Report considered many factors, including college readiness, math and reading proficiency, math and reading performance, under-served student performance, college curriculum breadth, and graduation rates.

    Open-enrollment public charter schools continue to make great progress in preparing Texas students for life. The Texas Charter Schools Association is incredibly proud of the 35 public charter schools that have earned their spot in the Top 100 Public High Schools in the Lone Star State. 

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  • New Horizons School Receives Interactive Technology

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    COSTA MESA, Calif. — Dec. 11, 2018 — BenQ, an internationally renowned provider of visual display solutions, today announced that New Horizons School, part of the Orenda Education Charter School District in Texas, successfully installed BenQ’s short-throw interactive projectors in its classrooms. BenQ’s interactive short-throw education projectors are transforming the classroom, enhancing learning with multitouch interactivity and outstanding picture quality and brightness.


    “There’s so much opportunity to do more with our students,” said Shelley Williams, New Horizons’ principal. “These projectors are helping to create a sense of belonging, independence and mastery in the classroom. We’re seeing more engagement, which encouraged more attendance. And for the first time ever, our students are passing assessment testing and are on the pathway to academic success.”

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