About Reading Horizons

For over 30 years Reading Horizons has dedicated its time and efforts to perfecting a reading system that makes learning to read simple and enjoyable for beginning and struggling readers. All of Reading Horizons products are based on a methodology that provides explicit, systematic, sequential instruction in decoding, spelling, and pronunciation strategies—strategies absent from many classrooms, despite extensive research highlighting their important role in proper reading development. 


Reading Horizons has helped hundreds of thousands of beginning readers, struggling readers, and English Language Learners find reading success for the first time. Using the program, the average student gains two-to-three grade levels in reading upon completing the program and is empowered with all of the skills needed to continue to improve their reading ability.



Anyone, Anywhere Can Learn to Read

Schools & Districts

Reading Horizons is used in over 10,000 schools across the United States including two of the five largest school districts in the country: Los Angeles Unified School District and Clark County School District.

Colleges & Universities

Over 50 universities and colleges use Reading Horizons Online Reading Workshop to prepare pre-service teachers to teach reading to beginning readers, struggling readers, and English language learners.

Intensive English Programs

Reading Horizons is used as an Intensive English Program to help international students master the basics of the English language at Brigham Young University, Florida State University, and the University of Oregon.

Statewide Adoptions

Over the last 20 years Reading Horizons has been adopted in correctional facilities throughout the United States:

  • California
  • Maryland
  • Arizona
  • New Mexico
  • Missouri
  • Montana
  • Ohio
  • Oregon
  • Pennsylvania
  • Delaware
  • Florida
  • West Virginia
  • Wisconsin
  • Wyoming
  • Iowa

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Company History

Charlotte LockhartIn the 1970's a seasoned educator, Charlotte Lockhart (also known as the "BiPhonic Woman"), published the original Discover Intensive Phonics for Yourself curriculum due to the success she had working with struggling readers in her school. By combining research-based strategies with a simple framework, Lockhart was able to quickly teach struggling students effective skills for decoding the English language.

In 1984, Reading Horizons was contracted to create corresponding software to Lockhart's effective methodology. After Lockhart's passing, Reading Horizons purchased the full copyright to the curriculum in 2001.

By embedding Lockhart’s effective approach into all of its products, Reading Horizons has been able to empower over 50,000 educators with teaching strategies that prevent and remediate the reading difficulties of beginning readers, struggling readers, and ESL students.

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Reading Horizons Over the Years

The following represents some of the key dates and changes throughout Reading Horizons history:

Company Timeline - Reading Horizons


Mission Statement

Reading Horizons respects the inherent dignity and worth of every individual. We believe, in a very real sense, that the effective or ineffective functioning of people is this world’s greatest source of progress and happiness or its greatest source of regression and frustration. We are concerned about the growing population of youth and adults who cannot participate in the mainstream of society because they have not learned to read.

We recognize that illiteracy ties us to our past, with all its limitations; learning to read connects us to our future, with its unlimited potential. We are equally concerned about the lack of proper instruction for teachers at all levels, especially elementary school teachers who are entrusted with our children and, thus, our future. It is imperative that students and teachers alike are given the tools and training that they need to succeed.

Company Vision

As our company name suggests, our goal is to provide a dynamic, successful way for people to reach beyond their limitations and discover new horizons by learning to read. Accordingly, Reading Horizons is dedicated specifically to helping people learn to read so they can be better prepared to accomplish real-life tasks that face them every day and so they can create opportunities to expand their horizons in the future.


Employee of the Month

Our company values our staff. Each month an Employee of the Month is chosen based on their work ethic and their performance.


Reading Horizons Methodology

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Reading Intervention for Struggling Readers & ESL Students

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The Most Effective, Easy to Use, Strategy-Based Reading Program for K-3 Students

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As a young student, I didn’t learn to read this way, and as an educator, I didn’t learn to teach this way, but after using Reading Horizons for a year, I have seen my students gain in ways that I never imagined to be possible.

Judy Barton - Naples, Florida

Reading Horizons provides our students with the tools to successfully decode any multi-syllable word. Every child who has completed the program has advanced at least one grade level.

Tasha - Teacher, Williamsport, Indiana

In the three months that our school has been using Reading Horizons we have seen incredible results. In addition to the overwhelming interest by our student body, several teachers have commented on increased confidence levels in class, increased fluency, and more accurate spelling.

Steven Squillante - Assistant Principal, Manhattan, New York

Reading Horizons has produced a research-based program that is easily implemented by teachers and immediately engages the students. Often I am asked by my students if they can practice the online portion of program on their own when other academic tasks are completed, and some have even practiced from home!

Alan Geho - Union Gap, Washington

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