The first Horizons program was launched in 1964 in New Canaan, CT to serve children from low-income families in lower Fairfield County. Horizons National grew out of the original program’s desire to serve more children through replicating the model at other schools. The following timeline illustrates the evolution from a single program to a national affiliate network supported by the services of a central office.
1964 – First Horizons program begun by New Canaan Country School in Connecticut
1981 – First of several evaluations by faculty of Yale University, led by Dr. Edward Zigler, demonstrating that the model reduces summer learning loss
1995 – Horizons National formed to replicate Horizons programs around the country
Horizons programs started at The Harley School in Rochester, NY and Radcliffe Creek in Chestertown, MD (formerly hosted by the Kent School)
1996 - Horizons programs started at Rumson Country Day School in New Jersey and St. Richard's Episcopal School in Indianapolis
1998 - Horizons at Colorado Academy opens
1999 - Horizons Hampton Roads (Virginia Beach) opens two sites (Norfolk Collegiate and Cape Henry)
Horizons at Holy Innocents Episcopal School (Atlanta) opens
2000 - Horizons programs began at Greens Farms Academy in Connecticut and at the Maret School in Washington, D.C.
2003 - The Salisbury School in Maryland and Savannah Country Day School in Georgia open their doors to Horizons programs.
2008 – Horizons at Brooklyn Friends School opens and Horizons Hampton Roads opens its third campus, at Portsmouth Catholic School
2009 - Horizons at Dedham Country Day School (Massachusetts) opens
Horizons Greater Washington incorporated, combining Maret with a new site at St. Patrick's School
Horizons National's Literacy Initiative funded and implemented, using partnerships with national education assessment companies, Renaissance Learning and Wireless Generation
2010 - Horizons at St. Philip's Academy (Newark, NJ) opens
- Received 2010 Excellence in Summer Learning Award from the National Summer Learning Association
- Was awarded funding from The Wallace Foundation and included in the More Time for Learning Professional Learning Community as one of three premier program providers along with BELL and Higher Achievement
- Was awarded funding from The Coca-Cola Foundation for national funding
- Launched STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) pilot program resulting in increased math skills for participating students
2011 - Horizons at The Warner School/University of Rochester opens making it the first Horizons program on a college campus.
2012 - Horizons celebrates its largest year of growth with the opening of six new sites, four on college campuses:
- Saint David’s School, New York, NY
- Woodward Academy, Atlanta, GA
- Sacred Heart University, Fairfield, CT
- Nazareth College, Rochester, NY
- Monroe Community College, Rochester, NY
- Kellogg Community College, Battle Creek, MI