Over 20 Years of Expanding Horizons

1964: LAUNCH

  • The first Horizons program starts at New Canaan Country School in CT to serve low-income families in lower Fairfield County. 

1981-1994: DISCOVERY

  • Dr. Edward Zigler (and his team of Yale University graduate students and faculty) demonstrate that participation in Horizons reverses summer learning loss. Dr. Zigler recommends replicating the Horizons model in more locations. 

1995: GOING NATIONAL

  • Horizons National forms to bring Horizons to new communities, and two new programs are added. 

1996-2007: STEADY GROWTH

  • By 2007, there are 13 programs at independent schools across 9 states. 

2008-2012: KNOWLEDGE AND COLLEGE

  • Student assessments are built into the program, and new college and university sites spur growth—by 2012, there are 25 Horizons programs. 

2013-PRESENT: EXPANDING HORIZONS

  • Angel funding supports STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) programming, resulting in increased math skills for participating students.
  • Horizons programs expand to serve pre-K and high school students.
  • Horizons Atlanta launches under Horizons’ new community growth model, building greater regional impact and scale.
  • In 2017, Horizons serves over 5,000 students in 52 programs in 17 states. By adding new programs each year, we seek to double the number of students Horizons can serve over the next few years.