Over 20 Years of Expanding Horizons
- The first Horizons program starts at New Canaan Country School in CT to serve low-income families in lower Fairfield County.
1981-1994: EVIDENCE OF EFFECTIVENESS
- 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.
2013-2017: 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 at 52 programs in 17 states.
2017 - Present: A NEW REGIONAL STRATEGY
- Horizons' 2018 Strategic Plan is completed with a goal of expanding our reach by 50%, building a network with the capacity to serve 12,000 students through the growth of 10 regional hubs.
- Regional development begins in Chicago, IL; Philadelphia, PA; Boston, MA; New York City; and Bridgeport, CT.
- In 2019, the Horizons Network reaches over 6,000 students at 62 programs in 19 states.
- In 2020, Horizons celebrates the 25th Anniversary of the Horizons Network with a unique year. Due to COVID-19, Horizons programs pivot to provide a blend of project-based virtual and at-home learning opportunities, with some programs also providing in-person activities.