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When Learning is Fun...students learn best!

With an unprecedented challenge and opportunity ahead, it's time we make summer learning the rule rather than the exception. Horizons programs foster a joyful learning environment full of academic, artistic, and athletic activities that inspire young minds and encourage confidence.

The proven Horizons approach drives academic achievement by nurturing curiosity, inclusion, and a love of learning. Our project-based educational model uses a blend of high-quality academics with cultural enrichment and confidence-building activities like swimming, arts, and sports. At 71 Horizons sites across the country, and growing each year, strong partnerships and dedicated teachers, staff, students, and families are at the core of the program's success.

The Horizons Program

Horizons sites ensure students experience the joy of summer (and beyond) infused with diverse, new learning experiences. Horizons' hallmark is an intensive 6-week summer learning and enrichment program, serving students on the campuses of independent, public, and charter schools, colleges, and universities. In small classes led by professional educators, students dive into a rich culturally inclusive and responsive curriculum emphasizing literacy and STEM, and benefit from the incorporation of social-emotional and whole-child teaching practices. Throughout the school year, Horizons programs maintain connection with students and families by offering Saturday programming, special events, and community reunions.

Horizons serves students with a broad range of academic skills, providing opportunities for children to experience success in an encouraging, inspirational environment. Horizons sites across the country provide out-of-school academic and youth development opportunities that bring STEM, art, reading, field trips, swimming, and so much more to students in communities where learning losses are the greatest.

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I would never leave my friends and teachers... I think Horizons is my heart.

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Program Elements

Our proven approach is hands-on. We engage students in academics, computer literacy, cultural enrichment, swimming and team athletics, special events, and field trips.

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Every Horizons student works with a Reading Specialist to sharpen their skills, diving into diverse books and hands-on projects. The results? Students gain an average of 6-10 weeks of grade equivalence in reading each summer!

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Horizons students love exploring STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) with activities like gardening, woodworking, robotics, and chemistry.

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Every Horizons student learns to swim. Students learn to tackle new challenges and overcome fears, gaining confidence in and out of the classroom.

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Healthy Living

Horizons students model healthy habits all summer long, staying active with friends, practicing yoga and meditation, and eating a healthy breakfast, lunch, and snack every day.

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Year-Round Programming

Horizons isn't just a summer program - students and families are engaged throughout the year with Horizons tutoring, mentoring, weekend programming, and celebrations to continue building relationships and community.

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