Program Model

     

The Horizons summer learning program model has a 50 year track record for producing positive and consistent results.

We address gaps of achievement and opportunity between underserved students and their middle and high income peers.

Outcomes include measurable gains in reading, math, social skills, confidence, school-year attendance, and high-school graduation rates, as well as stable individuals, families, and communities.

 

When a student enrolls in Horizons Atlanta the summer after Kindergarten, he or she joins a learning community that extends year-round, with a signature six-week summer intensive through 8th grade. Horizons Atlanta students, all of whom are free-or-reduced-lunch qualified, come from public schools, and are in need of academic support. By design, roughly 2/3 of students perform below grade level when they first enroll. And, because we make a long-term commitment to our families, siblings of enrolled students receive admissions preference when they are of eligible age to apply. Our programs are physically located within or geographically near communities and public schools in need. For most programs, we provide daily bus transportation to and from our site, helping to mitigate any safety concerns for students who reside outside of walking distance to our program sites. We also strive for our programs to be as closely located to their feeder public schools as possible so as to enhance the collaborative nature of our work and further our understanding and connection to the home communities of our students. 

The six-week summer session is Horizons’ hallmark. Beginning the summer after Kindergarten, students join a small cohort of approximately 15 students that receives ample individual attention in a new educational environment: the resource-rich campus of an independent school, college, or university. Horizons programs blend high-quality academics – with an emphasis on literacy and STE(A)M – with arts, fitness, cultural enrichment, field trips, and confidence-building challenges. Every Horizons student also learns to swim!

Returning year-after-year, our students, staff, and families develop deep, trusting relationships. Working together with our families, Horizons sets and fosters high expectations for students’ social and emotional development, engagement, and achievement, and helps students and their families navigate the systems to make success possible. Horizons programs also offer workshops throughout the year for students’ families on topics such as financial planning, English language, navigating the college admission process, immigration/documentation, and more.