Horizons Greater Washington's Programs: Supporting Student Success
Horizons is a year round program with both a six-week summer academic and social enrichment program and a school-year program that is aimed at maintaining a relationship with the Horizons students between September and June.
This past summer, Horizons Greater Washington hosted nearly 300 students, a record number. Our growing program offered six weeks of summer enrichment designed to help a diverse population of children to:
- develop a lifelong interest in learning through a challenging and fun curriculum;
- advance academic gains over the summer and improve achievement in school, and;
- participate in cultural experiences outside their immediate neighborhood.
The curriculum is designed to support the public partner school’s academic goals and aligns with best practices in experiential learning, building confidence, problem-solving skills and academic self-esteem.
The program is full-day and includes transportation from partner school location, breakfast, lunch, and snack, field trips, daily swimming and cultural excursions. Middle school students, in addition to the regular program, have a social curriculum component which aims to help prepare them for entry to high school.
Students are recommended by their teachers and are re-enrolled for consecutive summers, starting after their kindergarten year and continuing through middle school. The student teacher ratio is 5:1 and classes are led by veteran, experienced teachers who work side-by-side with assistant teachers. Horizons Assistant Teachers (HATS) are hired from within the independent Site school student body.
Our student teacher ratio is 5:1 and classes are led by veteran, experienced teachers who work side-by-side with assistant teachers.
The enrollment fee for families is $25 per summer and preference is given to siblings.
To be eligible to attend Horizons, students must qualify for the free or reduced school lunch program. Preference is given to students with siblings currently enrolled in the program.
SERVING A BROAD RANGE OF LEARNERS
Since its inception, Horizons has been committed to serving children from a broad range of academic ability. The rationale for this central component of the Horizons philosophy is outlined here: Horizons - Serving a Broad Range of Learners (pdf).
Horizons Greater Washington in a 501(c)(3) organization operating in Washington, DC. Copyright © 2014 Horizons Greater Washington.
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