About Us: Our Mission, Goals and History


Our Mission

Horizons Greater Washington develops public-private partnerships between independent and public school communities to provide academic, cultural, and recreational programs designed to empower economically disadvantaged students to realize their full potential.

Horizons is committed to the development of the whole child by providing experiences that build problem-solving skills, foster awareness of community responsibility, instill respect for oneself and others, and encourage a life-long interest in learning.

Our Goals

Horizons offers a six-week summer enrichment program and Saturday school year program on independent school campuses in the greater Washington region. Horizons aims to:

  • Mitigate summer decline in students' academic achievement

  • Improve students' school-year attendance and performance over time

  • Build self-esteem and raise students' aspirations and vision for success

  • Encourage families to become involved in their children's education

Our History

The Beginning

Horizons Greater Washington began in 2000 as an affiliate of Horizons National, with 16 children, as a partnership between H. D. Cooke Elementary School and Maret School. This unique partnership is built on the premise that effective public-private collaboration will ultimately yield improved performance and long-term educational success for students.


In January 2008, Horizons welcomed a second partner school, Bancroft Elementary School. In May 2009, Horizons expanded to a second host school, St. Patrick’s Episcopal Day School, and thus begun planning for the expansion to Horizons Greater Washington. November 2009 marked the incorporation of Horizons Greater Washington and in February 2010, Norwood School agreed to serve as the third host school partnering with a Montgomery County public school.


Our curriculum emphasizes reading, language arts, math, computer science, art, music and daily instruction in swimming, as well as weekly field trips.


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