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Maret School

Horizons Greater Washington's Partnership with Maret School

Third Annual Supply Drive!


Horizons' first site was launched in 2000 as a partnership between Maret School and H.D. Cooke Elementary. The program began with a class of 16 first graders and added a grade each year. Each summer, Maret donates use of its classrooms in the Upper School to Horizons' 5-week academic enrichment program. Today, the majority of our students who attend the Maret site are students of Bancroft Elementary, H.D. Cooke, and several other local schools. All Horizons' programming is free for our families and we provide all meals (breakfast, hot lunch, and snacks), curriculum supplies, and transportation each program day from Bancroft to Maret. In Summer 2024, we look forward to serving 140 K-8 students at our Maret site from June 28 through August 2.


Access to our transformative educational experience breaks the cycle of academic disparity and empowers underestimated students to reach their full potential. How?

  • Expanding horizons through dynamic learning experiences: We offer a five-week summer program and 18-week Saturday Academy that combine academic enrichment, social-emotional learning, and exposure to a variety of engaging activities. In total, Horizons provides over 300 hours of programming - a 30% increase to the hours that students attend school.
  • Bolstering mental health and wellbeing: We know that all youth have been navigating challenges to their mental health since pre-pandemic and are continuing to struggle in the pandemic's aftermath. Through our partnership with the MECCA Group LLC, we provide a licensed mental health counselor two days per week at the Maret site during our summer program.
  • Centering fitness, safety, and fun through swimming: Drowning deaths disproportionately impact the community Horizons serves. Our Maret site students swim 4x per week at the Swiss Embassy and the University of the District of Columbia with guided, certified swim instruction. Beyond learning a new sport and a life-saving skill, our youngest swimmers master a Learn-to-Swim curriculum, our middle school students build their fitness and skills with swim team workouts, and our 9th graders participate in lifeguard training.
  • Creating a sense of belonging within academics: With a 5:1 student to staff ratio, our program tailors educational experiences to meet the unique needs of each child, fostering a critical sense of belonging and empowerment.

Horizons Works:

Horizons students experience chronically absent rates of only 16%, in stark contrast to the 43% chronically absent rate among students in the District of Columbia Public Schools. Chronic absenteeism - missing 18 days in a school year - has contributed to falling school achievement, deteriorating mental health due to social isolation, and increased youth violence during school hours (ProPublica 2024). Chronically absent students are less likely to read on grade level, more likely to be suspended in middle school, and more likely to drop out of high school (Attendance Works 2023). That is not the case for our students.

Ways to Get Involved

We are grateful for the longstanding partnership and support Horizons has with Maret! Join us in creating a community where every child has the opportunity to thrive. Here are four ways to get involved:

  • Support the Supply Drive: Kicking off at Build-a-Book on March 16, the Spring Supply Drive will support the costs of our classroom and curricular supplies like high-quality art supplies, STEM tools, swim gear, and books. To learn more about the supplies we need for Summer 2024 and to donate, please click here.
  • Support the 2024 Reach for the Stars Gala: Our annual benefit will be held on October 4, 2024 at the National Museum for Women in the Arts! Interested in joining the Gala Committee or know a potential corporate sponsor? Please reach out to Executive Director Mike Di Marco.
  • Become a guest speaker: We're always looking for local subject-matter experts to serve as guest speakers and enrich our curriculum. This summer, our rising ninth graders will focus on two themes: entrepreneurship and journalism. They'll learn what it takes to start and sustain a business as well as how to create a well-sourced podcast. Do you know someone who can share their real experience with these themes? Let Mike know here.
  • Build and sponsor a field trip experience: Do you work on a team that can help teach middle school or rising ninth graders a skill that would benefit them in high school or beyond? Want to share what you and your colleagues do and how you chose your career? Consider hosting a field trip! Show off your company and help our students connect what they're learning in the classroom to real world applications! Interested? Send a note to Mike!