What We Provide
Our Horizons Greater Washington sites are structured, tuition-free summer learning programs that offer our students:
- A minimum of six hours of daily program offerings.
- A minimum of 28 days of programming across five weeks during the summer break from public school.
- Programs supervised, facilitated, and taught by professional teaching staff in a 5:1 scholar to teacher learning environment. Each class of 15 scholars has a Lead Teacher, Assistant Teacher, and Classroom Assistant.
- Access to one-on-one and small group intervention by a trained Reading Specialist, whose sole responsibility during the summer program is to utilize available data to work with scholars who need extra support and coach teachers to ensure the individual needs of scholars are being met.
- A focus on engaging instructional methods and topics, including the use of project-based and differentiated learning, and a full spectrum of STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) subjects and lessons offered across our region.
- A focus on social and emotional learning. We nurture critical qualities like creativity, persistence, and the ability to overcome personal challenges. We help students see themselves and the world in new ways and feel empowered to pursue their dreams.
- 2-3 hours of swim instruction weekly, designed to boost confidence and other character-building skills, provide an outlet for healthy physical activity, and teach life-saving skills to scholars who typically don’t have access to pools and instruction.
- A weekly field trip to Greater Washington area science, cultural, arts, and entertainment centers to promote cultural competency and expand the horizons of our scholars who may not otherwise benefit from such exposure.
- A minimum of two meals and one snack daily to ensure that our students are fueled for the day.
- Transportation provided to and from our host sites, field trips, swimming, and special events for all of our students.