In kindergarten, the achievement gap between low-income and middle-class children is six months; by the end of fifth grade, the gap has widened to five times that. During the summer alone, low-income students can lose over two months' worth of reading achievement. Fortunately, Horizons has other plans. Through a unique partnership between public elementary schools and nearby private schools, Horizons offers Saturday and summer enrichment programs that build problem-solving skills, self-esteem, and a love of learning. In small classes (one teacher for five students) on the private school campuses, children delve into math, reading, science, arts, and ... swimming. Everyone receives a nutritious breakfast, lunch, and snack. Reading specialists spend four hours a day with those who are farthest behind, focusing on spelling, writing, and vocabulary. But just as important as academics are teamwork and respect – and the realization that learning is both hard work and really fun. Those values stick: attendance rates are over 90%, and 95% of students return each summer. At Horizons, summer learning loss becomes learning gain.
Headquarters: DC-Ward 1
Where They Operate: DC-Ward 1; DC-Ward 3; MD-Montgomery County; Children served attend school in:; Ward 1 of the District of Columbia; Montgomery County in Maryland; The program operates in:; Woodley Park (DC); The Palisades (DC); Bethesda (MD)
Age Groups Served: Youth (5-11)
Ethnic Groups Served: African American; Asian American; Latino/Hispanic; Other
Population(s) Served: Men/Boys; Women/Girls; Students; Low- to Moderate-Income
Schools They Work In: HD Cooke Elementary; Bancroft Elementary; Rock Creek Forest Elementary; Maret School; St. Patrick's Episcopal Day School; Norwood School
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Awards & Recognition
- Summer Learning Program Seeks to Close Opportunity Gap
Mon Jul 25 2011, The Washington Post
Horizons was featured in the Washington Post in an article, which examined summer learning loss among low income children.
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