I mproving E ducational O utcomes , B uilding B righter F utures for H artford G irls
For more than 50 years, Horizons has been building brighter futures by improving educational outcomes for students from underserved communities. Horizons is a year- round experience that includes Saturday Academies during the school year and six weeks of educational enrichment in the summer. Our six-week, full-day summer program includes transportation to and from partner school locations, a healthy breakfast, lunch, and snack, swim lessons three times a week, and field trips. We focus on experiential learning, building confidence, developing problem-solving skills, and enhancing academic self-esteem: • Academic classes include reading, writing, math, science, and technology. • Music, art, sports, and swimming instruction are also important program components. • Experienced teachers work alongside assistant teachers and classroom volunteers. • The student teacher ratio is 7:1 Students are recommended to Horizons by their teachers and are enrolled for consecutive summers, starting after their kindergarten year and continuing through 8th grade. Saturday Academies during the school help keep connections with students and families strong. • Hartford county girls, specifically Black and Latina, lag behind their peers in critical areas of math and reading. And CT is second only to TN for students entering two-year institutions (community colleges) who require remedial course. (Aurora Report, Aurora Women and Girls Foundation, 2013) • Founded in 1964 in New Canaan, CT, there are now over 50 Horizons programs in 17 different states. • Horizons students gain an average of two months in reading and math skills over the summer. • Horizons’ averages a 94% daily student attendance and an 83% year-to-year retention rate. FAST FACTS • Research shows that CT has one of the highest opportunities gaps in the country.
• 99% of Horizons high school students graduate on time. • 91% of Horizons students go to college or post-secondary training.
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