What is Horizons?
Horizons is a six-week enrichment program of academic, cultural and recreational activities for girls and boys who have finished kindergarten, attend public schools in our area, and are eligible for federal free/reduced lunch. Each summer we will add 15 rising first graders and keep the returning students until they are rising 8th graders.
What are the goals of the program?
- To prevent or reduce summer learning loss
- To serve students from low-income backgrounds
- To foster lifelong desire for learning
- To provide cultural experiences and social growth
- To insure that children learn to swim, a life skill that saves lives and builds confidence
What are the days and times of the program and does my child have to go every day?
The program is on weekdays for six weeks from June 4 to July 13, 2018. Students will be picked up by a USN bus at 7:20 a.m. and returned to the same location by 3:40 p.m. Pick up sites are Carter-Lawrence and a location to be announced in Antioch. To participate and take full advantage of the program, students are required to be present every day. There is a firm no vacation policy. In addition, the goal is for each student to attend the Horizons program for eight summers. Parents are welcome to volunteer and attend field trips.
What does a typical day look like?
In addition to an academic block of reading, writing and math, children will enjoy art, music, drama, field trips and plenty of activity on our field and playground. The highlight of the day is swimming instruction in USN’s pool. Students will receive a hot breakfast and lunch each day.
Does my child have to attend for eight summers?
Yes, by providing an enrichment summer program for eight summers, children in Horizons programs are more likely to succeed in high school and go on to college. Our goal is to build confident and competent learners and this best occurs over time, especially during the formative years of a child’s schooling.
How much does each summer cost?
There is no fee for students or their families.