Students attend a 6-week summer program and receive additional support throughout the year. Horizons’ proven hands-on approach instills a love of learning by engaging students in academics, computer literacy, cultural enrichment, athletics, special events, and field trips. Focused Literacy and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) programming inspires students to learn, achieve, and experience academic success. Horizons classes are led by professional teachers and teaching assistants from both USN and MNPS, providing a low student-to-teacher ratio of 5:1.
In addition to the academic goals, every Horizons student learns how to swim, building confidence and a desire to achieve inside and outside the classroom. Swimming is an integral part of Horizons’ strategy. Most students come to Horizons without swimming skills and are fearful of the water. Overcoming this fear builds trust and self-confidence that spills over into academic and social achievement, encouraging students to tackle other challenges. Teachers and administrators report that when Horizons students return to school each fall, they are more motivated academically, more eager to learn, and more likely to become school leaders.