History

The award-winning Horizons National summer learning program is an innovative, educational summer enrichment program serving low-income public school students with a broad range of academic abilities. At the heart of every Horizons program is a partnership with independent schools and/or colleges, local public schools and a host of community partners. There are currently 26 Horizons programs throughout the country. The first Horizons program was started at the New Canaan Country School in Connecticut in 1964. In 1995, Horizons National was created to replicate the program in other communities.

The Horizons Student Enrichment Program at The Harley School was one of two Horizons National programs launched that year and is now proudly entering its 18th year.The Horizons Student Enrichment Program at The Harley School works closely with the Rochester City School District (RCSD) and hires its professional co-teachers from both public and private schools in the area. The program is enhanced by the involvement of student and adult volunteers from the Harley School and the community, interns from area colleges, as well as many in-kind and financial donors.

Our program served as an incubator site for new Horizons affiliates now running at Monroe Community College (2011) and the University of Rochester (U of R – 2010). In 2011, Nazareth College also became a Horizons affiliate. The establishment of the Horizons program on college campuses in the Greater Rochester region was ground breaking for Horizons National.

“The Achievement gap for low-income school children compared to their more affluent peers is a major crisis in Rochester and across the Nation leading to a monumental loss in human potential and economic prosperity. High-quality, summer learning programs are a proven method to address the achievement gap. I fully and enthusiastically endorse the efforts of the Greater Rochester Summer Learning Association to expand the number of tuition-free summer learning opportunities for low-income Rochester area children.”

– Dr. Bolgen Vargas, Rochester City School District (RCSD) Superintendent

To support this expansion, and in order to extend the effectiveness of summer learning programs to more students, the Greater Rochester Summer Learning Association (GRSLA) was formed. Charter members include The Harley School, The University of Rochester, Nazareth College, Monroe Community College, SUNY Geneseo, and EnCompass/The Norman Howard School.