News & Events

Important Dates
June 30th – August 6th
Program runs

Monday, June 15th, 6:00pm-7:30pm
National Summer Learning Day
& Horizons 2014 Official Kick-off Picnic

Tuesday, June 30th
First Day with Students
(No Horizons Friday, July 3rd)

Tuesday, July 14th & Thursday, July 23rd
Official Program Visit Day

Tuesday, July 28th
Horizons/Community Reading Day & Book Fair

Tuesday, August 4th
Health/Harvest & Field Day with Garden Closing

Thursday, August 6th , 1:00pm
Closing Ceremonies & Graduation Assembly

Horizons at Harley Seeks New Executive Director

Horizons at Harley seeks a year-round, full-time Executive Director to lead all aspects of its organizational and educational activities. The Executive Director is responsible for managing the six-week summer program, fundraising, creating and managing the budget, recruiting and managing all program staff, and working with the Advisory Board to develop and implement sound strategies.

The Executive Director is also responsible for building and managing critical relationships with a wide range of key constituencies: students and their families, faculty, volunteers, donors, Advisory Board members, the Rochester City School District, the Harley School, and the community at large. Fundamentally, the Executive Director is charged with fostering a caring and inclusive learning environment driven by a belief in the potential of all young people and passion for the mission of the program.

Full job application information: Horizons at Harley Executive Director Position.


Summer 2015: Our 21st Year

 This summer’s program overall theme “Growing as Readers …Growing as Leaders” will place strong emphasis on leadership development at all grade levels. We will continue to expand our Social Emotional Literacy program, the RULER Approach, adding our Lower School (K-4) students in 2015. Former Horizons at Harley Executive Director, Ann Pennella is returning as Assistant Director; and Academic Coordinator, Melissa Flow will be back full-time. Graduate and current Harley Leader in Residence, Ja’Daiza Johnson, assumes a new role this summer as the Gardening and Special Projects Instructor, in addition to coordinating our Friday Food Backpacks with Foodlink and The Good Food Collective.

Graduate Chyna Stephens Receives Princeton Prize for Race Relations

 chyna  Horizons at Harley graduate, Chyna Stephens, received the Princeton Prize  for Race Relations for her efforts to improve race relations in the Rochester  area. Stevens, currently a junior at Pittsford Sutherland High School, is  founder and president of the school Diversity Club, which strives to bridge the  gap between students of color and non-minority students. She was one of 27  high school students in the nation honored during the annual Princeton Prize  Symposium on Race held at Princeton University the end of April.
(Photo by Lauren Petracca)
Middle Schoolers Choose Exciting Expeditions!

  This summer we are excited to offer many expeditions to our Middle School to extend their learning beyond the classroom. Students will have the option to choose between great opportunities including, but not limited to, carpentry, choir, sports management, the RULER Approach, community service, EquiCenter experience, and tennis. Middle School students are able to choose the expeditions that most interest them and explore new areas of learning this summer

The RULER Approach to Social and Emotional Literacy

 Through Project “RULE Yourself” we intend to give students practical skills and tools of conflict resolution with a complimentary social and emotional literacy component that teaches them to more readily identify, articulate, and form strategies to address the emotional states in which they find themselves. The RULER approach helps students find language to Recognize, Understand, Label, Express, and Regulate their feelings. This approach to social and emotional literacy has been found to have extremely positive outcomes in teachers’ well-being and commitment, more positive and supportive teacher-student relationships, and a warmer, more learning-conducive classroom environment. Horizons at Harley will implement the RULER approach in our teaching for a proposed two consecutive summers.
In the words of Publilius Syrus, “Rule your feelings, lest your feelings rule you”
(1st Century BCE)
Exploring College and Career

unnamed This summer at Horizons at Harley, 8th and 9th grade students will work with a new High School Counselor (HSC), Harry Roldan! Mr. Roldan is a school counselor at the Rochester City School District, and he will spearhead, lead, and manage a comprehensive high school transition and planning counseling program for the rising 8th and 9th graders. He will provide proactive leadership that allows students to explore a variety of interests that connect their learning to practical applications. He will help students and their families transition into high school as it relates to their aspirations regarding college and career. In addition, the HSC will follow the students into their next academic year, connecting with their parents, schools, and other points of influence in the students’ lives. Mr. Roldan will develop an individual, dynamic educational and career plan for every student, and he will facilitate activities with students and parents to enhance their understanding of the college access process. Horizons is excited to welcome him to Horizons at Harley, where he will help students and families make informed decisions about their future.