Our Model

Horizons students in Pre-Kindergarten through 8th grade spend six weeks each summer on the campus of The Harley School in Rochester engaged in a transformative program that blends high quality academics with cultural enrichment, wellness, recreational, and character development activities. Certified teachers from public and independent schools integrate reading, writing, math, and science into a theme-based curriculum in small classes with a 1:5 adult to student ratio. Middle school students, in addition to the regular program, can choose from a variety of Expeditions to broaden their horizons.

The program is full day and includes transportation from-and-to specified pick-up/drop-off locations; breakfast, lunch, snack; field trips; daily swimming; organic gardening; community service projects; and cultural activities. Students are re-enrolled for consecutive summers starting after their Kindergarten year and continuing through middle school. The average Horizons program graduate attends for 5 years.

Every year Horizons students demonstrate gains in literacy and math skills, which bolsters their confidence and fosters a desire to achieve both inside and outside the classroom. Horizons gives students a safe and exciting place to learn and a sense of belonging to a community where all members are expected to treat each other with respect. The classroom environment is energetic, interactive, and charged with creativity.

The Horizons Way – How High Quality Summer Enrichment Makes a Difference