Having students return to Horizons for multiple years is critical to helping them overcome the achievement gap. On average, Horizons at Harley students realize a two to three-month gain in reading proficiency each summer, and statistics show that if they attend Horizons at Harley for four to five years, 95% of them will graduate from high school. Because our experiential model of teaching excites and engages students in learning, most of our students are eager to return. In summer 2011, 98% of the students from the previous year returned.
Equally important, more than 90% of Horizons at Harley graduates have gone on after high school to enroll in college. It is clear that our students and their families value Horizons highly. Many of them return as classroom assistants to give back to the program after they graduate.