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A promise to every student. Ten extraordinary summers.
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Talent is distributed equally. Opportunity is not.
Read our 2019-2020 Impact Report to learn about how we combat the Opportunity Gap

The Program

Our unique approach combines project-based academic learning, field trips, and swimming instruction. For six weeks each summer, students explore science, music, theater, and art, in addition to reading and math lessons to combat what is known as “the Summer Slide.”


We Believe in the Promise of
Opportunity for All Children

The Problem The Problem Massachusetts consistently ranks #1 in education; it also has the country's greatest opportunity and achievement gaps between low-income students and their more fortunate peers. Learn More
The Opportunity The Opportunity Thanks to our active community, Horizons students have the chance to discover the joy of learning, the skills necessary for success and the inspiration to realize their dreams. Learn More
The Results The Results Increased school attendance. Improved self esteem. Better grades. A love of learning. Curiosity about the world. Horizons students gain the confidence to navigate challenges and succeed in life. Learn More

Horizons exists so that every young person can thrive despite an education system that was not built for them. Our model works because all children want the chance to realize their goals, and we want to help them get there.

90% Retention Rate Horizons cannot be effective without strong student engagement and family partnership. We build trust with each student and provide year round support outside of the summer program months. We also work with Horizons graduates through their high school years.
94% Daily Attendance Rate Engaging classes, enriching choice programming, fascinating field trips, delicious meals and snacks, and regular swim breaks keep our students coming back to Horizons every single day.
100% Learn to Swim Every Horizons student learns to swim before they leave us, because we believe that learning to swim is a challenging process that fosters valuable life skills. This year we saw every middle school student pass the deep-end swim test!

In Their Words

Gabe’s Story Jasani’s Story Erik’s Story