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Horizons National is an award-winning learning program serving low-income public school students in partnership with independent schools, colleges and universities. Across the country, Horizons' signature summer program challenges children academically, socially and physically, inspiring them to become life-long learners. Beginning in Kindergarten, Horizons supports children throughout their elementary and secondary school years, building enduring learning communities. Horizons National initiates, supports and ensures the quality of Horizons programs throughout the United States. Each affiliate provides academics, cultural enrichment, and recreational activities, designed to encourage a diverse group of students from low-income families to realize their full potential.
While operating independently under the 501(c)(3) of their host school, each Horizons affiliate shares the following goals defined by the National Board:
Prevent summer decline in students' school performance Improve students' school attendance Improve children's social and interpersonal skills
Encourage participation in extra-curricular activities
Raise children's educational expectations and aspirations
Encourage parents to become involved in their children's education and activities
Build self-esteem, resourcefulness, and sound judgment Horizons is a true public/private sector partnership involving multiple constituents: independent host schools, public schools, students and their families, the respective communities of each, educators, financial supporters, and volunteers. As such, Horizons affiliates adhere to a set of organizational values:
Diversity of staff and students
Program innovation and excellence
A symbiotic, cooperative relationship with the independent host school
Open, collaborative relationships with each student's public school
A commitment to helping each student realize his/her full potential
A belief that learning occurs over time and is optimized by multiple consecutive years of program participation