What is Horizons? 

It’s a high-quality learning experience, outside of traditional school time, that supports students from under-resourced communities over the course of their Pre-K–12 academic careers.


A 6-year-old from an under-resourced community arrives at Francis Parker School the summer before first grade, and, for six weeks, experiences an exciting blend of hands-on academics, arts, culture, and recreation with peers from her neighborhood. She learns to create, imagine, and dream, and builds fundamental reading and math skills she otherwise may have lost during summer vacation. She also learns to swim, transforming her fear of water into a favorite summer activity. Though her parents didn’t have the opportunity to go to college, by the end of the six weeks, she can easily see herself at a university—because, as far as she’s concerned, she’s been attending one all summer! She’s sad when the summer program ends, but she’s reassured that she and her new friends will be returning next summer, and throughout the year, until they graduate from high school. This is the Horizons experience.

The proven Horizons approach drives academic achievement by nurturing curiosity and a love of learning. Students begin their journey with Horizons as early as pre-kindergarten and return year after year through high school graduation.

The Horizons Summer Program Includes:

Weekly field trips to museums, nature centers, and local businesses