Our Program

  • Daily instruction in reading, writing and math
  • Weekly enrichment classes in STEAM activities: science, technology, engineering, art and math
  • Weekly field trips to the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Guggenheim and the Jewish Museum; trips to Marymount School robotic lab and theater productions
  • Twice-weekly swimming lessons, water safety instruction, and daily sports
  • A healthy family style lunch and two snacks each day

Additional Features

  • Full access to exceptional facilities of Saint David’s School
  • Small class sizes of 15-17 boys
  • Exceptional, experienced teachers, coaches and specialty teachers from Saint David’s School and the Harlem community
  • Dedicated reading specialist
  • 10-15 Saint David’s alumni volunteer in the program each summer

Goals

  • Prevent summer learning loss
  • Fuel curiosity and a love of learning
  • Build self-confidence
  • Teach boys to swim
  • Introduce boys to a variety of enrichment activities through music and art classes/trips

Results

Horizons programs that focus on long-term engagement with children from low-income families produce strong academic outcomes, according to a new study funded by The New York Life Foundation and the Scripps Family Fund for Education and the Arts and conducted by Concentric Research & Evaluation (CRE).

Horizons National engaged CRE to determine whether students who participate in the program for at least four summers achieve better academic outcomes than similar students who do not participate. CRE’s study found that, compared to peers, long-term Horizons students had:

  • Higher attendance rates and lower rates of chronic absenteeism
  • Higher scores on standardized assessments of elementary math and science
  • Higher GPAs in 9th grade, a critical transition year
  • Fewer incidents of repeating a grade
  • Fewer disciplinary referrals
  • The study looked at fifteen Horizons program sites in seven states. Each Horizons student in the study was paired with a student who did not participate in Horizons but attended the same school or a school with similar demographics and achievement scores. Researchers used a variety of characteristics to match students, including gender, race, and ethnicity.

    Across affiliated sites nationwide, Horizons National results are consistent and measurable, year over year. Instead of experiencing summer learning loss, students overall gain 2-3 months’ improvement in math and reading and return to school in the fall with greater enthusiasm for learning. Horizons at Saint David’s has an average attendance rate of 95% each summer, with a year-over-year average retention rate of 90%.



    Contact: Meg Sheridan, Executive Director, 12 East 89th Street, New York, NY 10128, Phone: 212-369-0058, E-mail: msheridan@sdshorizons.org