Horizons at St. Richard's Episcopal School
Horizons is a summer education and enrichment program serving low-income public school students with a broad range of academic abilities. The first Horizons program was founded in 1964 in New Canaan, CT. The program was so successful, and it's mission so important, that chapters now exist across the country. St. Richard's Episcopal School was one of the first schools to show interest and started a Horizons program in 1996.
Bridging the Summer Learning Gap
Summer learning loss is the single greatest factor in the annual growth of the achievement gap between low-income and more affluent children. On average, this gap is six months in kindergarten and nearly three years by fifth grade, as low income students typically lose two to three months in reading ability and even more in math skills over the summer. By contrast, Horizons students gain an average of two to three months in reading and math skills during the summer program.
Fun in the Classroom – Fun in the Sun
Our engaging classroom activities are only the beginning. Enrichment activities include painting, Spanish, French, team building, soccer, basketball, reading groups, theater, dance, and music. Because of a strong partnership with Butler University Aquatics department, Horizons students have fourteen half-hour swim classes with licensed instructors each summer. Additionally, the close proximity of the Indianapolis Children's Museum allows Horizons students and teachers to visit the exhibits as an extension of the classroom.
Making A Difference – With Students and Families
Horizons serves Kindergarten through 5th grade students and plans to grow to a K-8 program by 2016. Horizons hires highly qualified, licensed elementary teachers from public and independent schools, as well as talented college students and high school interns. The student/teacher ratio is 4:1.
Horizons faculty and staff has continuous contact with every family during the school year as well as with the partner schools.
About Horizons at St. Richards
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