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Our Mission

Mission Statement

We advance educational equity by building long-term partnerships with students, families, communities, and schools to create experiences outside of school that inspire the joy of learning.

How Horizons Works

Students spend six weeks on the campus of Lancaster Country Day School. In small classes led by professional teachers, students dive into a rich curriculum with a focus on reading, STEM, physical education, and art. Swimming and other confidence-boosting activities break down barriers to success and expose children to new opportunities. Children join Horizons the summer after Kindergarten and return to the program each year through 8th grade, building lasting relationships with their teachers and peers, and developing life skills essential for success.

Program Goals

  • Stop summer learning loss through fun, experiential and challenging academic enrichment taught by master teachers
  • Expose students to hands-on learning in technology, art, music, physical education, science and nature, nutrition and wellness
  • Provide students with two nutritious meals and a snack daily during a time when many students go hungry without the availability of school-based meal programs
  • Put underutilized independent school facilities and resources to work during the summer for a public purpose
  • Build a lasting connection with children, families, and public schools in our greater community

Building Confidence: Learning to Swim at Horizons