Research suggests that a large contributor to the achievement gap is “summer slide,” the accumulated lack of summer experiences that cause a child to lose academic ground. Unfortunately, but not surprisingly, the majority of students from underserved communities do not participate in enriching, constructive summertime activities, and too often return to school even further behind their more fortunate peers.
Horizons Atlanta addresses the opportunity and achievement gap for underserved students by offering our range of academic and healthy youth development programs free of charge to the community. Students benefit from long-term participation in our signature six-week summer learning program and through after school and special weekend programs.
Learn more about the impact of summer learning programs by visiting:
- Scholastic Kids & Family Reading Report - "The Summer Reading Imperative"
- The Wallace Foundation Blog - "Summer - From the 'Wild West' to a 'Center of Success'"
- National Center on Afterschool and Summer Enrichment Summer Learning Brief - "Why Summer Matters"