Who We Serve
Horizons programs narrow the achievement and opportunity gaps between underserved students in the United States and their more economically advantaged peers. The achievement gap is typically six months when a child begins kindergarten and grows to almost three years by fifth grade, making it nearly irreversible by middle school. 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 underserved students do not participate in enriching, constructive summertime activities, and too often return to school even further behind their more fortunate peers.
Horizons programs break these cycles by targeting students from disadvantaged communities and effectively addressing the achievement and opportunity gaps by engaging scholars throughout their primary and secondary school years, teaching them essential skills needed to succeed in school, and exposing them to a full-spectrum of life opportunities.
Horizons Atlanta provides its core six-week summer learning programs and additional year-round support to underserved metro Atlanta public school students who:
- Qualify as low-income based on participation in the Free and Reduced Price Lunch program
- Would benefit from intensive academic support (2/3 of our students perform below grade level in Reading and/or Math upon enrollment in the program)
- Can commit to meaningful participation and engagement over a six week period each summer, for multiple summers