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Nazareth College President Daan Braveman mentioned our program in his Huffington Post Blog
Check it out here: Summer Learning Loss
Our program contributed to Nazareth College becoming a Presidential Awardee in the 2013 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll
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2013 President’s Honor Roll
2013 Presidential Honor Roll Award Winner - Nazareth College
Horizons at Nazareth College empowers Rochester students living in poverty to learn and grow in a positive, engaging, and caring environment that celebrates the whole child.
Who We Are
We are a full-day summer enrichment program taking place over five weeks on the beautiful Nazareth College campus. Our aim is to empower students with enriching experiences that will lead to strengthening the skills and dispositions for life-long learning and inquiry, community involvement and responsibility, and personal confidence and respect.
We are a proud affiliate of Horizons National. Follow this link for more information: Horizons National
Horizons at Nazareth College began in 2011 with generous support from Horizons National, Nazareth College, the Marie C. and Joseph C. Wilson Foundation, and the Farash Foundation. Beginning in July 2011, a cohort of 11 entering-first grade students participated in our program.
The Horizons at Nazareth College program is part of the Horizons National network. Horizons National shares knowledge and resources with all of its affiliates while allowing each program to contextualize its operations based on the needs of the local community in a way that reflects the culture, curriculum, and philosophy of the host school. Horizons at Nazareth College is one of four Horizons programs serving students from the city of Rochester, New York.
Horizons National was founded in 1964 at New Canaan Country School in New Canaan, Connecticut to serve children from low-income families. Working in partnership with families, Horizons is committed to the development of the whole child through experiences that build problem-solving skills, foster awareness of community responsibility, instill respect for oneself and others, and encourage a life-long interest in learning.
Why We Exist
Our goal is to prevent summer learning loss, a key contributor to the academic achievement gap. The achievement gap is defined as the difference in academic performance between socio-economic groups.
Students from low-income families tend to lose 3 months of reading skills each summer. This summer learning loss accounts for nearly 2/3 of the academic achievement gap.
Students caught in the achievement gap:
● are six times more likely to drop out of high school.
● have a 51% chance of being unemployed.
How Our Program Works
● We provide the children with transportation to and from campus, breakfast and lunch, and all supplies and materials for our learning program.
● Students receive instruction from New York State certified teachers in literacy, math, and science in classes with a 5:1 student to teacher ratio.
● Children take multiple field trips, engage in community service, and participate in art, dance, and theatre workshops.
● All Horizons students learn to swim, making enormous gains in self-confidence, which extends into the classroom.
● At the end of the summer session, there is a celebration for the families to commemorate the program and their children’s accomplishments.
We expect to serve 65 students in grades 1-4 during our Summer 2014 program. We plan to add an additional grade level of 15 students each summer until we establish a full program for grades 1-9.
● 90% of students who attend 3 or more summers in one of the Rochester-area Horizons programs graduate high school, compared to the Rochester City School District’s overall graduation rate of 43.4%.
● Over 75% of Rochester-area Horizons students go on to institutions of higher education.
● 100% of Horizons at Nazareth students who have attended for 3 summers have made literacy gains.
We track students over the course of the school year to ensure we are making a lasting impact, which also allows us to fine-tune our program to fit each student’s needs. Additionally, we have participated in research studies conducted by outside analysts to measure our effectiveness, reflecting our commitment to continual improvement.
We are grateful to the following organizations for their ongoing support:
Marie C. and Joseph C. Wilson Foundation
Community members gave over 280 hours of volunteer support last summer. Thank you to all those who donated their time!