What do students get out of their Horizons experience?
Students' reading and math skills improve significantly each summer, and students return to their schools excited to learn. They build long-term friendships and relationships with peers and teachers that often continue well beyond program graduation. They graduate from high school and go on to college or other post-secondary training. Horizons students develop life skills like commitment, resilience, confidence, and a desire to contribute to their community. With the tools to navigate their world, Horizons students embrace a more expansive view of what’s possible, and find a path of success.
How do you measure success?
Horizons captures a broad range of information and use that data for continuous improvement. Since 1995, Horizons at Harley and Horizons National have worked closely with third-party evaluators and education data companies, including Yale University, Amplify, and Renaissance Learning, to assess the effectiveness of the program. Key findings demonstrate that Horizons students, who represent a broad range of learning styles and ability, achieve success in school and beyond. In a recent study of 5 years of school district data for Horizons students and their peers, Horizons students achieved:
- Consistent gains in reading and math over each 6-week summer session
- Higher attendance rates
- Lower rates of chronic absenteeism
- Higher scores on standardized assessments of elementary math and science
- Higher GPAs in 9th grade
- More course credit earned in 9th and 10th grade
- Fewer incidents of repeating a grade
- Fewer disciplinary referrals