The Horizons Student Enrichment Program at The Harley School is a summer learning program with support throughout the school year for students from low-income families enrolled in the Rochester City School District. Horizons is committed to the development of the whole child through focused reading, writing, and mathematics instruction; project-based learning; and enrichment opportunities. A six-week K-8 summer academic and enrichment program forms the core of Horizons. Classes are small by design, with a 1:5 adult to student ratio. Total annual attendance across all grades is 135 students on average. Students attend for nine years, from Kindergarten through 8th grade. The hands-on, project-based curriculum, supplemented by reading specialists, a librarian, and student volunteers from The Harley School, has proven to counteract the negative effects of summer learning loss. All students are taught how to swim, an important life skill that builds confidence and physical fitness.
Rise, a new Horizons at Harley program, provides year-round academic support and enrichment for high school students from the city of Rochester, many of whom will be the first in their family to attend college. Students enter Rise upon graduating the traditional Horizons summer program in 8th grade and work with a Horizons school counselor to create an individualized academic plan that focuses on high school graduation and beyond.