New Canaan Country School
Horizons Friends Corps at New Canaan Country School:
Established in 2001, the Horizons Friends Corps matches eighth grade New Canaan Country School mentors with fourth grade Horizons buddies. Relationships are established between the buddies through phone calls, emails, letter writing, and special events.
The effect of the Horizons program is impressive. In a community where only 77% of students graduate from high school, 100% of participating seniors of the Horizons at New Canaan Country School graduate from high school and 96% of them enroll in college. Considering the fact that only 33% of the nation's low-income students go to college, it is clear that the impact of the Horizons program is great in the New Canaan area.
Conceived as a program that would reach out and serve children from low-income communities, the Horizons mission remains essentially unchanged today. Over the years, the program has grown in numbers and complexity, but its focus on the excitement of learning remains its guiding principle. Horizons is designed to encourage students from a diverse low-income population to explore new worlds and to realize their full potential.
Horizons partners with public schools to serve students with a broad range of academic abilities in a six week, full-day educational enrichment summer session. Students make enormous gains in academics and confidence and return to their schools better prepared for the year ahead.
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