About Horizons

Horizons helps children take charge of their lives and realize their full potential. In addition to strengthening students’ academic abilities, we build their self-confidence and citizenship skills.

Horizons of Kent and Queen Anne’s is a 501(c)(3) independent organization that provides academic support and meaningful enrichment to underprivileged elementary and middle school children. Horizons works to reduce the academic achievement gap between impoverished and middle class public school children that tends to occur over the summer.

Since 1995, the Horizons summer learning program has served hundreds of Kent and Queen Anne’s County children at or below the poverty level, as part of a growing national initiative to reduce the summer slide. The six-week program located at The Gunston School in Centreville, Kent School in Chestertown, and Washington College in Chestertown serves kids from kindergarten through eighth grade.

Horizons of Kent and Queen Anne’s is one of 51 affiliates of the Horizons National summer learning program. The six-week summer program employs an experiential model of teaching that focuses on reading, writing, and math. Students not only improve academically, but learn to swim and participate in activities that foster creativity, confidence, citizenship, and good health.

Six Weeks of Happiness

For six weeks in early summer, Horizons students are taught by skilled and nurturing educational professionals in small classes that are academically, racially and culturally diverse. The children who come to the program are recommended by the principals and counselors at their public elementary or middle school.

After a healthy breakfast each day, children focus on prescriptive reading and mathematics activities. The curriculum is student-centered and hands-on to maximize student engagement and retention. Our teachers tailor their instruction to address individual deficiencies, so the children can return to their classrooms in the fall performing at or above grade level.

Afternoons are filled with learning to swim, various on-campus enrichment activities and field trips that teach students about their communities and the world.