This is the 24th year of the brilliant Horizons at Harley program. During six weeks in July and August, more than 135 children from the Rochester City School District are at Harley having fun both in and out of the classroom. For those who are new to Horizons, the goal of the program is summer learning, as there are mountains of evidence that preventing summer learning loss is key to sustaining success in the traditional academic year.
Does it work? Over 95% of Horizons students go on to graduate from high school, compared with 52% overall in the RCSD in 2017, and over 75% go on to college. In fact, it works so well that, over the last five years, Horizons has incubated new programs at other institutions. Today, the Greater Rochester Summer Learning Association (with leadership from Harley folks Conger and Mary Jo Gabel) supports programs at the Warner School, MCC, Nazareth, EnCompass Resources for Learning, SUNY Geneseo and other locations, including down the creek with our friends at Allendale—a city-wide success!
Harley students, teachers, and friends have long been stalwart supporters of Horizons: all three of my children volunteered in Horizons classrooms or in the pool, and there are literally dozens of Harley students volunteering each summer.