The first Horizons program was founded in 1964 at New Canaan Country School in New Canaan, CT, to serve children from the low income families of lower Fairfield County. In 1993 executive director Lyn McNaught spearheaded an effort to replicate the program. Currently there are over 51 Horizons affiliate programs nationwide, each operating independently under the 501(c)(3) of its host school, while sharing the common goal of working with low income students. Horizons Savannah opened in 2002 in coordination with Savannah Country Day School, a private, independent K-12 school founded in 1905. Horizons Savannah is an affiliate of Horizons National.
What We Do
Recognized as one of America's best summer learning programs by The Wallace Foundation and The National Summer Learning Association, Horizons provides low-income students with a summer learning experience. Five days a week over six weeks, students engage in a variety of activities, including project based learning and academics, college tours, cultural activities, swimming lessons, art, music and weekly field trips. There are no weekly fees for Horizons. Parents are asked to pay a $35 registration fee, which can be waived in case of hardship.
About Our Host Schools
Horizons Savannah is hosted by three private schools in Savannah: Savannah Country Day School, St. Andrew's School and Bethesda Academy. These schools provide us with the use of their facilities during the summer at no cost. As a host school, they are committed to our vision of closing the achievement gap for low-income students. Savannah Country Day school serves as Horizons' fiscal agent.
At SCDS, upper school student volunteers contribute over 4,000 hours of service as classroom assistants to our program each summer. Our program has a split campus structure. All students spend time on the Savannah Country Day School Campus, but middle grades students (6th-8th) participate in programming and swimming at Bethesda Academy. St. Andrew's School is a new site serving K, 1st, 2nd and 3rd graders in 2016.
Unlike other summer camps, Horizons works specifically with families with low-income that meet our income eligibility guidelines. There are no weekly fees for Horizons. Parents are asked to pay a $35 registration fee, which can be waived in case of hardship.
Transportation to and from our host campus at Savannah Country Day school is not provided. All students are dropped off and picked up at Savannah Country Day School. Transportation to and from Bethesda Academy during the day is provided for middle grades students and for field trips. Transportation from a central location to St. Andrew's School is provided.
Horizons Attendance Policy: It is extremely important that children attend the program every day. You should not plan trips, doctor’s appointments or anything else that would keep your child from attending all program days. If your child misses 3 days or more because of non-medical emergencies, we will not invite him or her to return the following year and will give his or her place to another child. This policy will be strictly enforced.
All Horizons students spend time learning to swim. Swim lessons are provided and free swim time is a part of our program weekly. Swimming is an intregal part of Horizons and teaches students self-confidence and life-saving skills.
Students are divided by grade level at Horizons and all classes are led by a paid, professional Lead Teacher and assisted by a paid Co-Teacher along with Youth Volunteers. Horizons maintains a staff-student ratio of 5-1.
Hours and Meals
Horizons is a full-day program, from 9am-3pm. All students are provided with breakfast, lunch and a snack each day.