• Horizons Extraordinary Summers
  • Helping low income kids
  • Life altering intervention for kids
  • Academic enrichment summer program
  • Horizons reverses the summer slide
  • Project based academic learning

A promise to every student.

Ten extraordinary summers.

That's the Horizons difference.

Horizons at Dedham Country Day offers a tuition-free academic enrichment summer program to students of low-income families from neighborhoods in Boston and Dedham.

We make a long-term investment in every pre-kindergartner, promising ten consecutive summers of learning through 8th grade. A life-altering intervention, the Horizons program changes the trajectory of the lives of our students–and directly impacts their families and our community.

The Program

Our unique approach combines project-based academic learning, field trips and swimming instruction. For six weeks students explore science, music, theater and art in addition to reading and math lessons to combat what’s known as “summer slide.”

What we’re up to

This was the first year that project-based learning was implemented across all grades, and it was a tremendous success. Integrating a theme throughout lessons is a welcome departure from students' school year curriculums. Here our fourth graders test their solar ovens they constructed from recycled materials. (They worked!) Great job kids! #6weeksofhappiness ... See MoreSee Less

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We started the summer with no advanced swimmers and ended with 18! Passing the deep end swim test is a key component to becoming an advanced swimmer at Horizons. We love Natalie's smile here as she conquers her deep end test! Congratulations to Natalie and to all our students who achieved this milestone! #6weeksofhappiness ... See MoreSee Less

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Hydroponics comes to Horizons! MIT's Ben Leddy shared his high-tech Poly Bot with our fifth graders as they observe the wonder of a machine that can grow plants without soil. Thanks, Ben, for inspiring our students to be entrepreneurs, scientists and more! #6weeksofhappiness ... See MoreSee Less

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Sometimes the best way to learn is through role playing! Special thanks to Ms. Money and the Coins and our fantastic supporters at the Blue Hills Bank Charitable Foundation for bringing Horizons this wonderful interactive skit. Ms. Money taught our students how to make, save and use money, and how to give back through charity. Students received an activity guide about the basics of banking! #6weeksofhappiness ... See MoreSee Less

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"Only about half of Massachusetts’ eighth-grade students read at or above grade level — but that’s the highest rate of reading proficiency in the nation…Massachusetts also posts some of the nation’s widest gaps in achievement."

WBUR Learning Lab, 7/1/15