• Horizons at DCD Recognized as Leader in Summer Programs
  • Horizons reverses the summer slide
  • Academic enrichment summer program
  • art picture
  • swimming pic
  • Project based academic learning
  • Helping low income kids

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

IMMEDIATE ACTION: Horizons programs across the country have been granted funds to assist our participants, alumni and staff with their DACA renewal fees.

If you're a Dreamer, please reach out ASAP as funds are limited and time sensitive!
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Everyone at Horizons is getting excited for the annual Rodman Ride For Kids, but we need your help to make it happen!

The Rodman Ride is the number one single day athletic event in raising funds for youth. Participants will ride bikes throughout Southeastern Massachusetts and raise funds to support Horizons at DCD. To make this ride happen, we need volunteers!

If you or anyone you know would like to get involved helping out the day of the ride, please contact Morgan Byrnes at vista@dcds.net or 781-915-2627.

Things You Need To Know:

Who: All family members over the age of 6 are welcome!
When: Saturday September 23rd at 9 a.m.
Where: The Rodman Ride for Kids HQ - 10 Lincoln Rd, Foxborough, MA 02035

We hope to see you there!
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Our season end concert and celebration was a terrific way to finish the program! Students performed renditions of "We Will Rock You" on strings and "Jaws" on brass. Each class presented skits from their Project Based Learning topics. Everyone enjoyed seeing a slideshow of pictures from student field trips, classroom activities and lessons throughout the program. Thanks everyone, it's been a fantastic summer! #6weeksofhappiness ... See MoreSee Less

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Yesterday we held our first Horizons graduation, marking a big milestone since our program started at DCD in 2009. Our founding class of eighth graders reminisced about their early days at Horizons and shared heartfelt thoughts about what Horizons means to them. Chica Project Founder Nurys Camargo imparted her wisdom and inspiration on how to succeed in high school and beyond. Executive Director Meredith Laban thanked students and parents for their commitment and for trusting us. To say we are proud of our graduates would be an understatement. We're glad we will be working with our students through their high school years. We know they will do so well and can't wait to see what they do next! #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