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

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

Saturday night's Big League Benefit at Fenway was a Home Run thanks to all of you and your generosity! We heard inspiring words from Pulitzer Prize winner Ron Suskind about the necessity of programs like Horizons. 2016 Achievement Award winner Gavin Conley helped emcee our fantastic auctions. The dance floor was hopping and the house was full. The evening was a Grand Slam! (No, we can't resist the puns). From all of us at Horizons, thank you for your support! ... See MoreSee Less

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We have Fenway to ourselves on Saturday night! We look forward to seeing you on April 8th at the Horizons Big League Benefit at 6PM. Be sure to enter at 20 Yawkey Way, near Brookline Avenue, near Gate A. It's going to be a great evening! ... See MoreSee Less

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What's better than Fenway Park in the spring? How about enjoying Fenway at night while supporting Horizons?! Join us Saturday, April 8th at Fenway Park for a wonderful evening of celebration at our Big League Benefit! Buy tickets now! Email swheeler@dcds.net or buy online goo.gl/yWLOmG You won't want to miss this spectacular evening! And please SHARE this! ... See MoreSee Less

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We've made it to the to the big leagues and tickets are selling fast! Join us Saturday, April 8th at Fenway Park for a wonderful evening of celebration at Horizons Big League Benefit! Buy tickets now at goo.gl/yWLOmG or email swheeler@dcds.net ... See MoreSee Less

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We've got the cure for spring fever! Join us Saturday, April 8th at Fenway for a wonderful evening of celebration at Horizons' Big League Benefit! You will hear from Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Ron Suskind, meet former Red Sox Infielder “Sweet Lou” Merloni, bid on exciting auction items and learn about our fantastic program…all while enjoying a terrific view of historic Fenway Park! Buy tickets now! goo.gl/yWLOmG or email swheeler@dcds.net for tickets. ... 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