Horizons at Dedham Country Day School (DCD) is a public-private partnership that focuses on closing the achievement gap between low-income elementary school children and their more advantaged peers. Horizons at DCD was founded in 2009 as the first Massachusetts affiliate of the nationwide Horizons network of summer enrichment programs. Horizons has grown from 16 students in a single grade in its first summer to an anticipated 155 students in 10 grades (PK-8) in Summer 2017. The program is poised to reach maturity next summer, as we add a class of 8th graders.
History of Horizons National
The first Horizons program was launched in 1964 in New Canaan, CT to serve children from low-income families in lower Fairfield County. In 1981, Yale University faculty conducted a formal evaluation of the program which highlighted some of the program’s benefits for the children served and demonstrated that the model reduces summer learning loss. In 1995, Horizons National was formed to serve more children through replicating the model at other schools. While required to adhere to a common set of principles, each Horizons Affiliate program is reflective of its local community and encouraged to identify its own objectives.