Who We Are
Horizons at Westminster provides a free, academic and enrichment summer program that leverages a unique public-private school partnership to close opportunity gaps for underserved students in the Hartford area.
A future in which every child thrives.
Rooted in long-term partnerships with students, families and schools, Horizons at Westminster advances educational equity and inspires the joy of learning for young people of Hartford.
Closing the Opportunity Gap
Gaps of opportunity continue to grow between students from under-resourced communities and their peers. More than 30 million children from face increasing obstacles to educational opportunity and economic mobility.
With disparities in access to pre-K programs, technology, cultural enrichment, regular exercise and healthy food, underserved students start off at a disadvantage—and that disadvantage often persists and grows into adulthood.By the end of 4th grade, children from low-income families can be as many as two years below grade level. What’s more, the erosion of reading and math skills over the summer can exacerbate this academic gap, which becomes almost impossible to rectify by the time students reach high school.
Horizons at Westminster addresses this profound challenge head-on with a transformational summer learning program that provides early intervention and a consistent, long-term commitment to academic and social development.
“There are times when I stop to observe a class in session and I marvel at our students’ passion for learning, their connections with one another and the innovation of the Horizons teachers. During these six weeks, Horizons students build their confidence and develop a strong academic sense of self. It is such an exciting journey to be a part of!”
Kathleen Devaney, Executive Director
Horizons Proven Approach
Horizons at Westminster is part of a national network of award-winning, tuition-free, academic and enrichment programs that serve underserved, public school students on more than 63 independent school, college and university campuses across the country.
For more than 35 years, the proven Horizons approach has successfully closed gaps in opportunity by delivering academics, enrichment and social support each summer. Starting at a young age and continuing year-after-year, Horizons helps underserved students transcend the statistics of their peer group and inspires the joy of learning.
Across the country, Horizons students experience: