Horizons at New Canaan Country School
of Matching Funds Remaining
635 Frogtown Road
Norwalk, CT 06850
Horizons, hosted at New Canaan Country School, has been impacting the lives of children from underserved communities within Stamford and Norwalk for over 50 years. By mission, two-thirds of our students are at-or-below grade level upon admission to Horizons, and all admitted students qualify for free or priced meals. The purpose of the Horizons program is to successfully address the summer slide and ultimately the achievement gap. We help underserved children improve their educational outcomes by providing academic instruction, enrichment opportunities, mentoring and educational guidance in a nurturing community of dedicated professionals. Horizons serves close to 400 students a year, providing the signature Summer Program for children in grades K through 8th grade; school-year enrichment programming and tutoring for students in 1st through 8th grade; academic coaching and college and career readiness counseling and workshops for high school students; and a robust Parent Council. Horizons makes a long-term commitment to our students. Once enrolled, students remain in the program through high school graduation, so that we can ensure they graduate with skills to succeed in college/employment. In Connecticut, only 84% of low-income students graduate from high school and only 56% of low-income high school graduates enroll in college. Horizons students are beating those averages. All 26 members of the Horizons class of 2017 graduated from high school and 96% are going to college! Many are the first in their families to go to college, so they are not just changing their own life trajectory, they are also changing the financial future of their families.
We raise our entire budget annually from private sources to ensure that each child receives a full-scholarship for our programming. Funding from The Fairfield County’s Giving Day will directly support of our summer and school year programs. Our Board of Directors and Board of Governors cover all of the organization’s development and administration costs, so 100% of your Giving Day gift will directly support our students and provide the resources they need to realize their potential and achieve their dreams!