Serving students from low-income families in Asheville, NC, on the campus of Carolina Day School


How Horizons Works

Students spend six weeks every summer from grade K to 9 on the campus of Carolina Day School. In small classes led by professional teachers, students dive into a rich curriculum with a focus on reading, STEM, and art. Swimming and other confidence-boosting activities break down barriers to success and expose children to new opportunities. Children join Horizons the summer after kindergarten and return to the program each year through 8th grade, building lasting relationships with their teachers and peers, and developing life skills essential for success.

Program Goals

  • Stop summer learning loss through fun, experiential, and challenging academic enrichment taught by master teachers
  • Expose students to hands-on learning in technology, art, music, physical education, science and nature, nutrition and wellness
  • Provide students with two nutritious meals and a snack daily during a time when many students go hungry without the availability of school-based meal programs
  • Put underutilized independent school facilities and resources to work during the summer for a public purpose
  • Build a lasting connection with children, families, and public schools in our greater community