Founded in 1964 and expanding nationally since 1995, Horizons is a national network of high-quality, tuition-free, immersive, academic and enrichment programs for children from low-income families. The Horizons model provides out-of-school-time supports for the duration of a child’s K-12th grade career.
After years of experience, Horizons has learned that forming a region of programs is an effective way to have the greatest impact on students, families, and the community. In 2020, Horizons Greater Philadelphia was formed with its partner locations, Horizons at the Episcopal Academy and Horizons at Greene Street Friends. Horizons at Cristo Rey Philadelphia High School launched its program in Summer 2021. Horizons at Springside Chestnut Hill Academy also launched in Summer 2021, as the fourth area site. In 2022, Girard College hosted a pilot Horizons program for its students. Together, these five sites have the capacity to serve over 650 K-8 children.
Over the next 3 years, Horizons Greater Philadelphia plans to expand to up to 8 regionally coordinated sites, eventually enabling more than 1,000 Philadelphia area students to participate in Horizons.
Each Horizons Greater Philadelphia site is unique, representing the diverse traditions and opportunities of their host institutions and maintaining deep connections to their local communities. Our sites share best practices and professional development, develop joint programming initiatives, and support the growth of the Philadelphia area network.