One-hundred twenty new and returning students have arrived on campus for the Horizons at Episcopal Academy summer program.
During the six-week summer enrichment program, students from North Philadelphia and Lansdowne, Delaware County spend the day at EA working with teachers and student volunteers on math and reading skills, swimming, art, and activities designed to develop self-esteem and leadership skills.
Horizons was recently awarded a three-year $200,000 grant from the Pew Charitable Trust to support its learning programs in the Philadelphia area. The funding award will support existing programs at The Episcopal Academy and Greene Street Friends. A portion of the grant will be used to expand the program to allow Horizons to provide high-quality summer learning programs to more children in the Greater Philadelphia area.
On average, Horizons National students advance two to three months in reading and math skills each summer, have higher school year attendance, and are 80% more likely to graduate from high school.
"Since launching our Horizons program seven summers ago, we have seen the difference summer learning makes to our Horizons students who return each summer," said Episcopal Academy's Head of School Dr. T.J. Locke. "The Horizons program on campus has become an integral part of how we invest in our community and embodies Episcopal Academy's core principles of Mind, Body and Spirit. We applaud The Pew Charitable Trusts' support of education initiatives like Horizons."
Students begin Horizons the summer after Kindergarten and return each year through 8th grade. The program at EA has expanded to include students in Kindergarten through 7th grade.
"Funding is vital to our goal for regional growth in the greater Philadelphia area," said Lorna Smith, CEO of Horizons National. "All children deserve the chance to thrive, and Horizons provides a proven way to combat today's growing opportunity gap."
Horizons at EA runs from June 24 - August 2.